Rants, Raves and Kudos

Jan13

Good Moms

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Good Moms are Hard to Let Go

Children, even adult children, grieve when their parents pass away. When bad moms pass away, her children probably grieve but I also think there might be a spec of relief. I have friends who continually say their moms didn't support their choices, always picked on them, or their hair, or their shoes, or their friends, or something. When a good mom passes away, her children grieve fiercely, because they just purely miss her.

I went to high school and college in the 1970s, don't misunderstand me, my mom laughed at my shoes, how could she not, platform sandals, oh good grief, but she was dancing in heels that high in the 1950s. She laughed, but with love in her heart, just as I laugh as my daughter's shoes. My mom backed my choices, going to college 600 miles from home, changing my major a couple times my freshman year, working in the oil and gas field, moving to Ohio and then Colorado, even farther away, waiting more than a decade to have a child, lots of decisions other parents might not have agreed with. I hear some friends moan about taking care of their parents, I was lucky my mom moved out west for the last 15 years of her life. I didn't have to pay long distance charges to talk with her for the first time in two decades! Unlike kids now, I had to budget money to pay for my long distance bills to keep in connection with my mom, a weekly checkup. Now kids and parents have cell phone and the calls are virtually free. I remember when I could call my mom two or three times a week and it was a local call, I felt like I had won the lottery. I used to feel sorry for my friends when they would say "I have to call my mom today," since for me it was "I get to talk to my mom today."

My grief for my mom when she passed away was pretty deep and pretty strong. Unexpectedly intense. I now realize it was probably in direct proportion to how much I miss her and how great of a mom she was for me. Those of my friends who had unsupportive moms probably got through the grieving process much sooner than I did. I missed my mom as a mother and as a friend and as someone whose opinion I wanted to hear. It might not be the same as mine and often wasn't, but I admired her thought process and was interested in her what she had to say about a lot of topics.

 

Jan03

The Science Fair is Coming

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Are You One of Those Parents?

One December week, my kindergarten daughter's Friday Folder included an eleven page two sided single spaced instruction handout for the upcoming school wide science fair. I recycled it. While she could read, my feeling was five year olds and science fairs were ridiculous, so I pitched it, didn't even read the fine print. The week before Christmas break, she came ome discussing what she was going to do for her science fair project. My internal voice was screaming, are you kidding me; my external voice was asking, what are you intered in learning about; my mom radar was wondering if the recycling was gone or do I have to get another copy of the treatise on what's allowed at science fairs; my spousal voice was debating if I could get him to be the point man on this project. One thing was for certian, I had done no science fair projects as a child, neither had my husband and neither of us was interested enough to do one now. We had seen the projects done by other parents and laughed knowing we wouldn't be those parents because we didn't have that scientific equipment at home, accessible at work, or even know without looking it up, what that particular piece of equipment measured.

Oct18

Social Studies Teachers, One of the Best

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Surgeon General's Report of 1964

I was lucky to have Mr. Burrows for 6th grade social studies at Cedar Hill Elementary School, so were my sister and brothers. I don't know his full name, perhaps Robert. This was when teachers' first names were Mr., Miss, Mrs. or Ms., sometimes Dr. He taught history and geography. We spent forever on World War II, Hilter, the camps, the Russians, communism, gulags, and the Cold War. I truly hated the movies he showed, but then I also have never watched the monkey scene in the Wizard of Oz, so prison camp torture wasn't really a strong suit for me. I spent most of any movie time with my eyes shut.

Aug28

Thank the Photographers

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First Day of School

Kudos!

Early this week my friend Donna put a photograph on Facebook of her daughter's "last first day of school" which was so nice it made me smile. I liked it so much I shamelessly set out to copy her idea. l texted my daughter and asked for a "selfie" of her "last first day at school" so I could post it too. I didn't take either photograph and I wasn't at either event, but because of my feelings for the subjects, both pictures will and have taken nice little spots in my heart.

Nov15

Kids' Toys for the Ages

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The American Girl Doll Catalogue came today. A marker of the passage of time, I recycled it instead of reading it. What a mix of history, dolls, reading, collecting, and memories.

Over the past two decades, I have purchased scads of children's books, loads of Duplos and Legos, a good size pile of Brios and blocks and a mountain of sports equipment. When my daughter was seven I succumbed, partly because of two of my wonderful nieces, and she choose an American Girl Doll, Josefina, promptly delivered by Santa Claus. We gave her the books (surprise) and accoutrements were gifted by various family members that Christmas and others over time. Even Sombrita, the pet goat!

