Al­ways nice to hear from read­ers

Record Observer - - Opinion -

It al­ways makes my day when some­one stops me on the street or in a store to tell me how much they en­joy read­ing this weekly col­umn, and that they turn to it first when open­ing the Record-Ob­server.

Yes, nat­u­rally I read the col­umn also, but I ac­tu­ally turn to the col­umn by Rev. James L. Sny­der, called “Out To Pas­tor.” His is mostly per­sonal and more hu­mor­ous than mine, as he talks about his ev­ery­day life. I hope my col­umn read­ers make the ef­fort to read Dr. Sny­der’s col­umn.

••• BACK­YARD BIRD TIME When it hasn’t been too hot late af­ter­noons on our screened-in pa­tio I en­joy watch­ing the birds feed at our two back­yard feed­ers and drink and splash in the bird bath.

The larger feeder is about 10 to 12 feet from the bird bath and we seem to at­tract lots of black birds. A dozen or more gather around and un­der the feeder while one or two fly up to the bird bath. Usu­ally one of the more ag­gres­sive ones will chase all the oth­ers away as he/she takes a bath or stands on the edge to get a drink. Seems up­wards to two dozen gather un­der the finch feeder, an­other 25 feet from the larger feeder. Of course, one of those pesky squir­rels from the big elm tree will come over to chase the birds away as it jumps on the bird bath for a drink once in a while.

I can’t un­der­stand where all the robins have gone. We have seen only a cou­ple lately. Do any of you have a lot of robins in your yard?

••• GREAT HIS­TORY LES­SON

We all got a good his­tory les­son from the Star-Demo­crat on July 6th on the OpEd Page in a story head­lined, “The story of a found­ing mother no­body knows.”

It told how Mary Kather­ine God­dard, back in the early 1800s, printed up copies of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence in her small print shop and also printed it in her news­pa­per, Mary­land Jour­nal. She was also the first fe­male post­mas­ter in Bal­ti­more, and ran her book­store un­til she died in 1816.

••• CER­E­MONY AT WYE We made our an­nual visit to Wye Plan­ta­tion on the Fourth of July for the wreath-lay­ing at the gravesite of Wil­liam Paca, which has been go­ing on ever since Arthur Houghton gave the two man­sion houses and prop­erty to Aspen some 38 years ago. At least, that’s what Judy Price told me that day. Judy is now man­ager of the Wye Cam­pus of Aspen. I be­lieve Mr. Houghton started the wreath-lay­ing cer­e­mony be­fore do­nat­ing his prop­erty, and I doubt if I have missed more than one or two over the years.

I saw only one other Le­gion­naire in his cap. We used to turn out a large num­ber of vet­er­ans from Jeff Davis Post in years past, but I guess there is too much go­ing on over the Fourth to get them to turn out again. I, along with other vet­er­ans, were rec­og­nized by Clerk of the Court Scotty MacGlashan, and did ap­pre­ci­ate the folks who came up to me later and thanked me for my mil­i­tary ser­vice.

••• A BIG CUBS FAN My good friend Don­nie Gal­loway, an­other of my faith­ful read­ers, is also a big Chicago Cubs fan. He tells me that after this year’s All-Star game we will see that those Cubs will win their divi­sion and also win the 2017 World Se­ries. He said, “You heard it here first. Sit back and watch.”

Well, Don­nie, you may be right about those Cub­bies, but my team is the Ori­oles and other than a cou­ple of wins they fi­nally put to­gether be­fore the All­Star break, they have not done well lately. We went to old Memo­rial Sta­dium years ago to a World Se­ries game, but I doubt se­ri­ously our boys will get into the Se­ries this year un­less the pitch­ing can catch up.

••• AN IN­FLU­EN­TIAL PER­SON! A re­cent is­sue of Time had what it called the 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in the World. I was glad to see it in­cluded Si­mone Biles, that amaz­ing young gym­nast who leaped around to get all those gold medals in Rio. As Time re­ported: “She al­ways is smil­ing and gave off an at­ti­tude of want­ing to en­joy ev­ery mo­ment to its fullest.”

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