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Out and About – Week of January 20th

Last week, I listed some suggestions about what advice a man might give his son. I promised to share more advice in a future column. However, I feel that before I share more advice for sons from their fathers, I should give equal time for advice mothers might want to give their daughters. Here are some suggestions for just that:

Make your bed everyday, even if it’s right before you get in it.
Travel light through life. Keep only what you need.
If you’re going to curse, be clever. If you’re going to curse in public, know your audience.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Five-second rule. It’s just dirt. There are worse things in a fast-food cheeseburger.
I’ll have five more suggestions for fathers advising their sons next week. The week after, I’ll do the same for the ladies.

Some words of wisdom from author Randy Pausch:

“Work colleagues need to be like a family of sorts.”
“Smart isn’t enough. The kind of people I want on my team are those who will help everyone else feel happy to be here.”
“Luck is indeed where preparation meets opportunity.”
“Give yourself permission to dream. Fuel your kids’ dreams, too. Once in a while, that might even mean letting them stay up past their bedtimes.”
The American Red Cross is conducting a blood drive today, January 21, from 10 AM until 3:45 PM. UAW Local 2093 is hosting the drive at their union hall, located at 15802 Hoffman Road, just west of US-131.

I have been a member of the Honor Guard at the Hice-Shutes American Legion Post #170 for several years now and consider it an honor to provide Graveside Services for veterans when they pass away. The Honor Guard performs these services on an average of twenty-four times a year. Funeral homes contact us when a family requests the service. I’ve mentioned this before, but feel that it needs repeating, because there are many who are unaware of the service. Most funeral directors will inform families that this service is available. Hopefully, they will emphasize the fact that this service is free to the family, however, we have been known to accept a donation if offered. Any donation is placed in a special account and is used for occasional expenses for the Guard. All rifles and blank ammunition is provided by the state. If you are a veteran of the Armed Forces, please let your family know of this service. You have earned the right to be honored one last time for your service to this great country. All members of the Honor Guard consider it an honor and privilege to serve in this way.

Thanks to Randy Pausch, here are some tips on how to work well in a group: “Meet people properly. Find things you have in common. Try for optimal meeting conditions. Meet over a meal if you can; food softens a meeting. Let everyone talk. Check egos at the door. Praise each other. Phrase alternatives as questions.” It makes sense to me, that if we could all do at least one or two of these, we’d be better off. Members of Congress and the Senate, you might want to heed this advice.

Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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