Out and About – Week of October 5th

Next Sunday, October 11, is the annual Fall Color Tour here in the Three Rivers area. The weather usually cooperates and provides us with sunny skies and cool temperatures. The kind of day where a glass of apple cider or a cup of hot chocolate just seems like the perfect thing to quench that thirst or warm you up a bit.
The Color Tour started back in the Fifties and seems to get better every year, because more and more merchants are getting involved, and we thank them for their generosity and for opening their doors to make us feel welcome.
Maps for the Color Tour can be picked up at the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce office, 57 North Main Street, Three Rivers. What a wonderful way to spend a quiet Sunday afternoon with the family.
If you’ve been listening, watching, or reading the current events lately, you are well aware that periods of unrest are happening right here in our own backyard. I wonder why we all just can’t get along. We have difficulty understanding each other’s wants, desires, and beliefs.
Doe Zantamata once said, “It’s easy to judge. It’s more difficult to understand. Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods. Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.” I think it’s about time we grow up and care more about each other. It’s time to stop living a “ME” lifestyle. Personally, I’m for more hugging and less judging. Don’t forget that when you hug someone, the chances are you get a hug in return.
It seems the older we get, the more funerals we find ourselves attending. I don’t mean to sound so negative about life, but death is inevitable. We must all face it someday and there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ll never know our own moment of death; we can only hope it will be painless. Personally, I’d like to pass peacefully in my sleep. Sorry to stray off the subject of funerals, but death and funerals do sort of go together. On the subject of funerals, I’m curious as to why everyone in attendance usually tries to sit toward the back of the church or the funeral parlor. I think it’s the same way when it comes to attending church. I’m guilty of this, and my reason is that it makes it easier to leave the service should the need arise. It also makes it easier to see who else is there. If you’re seated in the back row, everyone else must pass by you to get to their seat. If someone has a better reason for sitting in the back row, I’m interested in hearing all about it. If I’m taking a class, you’ll usually find me sitting up front. That way I can hear better, and as a result, learn more. This is not to say that you can’t learn something from a good sermon from the pulpit.
See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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