I was just thinking the other day about a column I did Aug. 27.
Many of my readers will remember when I expressed my opinion about so many men today, the way they groom themselves, and especially the way they dress.
That particular column elicited more reader response than any column I’ve done in the 13 years I’ve been writing Just Thinking.
I received e-mails, notes, phone calls and comments from many whom I encountered in a variety of places. Some were friends, and there were many total strangers who recognized me from my picture that accompanies the column.
Of all the comments I received, only one was negative.
Those of you who read this column regularly know that it is rare for me to do one you might call serious. In that one, I expressed my personal opinion. Although I seldom do that, that is expected of newspaper columnists.
The one negative response came from a lady who left a message on my telephone answering machine. She was most unhappy with me and accused me of being unkind and unfair. She felt I was begin judgmental of men who could not afford to groom themselves and purchase nicer clothes.
I remember when I was a child my family would visit the small country churches in western Kentucky where my grandfather was pastor.
Many farmers came to church, dressed in bib overalls. Those overalls had been carefully washed and ironed and they wore a shirt and tie with them. That was not only the best they had, it was all they could afford. That to me is perfectly acceptable.
I had no intention in the aforementioned column to criticize someone who could not afford to dress and groom more appropriately.
Many of the men I described were ones I was acquainted with and who certainly could do a better job of presenting themselves publicly. I was expressing my concern about those who simply choose sloppy, unattractive appearance.
My intent was certainly not to be unkind or unfair. I expressed my opinion. You may agree or disagree, that is your privilege.
Fellow columnist Katie Rollins did a piece that appeared alongside Just Thinking on Sept 10. Her piece was titled, “Will the well-dressed man ever return?” She referred to my column and agreed with what I had written.
She shares my concerns. Thank you, Katie.
Once again, let me assure my readers, I had no intention to be critical of those who can do no better. I was referring to the men who dress appropriately for work and inappropriately for church, weddings, funerals and other gatherings.
A bit of humor – Bubba and his pal, Earl, had been out on a Saturday night. They decided, because it was so late, that they had better get home.
Earl said to Bubba, “I wish I could get into the house without waking the wife. I turn off the car engine, coast into the garage, sneak upstairs, and undress in the bathroom. She always hears me and yells at me for being out too late.”
“You should do what I do,” Bubba said, “I roar into the garage, stomp up the steps, throw open the door and begin kissing Carnella. She pretends to be asleep.”
Ypsilanti is the Michigan City that is named for a Greek fighter against the Turkish army.
If you’re a looking at the state capitol on Goat Hill, what state capital are you in?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.
I was just thinking the other day about a column I did Aug. 27.
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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.
Time to graze dormant alfalfa
With the temperatures dipping into the mid 20s, now is the time to graze off alfalfa fields.
In general, we recommend allowing alfalfa growth to accumulate for about six weeks before the first killing frost is anticipated (no grazing or cutting after Sept. 15).
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