July 5 2012

MAIN STREET by Roger Allen, publisher

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Curious minds We’ve all learned a good deal about the Islamic religion in the past 10 years. Before 9/11, most of us had no idea it came in two flavors, Sunnis and Shiites. But curious minds want to know: why don’t the two denominations get along? So I looked it up. It goes back to Mohammed’s death in the year 632. A dispute arose about his successor. Those now called Sunnis wanted to seek out the best among them and elect a new leader. Those now called Shiites were sure Mohammed’s spiritual charisma went through his bloodline and looked only to his blood relations and disciples. Such a simple difference of opinion. And, here in the twenty-first century, the body count goes on and on and on. Marriage and education Marriage first. 1)            The heat wave was making everyone a bit cranky. “It’s just too hot to wear clothes today,” Jack complained as he stepped out of the shower. “Honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if I mowed the lawn like this?” “Probably that I married you for your money.” 2)            Lawyer: Are you married? Witness: Nope, I’m divorced. Lawyer: And what did your husband do before you divorced him? Witness: A lot of things I didn’t know about. Now education. 1)            A linguistics professor was discussing some of the particular usages in the English language. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.” A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.” 2)            Meanwhile, in the seventh grade, the teacher drones away when he notices a student fast asleep in the back row. The teacher calls to the young man next to the sleeping student, “George, please wake up your neighbor!” George calls back, “You put him to sleep, you wake him up!” Art department Spanish painter Pablo Picasso encountered a thief in his house. The intruder got away. When the police were called, Picasso offered to do a rough sketch of what the thief looked like. On the basis of his drawing, the police arrested a nun, a […]

THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

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History of Social Security Three weeks ago, my youngest daughter, Kimberly, received her master’s degree from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse from Chicago’s DePaul University. At the department’s awards banquet, Dr. Deborah Brandt, professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gave the keynote speech, titled “Taking Writing Seriously.” DePaul couldn’t have picked a more appropriate speaker or topic for a group of writing, rhetoric and discourse journalism students who take writing very seriously. The gist of her speech was that writing has traditionally taken a back seat to reading in the public’s battle to obtain literacy. Dr. Brandt espoused the theory that while teaching students to read can open the student’s world to reading other people’s written words, teaching students to write can tap into the student’s inner world. I’m paraphrasing here since I was sitting in an auditorium without the ability to take notes, but she basically asked a question in the terms of “Is it more valuable to be able to read what others think or is it more valuable to be able to write what others may read?” That’s a darned good question. Are we putting too much emphasis on reading and not enough emphasis on writing? I have read that some schools with the advent of computers are no longer teaching penmanship. Will this then de-emphasize writing even more? I believe that literacy is important and my definition of literacy is being able to read and to write. Throughout history, being able to wield the influence of the written word has proven to be almost as valuable as wielding a sword. Of course, it’s only valuable if the people you are trying to influence can read and understand what you are writing. Perhaps this is one of those chicken and egg things. Neither is less or more valuable than the other; a literate person can do both. Dr. Brandt would agree with that, I am quite sure. This is third article on the Social Security Administration (SSA). Let’s talk about some SSA history this week. Prior to the implementation of the Social Security Act on January 1, 1937, there were no federal programs to help the elderly. The nation was still in the throes of the Great […]


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A Message for You

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Midlife Crisis by PASTOR RON AULBACH BridgeWay Community Church There was a hit song by Paul Simon back in 1986 that can best be described as a man experiencing a midlife crisis. He’s walking down the street and his head full of unanswered questions. Why am I so soft in the middle? Why am I short of attention? Why are my nights so long? Where is my wife? My family? What if I die here? Who’ll be my bodyguard, now that my bodyguard is gone, gone? “You can call me Al” and if you feel like you are living more like Al than you’d care to admit, I’ve got good news for you. These are the questions that most ask. Research indicates that an actual “midlife crisis” is a myth. Not everyone that hits their 40’s and 50’s actually experience a crisis. They don’t all by Corvettes, timeshares and dream of breaking par. David Almeida, PhD at Penn State says the crisis is definitely a myth but “this certainly is a stressful time of life for most people.” These years bring affluence allowing you to finally afford the luxuries you’ve always dreamed of while at the same time having to navigate the heavier demands dealt out by the boss and family. Add to that the likelihood of having to also care for aging parents, and it feels like a midlife crisis is upon you. There is another way to look at the middle years of your life. I’m finding that there really is a difference between “living” my life, and just “doing” life. Doing life looks like a schedule that is consumed with things that have no purpose, and ultimately no passion behind them. Living life means you look for the opportunities that will bring greatest joy to both you and the people around you. Joshua was crystal clear on this, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, but for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Serving is living, and serving the Lord brings the greatest life. Let God be the object of your service, your bodyguard, and the answer to all your questions.

Consignment shop offers free lunch as thank-you

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by ERIN COLE  For 10 years Gild the Lily, a consignment shop located in Rockford, has sold top-quality secondhand women’s clothing, home decor and furniture. They are more than just a shop, though; they are a valuable part of the community. In 2010, Kimberly Johnson and Carol Keller, owners of Gild the Lily, started a monthly event, called “First Friday.” It started as a way to give back to the community after being blessed by the community’s continued support for the store. “First Friday” takes place on the first Friday of every month. As a thank-you for its valued customers, Gild the Lily offers a free catered lunch for them to enjoy as they shop and socialize. Each event supports a specific charity, and 10 percent of the proceeds made during the day are donated. Since it began, “First Friday” has raised approximately $4,500 for charities. North Kent Community Services (NKCS) is the charity sponsored for July’s “First Friday” event on July 6, 2012. NKCS helps out families in need by providing them with food, clothing, and health care products. According to Sandy Waite, NKCS executive director, NKCS sees the needs go up twice a year, around the holidays and during summer, especially for kids who don’t fall under the free-and-reduced lunch program in the summer. “The people we are helping aren’t strangers. They are the people next door, neighbors helping neighbors,” Waite said. In an effort to boost efforts for the NKCS, Gild the Lily will also be collecting both food and health care items at the store during the “First Friday” event. Gild the Lily is located at 450 E. Division (10 Mile Rd.), Rockford. They can be reached at (616) 863-8491.

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