Out and About Blog by Norm Stutesman

Out and About – Week of November 29th

“The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” ~ Chinese Proverb For you married couples, I’m sure you now realize the following: There is no such thing as a perfect marriage, and for you couples thinking about getting married, I strongly suggest you enter into marriage knowing that it will not …

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Out and About – Week of November 22nd

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, so I’d like to wish everyone a special day of “thankfulness”. It’s very easy to dwell on our misfortunes, but we should try our best to be thankful for all our blessings. If you have a roof over your head, food on your table, clothes on your back and good health, you should be thankful. You …

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Out and About – Week of November 15th

Like many others my age, I find myself find it difficult to remember certain things. For instance, remembering what I had for lunch two days ago takes some serious thinking, trying to recall someone’s name happens more frequently. I try my best to do things to keep my mind sharp, like working crossword puzzles, or playing games that require paying …

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Out and About – Week of November 8th

Wednesday, November 10th, is the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The Corps will be 246 years old.. If you happen to run into an active duty Marine or a Marine Corps veteran, please honor that Marine by saying, “Happy Birthday, Marine”. For those who might not know, a Marine is not a soldier or GI. A Marine is …

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Out and About – Week of November 1st

This coming Sunday, November 7, Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 AM. This means that we may enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Remember, “Spring ahead….Fall behind.” Probably, you should turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. The clock on your phone and on your computer will do this automatically, but the clock on your …

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Out and About – Week of October 25th

One of my Indiana friends noticed my explanation in last week’s column concerning why residents of Indiana are referred to as “Hoosiers”. He was interested in learning more on this topic. For all my Hoosier friends, here are a couple more explanations: When a visitor hailed a pioneer cabin in Indiana, or knocked upon its door, the settler would respond, …

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Out and About – Week of October 18th

As of this writing, the peak of fall colors has not appeared yet in St. Joseph County. I know a few folks who have traveled north to check out the fall colors and have returned with some fantastic photos and memories of what was available in the Traverse City area. Our time will come soon enough. Meanwhile, beginning Monday, October …

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Out and About – Week of October 11th

This past weekend, I had the honor of being one of the local veterans selected to take part on the Talons Out Honor Flight. This flight is made possible thanks to donors who wish to honor a veteran with an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. To those donors I offer my sincere gratitude for their generosity. This flight is …

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Out and About – Week of October 4th

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never failing, but in rising again after you fall.” ~ Vince Lombardi Whether you want to admit it or not, we’re all creatures of habit. A few examples you might relate to: When you’re in the bathroom getting ready for the new day, do you brush your teeth the same way every time? When …

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Out and About – Week of September 27th

The St. Joe County Fair was not held last year due to Covid-19. It did happen this year with a few changes. Parking was FREE and the admission gates were changed a bit. With Covid still on everyone’s mind, most people took necessary cautions. I did see a lot of patrons wearing masks. It was a little difficult to maintain …

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