Hi everyone! Each week I try to find some story that might put a smile on your face or maybe leave a warm spot in your heart. We are bombarded with so much bad news that I sometimes feel we are drowning in it. I seem to have fallen into a time when I don’t feel very happy.

I think about our children today and wonder what they will remember about their childhood when they become adults. Will they remember playing hide and seek, hopscotch, jumping rope, snowball fights and catching lightning bugs? Or will they be so afraid to go outdoors that each of them becomes paranoid about strange noises or strangers on the street?

This past summer, I was talking with a person in a local store and this cute, adorable young man was with her and I tried to strike up a conversation with him. He shied away and just then his mother approached and told me that she instills in him the need not to talk with strangers. It left me with a large lump in my throat and I was shocked! After I thought about it for a while, I could see her reasoning, but it still upset me to think that society today has parents teaching their children this cruel lesson.

Whatever happened to the statement that said, "it takes a village to raise a child?" My neighbor, Mrs. Fesler, made me toe the line just like my parents!

When I was young, we were encouraged to speak to folks even if we didn’t know them. It was a way of being polite and of course an adult was never called by their first name; it was always Mr. or Mrs. I find myself still speaking to strangers in the parking lot, the local stores; just about anywhere really.

Many years ago, one of the residents at one of the local nursing facilities came into the office very upset. He sat down at my desk and asked, "Why don’t people see me?" He had been attending the ball games at Riverside Park and wanted to talk about the game to others and they ignored him because he was different. I have never forgot that moment and have tried very hard to better myself with those memories burned in my brain.

I have shied away from watching the news as today’s reporters seem possessed with repeating something over and over again and will not let it go. I think this goes back to the "O.J." trial and it has gained momentum ever since.

Watching the national news last Monday evening, I was appalled at the way these news people were asking such stupid questions that sounded like "how do you feel about these people being killed?" Really? Such grief and loss should not be put on display but according to statistics, people want to see, hear and read about such tragedies.

The only part of the evening news I really enjoy is "On the Road" with Steve Hartmann. This series is celebrating 50 years and it is one of the most refreshing news reports on record. Thanks to CBS, we see a glimmer of what this country is all about. It shows compassion, love, laughter and what makes each of us human!

I think I feel better now that I have that off my mind!

Birthdays being celebrated this week include: Nov. 14 – Becky Augustine, Mark Brightbill and Rebecca Russell; Nov. 15 – Don Mott, Lisa Nall, Barb Kollar and Melinda Hulit; Nov. 16 – Dan Bilger, Karen Henley and Mim Robinson; Nov. 17 – Terri Stitzlein; Nov. 18 – Jay Hollinger; Nov. 19 – Pam Beachler; Nov. 20 – Tonya Eikleberry and Vikki Balsomo.

Many happy returns of the day!

Don’t forget that the Loudonville Christian Women’s annual Day of Sharing is Dec. 5 at the Loudonville Nazarene Church so if you are planning to donate, time is of the essence!

I have only two wedding anniversaries in my book to celebrate this week: Nov. 17 – Joe and Glory Finley (their 11th) and Dave and Beth Lackey (their 39th). Congratulations!

Perrysville residents are reminded that the annual Perrysville Association of Churches Christmas Box is fast approaching and food staples and gently used or new toys are being accepted for distribution at the community center on Saturday, Dec. 9. These items may be taken to the Perrysville Farmers and Savings Bank or the Perrysville – Green Township Fire Department.

Finally – "Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word. Never get too big for your britches. Trust in God. Have no fear; and —ever forget a friend." — Harry S. Truman