Out and About – Week of January 4th

Welcome to 2021. It won’t take much to be a better year than 2020. Working together, we can make it the best year we’ve seen in a long time.

I’m going to try something new this year. Most of you can remember when the highways were decorated with Burma Shave signs. They were all quite clever and made a lot of sense. Probably a lot more than some of the billboards out there today.

Starting this month, I’m going to end my column with at least one of the many verses from those Burma Shave signs.

There actually was a product known as Burma Shave. It made its appearance back in the late 1920s. I’m not sure if the product is still available and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen the Burma Shave signs along any highway. So, read on and check out the Burma Shave verse at the end of the column.

The Pregnancy Helpline is one of those organizations you don’t hear much about, even though they do a lot for those in need. They are always in need of donations and not always monetary. Here are some of the items on their wish list: High-top table with chairs, a new stackable washer and dryer, step-on metal trash cans (7 to 10 gallon), baby monitors, baby wrap carriers, new cribs and new crib mattresses, a 4-tier ladder shelf for a baby boutique, and they are also in need of an outdoor maintenance person to handle leaf and trash clean-up. Anything you can do to contribute to these needs would be greatly appreciated. As a non-profit, Christian organization, the Pregnancy Helpline Center is dedicated to empowering individuals in making life-affirming decisions.

The Pregnancy Helpline is located at 172 East Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers. Their mail is received at P.O. Box 129, and you may phone them at 269-278-2211.

I have no idea how many people make New Year’s Resolutions anymore. Despite the best of intentions, once the glow of a fresh new year wears off, many folks struggle to make good on their plans. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 46% of people who made resolutions were successful. That means over half of the people who set a goal for the new year will fail. If you haven’t made any resolutions by now, you have two more chances to do so. January 14 is the Orthodox New Year and February 12 is the Chinese New Year. After that, I’m afraid you are on your own.

Here are ten of the most popular resolutions. With the Covid pandemic, some might be difficult:

Lose weight (difficult, because we have nothing else to do but eat)
Get organized (easy, because we have a lot of time on our hands)
Learn a new skill or hobby
Live life to the fullest (impossible if you can’t go anywhere or see anyone)
Save more money/spend less money (depends on if you are working)
Quit smoking
Spend more time with family and friends (can be very difficult)
Travel more (you have to be kidding me)
Read more ( watching TV requires less energy)
Have more patience with those around you.

“He played a sax, had no B.O., but his whiskers scratched, so she let him go.” BURMA SHAVE

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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