Excuse me, are you listening? 16-6

 
Dear Readers,

 
     Short and sweet today.  I am fighting off another cold.  
 
    Herbert Bayard Swope once said, “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – which is: Try to please everybody.” 

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Rina Risper, President & Publisher of The New Citizens Press

Dear Readers,

 
Bullying has reached a new low with cyberbullying. This term refers to any bullying done through the internet or a cell phone. 

Excuse me, are you listening? 16-1

 Dear Readers,

 
The new year has literally started off with a bang.  I am not sure what is going on but I think that we all need to put our phones away, turn down the music and pay attention.

Excuse me, are you listening? 15-25

 Dear Readers,

 
I am so happy that 2016 is coming to an end.  I have been looking through gardening books and collecting information for my 2017 garden.  I know it may not be everyone’s aspiration to grow their own food but I enjoy it.  Even if I do not complete all of my goals, I love creating lists and information about growing my own food.
 

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Dear Readers,

 
As the years go by, I am finding that I love to explore culture and religion.  I am willing to go a temple, church or mosque.  To me it is about respecting the celebrations and the meaning behind the rituals.  This year St. Stephens will commemorate 50 years of Kwanzaa.  I often wonder how many people have actually gone.  So I provided the press release we received below: 

Excuse me, are you listening? 15-23

  Dear Readers,

 
Dealing with the death of a loved one during the holidays can be extremely difficult.  My friend, Karen Chicky Scott, passed away on April 9th, 2014.  Her memorial service was held at Sleepy Hollow State Park.
 

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  Dear Readers,

 
Ever since 9th grade, my daughter has gone on a college tour with other students from the Greater Lansing Area.  She is now in 10th grade and has become very accustomed to being in high school.  The older the children get, the more exhausting it becomes juggling the things they want to do with the things you want to do. 

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 Dear Readers,

 
I decided to take a walk recently and managed to walk two miles.  It was not on purpose.  It happened because it was a beautiful day.  There was so much to see and it was an emotional time.  I have been thinking about my father a lot lately and it has been interesting but surprisingly not so sad.  My father passed away in 2007 from complications from diabetes.

Excuse me, are you listening?: Summer’s Bounty 15-18

  Dear Readers,

 
Be as encouraging as possible.  There may be people who think that you are faking because you choose not to be negative but why should you care?  To become a happier person, you must want it and be it.  While you may not be in a positive mood all the time, putting positive vibes into the universe may help someone else. 

Excuse me, are you listening? 15-17

 Dear Readers,

 
Summer 2016 has been a roller coaster for me.  I think that my children’s schedules have my mind rattling.  Most think of summer as a time of rest, for me it is more hectic.  No beach filled week long vacations or the early morning sounds of the birds only to roll over and get the really good second go round of sleep in.