Always nice to hear from readers
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.”