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The weather is great, so call your friends, call your neighbors because there’s some fun activities ‘round our area.

First, coming next Saturday evening, Oct. 8, you can two-step at the MSCA pavilion to the Texas Unlimited Band. The Madisonville Sidewalk Cattlemen’s Association will host a Fall Dance, opening the doors at 8 p.m. Grab your lawn chairs, load up your cooler with snacks and drinks and go enjoy some fun dancing and visiting time. Cost is $20 per person. Want more info? Call Matt Clark 936-348-6387.

Have you visited the Miller Theatre in our neighboring town of Navasota?  If not, this Sunday evening, Oct. 9, might be a good time to do so. It’s Christian movie night at Miller Theatre, admission is free and the movie “Woodlawn” based on a true story has something to say to all ages.

One synopsis of “Woodlawn” stated, “Can one person really make a difference? Is it possible to overcome hostility and hatred with faith, hope and love? Woodlawn's inspiring answer to these questions is a resounding yes.”

Miller Theatre is at 304 E. Washington Ave in Navasota and that telephone number is 936-825-3600. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Call your neighbors, load up the church van, load up your car; you won’t be disappointed.

that school has started and everyone is settling into a routine do you now you have a few hours to volunteer? If so, our local CHI St. Joseph Health Madison Hospital’s Auxiliary needs more volunteers and the hours are flexible. A couple of hours one day a week would even help. It’s also a good way to stay in contact with our community and helping others is guaranteed to make you feel good. 

Think about it and then call Maurita at 936-349-1572. She can tell you all about it. Why not call today? The auxiliary is having a meeting Oct 10 and it would be a great time for you to meet fellow volunteers and learn the ropes.

Speaking of our local hospital, it’s fall and that means time for those flu shots.  Once again the City of Madisonville and CHI St. Joseph Health Madison Hospital will host their annual Healthfirst Healthfest next Thursday, Oct 13. In fact this year is the 20th anniversary of the event and besides the shots and screening, community organizations with great health and wellness information will be there. There are even door prizes!

 Time is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Kimbro Center and it’s completely free. If you plan to get blood glucose screening, it’s best to not eat before you come. Get that screening first and then you snack on the goodies that are available! See you there.

Then reunion time for the Class of 1954 is just around the corner. Those of you who graduated that year plan to gather at Jerry Reed’s home Friday evening, Oct 14. Saturday Oct 15 the class will gather again, this time at the Family Life Center of the First Baptist from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Don’t miss it!

It’s hard to believe but the Mushroom Festival is three weeks away.  Only 16 tickets remain for the Festival’s Gala Dinner, the big event that kicks off our Mushroom Festival weekend. This year the date is Friday evening Oct. 21. Call Susan at 348-3333 to get your tickets.

Hats off to Ramona Allen. Ramona is a super cook and she, along with her husband Don and several others often take the Crossroads Cowboy Church chuck wagon to different events and cook-offs. In her downtime Ramona makes jellies, pickles and butter and they all must be absolutely fantastic. I know from personal experience that her peach cobbler is.

Evidently others think the jellies, etc., are as good as the peach cobbler. Recently Ramona decided to enter 10 of her wares at a fair and she came home with 10 blue ribbons, a Grand Champion and a Reserve Grand Champion. Congratulations Ramona!

On our birthday list happy birthday to Tracy Cook whose birthday is Oct 6. Casee Bailey, Kay Owens and Bethany Baker, daughter of Angela and Gary Baker follow behind her with their birthdays Oct 7.

Delores Williams, Clay Andrews and Janice Fraley blow out candles Saturday, Oct 8 while Francine Wilkenson and Bertie Sue Dutton will do the same October 11. Winding out this week’s birthday is Amanda Delasandri Andrews, Rae Lynn Williamson and Trae Poe who will celebrate Oct 12.

On our sick list Dylan Pugh the son of Angela and Greg McBee and Dennis Pugh was involved in a truck accident last Thursday night and was flow to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston. Dylan has numerous broken bones and injuries and a long recovery ahead of him. We’ll get an address to send cards.

And finally, I’m climbing on my soapbox, so if you’re easily traumatized like so many of the college students who have to take days off from class when the news bothers them, now is the time to stop reading. By the way, most of the college kids and the soldiers storming Normandy in WWII are about the same age. Aren’t we glad we don’t need to depend on the majority of today’s college kids to keep us safe? Back to my soapbox.

Years ago another author, Lawrence Sterne stated,  “Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.”

Today, respect, the very actions that package morals and manners, the actions that build backbones and character has taken a nosedive. Instead, self-centeredness and an “it’s all about me” attitude permeates our country. While the lack of morals, manners and respect is appalling, what is even more appalling is that those people cannot act inappropriately unless others like you and me allow it.

God bless the parents who understand their role is to parent and not to be a friend to their children, who turn off the t.v. and teach them to work, who insist on courteous behavior instead of ignoring bad behavior.  

God bless those willing to set boundaries and enforce them at home, in school, even at work and on our highways. Boundaries are excellent teachers of respect, morals and manners.  Boundaries are excellent builders of character.

God bless the reporters who try to address the self-centeredness our country is allowing. God bless the few authors and television personalities not willing to accept the crumbling of our society and stand up and say so.   

Yet, what about the rest of us?  Strong character building starts at a young age by loving parents and grandparents, caring friends and relatives who teach respect, morals and manners. It continues when teachers and administrators insist on it. It is encouraged in the public where common sense adults respectfully hold one another accountable. That’s what builds respect for others and respect for oneself.

It was author F. Scott Fitzgerald who once stated, “If you spend your life sparing people’s feelings and feeding their vanity, you get so you can’t distinguish what should be respected in them.”

Maybe it’s time to quit sparing and feeding and start teaching and insisting. 

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