American Girl Doll pet

Nov09

Win Win Negotiations

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or Better Yet, Win - Win - Win

The person you best in a business situation in your twenties will turn out to be the one person who can help you solve a difficult business complication in your forties. Leaving everyone at the table smiling can have profound applications for your life, career and happiness. We are so set for competition, it's hard to realize that Win - Win - Win can be a much better solution.

We have all heard:

  • The Golden Rule - Do under others as you would have them do unto you.
  • Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon - His ex-girlfriend married her brother, a third cousin once removed on his father side. Nearly everyone in a small town is related or connected by blood, marriage, emotion or history, so don't cause hard feelings.
  • Karma a cycle of cause and effect.
  • Reap what one sows.
  • What goes around comes around.

What all of these sentiments have in common are the expectation that good things follow good behavior and actions and bad things follow bad behavior and actions. It seems so simplistic to say, negotiate in good faith.

If only the politicians understood that since I have friends and relatives on both sides of the spectrum, then it is absolutely probably that their constituents range thus widely also. Being divisive is not the answer.

Sep21

The Boulder Flood

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My Genealogy Work Was Safe in the Cloud

Three RAVES

What a week or two! So we had a flood, a 100 year, 500 year or perhaps 1000 year flood. We were lucky to lose only what was in the crawl space, furnace, ductwork, insulation, water vapor barrier, well equipment, pump, fans, three suitcases, seven chairs, twenty boxes of stuff, a sewing machine, a curious conglomeration of things.

My genealogy work was backed up in the cloud. I use MyOtherDrive.com. I can only say it was heartening to know when I was debating what to take in the car, to know it was safe in the cloud. My go bag didn't need to have even space for a flash drive.

My kitchen was just painted, wonderfully done by Seaman Painting, 12566 County Rd 1, Longmont, CO   80504. It looks great, the guys were clean, quick and meticulous.

My books are all catalogued on LibraryThing.com so if the flood waters had escaped the crawl space, I had a bookcase by bookcase and box by box inventory of what was where. Out of thousands of books, one Rubbermaid box of books was mistakenly in the crawl space. Only the bottom four or five books were ruined. We were the lucky ones. (And no, we didn't think we had any book boxes in the crawl space, we certainly didn't mean to, but yet over time things got moved around, etc., etc., etc.)

So three raves in a week that sure could use them.

Aug19

Thank you to all the girls who coach girls

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Role Models

Woman Coaching Women

Girls Coaching Girls

Fifteen years ago, Emily coached my daughter swimming. When I see her mother Eleanor at the grocery store, I smile, now, a decade and half later. Sometimes, I still say thanks. I always ask how she's doing. I still care. Emily is now married with two little girls of her own. I wish for her and her daughters some great upcoming girl coaches.

My daughter taught tennis this summer. Yesterday, Amelia's mom, Kristin gave her a wonderful thank you. To Kristin, thanks for showing me, someone you don't know and won't recognize at the grocery, that you value my daughter's coaching in Amelia's life as I have Emily's.

What a lovely gift to see my daughter through someone else's eyes. Thank you Kristin.

Girls coaching girls, very powerful.

 

Full disclosure: My aunt Nancy coached basketball at Pomona. She was the winningest coach in their history.

Jul21

Local Newspapers vs. the World Wide Web

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Where are the 2013 Summer Swimming Results?

I just went through every page in the Sports section of today's Denver Post to see who won the Boulder Valley Summer Swim League Championship Races yesterday. Nowhere in the entire Sunday Sports section does this information appear. While I don't have a swimmer in the league any more, many of children who swim in this championship meet are children of friends and I would like to know how they did, who broke records, who was swimmer of the year, who got High Point, etc. 

I checked the BVSSL web site, nothing posted yet about yesterday. Then I went to the web site of one of my least favorite newspapers, the Boulder Daily Camera. I found two articles about some high school swimmers, but not the meet results. When published, those meet results, tennis scores and baseball statistics are printed in the smallest possible print and that's what parents are reading. Hmmmmm. 

Feb10

Heartfelt Thanks

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Humane Society of Boulder Valley

I have been lucky to know the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in a myriad of ways. Initially, I took my daughter there to play with the animals. We can't have cats in the house as I am allergic. When she wanted to see cats and kittens, it was off to the Humane Society to play with kittens, puppies, rabbits, or whatever cute animals they had.

Giving into my daughter's entreaties, we finally got a puppy and it was back to the Humane Society for puppy kindergarten and socialization, clickers, crates and toys.

