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Written by Bob Russell   

Life is a numbers game

I recently turned the big “seven-oh” — 70 years of age! I can hardly believe I have been on this planet for seven decades. For some reason, reaching a high number of years like that made me think that our lives are full of numbers — some good, some bad and almost all relevant in some way.

Of course, this short article can’t address all the numbers we use or celebrate, but a few come to mind. I suppose we don’t really think too much about numbers when we are little kids, but they start to become meaningful by the time we begin school.

I remember vividly the number 1960, for that was when I graduated from eighth (another number) grade and headed for high school. To celebrate this event, I remember carving “1960” in my desk; I hope the statute of limitations have run out on this nefarious deed.

Of course, the number 1964 was my next big “goal,” as that would signal my departure from high school and my matriculation into college, thereby making 1968 the next goal in my life — graduation from Colorado State University and a commission in the U.S. Air Force.

During high school, of course, turning 16 was glorious: I was now legal to drive! Another number, 18, competed with my driver’s license date, however — that was the year I was “legal” to drink “near beer” in Colorado (though I had been sneaking it for years — don’t tell the cops).

Twenty-one is a major milestone in anyone’s life — and isn’t it interesting that we have to spell out a number at the beginning of a sentence, but I can say, “I turned 21” and be correct if the number is in the sentence? Go figure.

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Editor’s note: Bob Russell graduated from HHS in 1964 and is a retired fighter pilot and cockpit designer. Retired in Arkansas, he blames his love-hate relationship with math on folks like Mr. Beck, his high school math teacher. Beck tricked Bob into thinking math was “fun,” and it is true that math drives everything we do in life, but only sometimes is it fun. Bob appreciates the Enterprise for allowing him to send in mind-boggling articles like this occasionally.

Holyoke Enterprise April 28, 2016

Samantha’s Salt PDF Print E-mail
Written by Samantha Krieger   

The love song that changes everything

Recently, my husband and I had one of those out of the ordinary evenings where we stayed up late together talking, reminiscing about our college and dating days, and how we were so thankful God gave us one another when we least expected it. We reflected on our wedding day and all that led up to it.

“It’s kind of sad ... we never really had a song,” Jeremiah said.

I thought about it for a minute, and it was kind of sad.

“We just chose one because we had to for our first dance,” he said.

He was right. We dated for seven months and were engaged for six. Everything happened so fast. I thought about the beautiful song we chose (that he let me choose!), “When You Say You Love Me” by Josh Groban, and some of the words in it:

“And this journey that we are on. How far we’ve come and I celebrate every moment. And when you say you love me, that’s all you have to say. I’ll always feel this way…”

Our wedding day was just the beginning of our journey together. We weren’t that “far” into it yet. Like our vows, we didn’t fully understand the words of that song or that a day might come when we’d be tempted to throw in the towel. That there might be a day when our burning, unquenchable love wouldn’t “always feel this way.”

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Holyoke Enterprise April 28, 2016

Another Perspective PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lori Pankonin, The Imperial Republican   

Go after whatever makes you happy

A few years back, I was at an awards ceremony where reporters were honored for stories that made an impact.

One of the recipients started his acceptance response referring to a study that showed saying thank you creates happiness. After giving numerous kudos, he concluded that expressing appreciation to those who had influenced his writing career was as gratifying to him as receiving the award.

I recently wrote about the influence of Pharrell Williams popular song, “Happy.” Numerous discussions sparked from that catchy tune. What does influence happiness?

No matter how many studies and conclusions are recorded, no matter how scientific, we know that personalities and likes are so very different in different people. A book or movie that appeals to someone and stirs up a happy mood could very well affect the next guy the opposite.

Golf would by all means be one of my husband’s top happiness triggers. It’s his passion. I would be just fine if I never had a golf encounter again ... that is, as long as my husband could still live and love it.

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Holyoke Enterprise April 28, 2016