Nebraska charity up even when times are down

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I’m proud to be a Nebraskan and hope you are too!” In these times of uncertainly Nebraskans have reached deep into their hearts to come to the aid of their fellow neighbors through the performance of good deeds. Even in these times of financial uncertainty more Nebraskans than ever also have reached deep into their pockets to spearhead successful community fund drives that exceeded the donations of past years’ fund drives. Simply put, the host of deeds and financial contributions speak volumes about Nebraskans who are helping each other.
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Education is one key to happiness. However an educated man is not necessarily the product of ivy-covered walls, but is able to see clearly, think steadily, and act nobly.
The president of one of nation’s great universities once remarked these following five traits indicated an educated man: Correctness and precision in the use of his mother tongue; refined  and gentle manners which express fixed habits of thought and action; power and habit of reflection; power and growth; and possession of efficiency and power to do.
Each of these remarks may be gained outside college towers. No college guarantees these marks to its graduates.
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Speaking of education, there are plenty skills that can only be learned through experience. I’m still attempting to achieve another one to add to my very short skills’ list.
I find it difficult to admit I’m a slow learner. After many years of marriage I’m still trying to learn to load a dishwasher properly. I am skilled enough to empty a dishwasher. That learning has been fine-tuned over a few years because in the early morning hours the Betterhalf is absent in the kitchen when I’m trying to find my cereal bowl that was washed the night before. But, when it comes loading a dishwasher, that’s a different story.
I’ve always tried to help after eating to put my dirty dishes in the dishwasher. I’ve yet to witness the Betterhalf not rearranging the racks after I told her, “It’s full.” She will step over and till squeeze in one more dish or pan. My learning curve appears to not be “learning” anymore.
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Just a reminder: “We are born naked, wet and hungry. Then things got worse.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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