On May 4 the White House issued a press release in which President Obama declared May Older Americans Month. Obama has become the tenth President to perform this ritual, a tradition that traces its roots to President Kennedy declaring May as Senior Citizens Month in 1963.
We can call it recycling, repurposing or reusing, but whatever we call it, it means the same thing.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, about 150 billion tons of tomatoes will be grown in the world this year. Some 120 million tons of those will be grown in America.
When I was a kid we called it Decoration Day and our family would literally spend the day going from cemetery to cemetery decorating the graves of my grandparents, aunts, uncles and close family friends.
Throwing rocks was a favorite pass time when I was a boy. Everyone remembers skipping stones across a pond or stream as a child, but we were serious rock throwers.
I think we have to look for joy in the ordinary, everyday things that we do day in and day out and I am determined to make a more conscious effort of doing just that.
Next week our nation will celebrate the 58th annual National Day of Prayer. On Thursday, May 7, people in every state and county in the United States will gather in public places and on government property to ask God for his protection and blessing.
I remember my first fishing pole well. It was just like my second, third, and fourth – a sturdy sapling about 5 feet long that had just a bit of spring to it. We lived along the river bank all summer long when I was a boy. Mom and Dad had real fishing gear but we kids had to make do with our sapling fishing poles.