Out and About – Week of March 17th

A classmate of mine recently sent me a quote that really set me to thinking. It’s really sad that the quote has come to be a reality, and we should all give it some serious thought. Albert Einstein said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” It seems that, wherever you go, there are people who just can’t put down their cell phones, or whatever other high-tech device they might have. They can’t even walk down the street without having their phones up to their ears. Children don’t participate in family conversations while dining out, because they are preoccupied with video games or texting their BFFs. It’s against the law to text while you drive, but there are drivers who still do it. Unfortunately, sometimes people die because a driver was too busy texting to pay attention to their driving. I wish I were smart enough to come up with a cure for rudeness and stupidity.

I wonder how many of you are aware that schools no longer are required to teach “Cursive”. Knowing how to sign your name, or the use of penmanship, apparently is no longer important. We have computers to do that for us. Most of our younger generation has no idea on how to make change. They usually have a computer to do that for them, and they forget about counting your change back to you. As a matter of fact, this column is prepared using a computer. I have a very nice electric typewriter, but the computer is faster and it is easier to correct my mistakes. I guess I really don’t have a right to complain, but I can think of several of my teachers who would be quite upset with the education system, if they were still living.

The Carnegie Center for the Arts hosted a reception this past Sunday, March 16, for the art students attending high schools in St. Joseph County. Sponsored by Bippus USA.com National Auctions and Real Estate, the reception was held from 2 until 4 PM. The students’ art exhibits will be on display at the Carnegie through Saturday, April 12. If you have the opportunity, stop by the Carnegie, located at 107 North Main Street, in Three Rivers, and witness just how much talent exists here in your own community. You’ll be amazed at how good these young artists are. For information on hours of operation at the Carnegie, you may visit their website at www.trcarnegie.com, or give them a call at 269-273-8882.

I am still on a weight-loss campaign. I think I’m doing a good job watching my carb intake, and my consumption of sweets. Fortunately, I really enjoy salads, and that is usually my evening meal at least once a week. This leads me up to mentioning the “Spring Salad Supper….and More!” fundraiser put on by the Ninth Street United Methodist Church. If you missed their Swiss Steak Dinner fundraiser several weeks ago, you have another opportunity to experience some great down-home dining. This must-attend fundraiser is scheduled for this next Saturday, March 22, from 5 to 6:30PM. The menu consists of salad, of course, casseroles, dessert, and a beverage. All of this can be had for the low price of $8. for adults and $4. for children. Oh yes, this is one of those “All-You-Can-Eat” events, so please go with a hearty appetite and plan to eat healthy. The church is located at 700 Ninth Street, right here in Three Rivers.

Water is still the best thing to drink, whether you’re thirsty or not. Here are four helpful hints:

Two glasses of water after waking up helps activate internal organs.

One glass of water thirty minutes before a meal helps digestion.

One glass of water before taking a bath/shower helps lower blood pressure.

One glass of water before going to bed helps avoid a stroke or heart attack.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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