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PAGE 5 - HOGANSVILLE HERALD - JUNE 10, 1999 May Brings a Whirlwind of Acti00i May was a very busy month ar me. Although I worked Iv week, I saw my employ- Very - happened Ir only one day she w be out of town when I was ere. The grandmother, however, [lthough having her own com- . .F_ ion, requested several serv- t:hies. After I cut off and hemmed .vo new blouses, using part of ale fabric for pockets, she later nequested that the rest of the bric be used to lengthen the  leeves. ns ! After another interval, for V'pi@00 third alteration session, I i, brided a second pocket to each nrdll0tlse to v," mk o1[ She had me shop for beauty -- [[loves to wear to bed at night, asterY swatters, back scratchers, d ag.etal boxes for match storage, lg rites of captain's wafers with n in . earn Her 97th birthday was on the 22nd and she invited friends to drop in and visit I was there the day before, but she insisted I come back on Saturday. My friend Ann, who used to live in the neighborhood, went with me. During the month a total of 36 garments were altered for three people besides myself. Notwithstanding, Mary Johnson's book "Guide To Altering and Restyling Ready- Made Clothes" disappointed me when I read that a too-deep pants crotch can only be altered at the waistline. That often makes the leg length too short. We were happy to be involved in three events when our granddaughter, Larkin, graduated from Flint River Academy. We also gladly cheese and chives, sar- attended our grandson Will's naes packed in water, etc. impressive piano recital in s004"j' "r" -" o ;00rm Stun-Clark CONTINUED FR M PAGE4 ag lo[ ting toward the light. Perhaps from their greater L( 'permnce with these kinds of gs, springs the school and n Wenforcement officials' stoic es" 0 ' _ Graduation was the solemn, eautiful, laughter, pride, love ad tear-filled event it always No shots rang out. I  re " rythmg was all right. | Attending a wedding the at day reaffirmed the power the light No one knows what pl Oblems, perils and pain that Chang couple will face; they Str m a t be protected from any of du Iut, in the love that literally Wanated from their faces, as tY Stared into each others' , L[ es, you couldn't help but .etmUeve in the superior power 'q'he meaning of life is inex- tricably connected to the mean- ing of death," Thomas Lynch says in his book, The Undertaking. "If you love, you grieve. There are no exceptions to this." The awareness of impermanence is a crucial com- ponent of wisdom-a lesson we all must learn. The rest of Jewel's poem is: "Let us raise ourselves like lanterns...with the millions, the mad, the forgotten and the strong of heart, to shine." Pretty good advice for graduation, paranoia-filled weeks or any other time. Lorin Sinn-Clark is an award-winning columnist for the Barrow Eagle, a Grimes Pubilications newspaper in Winder. Columnist LaGrange. A special treat was attending the concert by the Singing Men of Manchester (our son Carter is a member) and guest artist, Greg Broughton. One week I drove over 600 miles as events occurred. Of course, there were services every Sunday. I took a new neighbor, Sonja, who can no longer drive after being struck by lightning, as she talked on the phone at work. She also enjoyed going with me to my Sunday School class luncheon. My family made Mother's Day special. Every Saturday afternoon in the month, three of us visited with Nell, at her assisted living home and played bridge. At least twice I mowed the grass and kept up with some routine chores. Woman's Club and WMU monthly meetings were attended. One afternoon I spent with Sue, who has moved to Fayettevflle to be near her only child. There was a dental appoint- ment to keep. One afternoon I drove an older friend tp two sup- ply stores where she chose materials for work being done on her house. When I got to work the last week of the month, there was quite a list of errands. First I went to two banks, then to a hardware store for light bulbs, to the dry cleaners, then to Lenox Square. At the mall I bought six pairs of khakis for Richard. Then it was on to REI-camping outfit- ters at 1-85, where I had earlier left lanterns for repair. They were ready. Next stop was the grocery store, then across town to Castleberry's for their pre- mium meat-two beef tender- loins and a bored leg of lamb I'd ordered by phone. It was back to the house to unload before taking the new pants to be re-henmmed. They would be ready the next morn- hag. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the kitchen. Two chocolate pound cakes were baked and the diner menu pre- pared. The grandmother had requested black bean soup, turkey meatloaf, steamed arti- chokes and butternut squash. The next morning was also devoted to kitchen time. A third pound cake was baked, 14 restuffed baked potato halves prepared, asparagus steamed, shrimp jambalaya made and the tenderloins cooked. Calls were made to the post office about an tmreceived pri-- ority mail package, to the City Public Works department about a damaged dumpster and to a water testing lab. Errands were to pick up the altered pants, an exchange at the hardware store, two pack- ages sent, than-you notes bought and prescriptions picked up. Last on the agenda was to pack the prepared food (at a store closing I'd bought a sup- ply of cheap, clear plastic deli trays that came ha handy). The food was delivered for the dinner of a family that was grieving the loss of husband and father the day before. PHONE 706-846-3188 OR FAX 706 846-2206 Our Readers Respond A Poet Says Goodbye Dear Editor: I want to let you know, as well as the past editors and Mr. Bob Tribble, former Publisher, how much I appreciate your kindness and efforts in seeing that my poetry reached the Herald weekly. I