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Thoughts While Shaving for February 4

Sometimes I wake early and give thanks that we are not heating with green wood in a trash burner … one that the sides would, could be bright red when ‘over loaded’, mostly with dry wood … Back to the green wood, dad was working from sunup to sundown and it was the responsibility of my brothers and myself to keep enough wood cut to keep us warm … We had lots of green wood, but had to be cut down and cut up … using a cross cut saw and a dull ax … I think about those days … worthy of a ‘thank you Lord’, don’t do that anymore…

Most of the folks I know in the area where we live, pause when there is a death in the community, the ladies of the church prepare a meal, if it is appropriate, or food is prepared and delivered to the home of the deceased or another designated place. Again, I love living in rural NC, Bladen County, USA … Old habits are not all bad.

One more item along the same lines. When a family or individual has an issue that devastates them … house fire is a perfect example … friends and neighbors, including total strangers all come together to give support … Such is the case tomorrow (Friday) at the White Lake Fire Department … Friends of the Tim and Cornelia Hester’s family (no relation that I am aware of) will be preparing a Chicken ‘n Rice plate, with string beans, hush puppies and cake … All for just $7 … YES, donations will be accepted, complete meal between 11 AM and 3 PM and everyone is invited … Drive thru or pick up and it’s all sponsored by family, friends, Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Public Utilities and Colly Chapel Church … Remember, it’s at the White Lake Fire Department … Another reason I love living in Bladen County, NC, USA. I understand Tim is a police at ‘the lake’, and much more…

Most folks I know in Bladen have a big heart … and are ready, willing and able to assist.

Weather today, sunny, with a high near 55, a little windy in the afternoon. A 30% chance of showers, mainly after 5 a.m. Low around 41. Friday’s forecast, Showers, mainly before 4 p.m. High near 57, windy with gusts up to 21 mph and an 80% chance of rain … Great weather for a chicken and rice lunch … and you can drive through … never get out of your vehicle, never get wet … I think … I hope…

“I’m happy to help people.” Manny Pacquiao

Don’t try to be perfect, just try to be better than you were yesterday.

I will and I can…

robert g hester

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