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Dogwood Ramblings

Wow!  There was a repercussion (for lack of a better word) to last week’s column.  One gentleman took umbrage to the first paragraph as if it was directed to him.  As I was writing that paragraph this man was nowhere in my thoughts!  My thoughts were basically generalities from situations I have encountered.  Occasionally there are some negative reviews of what I have written but they are far, far outnumbered by the positive comments and many are from outside the Dogwood Community.

Not that I don’t have other things to do with my time, but there is a certain enjoyment in being able to tell you about others and events in this community and elsewhere.  Yes, I do have definite views about government and I know they aren’t always accepted, or believed. In order to express my views on some things it must be done in a Letter to the Editor as this column is to be mostly about this community.  Of course, it would help greatly if others were to share with me as I am not going to call everyone asking for tidbits.  It would be great to hear about your family gatherings, church events, illnesses (so we can pray for them), births, and even of deaths so those from this general area know what is going on.  I have at times withheld names on request.

The main idea of last week’s column was for people to realize the world is not out to get them and to focus on forgiveness – as directed to us by our Lord.  As to being cheerful, I know people with terminal illnesses who have remained cheerful in spite of everything.  Being grouchy just brings everyone down. Of course, I have not yet walked in their shoes.

Some of us who have been having mail problems on the Seymour route have contacted the postal service and they have said they will do all they can to correct the problems.  They have asked to be contacted for each and every item that goes into the wrong mail box, or seems to be lost.  I spent close to an hour of time trying to reach the 800# for the US Postal System – but never getting a live person with whom to speak.  Listening to the recording at that number, over and over again made me give up.  Is that on purpose??  Ava Post Office said it is very, very difficult to get through to them by phone what with calls going to them from all over our nation.  Besides, then our calls are routed to our post office.

Let us all hope and pray that whoever sings the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl does it with honor and as written.  We don’t need body gyrations, extra skin, screeching, or postulating.

It is easy to say, “I love you” but even a parrot can be taught to say that.  Love is demonstrated not just by words but by actions.  Pray for those who cannot truly love beyond themselves and sometimes not even themselves.  Here is a quote by Dave Willis, “Show respect to people who don’t even deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but a reflection of yours.”  May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand.  May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism.  Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone.

Friday I stopped by the Schultz place and we had a nice visit.  It is amazing what they have done with Eva Wymer’s former home.  Bless their hearts they all keep their eyes on Randy’s cattle, especially after one calf got out two weeks ago.  One of their sons is looking for some handy-man work in this area.

Sunday night’s wind and cold were horrendous.  I just checked on the price of propane and it has more than tripled and I heard it was nearly $6.00 per gallon in Mountain Grove.  This is a costly winter for those of us who cook, heat water and warm our homes with propane only.  I heard recently that wood heat is bad for people with breathing problems.

Hopefully we will all get through this and all of you are in my prayers.

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