Friday, October 28, 2016

First time ever

I voted for a woman for POTUS.


Hannah went with us to see history.  Helen and I went together and they let Hannah go in and watch it all.  She helped us find Hillary on the ballot.

So, for me the election is over and I am so glad.  The presidential election is always a little crazy, but this one has really been over the top.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Words that Inspire

From Arlo Guthree via Donna’s blog here

"If the world was perfect... if everybody had money, nobody was homeless, nobody got sick, everything was wonderful, everybody was smart and happy all the time... you'd have to go a long way out of your way to make a difference in this world.  You'd have to do a lot to improve the way it was.  But in a world that sucks like this one, you don't have to do very much at all!  There was never a time in the history of the world where you could do so little and get so much done!  You could do more with a smile, just hold somebody, say hello to somebody, or just feel good all by yourself when you don't FEEL like feeling good!"

Sometimes, not always, but sometimes, I try to follow the path of making a difference in someone’s life in a small way.  Just say a few kind words, give an unexpected compliment, or a small gift. 

At work, I have always viewed the small gifts exchanged within our very small group as a waste of time and money.  Maybe it is the thought that counts, but in this instance, often nothing else does.  Most all in our group would, if they wanted or needed any item that cost less than $20, have already made that purchase.  Certainly, they all have plenty of resources to purchase any food item they want, and much more than they need.  Because the excess and waste of ‘Christmas giving’ has long upset me, I have declined to participate in our office gift exchange for a decade or more.  For a time, I bought small $1 gifts for each individual in our group, but this left me feeling disingenuous. 

 A few years past, I started taking my work Christmas budget money and giving the entire dollar amount to one individual of my choice.  The last two years, I have chosen young mothers with children as the recipient.  This year, I am choosing from a different category.  A work acquaintance, not a friend as I do not have actual work friends, borrowed $10 from me a couple of months ago, saying they would repay me in a couple of weeks.  After about a month had gone by, she came to me visibly embarrassed, about not repaying this money and promising the money in a week or two. I tried to reassure her there was no need to worry about repayment. 

This woman is approaching retirement age.  She always looks bedraggled, haggard, and perpetually worried.  This Christmas, she will receive a card with my office gift money enclosed.  And in return, I get to feel good about my one small difference in our world.
Make a difference where you are.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Days to Remember...

Yesterday, 10/22, son went to work at a new job at Little Rock.  This is a job that is likely to suit him much better than the jobs he has tried around home for the last few months.  I am pleased for him because he has obviously been dissatisfied with he jobs he has been involved with here lately.  We are all hoping for the best.

And, a little advise to self.  When help is needed, the best thing to do is ask.

Matthew 7:7-8 King James Version (KJV)
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Spelling Bee winners made the paper...

Green Forest School tells Spelling Bee winners
 Green Forest School recently held their annual school spelling bee for this year. The Carroll County Spelling Bee will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 in the Intermediate Building Library. The alternate date if weather is inclement is Wednesday, Jan. 18. Attendees should be mindful that space is limited. Green Forest Spelling Bee winners are as follows:
Fourth grade Green Forest Spelling Bee winners were Keyla Valencia, center, first place; Hannah Aday, right, second; and Cadence Linenbrink, third place.
 Fifth grade Spelling Bee winners, Stephen Cagney, center, first place; Leo Bolen, right, second place; and Elias Hernandez, third place.
 These are the sixth grade Spelling Bee winners, Eboni Brooks, center, first place; Joel Salgado, left, second place; and Elvin Montoya, third place.
 These students were the seven grade Spelling bee winners, Keylah Valero, center; Kenry Gaspar, left, second place; and Brianna Martinez, third place.

Eighth grade Green Forest Spelling Bee winners were, Owen Cisco, center, first place; Llelfer Vasquez, left, second place; and third place was Jordan Perez.


Fun, fun, fun...