We are officially in the season of Lent, and for those who believe in observing this season it can mean many things. It is a time for humble sacrifices, such as fasting or denying things that you desire or enjoy. Lent is a time for reflection and preparation, leading up to a more festive Easter celebration. I wasn't raised Lutheran but converted after marriage. I did not grow up observing the Lenten season, but quickly came to understand and appreciate what the period leading up to Easter is all about. With each year that goes by, Lent has more meaning.
By Katie Erdman Hancock Record A simple conversation among friends and a dream was born. That dream took on new meaning this year as those friends decided to make it a reality. Thus was the start to Buddies Bar and Grill, now open in Hancock. It started out as a Saturday afternoon drive for several Hancock couples as they traveled to a fun get-away spot in North Dakota.
Recently I read an interesting article in a neighboring newspaper about a family saddened when a pair of their deceased father's cowboy boots were stolen. The boots had been placed in a public display in honor of their father's memory. They pleaded with the thief or thieves to return the boots, which could only have value to the family. This week the story continued as the thief returned the boots to the thankful family. Many times you read about people asking for stolen items with special meaning to be returned with no questions asked.
With the run of cold weather these last few weeks, it has been pretty difficult to find very many "happy" people around the area. I know the cold weather and problems it causes can make me a very "unhappy camper" for days. Simply getting dressed in the morning and warming up your vehicle is a major task at the start of the day. It is surprising what a difference just a little bit of sunshine can make, not only in the temperature but also in your attitude. Looking out the window at a bright, sunny sky can bring hope that the cold weather will subside soon.
It is a well known fact that you can teach old dogs new tricks. You are never too old to learn, even when it comes to the latest and most complicated technology. When computers first came out in full strength I was a bit overcome, wondering if there was any way I could really understand and learn how to operate these new machines. Now several years later I feel a little more confident as I sit down in front of a computer, despite the fact that I still have a lot to learn and understand about them. There are computer situations when I feel totally humbled, however.
I like to organize things during the winter and one of my most recent projects is something I have put off for some time. I have been writing for the newspaper for nearly 15 years. During those years I occasionally took the time to clip out the columns and stories I wrote and placed them in a folder.
We all have them. Some of us may have a bunch of them while others just a few. You may not even be aware of them but be assured that the people around you certainly are. Bad habits stick to people like glue. They can be picked up naturally as a child or later in life simply and casually. A bad habit can be something as minor as biting your nails or chewing with your mouth open. It can also be something more serious like overeating, smoking, drinking or taking drugs. Sometimes, when we recognize a bad habit, we can get rid of it.
Storytelling was once a common practice in the dead of winter. It is also a good time to think about warm summer days. When I combine these two favorite winter past times, my mind wanders to a story from a warm summer day in my youth. To give you a little background for my story I have to tell you that I was raised in a relatively strict family - especially when it came to what you could and could not do on Sunday.
Winter is a good time to get organized. Clean those closets, put pictures in scrapbooks, sort through cupboards and even get that mending done. Confined indoors it is the perfect time to do the indoor projects before spring takes us back outside. When I was younger I remember my mom doing her semi-annual cleaning. She would call them "Spring Cleaning" and "Fall Cleaning." In the spring, she would wash the windows, air out the house, turn mattresses, and simply clean every nook and cranny.
The year is coming to an end and traditionally this is the time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. We can look back specifically to the last 12 months and note our successes and mistakes. By doing this we can look ahead and change areas where things are not the way we had planned. That is the basis behind making resolutions. To recognize things in our lives that need to be changed and resolve to make those changes in the next year. Over the years, I have made many resolutions. Some were easy to keep while others were not as easy.