Thought for the Week

Words of wisdom from Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post in 1905, was probably the greatest political sage this county has ever known. Enjoy his homespun philosophy:

  1. There are two theories to arguing with a woman – neither works.
  2. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
  3. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
  4. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back in your wallet.
  5. Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  6. If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.
  7. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

Have a great week!

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Things to think about:

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

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A Short History of Memorial Day

On May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic established Memorial Day or Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers. Major General John A. Logan appointed May 30 as the day to be observed. Arlington National Cemetery had the first observance of the day on a grand scale. The place was appropriate as it already housed graves of over 20,000 Union dead and several hundred Confederate dead. Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant presided the meeting and the center point of these Memorial Day ceremonies was the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion. Speeches were followed by a march of soldiers’ children and orphans and members of the GAR through the cemetery strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves. They also recited prayers and sang hymns for the dead.

Many cities in the North and the South claim to be the first to celebrate Memorial Day in 1866 but Congress and President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo, New York, as the ‘birthplace’ of Memorial Day in 1966. It was said that on May 5, 1866, a ceremony was held here to honor local soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War, businesses were closed for the day and residents furled flags at half-mast. It was said to be the first formal, community-wide and regular event.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by the Congress, who designated the last Monday in May as the day for its observance. Many states observe separate Confederate Memorial Days.

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RECIPE FOR A GOOD LIFE

Take a passel of friends and family. Add a lot of love, laughter and caring. Mix well.

Stir in a few hard times to help you appreciate the good times.

Shake well to distribute all ingredients evenly.

Season with memories and traditional events. Expose to sun, wind, rain and snow by hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, singing, loving.

Add new memories as needed.

This recipe stretches to serve as many as needed. Keep it in a warm place in your heart and you will never go hungry.

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The most important 6 words: “I admit I made a mistake.”

The most important 5 words: “I am proud of you.”

The most important 4 words: “What is your opinion?”

The most important 3 words: “If you please.”

The most important 2 words: “Thank you.”

The most important word: “We.”

The least important word: “I.”

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You might be from the Northwest if…

You know the state flower (mildew)

You feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash

Use the statement ‘sun break’ and know what it means

Know more than ten ways to order coffee

Know more people who own boats than air conditioners

Feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant

Stand on a deserted corner in the rain waiting for the ‘walk’signal

Consider that if it has no snow or has not recently erupted, it is not a real mountain

Can taste the difference between Starbucks, Seattle’s Best and Stumptown

Know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon

To be continued…

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I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. – Maya Angelou

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Oprah Winfrey’s advice to girls:

“Relax. Find your flow, that’s yours and yours alone, and ride the wave that is your life. Everybody has their own current and their own flow, and your job is to figure out where is yours.”

Seems like that advice would be good for us all.

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Grace without perfection is more preferred than perfection without grace.

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Today’s the day! Let the library Trustees know where you’d like to see the new Ridgefield library located: the View Ridge site, or the property to the north of the post office.

Come to the monthly Trustees meeting at Three Creeks library today at 4:00 and you’ll get a chance to make your ideas known. If you have two or three reasons for your choice it would add to the strength of your argument.

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Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.  Dr. Martin Luther King

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“Our freedoms are vanishing. If you do not get active to take a stand now against all that is wrong while we still can, then maybe one of your children may elect to do so in the future, when it will be far more riskier — and much, much harder.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem