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THE QUINTESSENTIAL TRUTH FOR A TRULY HAPPY LIFE...is as follows. A pastor friend said that his mother always said this to her children,
"There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best
of us, that it makes no sense for any of us to criticize the rest of
us." How about that for good advice, it seems it would be a clear
deterrent to almost any problem we could ever encounter with anyone
doesn't it?
 
HAPPY, HAPPY, FIRST DAY OF SUMMER...even though I always thought it
started on June 21st which is tomorrow, something else I must have
forgotten. In actuality it doesn't matter one iota to me as it is my
absolute favorite time of the year. I truly love, love it and am so
glad it has arrived, hope you are too.
 
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE MAJORITY OF YOU THINK ABOUT TIME MAGAZINE...but
they recently published their list of choice epithets for the Time's
staff, and needless to say these are from the ticked-off. They are,
"moronic, meddling, and liberal whiners." They are, "childish
nitpickers". How about, "Northeast left-wing ninnyhammers (new word?)"
Maybe, "narrow-minded pinheads". And, lastly "reactionary corporate
propagandists". Now, how about equal time for the other side, it would
only be fair. Every current magazine including Time had only good
things to say about ABCs late "Meet the Press" star Tim Russert. He
seemed to be the epitome of a fair reporter. I particularly liked the
quote when someone said he could picture Tim up in heaven sitting at
his famous table, and showing all those around how much he cared about
truth for one thing and then ending it by saying "go, get 'im". That
one brief sentence summed up some of the many things he stood for.
 
I KNOW YOU ALL AGREE THAT TO BECOME A DEAR FRIEND OF SOMEONE'S...takes
some work, things that precious don't just happen on their own do they?
It takes both listening and communicating on the part of both, and
usually one of these is much harder to accomplish than the other, or at
least it is for me. Three building blocks for this great gift to happen
in our lives is number one to be KIND which is self-explanatory , then
comes EMPATHY which helps us to see the other person's life through
their eyes and we end with LOYALTY, and all that is, is the fact that
we are reliable, respectful, and above all trustworthy. Quite a recipe
but not anyway unattainable especially for special people like our
readers. And the end results would have to be a very healthy friendship
on both sides. (Some copied) Also always remember that, "speaking
beautifully is little to the purpose unless one lives beautifully
too."-Elizabeth Prentess.
 
ANOTHER INTERESTING STATISTIC...that seems rather difficult to believe.
It says, only about 10% of our life is composed of the things that
happen to us, the other 90% is our reaction to what has happened to us.
Is the majority of that time spent looking hard at others so we can
find someone to blame, or is it spent becoming more mature and finding
out just how to take responsibility for what has happened ourselves?
Questions, questions and they are always so difficult to think through.
 
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE "RALPH AWARD" AND WOULD YOU WANT TO WIN THE
AUSPICIOUS HONOR...First of all it stands for Rosemond's (the author of
it) Awfully Ludicrous Parenting Honor. Here is an example rather than
saying a child is shy, the RALPH parent would say he is careful, and
that way the child would realize how really great he was. Another
adjective, fussy would be replaced by selective which means the child
won't settle for anything less than the best, however he might become
insufferable in the process. How about my child isn't stubborn he is
merely tenacious which changes the meaning from infuriating to parental
pride. No a slowpoke is not just being thoughtful, according to the
author they just devote most of their time to avoiding what they have
been told to do. Saving the best for last, changing a defiant child who
refuses to do anything he is asked becomes a courageous little person
who always sticks up for what he believes in. The RALPH winner says
that by doing these few things you will have your child realize just
how great he is. Don't you agree however that fussy, shy, stubborn,
defiant children who are always slowpokes probably already think they
are the greatest and don't need the added incentives to make them feel
that way. The article ended in this most captivating way, for all
parents who agree with the changes in what to call your little darling
in today's age, they wish for them to be locked in a room for all of
eternity with 100 children who just know they are the greatest. I know
of a "kid" who has none of the bad habits I've just mentioned and she
also knows of only one "person" who is truly great and that is Winnie
the Pooh, and I know she must have been in heaven when she saw the
latest Halifax theater presentation in honor of her special friend
Pooh. (Right Tracey C.?)
 
"SOME PEOPLE ACHIEVE SUCCESS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE
ADVANTAGES OTHERS MAY HAVE HAD."-Janet Evans
 
I HAD A REALLY HARD TIME FALLING ASLEEP...the other night, I guess I
just had so much on my mind. However when I think about it, I was most
likely thinking how great I was and that it was a fact that whatever
outcomes were about to happen on the various subjects I was
contemplating would be all done by me cause I was the one in charge, or
the great one. Then I remembered that when I was a child it would have
been called being a worrywart, rather than an in charge kind of great
person. Guess I forgot this simple truth, "Worry makes you forget who
is really in charge."-anonymous
 
I JUST HEARD THESE WORDS TO AN OLD 1960'S SONG...and felt they could be
MOST relevant today as well. "Let there be peace on earth/and let it
begin with me; Let there be peace on earth/the peace that was meant to
be. With God as our Father/Brothers all are we, let me walk with my
brother/in perfect harmony. Are you signing along...?
 
JUST A QUICK MENTION ABOUT VOTING...do you think the 55 plus voter has
power as to who gets in office, well according to a 2004 poll they had
more than 35% of the power that year, and the next closest was mid 40's
to 54 with again over 21%. What this tells me is that stand aside young
voters because there are more 55 plus voters today then ever and we are
going to see our candidate win big time. (I hope) Let me add this late
bulletin, in 2006 we already carried over half of the votes, so nothing
else needs to be said.
 
ONE OF THE EASY AND BASIC THINGS EACH OF US CAN DO IS TO HAVE ANNUAL
PHYSICAL CHECK UPS AND TESTS...in order to be the healthy person we
want and need to be. Most things if caught early can be better treated
and dealt with. Simple enough yet why in this fantastic country of ours
has our life expectancy gone down in accordance to other countries. Two
decades ago 10 countries ranked higher than us, now in 2008 there are
41 who do. What is wrong with this picture, after all doesn't everyone
everywhere know that Americans are the best at everything. (or is the
word the greatest?) Maybe that's the problem we aren't and we don't
even realize it because we've believed in what we've been taught about
the subject for way to long. Time for this country to get on the
prevention train and not that other dangerous one, then maybe we will
have a few people and nations looking up to us again, and it would be a
much better feeling for us than the one we have now when we are
critiqued by the world. Did I also mention that we spend more on health
care than any other nation, again what's wrong besides our countries
beliefs? Time to get healthy, and we each alone must make that
decision.
 
ENJOY YOUR SUMMER, REMEMBER TO BE SAFE, CAREFUL, HYDRATE, STAY OUT OF
THE SUN WITHOUT PROTECTION AND BE JUST A LITTLE LAZY. GOD BLESS.
 
PASS IT ON AND ON...