When my sister's twelve year old, 130 pound, malamute passed away outside, it was thirty degrees about to snow, four o'clock in the afternoon, no one was home from work. The dog was too unwieldy and heavy for two of us to lift. We couldn't leave her outside to freeze, so crying, I called the Humane Society. They explained they don't do this kind of thing. Then they come over anyway, in the snow and help with her malamute.

The first night in a new house, two dogs got out, got lost and were hit by the train. My friend's grief is unimaginable and nearly unbearable. Again it's Humane Society personnel who help, by handling it and with incredible sensitivity, by making plaster casts of their paws for my friend.

Our nine year old lab lives the life of Riley, nice big fenced backyard, hours of fetch and dogs who come over to run for fun. For the first time and last timeever, he wanders out of the yard. We frantically search for him over a ten street area in one of the longest hours of my life. I call animal control and the Humane Society, and joy, someone just brought him in to the Humane Society. He is not wearing his regular collar with his name and phone number embedded royally in gold on purple, but a red and green special Christmas one. Unknown to us, all of his tags have broken or worn away so our number is visible nowhere on this beloved dog. Thank goodness he is chipped. New, soon-to-be friends, from two streets over bring him home from the Humane Society, where they had just taken him as we were calling. He wasn't even there long enough to get in the system. Thank you Naomi, your husband, Mateo and your brother.

Those are ways our Humane Society has touched us. In addition, here they run a used or recycled goods shop. Just think of the tireless work those societies in the Northeast performed during recent storms. Imagine the work necessary to keep animals calm during relocations during fires. Have you thanked your local humane society lately? Write a check.

Jan24

Dirty or Broken Type and Typesetting Mistakes Can Make Newspaper OCR Difficult

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Newspaper Optical Character Recognition Research Issues

Digitized newspapers are a boon to genealogists, family historians and researchers, especially for the big three, births, marriages and deaths, folowed closely behind by divorces, separation, bed and board issues, court cases, flitting (the movement of renters on a yearly date), moving, accidents, confirmations, military news, etc.

 

Oct06

Politics and Facebook

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I Would Be Interested in Listening to a Politician Who -

Early this summer, Christie Spencer, Julie Scott and I agreed we are tired of negativity in politics. I want both parties out of my wallet and my private life. As a socially moderate (sometimes liberal), fiscally conservative independent voter, I am in the middle, a voter both parties claim to court. You won’t even get my attention unless and until you have something positive to say about your candidacy or candidate. I am well beyond uninterested in your negative opinions about the opposition. It stands to reason you don't agree with them or you would be them. Please don't go into a diatribe on Facebook against a candidate, just use the Like button for your candidate. If on the other hand, you have something good to say, have at it, be positive.

Some random political thoughts:

Legislative bills should be readable, one page would be great, but minimally, realistically, you should be able to read any bill in a half hour. It would be nice to see a bill with more pages of endorsers than pages of discourse. How can we expect anyone to read a thousand page bill, comprehend it, much less begin to imagine the unintended consequences and have enough information to vote intelligently on it?

Every congressperson should be required to submit a bill a day to decrease federal spending, close tax loopholes or both. Compare it to homework for elementary school kids, to be brought in for stickers so they get in the habit. Congress needs to search for and eliminate wasteful federal spending. 

I would be interested in listening to a politician who would vote for no small airport federal airline subsidies. For instance, airlines flying into Ely, Nevada get federal airline subsidies of $3,600 per person. I read about a new bill which would decrease the subsidy to $1000 per person and wonder still why the federal government is involved at all. It might be better for the town if visitors had to spend the night in Ely and support local businesses instead of flying in and out. It might be more cost effective to buy a small used airplane and use it as a taxi to fly the 245 passengers a year in and out of town. If decision makers in Ely, White Pine Co. or Nevada, feel this particular route is of civic importance, they could subsidize those flights. I don't have any insights into the needs of the citizens of Ely, I have never been there. I don't have anything against the folks from Ely, I just don't see it as a federal issue.

I would be interested in a politician who understood that they only work 3/4 of the year. Members of Congress and their minions should be paid a 3/4th of a year salary. Too many are out running for office, politiking instead of governing, for days, weeks or months at a time. There is a five week vacation in the summer, year end holidays, plus the two weeks of federal holidays, so their salaries should be adjusted down for less than ten months of work. They should be paid to work from January through September straight. If by September, they haven't completed their work, for instance, passing a budget, they would have to stay until their work is finished, for no more pay, much less overtime.

