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Out and About – Week of July 22nd

Like many, I enjoy eating more fruit and salads during the hot summer months. We usually keep some cantaloupe and watermelon in the fridge as long as they are in season. Cantaloupe and cottage cheese make a great lunch. There probably isn’t a limit as to how much watermelon you can eat and not worry about weight-gain. After all, watermelon is ninety-two percent water. On the healthy side, it reduces high blood pressure and keeps your blood sugar level right where it should be. It also reduces the risk of getting heart disease, boosts the immune system, strengthens bones, cleans the kidneys, produces energy, and probably most importantly, it fights cancer.

For you pun lovers, these are quite punny:

Double negatives are a no-no in English.
When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, UCLA.
Cows have hooves because they lactose.
I tried to grab the fog. I mist.
There are probably many who feel the way I do about the way we are headed as a society. It seems that we are on that proverbial highway to destruction. It’s getting more and more difficult to have any positive feelings about our future. This is not something new. People have felt this way for many years. My father passed away about fifty years ago, and he felt that there just wasn’t any hope for mankind, yet here we are today existing with different issues and problems. Here are six examples that might help get us out of the feeling of doom and gloom. They might even make you smile:

At one time, some villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. That’s FAITH.
When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them. That’s TRUST.
Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up. That’s HOPE.
We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future. That’s CONFIDENCE.
We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children. That’s LOVE.
On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence “I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.” That’s ATTITUDE.
When my parents were teaching, they both dressed professionally. My father always wore a suit and tie, and my mother never wore slacks, even though she taught kindergarten. Back then there was a dress-code for teachers and students alike. Now I know that styles have changed over the years, which is normal. One should be able to tell who are the teachers and who are the students. From what I have seen lately, it seems that every day is “Casual Friday”. If one dresses in a professional manner, there might be more respect given to the educators. Respect is a two-way street. A good teacher will give as much respect as is received. Respect doesn’t need to be taught in school. It should start at home.

See you Out and About!

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