Thursday, May 17, 2012

Friday Peace Vigil, Youngstown, OH, and surrounding area:

Friday, May 18, 2012
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Downtown on the Square (Federal Plaza E. & Wick Ave.)

Ray Nakley (330-506-1999) and Ron Dull (330-518-9881) will hold their weekly Peace Vigil this Friday, May 18, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the corner of Downtown on the Square (Federal Plaza E. & Wick Ave.), Youngstown, OH. They invite anyone who is interested in showing their support for ending conflict in the world to join them. Hold out positive thoughts for that!

This week:

Weather in southern Arizona is sliding steadily from spring into full summer, my best time of year. Since this is the first hot season when I’ve had Jim to help with household projects, we’re plowing through that great mound of things that grew to immense proportions through the long years we’ve been together. Everything’s going into one of three piles: donate, recycle, or discard.

We’re doing everything possible to make sure the first pile is largest and the last one the smallest. Fortunately, our house backs up to an old-fashioned alley. If we can’t find anything else to do with a particular item that still seems to have some purpose to it, Jim will just set it out beside the community trash barrel, and in no time at all, it disappears into some other household.

There it will no doubt haunt another hapless family until they grow as old as we are now and realize they have too much stuff chaining them to this unreal plane. We wish them the best, and hope they get at least as much good out of these items as we did--or at least, dreamed of doing once upon a time when we first brought it into our world.

If all goes well, when it’s time for either of us to go, we hope to travel light. We won’t need all that baggage in the next plane, and we don’t want anything to hold us back when we hear the inevitable call. But never fear. Neither of us is in a hurry to go. We’ve still got plenty of things besides possessions to keep us busy here. On the other hand, the less stuff we’re saddled with, the easier our work will be, anywhere we are.

So, bye-bye, all you pesky little material possessions. We’ll probably miss you for a minute or two. Then we’ll get on with the rest of this existence and enjoy doing whatever is left for a couple of broken-down old geezers like us to do.

Positive thoughts and, for those who are believers, prayers for all the suffering souls all around the world!

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