Every morning — even if it’s brisk outside, I take a cup of coffee to my backyard deck and lean against the railing to collect my thoughts before my day really gets started. The coffee mug warms my hands, and the absence of anything but nature soothes my soul a bit before the chaos begins.
The birds. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but the birds have returned. Their songs fill the early morning air with such a melody that one can’t help but feel blessed and happy. To tell you the truth, I’m not a big bird fan, but I don’t mind admitting their sunrise sonatas are invigorating.
Likewise, my drive into work has become an eye-opening experience, as I search for new arrivals — mostly calves, some that I know were just born overnight. My smile immediately arrives without coaxing, as I watch knobby and unsteady knees stand next to its seemingly proud mama.
And when I arrive home from the office at night, the sun is in just the right position to highlight a purple hue in my backyard — a grove of red bud trees just waiting to pop. Coupled with hundreds of daffodils and tulips that now seem eager to bloom — well my friends, spring has so much to offer, if only we just take the time to notice. Enjoy!
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Every week, I read stories in this newspaper that are filled with good people doing great things. Every once in a while I hear people say they don’t like to listen or read the news because it’s always bad news. Well, those folks must not be reading the Bureau County Republican because I see a mountain of positive things going on in and around Bureau County. Here are some items I read about recently in the BCR which I believe deserve a round of applause:
• I learned Open Prairie United Church of Christ in Princeton held an Earth Day service last Tuesday. Organized by Open Prairie’s Mission Team of Susan Hale, Carol Kuhnert, Lisa Stefani and Jessica Gray, the peaceful service included songs, poems and a Druid Tree blessing to welcome a new addition to the garden of Open Prairie. What a cool way to celebrate Earth Day! I didn’t have the opportunity to attend, but I bet it was a memorable experience.
• I was really impressed to read BCR Senior Staff Writer Donna Barker’s story about 14-year-old Devin Cole of Wyanet, who is battling a brain tumor and was awarded a wish from the Make A Wish Foundation. While many children wish for trips to Disney World or other fun destinations, Devin wished for lawn care equipment to further his lawn care business. If I lived in Wyanet, I’d be calling Devin to take care of my lawn. Devin said he made his wish because he knew he needed to look ahead and have something he could continue to do in the future. What a neat young man! I’m sure we could all learn something from Devin.
• I’m so glad voters approved the bonds in March’s primary election, which allows the Cherry Fire Protection District to issue $100,000 in bonds to improve the site and build and equip a new fire station. I can’t wait to see the finished station. Cherry residents should be proud of themselves.
• Did you enjoy last week’s front page photo of the baby chick? That was taken by former BCR Staff Photographer Lisa Tunney. It was nice to see her artwork again.
Have a great week! And don’t forget May Day is Thursday. Why not deliver a May basket to someone special! Not only will it make them feel good, but it will make you feel good as well. Take some time for yourself this week, and remember ... you are important to me and the BCR.