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2- March 7, 2019 Your Hometown Newspaper News Outlook The.opinion page does not reflect the views of the KyNewsGroup. Heaven Is A Lot Like By Charles Mattox "By awakening the Na- tive American teachings you come to realize that the earth is not something sim- ply that you build upon and walk upon and drive upon and take for granted. It is a living entity. It has a con- sciousness. " Edgar Cayce, Kentucky mystic, psychic, and proph- et. Spring is just around the corner, dear reader. A OUND THE CORI,I I look forward to it and Maybe it was because Cassidy has an entire I've never heard of any- I'm sure you do too. I grew up on a small to- doom of toys but does in- one catching more fish My three and a half bacco farm out next to the de6d love the great out- than my father, either. year old son, Cassidy, has wild blue yonder, doors and will likely be an I'm not saying it didn t entered his 'big trucks' Maybe it was because outside kid. . happen, just that I never phase of boyhood and of my early addiction to I was an outside kid. heard about it. has become hard-pressed hunting and collecting Na- I played a lot outside.And he was a very low- to stay clean during his daily play periods with his construction toys and the construction environment of anything that will sub- stitute for, well a pile of dirt. By all appearances, Cas- sidy seems to be a typical, little Kentucky boy, who likes to play in dirt. As I recall I had those exact same tendencies at his age and well into adult- hood. I always liked playing in dirt as a little boy. As an adult, whilst pursuing my duties as a sometimes investigative journalist, I have to admit, I do my best playing on the dirty end of the field. Sometimes, I just keep on digging. five Am, ericm;. Artifacts, which I ve always found in plowed ground across our region. " All I know is that I've al- ways loved dirt;The smell of it, the way it crumble or sticks together when you squeeze agood hand- ful ofit. The way a good dirt clod feels when you test its weight and balance and send it whizzing toward an unsuspecting target. Dirt seemed more im- portant to the average boy back when I was growing up than it does to some children today. Of course, I grew up back before the computer age, back when country boys didn't have too many of them there fancy toys. I worked a lot outside. I hunted and fished a lot outside, which was a tittle like playing and a riffle like working. Well, actually, I mostly helped dad with the hunting and fishing part and it was more work than play because there wasn't any lollygagging around, even on a fishing trip. It wasn't about relaxing and enjoying the beautiful scenery. It was all about catching fish. We relaxed when dad said we had caught enough fish. To my knowledge, in all of the years I went fishing with him, we never once caught enough fish for him to actually relax. tech kind of a fisherman. He didn't need any fancy depth finders or space-age technology. A broken tobacco stick or broken mop-handle be- came part of a 'hogging hook." A few feet of old woven- wire fencing covered in chicken wire became a fish trap and so on. He probably never had any more than five or sLx rods n reels his entire life, and preferred trot lines and throw lines and good- old-fashioned cane poles. He didn't travel to other states to catch fish and he rarely fished more than a few miles from his front door. Amber and I love the outdoors and though we do not hunt or fish, we take Cassidy with us on outdoor adventures when we look for Indian arti- facts, metal-detect or walk the creek banks. We don't get in a big hurry and we don't have much of an agenda, ex- cept to have fun and watch our little boy explore and discover. The weather has been so miserable for so long that Cassidy hasn't got to enjoy too much outdoor time in the past eight months, but hopefully, that will soon change for all of us. You know, maybe it will go for four whole days in a row and not rain or snow or drop to single digit temperatures. I know most of us have cabin fever to one degree or another. Spring is just around the corner, dear reader. I look forward to it and I'm sure you do too. By Cecil Lawson I see a great many peo- ple each day S'Lmply going through the motions, bare- ly there at their jobs, day- dreaming, or staring down into their smart phones, or worse, stuck in a world without dreams. Their souls scream, "Anywhere but here." I don't blame them. I've felt it many times myself. -.Weo: live: irt- a: st-pace& anN. ;world ! that, is 'eom- ing :apar.t at,the seams+ and its easy to bury our collec- tive heads in the sand and hope that someone else will somehow make it great again. The sad trufla is, we ourselves have made this world the way it is, and yet, we no longer recog- nize ourselves in it. Local businesses began dying when we acclimated ourselves to drive regu- larly to Wal-Mart, or to the mega-shopp'mg meccas of Lexington. Our roads began crum- bling and our schools began ailing when we de- cided we didn't want new taxes. A significant number of us inadvertently became drug addicts when we began accepting without question the millions of pain pills prescribed by doctors who were only si- lently pushing the market- ing ag nd pharmaceh- tical Companies instead of our well-being. We chose to sell off fer- tile tobacco fields for a quick buck in real estate instead of helping a new generation of young farm- ers find new crops and new markets. And we are slowly kill- ing our communities and our personal relation- ships by spending more time staring at a 6 inches screen in our hands than reaching out that same hand to others. The list can go on. I often suspect that the frequent resenl aent I hear toward our local Amish