by Kaye Mindar
Here we are drawing closer to another holiday season; another year coming to an end.
For the young, these are times of excitement. For those of us who have seen more than a few holiday seasons, they also are times of appreciation and reflection. The quote of “peace on earth and goodwill toward men” will be seen in many different locations and formats.
In our world today these concepts still apply. Looking at families apart from each other because of service in the midst of war, or from other troubled spots abroad; to threats of terrorism within our own borders, one could observe that goodwill does not seem to be in abundance. Then in far lesser situations such as dealing with surly store clerks or tangling with seasonal traffic jams, the goodwill message seems a bit of a stretch as well.
But wait! Aren't efforts under way to settle some of the world's most troubling disputes, and hasn't there been some success in the past year? Absolutely. And we have example after example of events that have significantly helped individuals and communities.
Has someone wished you a nice day on this very day? Did someone give you a warm smile or a hearty hug and say, "Thank you for your friendship"?
As we see the workers in towns and cities prepare the street decorations, don't the bright lights and colorful ornaments bring a smile and often a pause of appreciation? As many of us are planning to spend special times with our families and friends, doesn't the hope in our hearts for peace and goodwill remind us of the goals toward that which we must never stop working for? Yes again. And if you were not the recipient of these gestures, were you the giver? Times are not perfect. Troubles still exist. Downsides are there. But isn’t that just life. Amid any of the disappointments and distractions, we should not lose sight of what is really important. We should savor them, for they are the most precious gifts one can give or receive now and in every moment of our lives.
Patti Swapp won another saddle in the 3rd division AZ04 National Barrel Horse Assn. finals on Nov. 6 on her little five-year-old horse, Addie. Addie is a local, bred and born in Catron County.
Luna Volunteer Fire Department
The Luna Fire District training meeting will take place at 9 a.m. on Dec. 4. All members are needed to attend and there is a dire need for recruitment of new members in every capacity of service. Please Contact Fire Chief Eugene Snyder for more information. Our fire department is working closely with the county to provide training for department members for them to become increasingly knowledgeable and proficient in the areas of public education, fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, rescue and other related activities. It is their mission in the coming year to provide members with the necessary equipment and supplies to safely perform their duties. Goals of our members to reach firefighter I level certification are a top priority. Luna is working hard to invest in its members and the rewards are ours as a community. Hug a firefighter and feel warm all over. We appreciate all they do.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Luna Wardwill host its annual Christmas dinner and program on Dec. 17. All are invited. Please watch for more information to be posted.
At this time of the year we need to pay close attention to our food storage and the expiration dates of perishables and the condition of your long term storage items. Use it up; or throw it out.
There are many grocery items that go on sale just in time for holiday baking, and it is a great time to stock up on fresh items to rotate, rotate, rotate.
Quote of the week
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson