Out and About Blog by Norm Stutesman

Out and About – Week of February 9th

Sorry for this late notice, but Valentine’s Day is this coming Saturday, February 14. It’s another one of those occasions when we let those we love know just how much they mean to us. We should do this every day, but especially on Valentine’s Day. The local merchants love Valentine’s Day. Eighteen billion dollars will be spent on gifts, and …

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Out and About – Week of February 2nd

I’m one of the luckiest guys in town. I’m retired, am happily married to my best friend, and I keep busy volunteering. I love writing and am honing my writing skills by writing this column, plus a couple of other newsletters. For the past eight years, I’ve occupied a small office upstairs at LA’s Coffee Cafe. As a matter of …

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Out and About – Week of January 26th

Two weeks ago, I attended a meeting in Lansing for Leader Dogs. I’m currently co-chair for Leader Dogs in our Lions district. Organized in 1939, Leader Dogs has been providing guide dogs for those individuals who are sight challenged. As you get Out and About, you might have the opportunity to see a guide dog with its master, also Out …

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Out and About – Week of January 19th

Several years ago, I traveled to Korea to attend the Lions International Convention. I also spent several days in training, so it was necessary to take along extra clothing. I was, of course, limited to how much I could check as far as luggage, and how much I could take as carry-on luggage. I came up with a plan and …

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Out and About – Week of January 12th

I usually save cute sayings and trivia for the end of my columns, but because this is the beginning of a new year, I think it would be appropriate to start out with some new thinking for 2015: Practice gratitude. We could all benefit from doing more of this. Remember that tomorrow is always a new day. Do what you …

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Out and About – Week of January 5th

Welcome to 2015. The holidays are over for a while, so we all have time to do what we can to make the world a more loving place. This is not going to be an easy task, because there are some folks out there who live only to make a person’s day not worthy of mentioning in one’s diary or …

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Out and About – Week of December 29th

It’s hard to believe that 2015 begins on Thursday. I hate to wear out a phrase, but I just don’t know where this year has gone. I have to think hard to remember the seasons that have passed. Our summer was quite normal, with temperatures staying below ninety degrees most of the time. I’m not sure if we did have …

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Out and About – Week of December 22nd

It’s “Crunch Time” for those still looking for those special Christmas gifts. The day after tomorrow is Christmas and tomorrow marks the end of Hanukkah. I wish the spirit of the season to those of all faiths and beliefs. If the Snowbirds haven’t already done so, they will soon be leaving for the warmer weather down south. Some are already …

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Out and About – Week of December 15th

There’s nothing that adds to the spirit of this season like music. The First United Methodist Church of Three Rivers, 215 North Main Street, has just the thing, when it comes to music. We’re Glad You Came is the name of the cantata to be performed next Sunday, December 21, beginning at 7 PM. This would be a wonderful way …

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Out and About – Week of December 8th

Two weeks from this Thursday is Christmas. The next couple of weeks will be filled with the usual Christmas parties. My wife and I will attend our share. We’re both retired, so she’ll not be attending any school parties, and I won’t be attending any company gatherings. We will attend several Christmas parties hosted by various Lions Clubs in our …

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