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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Summer Thoughts:

Have you noticed that the days are becoming shorter? Labor Day is practically upon us, and this signals the end of summer for most people. I feel a twinge of sadness each year during our Labor Day celebration. There’s a care free feeling about summer which no other season contains. People and schedules are a bit more relaxed. Picnics and swimming parties are enjoyed as in no other season. In the mid-west by the time Labor Day comes, there’s a bit of coolness in the air; nature’s preview of things to come. Of course, this isn’t true in the desert, but that’s a story for another day.

Fortunately, this twinge of sadness I mentioned doesn’t last long. The Fall season has a charm of its own; with brisk mornings, the smell of burning leaves and the excitement of football games. It’s fascinating that we have found things to celebrate during every season. The important thing is to celebrate each day of life, and the singular joy that day brings. Join me in thanksgiving as we celebrate each day.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Dinner Is Served!

Years ago, when the composition of our nation was quite rural, most folks spoke of the meal at noon as dinner, and the meal in the evening as supper. The nature of our work was far more physical for most people in those days, so I believe a larger amount of food was consumed at both dinner and supper.

When my bride and I were married, forty-three short years ago, the nature of our jobs dictated that we eat our big meal at noon. We have maintained that schedule ever since, and we like it that way. It’s especially nice in the summer, as our kitchen isn’t heated up late in the afternoon when our temperatures are at their highest. Another advantage to this schedule is that when we go out to eat, chances are that we’ll enjoy lunch instead of dinner. We get an adequate amount of food for less money, and the contentment of that fact makes the food taste even better. Actually, we eat around 11:30 A.M. This can vary up to ten minutes either way. This shows just how flexible we are; but I digress.

Finally, I like the fact that I have sufficient time to burn off calories from a bigger meal before I have to think of retiring for the day. If you agree with all this, I’ll ask the question the beautiful people in Hollywood ask: “Let’s do lunch real soon! Okay?”