will not for- get any of you. The time has come for me to cease my poetry entry in the Hogansville Herald. I have enjoyed it since the first one was published in it in 1939 when I was a senior in high school there. Over the years hundreds have been so published. I am attaching a note with my last (short) poem and a note to the readers. I owe them that since so many have called or written. I will certainly appre- ciate your getting it into the Herald your next issue if pos- sible. I wish you and yours good health, good luck and a life of happiness. Sincerely, Maryon Rosser Lunsford Hogansville To the readers: It is with regret that the below poem will be my so-called 'swan song' in the Hogansville Herald. I sincerely appreciate your letters and calls over the years. I pray that those who read my poetry found a line or so they could relate to. Good luck and God bless you. POET'S PRAYER Help us to write, Lord, about things yet untold, let our words fly swiftly to every poetic soul; take hold of our tired pens and hallow them with rhyme, let our lines flow gently on the pages of all time. Maryon Rosser Lunsford (HogansviUe Native) School Shootings To the Editor:. Ever since the tragic shoot- ing at Columbine High School several weeks ago, numerous newspaper articles and TV reports have asked the ques- tion, "How could this happen?" Although one definite answer has yet to emerge, the popular scapegoat is the availability of guns in our society. When these media "experts" put the blame on guns instead of what compels children to use guns, they are merely trying to mop up the water instead of turning off the faucet. Albert DeSalw), The Boston Strangler, murdered 13 women and never used a gun. He often used the women's own stock- ings, as other killers have, but there has never been a move to ban nylons. Ted Bundy killed at least 35 women, using clubs or rocks, not guns, to take their lives. Should we try to ban all clubs and rocks? Of course not. But neither should we try to ban guns. Guns have always been available to anyone who wants one, but the attitudes many peo- ple, including children, have today are much different from the attitudes of just a few years ago. The reasons for these dead- ly attitude changes should be our main concern. I believe the first step toward this violent trend in our society and schools can be traced back to the day our gov- ernment kicked God and prayer out of the schoolhouse. We should be very alarmed when- ever we hear that it is against the rules to have prayer or read the Bible. Yet, our government decid- ed that God's place wasn't in their schools. Now look at what took His place. Biblical creation has been replaced by the nonsense known as evolution. Man never has, nor will he ever, evolve from monkeys. It really makes, perfect sense that if you teach children they come from animals, then they will eventually start behaving like animals. In some schools your child can also get, free of charge, con- doms, courtesy of the school, to ensure "safe sex." Wouldn't it be much safer, and wiser, to teach them not to become sexually active until marriage? Free condoms are nothing more than a permission slip. The second step leading to our current crisis is the dismal state of the homes these chil- dren go home to each day from school. Many have two working parents who sacrifice nurtuting time with their kids for extra money. Now, everyone knows how much money it takes to get by, but are people really working to get necessities or comforts, and are they worth more than the time that could be spent with their children? Parents who use Jerry Springer as an afternoon babysitter may one day see their own child on his show. This "need" of an extra income also leads to the attitude that everything is okay as long as the economy is booming. I heard several people say that Clinton should be left alone because, first of all, everyone does what he did and secondly, he did so much for our boom- ing economy. Well, I promise you, everyone does not cheat on their wife and if they did it would still be wrong! Even taking into account Clinton's minimal contribution to the economy, it's amazinghow people excuse his adultery and lies because of a little extra money in their pockets. Please remember that your kids and grandchildren hear you say this type of behavior is okay. They should be taught that wrong is wrong, whether it's a wino or the President of the United States. The last step leading down to our present situation is also the most repugnant. How can we expect children to value human life when our government and society place such little value on it? Everyday, approximately 4,000 babies are legally butchered by abortion doctors in this country. Think of how many million s of babies that totals since baby- killing became legal in 1973. A person can actually receive time in prison and large fine for destroying an eagle's egg, but would be within their legal rights to murder an inno- cent unborn baby. How can our government possibly consider imposing restrictions on violent Hollywood movies when every day it rivals Hitler in barbari- ty? When a country evicts God from school, sees no need for moral behavior and places no value on human life, a breeding ground for remorseless, cold- blooded killers develops, and indeed thrives. If they couldn't get guns they would use bombs or knives or clubs to carry out their destruc- tion. Although we should be shocked by what happened at Columbine, most of us really aren't. We've gotten accustomed to hearing about such incidents because they happen all the time. I guarantee you, there will be more. Todd Pike Hogansville P.S. Between the time I orig- inally wrote this letter and got around to finishing it complete- ly, there was a school shooting in Conyers. There will be more. o