communities con- tains a recognition of how our own community is failing. People complain about their horse poop and how their buggies and wagons "tear up" "our" roads. They incorrectly believe thatthey don't pay taxes and they get spe- cial treatment from local banks. And their cynicism finds the Amish's simpler, slower way of life a smoke- screen for greed and con- artistry. WORLD I have come to find the public's free-floating anger tiresome as I now encoun- ter it on a nearly dally basis anymore. I suspect that many people have come to resent the consequences of the world we've chosen to live in now, and they are always on the outlook for a scapegoat to carry the burden of their blame and resentment. It's hard to look in the mirror and see who we've become. "That's not me!" The hardest lesson to learn out of this is we don't have to accept things the way they are. We are not bound by the past, and our future doesn't have to be laid out for us if We choose a differ: ent course. Each :day is a new begin- ning. You can do things differently today and to- morrow. If you don't like the way the community is headed, you can change it. It won't be easy, and more than likely you will be met with resistance at every step - there are a great many people invested in keeping us all poor, ignorant, and afraid. I want a better world for us all. I want to see our children have good schools where "account- ability" is finally tossed I,akeviev Communiey Church News PASTOR EDDIE DENNISON By Betty Jo Allen Griffin Gate in Lexington. The Young At Heart will The first Sunday of meet this Friday, March 8 March brought us some at 6:00. These who are 50 bitterly cold weather and years or older always really snow all around the area of enjoy a good meal, games, Cave Run Lake. Inside the fellowship and prayer time. Lakeview Church warm The Main Dish this cold greetings of friendliness March weather is Chili. In- for which the church is teresting sides and always known, were being ex- pressed by many. Special welcomes were extended to some new comers. Pastor Eddie's message Sunday morning was enti- tled "What do you do when you lose your Security?" The choir sang "A New Name is written down in Glory" and the Conn Sis- ters sang a beautiful duet. Saturday morning the men met and enjoyed a wonderful meal, a time of prayer, and some good fellowship time at their monthly Prayer Break- fast. Several of these are planning to represent the church at the 53rd Gov- ernor's Prayer Breakfast March 18 at the Marriott delicious desserts are brought in by the Young at Heart members. The Lakeview Ladies stay very busy in the ser- vice of the Lord through the work they do for their church. God has blessed them and continues to make them a blessing. The Ladies Fellowship meets each Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 to work, pray, and study God's Word. The women and girls have been busy with a church wide project. They are making quilts to donate to the fos- ter care programs in Bath and Rowan counties. Re- member this date: March 14 at 6:00. They will be putting these quilt pieces together and soon they will be in the hands of some happy children. There is more cutting, sewing, and laying the quilt pieces out in a beautiful way. Do not forget to set your clocks forward an hour this Saturday evening. It's "time change' time again. Easter is drawing near. Be sure to keep Church inyour plans. A good group is finishing up the CPR classes this Tuesday and Thursday. Classes have been taught by Diana HeRon and Jason Mckenzie. * Every 10 minutes an- other person is added to the waiting list for organ donation * 22 people die each day because the organs they need are not donated in time * 83 percent of patients are in need of a kidney * 12 percent of patients are in need of a living * 3-5 years is the average waiting lime for a kidney from a deceased donor * More than 84,000 cor- neal transplants help re- store sight each year into dustbin of bad ideas and kids can love learning. I'd like to see our com- munities have parks and recreation areas that ev- eryone can enjoy. I'd like to see downtown OwingsviUe or French- burg or Carlisle as busy as older people said they zations. I'd like to see more peo- ple take an active part in local government instead of complaining, carping, and accusing on social me- dia. None of this grows out of nostalgia but rather a look ahead - there are plenty of ways to make all of those things reality. And it's not just about "having the money," but rather people working together and learning together for the common good, a step at a time. The temptation is always there to say that this per- son or that group of peo- ple stand in the way, but if you are truly committed W6r ;to co--unity-building,! pedlSl ' do tlieir 'shdo iffP, :there iff time to diagnose: closer to home anff problems and n comes: port local small business- es. I'd like to see people actively involved in local civic and volunteer organi- time to solve them. We are our own worst enemies, but when are we going to become our own l best friends? ! 4 * 1 donor can save up to 8 lives, help restore sight to 2 people, and heal the lives of more than 75 people * More than 1.75 million tissue transplants heal lives each year What can you do to in- crease organ, eye and tis- sue donation? 1) Register your deci- sion to be a donor at Regis- terMe.org 2) Tell your family and friends about your decision : to Donate Life 3) Ask others to visit Do- nateLife.net to learn more and register You can find more infor- : marion today at www.trust- forlife.org,www.donate: life.org and www.kyorgan. org When an apple a day isn't enough, call the Physician Referral Line Matching you to the right physician at the right time is our specialty. Call today- the (;