The cool weather has been rather nice. Not bitter and except for the nasty little wind tantrums, it is good to be outside. Sunshine and cool weather is really the best. I do sleep better with the nights cool.
A word of congratulations to the winners of the Rector School Spelling Bee: Landon Haywood won 1st place. 2nd place went to Austin Simmons and 3rd to Haden Rabah. Good job by all. Now who is going on to Nationals?
I hope your Thanksgiving was all you could wish for. I do like the fact that we have a day earmarked for the purpose of acknowledging our gratitude. Even though most of us give thanks daily, it seems like it is exceptionally powerful when we are all together with our blessings on our minds.
I celebrated Thanksgiving with Carol Stone and her family. Three of her children (Mary, Billy and Hope) were there with husbands and wife, children and grandchildren. I believe there were 29 of us including small children and two little babies. Doug, her son who lives in Japan connected with us via Facetime with his daughter, Kahana and everyone got to visit with them. There was love enough to go around. And enough food for left-overs (even some deserts.) Of all the things to be thankful for, family and friends always place at the top. This was no exception. A safe home and “enough” of everything else makes us royalty in our own realms. I always take a moment to send a prayer for all those who do not have “enough” in this world. And there are many.
Now Black Friday, which lasted a lot longer this year, is over and today is cyber-Monday, in case you still need to grab a bargain or two. Shopping season is open until Christmas Eve, I suppose. Go forth and spend. It is your duty. Don’t forget about our local shopping opportunities. You can pick up gifts right here in Rector and in Piggott that are unique to this area. Every dollar you spend locally puts a money back into the local economy.
I will be selling and signing my new book, “Echoes From The Ashes,” at the Rector Welcome Center on Main Street, Saturday, December 2 from Noon until 2:00 p.m. Please come by and visit and share some light refreshments with us. The book is the story of a young woman who begins to have flashbacks and dreams that lead her to believe she is reincarnated from the Holocaust. It is a fiction about a past truth. There’s a love interest and a surprise ending. I hope you will drop by.
With the weather getting cold, remember to check for small animals warming beneath your car, before you start the engine and be sure your outdoor pets have plenty of warm, dry shelter. Bring them inside when the temperatures get too low.
Be alert. There are several scams going around now and many phishing scams. If you get an email that you suspect is a scam or phishing, you can easily forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
With that I will close. Give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column.
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