Those were the days

~Does anyone else miss having to sign your name on a library card to check a book out? Without that guide I find myself checking out the same ones and discovering the fact about five pages in. And it is worse with the books on tape  and a mystery for a road trip alone, only to remember who done it at the opening lines.

Making It Last

~An article about a 75 year marriage gave five reasons why the couple felt it had lasted: 1. Love and respect                                                                                                                         2. Sense of humor                                                                                                                               3. Value each other, not possessions                                                                                             4. Forgive and forget.                                                                                                                      5. Never go to bed angry.

I think this is good solid advice although #5 seems nigh onto impossible to me–bad day at work, cranky kids, worries about the bills, no one appreciates me, dog bit postman, why can’t I get any help. There is a lot to deal with at evening time, and I admit I failed this one more than once. Looking at this list, if you just count backwards on the steps it works out o.k.  Just hard to do.

For those who remember Art Linkletter

~Stephen Moore’s remembering Art Linkletter appeared in the Wall Street Journal in the May 29-30, 2010 issue.  He recalled one of Mr. Linkletter’s favorite stories from “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” This was the conversation after a 7-year boy told him that his dog had died. “Don’t be sad because your dog is up in heaven with God.” The boy responded, “Mr. Linkletter, what would God want with a dead dog?”

~Did you see any June bugs in June?

Vol Scholar

~Theotis Robinson, retired from UT and former Knoxville City Council member, wrote a column in the News-Sentinel about a program at the University of Tennessee, the “Vol Scholar.” A Vol Scholar is a UT athlete who maintains a 3.0 grade point average. When you see them in action you can tell the Scholars by a torch patch on the uniform. The present football coach, Butch Jones, is helping promote the program; participants rose from the teens to the fifties with his interest. That is the most positive college sport news I have heard in ages. GO BIG ORANGE!!

Remembers what it was like

~Love people who walk the walk! Cassius Cash, superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, spoke recently to college students about getting a mentor. He says, “Find a mentor who will tell you the truth, but not the answer,” and to accept advice they need”…. to leave your ego at the door.” Cash still consults with the mentors who helped him. I admire someone who remembers how difficult it is for a young person to ask for help. He did it anyway and now takes time to tell others they can too.

Published by Judytwiga

I am a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys living close to the action in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the 1980s I created and published Zoo Connections, an international networking publication for non-animal zoo departments. Jobs over the years include working with the developmentally disabled, night front desk at a motel, assistant in development and membership at the NC Zoological Society, Customer Relations manager at Regal Entertainment Group, census enumerator, concessions at University of Tennessee, house cleaner, substitute teacher, sitter for children, houses, and pets. Freelance work at Knoxville News Sentinel and KnoxZine. Contributor to A Knoxville Christmas (2008,2007), and articles for the North Carolina Zoo website. Interested in anything except humorless people and politics. Enjoy reading, Scrabble, Catan, camping. I hold dear family (human and animal), friends, Kenya, Sunset Beach, NC and the Keys.

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