Commentary

Wed
26
Dec

Burning calories just thinking about the new year

Soon we will be turning over a new leaf and heading into a new year, which means many of us will be making New Year’s Resolutions. Which also means, judged on past experiences, good intentional resolutions for the next year are meant to be broken.
Among the most common resolutions is one that we vow to lose weight and just in time we found a guide to the number of calorie activities per hours they consume. Here are those guidelines:
Beating around the bush, 75 calories; jumping to conclusions, 100 calories; climbing the walls, 150; swallowing your pride, 50; passing the buck, 25; throwing your weight around (depending on your weight), 50 to 300.
Dragging your heels, 100; pushing your luck, 250; making mountains out of molehills, 500; hitting the nail on the head, 50; wading through paperwork, 300; bending over backwards, 75.

Wed
19
Dec

Feeling blessed, despite slighlty slower pace of life

For the third time this week my Betterhalf has asked if our Christmas letter was done. Ever since my retirement 18 years ago the obligation of writing the Christmas letter has been my duty and apparently she has plans for me continuing as editor for this year.
I am troubled because I just read a magazine article where a biomedical gerontologist (What a title!) predicted soon people will live to be 1000 years of age. According to my calculation I could have 920 more Christmas letters to edit. My only hope is that I won’t be in charge of keeping up a current mailing list for our letter.

Wed
19
Dec

Holiday greetings celebrate faith-based Christmas message

A lot of things have changed in the way we celebrate Christmas these days, but one constant is the warm fuzzy, that priceless sense of connection, we get from holiday greetings that come our way.
Long before we’ll gather around the Christmas tree to exchange gifts, an array of colorful cards and letters start arriving from friends and family, filled with photos, summaries of the year that was 2018 and genuine holiday greetings. It’s a highlight of the season for me, personally, so it is with great joy that the News-Register staff offers this week’s edition as a giant Christmas card to the community, from the community.

Wed
12
Dec

Christmas shopping not at top of the holiday list for all

The other evening the Betterhalf after reading the newspaper said she had found a great Christmas gift for our brother-in-law. I was elated because the brother-in-law generally buys what he wants or needs. That attitude leaves little room for us Christmas gift-hunters to adequately fill his stocking.  
Now it appeared difficult shopping may have eased a bit when she announced his stocking was going to be filled with an electronic gadget that communicated via Goggle. I should have known better . . . there was about to be a catch to her simple solution. She asked me if I would like to go with her in making the purchase. “No thanks,” I said and added, “I don’t have any idea what you call the thing or how even how it works.”
My Christmas shopping generally in later years has become simply writing a few checks or getting gift cards. I have had too many memories of picking wrong colors, sizes, returns, or even inadequate gifts.

Wed
12
Dec

Stress can overwhelm your holidays, but don’t let it

The holidays are such a wonderful time, it is easy to become all wrapped up in the spirit of the season and allow expectations to outpace reality. When that happens people spend too much, schedule themselves into too many holiday activities, and allow the simple, deep and meaningful moments to pass them by.
Worst of all, overdoing it creates stress, and for many people, stress is one of the last things they want to contend with during the holidays.
To keep a cap on overdoing it, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services shares an assortment of thoughtful holiday advice:
Stick to a budget: Determine what you can afford to spend and stick to it. Enjoy holiday activities that are free, such as looking at holiday lights, a movie night at home or checking out holiday books from the library.
Don’t overcommit: Saying “yes” when you want to say “no” is a recipe for resentment.

Wed
05
Dec

Never try to second guess Mother Nature

Even at our age we learned another hard lesson. That lesson: “Don’t try to fool Mother Nature.”
A few weeks ago we headed south to spend Thanksgiving with our son in Tennessee. When we planned our return to the Midwest on Saturday, we found Mother Nature threw a wrench into our plans. Rain, potential snow and wind caused us to delay one day in our departure.
Rain was predicted in eastern Missouri with snow predicted in the Kansas City and Nebraska areas for Sunday. But, I conveyed my astute observation there was a window of opportunity to slip through the weather threats. “If we leave Sunday we could drive in rain through Missouri; stay in KC on Sunday night after a 3-inch snowfall and head into Nebraska on Monday morning.”

Wed
05
Dec

Bush lived ‘kinder, gentler’ motto as a model for the world

George H.W. Bush will be remembered by history as the voice of “a kinder, gentler nation,” a legacy appreciated perhaps more after his death than during his time in the White House.
The nation’s 41st president was a man of high character, according to all who knew and worked with him throughout a lifetime of public service. “Character matters,” Bush said time and again, and on that note he set the bar high.
A member of “the Greatest Generation” and a Navy war hero in his own right, 41, as he was known for his number in line to the presidency, was humble yet incredibly proud of his patriotic call to serve. Decades after he lived on Pennsylvania Avenue, Bush spoke with great reverence about the responsibilities and respect he had for the White House, as well as his opportunity to serve. He believed that the office is bigger than the man, caring less about his personal reputation than what was good for the country.

Wed
28
Nov

Team unity a key ingredient to Huskies state championship

The 2018 football season had a different look and feel in Aurora, but when the final whistle blew all of Husky Nation was feeling good.
This year’s team ran the table, going a perfect 13 and 0 in its Class C-1 debut. It was an impressive run, to be sure, dotted with new state records, a couple of come-from-behind wins and a lifetime of memories for a very talented team.
What stood out for this squad, besides its explosive offense, was a sense of team unity and a desire to just go out and have fun playing a game they love. There was a genuine sense on the sidelines that these guys had each other’s back, not worrying about who had the most yards or best statistics, but rather that the Huskies kept getting better, play by play, game by game. That was evident by season’s end, when Coach Kyle Peterson concluded that his team was playing its best football of the year on both sides of the ball when it mattered most.
Mission accomplished!

Wed
28
Nov

A bit of historical trivia about U.S. presidents

We came across these things you may not have known about our presidents.
George Washington, first president, said “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. president, said, “The Bible contains the revelation of the will of God. It contains the history of the creation of the world and of mankind.”
William Henry Harrison, 9th U.S. president, was inaugurated on a bitterly cold day and gave the longest inauguration speech ever. The new president promptly caught a cold that soon developed into pneumonia. Harrison died exactly one month into his presidential term.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president, said, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will die a better man.”

Wed
21
Nov

Church dinners a recipe for men to pitch in

November has been a busy month for church luncheons and dinners. Women church circle members have been busy making pies, soups, sandwiches and other goodies. But, there has been more. In some cases men have been recruited . . .  and I joined a male cast of recruits who of course were asked by our Betterhalves.
In my case my culinary skills are very limited since the Betterhalf during our 59 years of marriage told me to keep out of the kitchen while she was fixin’ dinner. I did, however, hone my skills on clearing the table, sometimes drying a few dishes, or taking out the garbage. Those skills go me a “job” at our church luncheon a few weeks ago.

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