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About this time of year we should be chipping away at those Christmas lists. Slowly marking off the gifts we have purchased, and searching for those "just right" gifts for others. However, there always seems to be those people for whom we have no idea what to purchase. If you are like me, those are the last names on my lists and the hardest ones to finish.
As I watched the sun rise this morning, I said a prayer of thanks for another day. However, I was not only thankful for the start of a new day but also for the gift of another week, month, and even year in my life. And along with the gift of time, I was also thankful for the numerous other gifts that I have received during my lifetime. By the time you read this, the Thanksgiving holiday will be but a memory and we will already be diving head first into the Christmas season. This season seems to begin earlier each year, with Thanksgiving somehow getting lost in the shuffle.
Thirty years ago, my husband and I were in the locker plant business. For 10 years we operated one of several in the area. At the time that we purchased it, the deer season was one of the busiest and productive, but when we sold it that was no longer the case. In 1976, when we took over operations, the previous owner was taking in up to 500 deer during the November-December season. The majority of these deer were from the two-day November season in this area. It was a good portion of the locker plant business. Shortly thereafter, changes started to take place.
As you read this, I will most likely be sitting in my deer stand searching the landscape beyond for those elusive deer. Hearing the weather forecast for the weekend I will also most likely be freezing my you-know-what off. This year the season is a little different as it allows hunting during the days between the usual two hunting weekends. Therefore, during this past week I have gone out a few nights after work with my husband, and believe it or not, I have also already done some shooting.
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, we honor a very important group of people - veterans. These dedicated individuals hold, and have held, a vital role in our past, present and future. A few years ago, when my siblings and I were going through the personal items of my parents, we ran across a box of letters my dad had written to my mom when he was serving in World War II. Last year, my sister took those letters, carefully typed each one and put them in a book for us to keep. It was a treasure and something I enjoy reading whenever I get a chance. Things were very different for soldiers then.
Time, talent and money are all very important ingredients in the success of businesses, schools, churches, organizations and even relationships. Each of them has a vital role and can be directly affected by the presence or absence of the others. Time seems to be something that many of us have very little of. We may often feel like we are being pulled and pushed in several directions at the same time.
Webster's Dictionary describes happiness as joy, pleasure, or satisfaction, all of which could once be found by living a simple lifestyle. There are three basic needs to living a simple life style and those are food, clothing and shelter. However, our way of living today can no longer be described as simple. We now need a means of transportation such as cars, boats, planes, and we need an education. To succeed in today's world you must know how to read, write and compute numbers. We are living in a tougher age than those who came before us.
I used to be very shy. I know it is hard to believe but in high school I would hardly talk to other people unless they started the conversation. I listened, formed my opinions but very rarely spoke up to voice them. I quickly learned that shy people are often taken advantage of and used by others for their own gains. Naturally, that has all changed and I have a lot of good teachers, friends, family, co-workers and bosses to thank (or, maybe in some cases, blame) for my outspoken ways today.
Our economy is in tough shape and I have the feeling we have not seen or heard the worst of it yet. So often over the years there have been dire reports as the markets fluctuate from high to low in a matter of minutes. I have taken these reports with a grain of salt, reminding myself that we have been told often to just wait it out and it will get better. But this time, quite frankly, I am scared.
In today's issue of the Morris Sun Tribune, we are recognizing a special day -- National Hunting and Fishing Day. It is a day set aside to honor the many people who do so much for conservation and wildlife management. As many of you know, I enjoy deer hunting and fishing. I love being out in the great outdoors especially when the weather is nice and the scenery is beautiful. I like to watch wild animals interact in their environment and have participated in many events or acts to feed and conserve our wildlife and the areas they need in order to exist.