It is that time of year when advice is doled out at graduation parties and family get-togethers. Here’s a few gems I’ve learned along the way:
Wear safety glasses when doing any activity that hurls microscopic material with a velocity that could cut an eye. This includes weed eating, chopping wood, and crafting with glitter. In the last few months, I’ve heard stories that would curl your eyelashes and make your eyes water in sympathy.
Speaking of water, here’s another good drop of advice: stay hydrated. Not with fancy “coffee” drinks with more sugar than actual coffee, and not with soda, pop, or sody-pop. Stay hydrated with actual water.
Embrace the rain and storms when they come. Even it’s inconvenient.
Leave only footprints when enjoying the trails. When bears get a taste of discarded food scraps, they are more likely to investigate a hiker who smells like tasty treats. Save a bear, save a hiker, and pack out food scraps. Also, used toilet paper. Good grief. Do people not know about Ziploc bags? No wonder there’s a global pandemic. Pack it in, pack it out.
Don’t be a firebug. In last week’s front page Methow Valley News, reporter Marcy Stamper noted there were 88 fires to date this year. According to the DNR, debris burning is the No. 1 cause of out-of-control fires, followed by recreational burning. Instead of burn piles, contact your local gardener. We’re all looking for woody debris and leaves to bolster raised beds and add to compost.
Do not pay medical bills with a credit card. The better way is to contact the billing department of the clinic or hospital and arrange an interest-free payment plan. Credit card debt negatively affects your credit score. Medical debt does not.
Read books and national newspapers. Choose at least one book from the New York Times bestseller list. The ones that I’ve enjoyed recently are:
“Citizen: An American Lyric,” by Claudia Rankine. It’s one I keep returning to for its visual beauty and insightful thoughts.
“The Fire Next Time,” by James Baldwin, an American classic that I wished I had known about in high school. The writing is passionate and extraordinary, the ideas provocative.
“Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, continues the personal narrative of “The Fire Next Time” decades later, providing a perspective of how far we’ve come as a nation, and the same struggles we face today. He pays homage to the great writers and the libraries that make access to pursuit of knowledge possible.
Pursuit of knowledge enables freedom, empowers freedom, is freedom.
Register now for the July 16 Color Run and 3-on-3 basketball tournament during the Apple Pie Jamboree. A Pateros tradition for over 70 years, Apple Pie Jamboree is a community fundraiser for Pateros youth programs: sports, music, theater and free swimming lessons.
All the action is July 15 -17. The weekend is packed with games, food, vendors, parade, fireworks and of course, apple pie. Registration forms for teams, vendors and volunteers, along with the event calendar are on the jamboree webpage: www.paterosapj.org.