Hello from Baldwin. How is everyones week going?
I hope everyone is having a great one.
I hope you have been enjoying the beautiful weather we are having. By the time you read this, we are suppose to be having some storms and rain pass through with some cooler temperatures to follow.
Have you noticed all the beautiful trees in bloom?
I know some are Bradford pears and weeping cherry, but there are some I don’t know what they are. I guess the red bud and dogwoods will soon be blooming, also. Always wanted a dogwood tree in my yard, but still haven’t gotten one. They are so pretty.
I want to thank everyone who worked to help with the community roadside cleanup and to those who keep your property picked up all the time.
Our community is beautiful, and we need to keep it that way. It broke my heart when I learned that on Saturday night someone had already thrown trash out on the roadside. Shame on you.
Happy birthday wishes go out next week to Bobbye Jo Taylor, Sunday; Eli Hayden and Mary Collins Anderson, Monday; my nephew, Kendall Jones, Tuesday; Dakota Farthing, Thursday; Kevin Perkins and my brother, Wesley Jones, Friday; and Dennis Roark, Saturday. I hope all of you have very happy birthdays and many more happy ones to come.
Happy anniversary wishes go out next week to Perry and Jean Bogie and Ronnie and Earlene Thomas, Sunday; and John and Amy Chasteen, Thursday. I hope all of you have very happy anniversaries and many more happy ones to come.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 27. The Baldwin Ruritan Club will be sponsoring a rabies clinic, along with Town and County Veterinary Clinic. The clinic will be at the shop across from the home of Ellen Harvey at 315 Whitlock Road.
Veterinarian Gary Short will be giving the vaccinations from noon to 1 p.m. The vaccinations will cost $5 each. Please bring your pet in a pet carrier or on a leash.
Well, I guess that’s all for now. Let me know if you hear any news. Give me a call or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Hello from Baldwin. How is everyones week going?
- Lifestyles & Community
’Tis the season for giving
There is a feeling of pride that wells up in all parents when they see their children giving something of theirs to another person. It is all the more poignant when children are giving something that they greatly value and reflects a significant sacrifice on their part.
Young children are often looking for ways to contribute and help others’ out. The trick for parents is to have children continue their giving behaviors as they get older.
Moving to Richmond was the right decision
I was just thinking the other day about a decision I made 30 years ago that was definitely right.
I answered the call of First Baptist Church in Richmond to serve as its minister of music. My first Sunday in that position was Nov. 27, 1983.
The shopping frenzy cuts into Thanksgiving
Anyone who was out this weekend, whether to join in the bargain hunt or out of necessity, met with heavy traffic and people on a mission. Some in a great holiday mood and some frustrated with it all.
I heard a lot of talk about the days when the “blue law” that kept businesses closed on Sunday was in effect. This law came about in colonial times to keep a “rigid religious standard.” But as time progressed, it was shown that those not necessarily religious liked the idea, too, as a family day and day of rest from a busy world.
Does first Thanksgiving compare our observance?
I have done some research on what our forefathers actually ate on the first Thanksgiving in America. This is probably what happened.
Prepare your home for the holiday
Reading “The Night Before Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. In the poem the family has prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The chimney must have been clean because Santa came down it with no trouble, just a little ashes and soot on his fur.
Difficult ordeal made easier by caring friends
I was just thinking the other day about a number of things related to my broken hip and that were happy experiences rather than difficult ones.
Resistance to change prevents opportunities
“I heard we may be getting a new computer system installed” a co-worker shares with you. “I heard the changes to the system may be pretty big. I don’t know if I can learn a whole new system again. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had to upgrade to this one.”
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
Lower cancer risk with these steps
Cancer is second only to heart disease among the leading causes of death. In as much as cancer is the result of errors in the DNA code that occur by chance, the interesting realization is that we have enormous power over whether or not we will develop cancer in our lifetime. Based on the evidence, roughly 60 percent of all cancers could be prevented through diet and healthy lifestyles. Here are some of the most effective ways to lower your cancer risk.
Avoid tobacco exposure. Tobacco use and exposure (second hand and sidestream smoke) represent the single greatest cause of preventable cancer.
The power of routines for children
Most adults have general routines that they follow which give their day a bit of structure and predictability. For example, a morning routine can consist of turning off the alarm clock, going to the bathroom, taking a shower, getting dressed, and then eating breakfast.
The wonderful part of a well-practiced routine is that you don’t have to devote much mental energy to get it completed. These types of routines are particularly well suited for the beginning and ending of a day.
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