Out and About – Week of October 19th

A couple of weeks ago I listed some words of wisdom. This week I’d like to share some words of wisdom about love. Love is one thing there’s too little of and we can always use much more. Share this words of wisdom and share a little more love:

Love carries great expectations.
Love always eases pain.
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
Love many things.
Love without expectations.
We are getting into the flu virus season. The Covid virus has been on everyone’s mind for over six months now, so we all should be taking extra precautions. We received our flu shots a couple weeks ago and are trying to concentrate more on the personal hygiene that we’ve been practicing since last March. We’ve been extremely lucky. More and more people have been hospitalized lately for things other than Covid-19. Should you or someone you love need to spend time in a hospital for more than an overnight stay, you might want to take into consideration the following:

If someone will be hospitalized for an extended period of time, take photographs of loved ones and place them in their room. The familiar faces will be a comfort.
If you are going to a hospital for a complex procedure, or diagnostic test, choose a hospital whose medical staff frequently performs them. You’re less likely to suffer complications if the staff is highly experienced.
If you are hospitalized, try not to lie in bed for long periods of time; it causes your muscles to lose strength. As soon as your doctor gives you the green light, walk around the halls and do some stretching.
When you mail get-well cards to hospitalized friends, write their home address as the return address. Even if they’ve gone home, the card will reach them.

Halloween is a week from Saturday, so I thought some of you might be interested as to why we celebrate this festive day. The origins of Halloween are very old and very strange. Long before the Christian era, the Druids of Great Britain used to celebrate the festival of Samhain (summers end), practicing mystical rites and ceremonies.

Our modern custom of trick-or-treating is from seventeenth-century Ireland. It seems the Irish poor of the time would go from door to door asking for money to buy food for a feast in honor of St. Columba, who had taken the place of Samhain, the old god of the dead. St. Columba was a sixth-century monk who had converted the Picts to Christianity. The Gaels also had the practice of giving cakes, called soul cakes, to the poor at Samhain in return for their prayers for a good harvest. A more recent influence may have been Plough Day in England. Ploughmen would go begging from door to door and if turned away would threaten to plough up the stingy farmer’s crops. Some of all of these practices helped result in today’s custom of trick or treating.


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Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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