I would be interested in listening to a politician who wants to end tobacco subsidies. These subsidies are still being paid, not out of the federal budget, but out of the tobacco settlement money. That's vile. That money should be used for health care and abatement. It's like drinking coffee every day and then fussing about having your teeth whitened. I don't care if you drink coffee and I don't care if you have your teeth whitened. I do care if you make me subsidize coffee growers while charging me for whitening your teeth.

I would be interested in listening to a politican who would address the ethanol situation, especially in drought years, when corn might be put to better use - food.

I would be interested in listening to a politician who understood what's good for the goose is good for the gander, especially for pensions. The politicians should share in the Social Security system instead of having their own system. No one in the legislative branch from the 1960s forward should be allowed to have a federal pension because jointly and severally their inaction about Social Security and Medicare have pushed us to a demographic chasm and fiscal cliff. Punatively, they should be stripped of their federal pensions and allowed ½ of the social security amount they would have received in a real job. Certainly, they were not doing their jobs during the last 40 years when this could and should have been addressed. All of their legislative pension money should be dumped into Social Security. Not because that amount will fix the problem, but because the legislators don't deserve it. They abdicated their responsibility for this problem for decades. The time to deal with this problem was when the "largest class ever" was contributing. College economics classes convinced me that unless something changed, I would not be able to count on Social Security money. Accountability for their governance should cause those legislators' pensions to be revoked; they haven't earned a pension.

I would be interested in listening to a politician who understood "Do not call" lists should apply to everyone including politicians and charities. As uninterested as I am to hear from window replacement or gutter companies, I am equally as uninterested in hearing from politicians or their minions during dinner. DO NOT CALL should mean everyone.

I would be interested in listening to a politician who thought federal buildings should not be named for living people. Stamps didn't used to be named for living people. That may be changing and it may not be a good idea. Letting the dust settle on various careers might save the Post Office potential embarrassment with celebrities (Michael Jackson in Thriller vs his ranch) and sports figures (Steroid use, doping, anger mangement issues). A ten year waiting period after the death of a politician before being considered for a building might be very wise. I have blocked out the names of the Chicago politicians who should not be honored, but I am certain those in Illinois remember and are embarassed.

I would be interested in listening to a politician who thought the upcoming shortage of doctors was important to the health care of the nation and had a plan to diffuse it that didn't involve increasing the national debt. For example, encouraging more med school application approvals; encouraging more hospitals to have residency programs; encouraging more teaching hospitals to have more residents; encouraging insurance companies to subsidize residency programs along with different teaching hospitals. It seems like there are more students trying to get into premed than can get in; there are more college graduates trying to get into med school than can get in; there are more med school graduates trying to get into residency programs than can get in; and heaven knows the residency programs need to be updated, 36 hours on and ten minutes off (exaggeration) sounds like hazing not educating. Break the log jam. Why on earth does the cost of residency programs fall on Medicare? What an illogical burden.

I would be interested in listening to a politician who could vote for base closings suggested by the Pentagon without adding or subtracting bases. If the Pentagon doesn't need the bases, get rid of them. Instead of a panel wasting time to consider base closings, just close the bases. Yes, this causes disruption and hardships in the areas surrounding the closures. However, it becomes a local issue, best solved by local people. Some fairly innovative land usage solutions have evolved through base closings around the country. Study them, copy them, on the local level. Similarly, if the Pentagon doesn't want a specific new weapon system, stop making it. Why on earth do politicians second guess those cost savings decisions?

I would be interested in listening to a politician who thought perhaps our path/programs in "helping" other countries less fortunate than we are was flawed. For instance, Haiti in the last sixty years. There must be some other path that might work better since throwing money at the problem has not worked. We haven't really helped Haiti, though we have spent an awful lot of money trying. Our hearts have been open, but maybe there is a better way. Yes, there would be immense problems with direct transfers, but remember Imelda Marcos' shoes. I am not certain the current path is right and maybe we shouldn't hand out money to individuals, but what we have done in the past hasn't worked either. Let's admit it and brainstorm some different, better ideas.

I would be interested in listening to a politician who thought the United Nations might be more accountable and less expensive. I have heard diplomats and other personnel do not pay parking tickets citing diplomatic immunity. Perhaps each embassy or legation should be allowed a certain number of vehicles with State Dept. plates and if the number of tickets rises to an absurd amount in a month or year, they lose the plates and have to rent their own cars without immunity. If an ambassador or head of legation is inconvenienced by the staff's actions, he/she can take action and get them to pay their own parking tickets. This is millions of dollars in New York. It is unfair to the other residents of New York who have to abide by draconian parking laws, that some foreign visitors don't cooperate and never intend to cooperate. Maybe another country could be given the treat of hosting the UN for a while without the United States' fiscal backing.

