A wolf trots along the road at sunrise in Denali National Park. Photo by Steven Miley
Archives for June 2016
To begin, contact your local office of Emergency Management or search online for “Mapping Your Neighborhood.” You will find information you can print off to get you started. If you want to contribute to your neighborhood, this may be just the opportunity for you. There is no federal funding, but most cities have someone who is designated to assist with disaster preparedness. As always you may contact me at email@example.com Other information can be found on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is the Postmaster in Bandon, Oregon, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us.”
Last weekend I was out working at home when I heard the cry of a hawk. He circled my property then landed in the top of this spruce. This beautiful immature Goshawk stayed long enough for me to get his picture. Photo by Dwight Phillips
Floating the Gulkana River is very relaxing. Just ask this happy rafter who is taking a power nap.
Emily Anne Joslin graduated Cum Laude May 13 from Oklahoma Baptist University with a B.S. in Nursing.
Emily’s four years at OBU included volunteering at the C Bar Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program, playing on the ladies’ LaCrosse team and serving as Co-Captain for the last 3 years.
Emily was also inducted into the Nursing Honor Society.
Emily is the daughter of Steve and Debbie Joslin.
By Glenn Mollette
I often meet discouraged people. Recently I talked to a man unemployed after seventeen years of stable 80,000 a year pay. He was working a minimum wage job and discouraged. I praised him for staying active, being employed and keeping his mind busy but I could see the sadness in his eyes.
No one enjoys losing a job, fighting disease, being knocked down and feeling defeated. What is going on with you today? Maybe you are having a child that you did not plan to have. Maybe your spouse or the love of your life has not worked out.
Possibly someone has disappointed you. Life is filled with disappointments.
We’ve all been disappointed in Presidents, Congress, and frustrated with the world in general. What can we do? Make changes. Change is not always possible but when it is you should.
Change is often the lesser of choices. We get into ruts. We call it stability. Stability is nice but sometimes it can be a rut we don’t have the courage to leave. People hang onto drugs, sad relationships, and negative lifestyles because fear holds them back from going forward. We fear leaving the safety of the house to face and conquer what may be in the outside world.
When I was 24 I taught an older lady how to swim. She had always feared the water but has thanked me several times down throughout the years. My youngest son had to take the driver’s test three times. We stayed with it and we kept practicing. Today he drives and travels anywhere he wants to go.
The change you may want to make may be simple and subtle. Nobody may ever notice but you, but you are the one who counts.
This summer why not take some small risks. I’m not talking about going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. I’m talking about some steps forward in your life. The kind of stuff you’ve thought about doing, wanted to do but just didn’t have the heart to try. Remember it’s okay to fail quickly. Actually it’s better to fail fast than to take five years to fail. However, every now and then something clicks well and you will look back and think, “I’m glad I tried.”
What can Americans do this summer? Be willing to try. Be willing to change. Put your disappointments behind you. Some people will embrace you but not everybody is your friend, so get over expecting overwhelming support about most anything. If you are successful people will jump on the bandwagon but that comes later after all of your trial and errors. This summer, keep trying.
Glenn Mollette is an American Syndicated Columnist and Author. He is the author of eleven books and read in all fifty states. Enjoy Books By Glenn Mollette at Amazon.com
This column does not necessarily reflect the view of any organization, institution or this paper or media source.