Out and About – Week of October 31st

There are many ads on television that just don’t make any sense. The one that comes to mind is the one dealing with a woman lying on her floor saying, “Help me, I’ve fallen and can’t get up!” My question is why doesn’t the cameraman offer assistance? It just doesn’t make any sense.

Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day. It’s the day when we can all vote for those people who will make decisions for us that will affect our future. If you are of age, please get off the couch and do your rightful duty. There are people in the world who don’t have that privilege.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means there are some of us, who in preparation for enjoying plenty of the delicious food that comes with the holiday, decide to do some pre-holiday fasting. This way we can enjoy the turkey and dressing guilt-free, because we have lost a few pounds prior to sitting down at the table.

There are benefits to intermittent fasting. According to the National Institute on Aging, fasting improves biomarkers of disease, reduces oxidative stress and preserves learning and memory functioning. I’ve found that as I’ve aged, my memory has not kept up with me. I have no problem remembering my phone number when I was a child, but remembering the name of someone I’ve known for years can be difficult.

I’ve tried fasting, but have not been successful. I love eating too much and being hungry is not a happy thing. I’m also diabetic, so if I don’t eat regularly, I don’t feel well. The secret to fasting, or not eating as much as you’d like, is to drink more water. In some cases, when we feel hungry, our body is confusing it with being thirsty. Drinking water first thing in the morning will help alleviate hunger pangs and flush out your system from overnight.

The Stone Cottage Free Store, located on the corner of West and Bennett Streets in Three Rivers, has just about every type of household item a person might need. The store is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 AM until noon. In order to provide for those in need, the store takes donations. The volunteers at the store appreciate all donations, but sometimes they run out of space and have difficulty accepting donations when the store is open for shoppers. If you have items to donate, here are some suggestions that might alleviate some issues:

Call ahead, especially if you have large donations. Phone: 269-535-2786. A volunteer will let you know about any space issues that might exist and what items are really needed at that time.
During open hours, if space allows, they typically can accept the equivalent of three tall kitchen bags.
All donations should be dropped off before 11 AM. This way the volunteers will have time to sort through the donations before closing at Noon.
If your donation is larger than normal, a volunteer will take your name and contact number and someone will call you to make an appointment to bring in your donation when the store is closed.

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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