I would be interested in listening to a politician who understood and acknowledged the work needed on federal bridges and superfund sites, not just in his or her district or state but all over the country. There is a phrase "ignorance of the law is no defense." After the bridge collapsed into the Mississippi, there should be a parallel phrase for legislators, ignorance of the problem is no defense. Every legislator should be liable, jointly and severally along with their staffs for future federal bridge collapses, superfund pollution sites and downstream cancer problems. If they have time to pass legislation for National Pork Belly Day (I made this up, please don't tell me there is one), they should have time to govern. A Fairfield Co. Connecticut non profit used TARP money to buy a truck. That was not a federal issue, but a legitimate local issue for sure. There was no need to conjure up "make work" for the stimulus, just fix the federal bridges and superfund pollution sites already identified.

I would be interested in listening to a politician who would be open to brainstorming about privatizing- selling stock in Amtrak and TVA.

I will be listening to various politicians to hear if they have ever taken and passed a macroeconomics class, a biology class, had a real job, served in the Armed Forces or the State Department or had any foreign experience. Ten years of political experience doesn't mean much during gridlock. Ten years of life experience might.

The two biggest entitlements are health care (Medicare, Medicaid, VA hospitals, disability care, federal prison hospitals, whatever system the legislators are in, Obamacare) and Social Security. However, every one of us knows there are places that can be cut back, that should be cut back and are not being addressed. Cut the easy stuff, the low hanging fruit first, for instance the Senate's Hair Care Revolving Fund, which had more than a quarter of a million dollars in 2010. I hear over and over again, those numbers don't make up much. Just do it. Before asking for more money, show progress. cut the waste, don't talk about it. There is some federal program couched in bureaucratic and medical terms, the name of which I have blocked out of my mind, that says children need more exercise, so be sure they can walk to school. A positive goal, but what it boiled down to was federal money for local sidewalks. That's nuts. Someone in Boston shouldn't have to pay for sidewalks in Boulder. That's a local issue.

If each Representative presented one cost cutting measure in a bill less than two pages long and each bill was allowed 15 minutes of discussion and a vote, there could be 435 cost cutting measures introduced and voted on in less than three weeks.  Instead there are huge omnibus bills that can not be debated on the merits because they are too big. Instead of bigger is better, try shorter and more concise. Maybe the long involved subcommittee process could be bypassed for bills of less than two pages. Maybe gridlock could be avoided if the bills are simple enough to speak for themselves. Maybe the bottlenecks would be exposed for real instead of posturing. The same should be done in the Senate. There should be a competition among states like the Olypmpic medal count but instead for dollars cut from the budget.

Arguments about who should pay more are disingenous when they compare 10% of $50,000 ($5,000) to 9% of $1,000,000 ($90,000) with the point being made that 10% is more than 9%. Well sure it is, but then again $90,000 is more than $5,000. Stop trying to incite class warfare. The tax code is already progressive, the question is should it be even more so or less so. It should certainly be less convoluted. Don't vilify citizens for taking advantage of tax policies in effect, instead close the loopholes. There could be the same "Olympic medal count" for dollars saved in closing tax loopholes. 

As long as there have been federal programs that redistribute the wealth, some people have tried to get the money undeservedly. Read some disallowed Revolutionary War Pension files. Human nature is such that some people try to scam the government. Safeguards should be set, enforced and reviewed. Decide upfront if the program is needs based or merit based and stick to it.

Those are some of my political feelings. In general I am not interested in anyone else's feelings because they are so negative. No offense intended, it's all I can do to keep up with the president, vice president, senators, representatives, the issues, the judges, the state and local politicians and how I need to vote. I am not worried about how you need to vote. When you feel the need to share something positive, please do.

Jul17

Some Things are Worth the Extra Money

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I Like Milk

I have always liked milk. Growing up in a family of six with five huge milk drinkers, I can't imagine how many gallons we went through in a week. When I went to college, I drank two glasses for breakfast, two for lunch and three glasses for dinner. The guys were always in the ice cream line, but I just loved the milk. Not chocolate milk, just plain old white milk, pasteurized, homogenized vitamin D milk. Senior year I lived off campus without a car, I couldn't keep milk cold while I walked back from the grocery, so I went without. It was awful and one of the things I missed most being off campus.

I like milk. I drank whole milk as a kid, switched to 2% in my teens, skim in my twenties, and organic in my thirties. In my forties I stopped buying milk with bovine growth hormones. I don’t know how strong the science behind that choice is. Both sides write a good story, but I am erring on the side of caution.

I like milk from glass containers. I can drink it from waxed cardboard cartons. I really prefer not to drink milk stored in plastic jugs. I can smell the plastic after it’s poured. I have not done a blind taste testing on this. I have milk delivered by Longmont Dairy once a week. I pay more for my milk than others who buy non organic gallon plastic jugs at the supermarket. It's worth it.

It has been such a treat to have organic skim milk from glass containers without bovine growth hormone delivered to my doorstep again this summer. Life is good. I only wish it were economic to have a two person supply of milk delivered from Longmont Dairy all year round.

May16

Great Harvest, Xona Resorts and the Conference Center & Inn

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A Study in Contrasts

Great Harvest in Boulder, Xona Resorts in Scottsdale and The Conference Center & Inn in Clemson

Months ago when I started my blog, I knew it would be about genealogy and books. Of course, I also wanted a place to rant about poor service, horrible products, no follow through, bad lines, some of the things that make road rage, etc. In particular, an overpriced hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona was snarky, unclean, smoky and throughly unsatisfactory. I heard a lecture years ago at Friends School about the qualities that make strong, good, productive kids citizens. One of those was recognition by non-familial adults in the community. In essence what that lecture sparked for me was the “catch a kid doing something good” campaign. Instead of fussing and fuming about poorly behaved children on an airplane or at King Soopers, throwing tantrums in the aisles, of which there are plenty, I started watching for good behavior, enjoying it and remarking on it at home during dinner. Sentences like:

  •     Today I saw the nicest little boy at the park doing ...
  •     My checker at Target was so nice today, she ...
  •     While we were at the library, a really helpful lady ...

Over time, this catching someone doing something good, developed a second part, in addition to thanking a child for holding the door for me, if I knew the child, I made a special point to tell his parents. One of my favorites was watching a high school boy play some tennis game, hard, with kids four years and younger than he was. He played good shots, and had hard hits, but he held up on the kill shots. Instead of going for the easy put away shots, he polished his ground strokes over and over again keeping the younger, smaller kids involved. He could have ended the streak almost any time, but instead he showed tremendous sensitivity to the age differences, especially to the budding competitiveness of a twelve year old boy. He played hard, but didn’t go for the throat. It wasn’t a match, he honed his skills without eviscerating this young boy. I didn’t know his parents well, and didn’t see them for nearly a year after this happened. But when I did see her, I told his mom, she had raised him well, and he deserved a get out of jail free card for that kind of gracious behavior. I made it a goal to complement either a kid or his or her parents or both when I caught the kid doing something good. Why you should consider doing this, it makes you feel great. You always have something positive to say and it makes you happy. The other reasons, it reinforces good behavior, it lets your child or children know in a tangible way, that you in fact do notice and acknowledge good behavior. How many times have you heard the mother of a quiet peaceful girl complain that the reward in school for her good cooperative behavior is to have the loudest, most disruptive, boy set next to her by the teacher? That happens way too often. So I thought I should start with something positive.

In Boulder, we are lucky to have a bread store, a bakery that makes fresh bread everyday except Sunday and holidays. I have been a customer at Great Harvest for twenty years. In a rut, I order Oregon Herb bread for ten trips in row. Other times, I change the variety of bread, add a specialty round loaf for dips, choose bread sticks or rolls, order holiday pies, there are lots of options. There are also holiday shaped breads for edible centerpieces. Around Halloween, it’s spiders and at Easter, it’s bunnies. Pick a holiday and see what fun shapes they make the bread loaves. It's inventive, fun and makes everyone smile. There are those who feel that bread has too many carbohydrates. There are those who feel it costs too much, and it is more expensive than a loaf of bread in the supermarket. I offer the same solution, one slice of Great Harvest bread makes a better tasting sandwich, albeit a little messier, than two slices of regular bread. Enjoy it. There is a frequent buyer card, so the 13th loaf is free. There is also the free sample slice you get when you go into the store. Economically, you can balance the price by getting tortillas the next week, but really you should just get the bread because it tastes so good. You and your family deserve that.

Ida Sherwood Bettis is my paternal grand mother. Aunt Clara is my great aunt. I can remember every nooks and crany of that house and yard...

Eric Bettis Eric Bettis 25. July, 2017 |

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