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Services: A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd., Redmond, Oregon. Followed by a Graveside service with Military Honors at2 PMat Redmond Memorial Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or Redmond Senior Center, 325 NW Dogwood Avenue, Redmond, Oregon 97756 or Zion Lutheran Church Bldg. Fund, 1113 SW Black Butte Blvd., Redmond, Oregon 97756,541-923-7466.
Services: Public viewing Monday Nov. 23, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Church of God 7th Day, 820 Diamond Hill Rd., Harrisburg, Oregon 97446,541-995-8003.1:00 PMGraveside Service at Thomas Alford Cemetery, Harrisburg, OR. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Redmond Church of God 7th Day. Obituary to follow.
Contributions may be made to: Redmond Church of God 7th Day, 205 NW 4th St., Redmond, OR 97756,541-350-2311or to a charity of ones choice.
Published in the Spokesman: August, 2014 Jenny Pedersen, Redmond Community Librarian The skies are blue, the clouds are light and the days are long. It’s time to get out your lawn chair and settle down in your back yard or next to a lake or river with some good books. I’ve put together a list of new, summery reads to get you started: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen A year after her husband's death, Kate emerges from the fog of grief just in time to make one seemingly simple choice that changes everything: She takes her daughter to her aunt’s resort on Lost Lake, and oh the adventures they have! A Dark and Twisted Tide by S. J. Bolton At dawn one hot summer morning, former detective Lacey Flint finds the body of a shrouded young woman in the River Thames near her houseboat. What at first seems to be a chance discovery may not be so in this fast-paced thriller. The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Gilman An ambitious and lavish immigrant rags-to-riches-to-rags story details the life of Lillian Dunkle, self-made ice-cream queen whose personal life is far from her public persona. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes A hilariously mismatched group – a single mom, her bullied stepson, mathlete daughter and an obnoxious tech millionaire – embark on a road trip from the English shore to Aberdeen, Scotland. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart This young adult mystery revolves around the wealthy and privileged Cadence as she struggles to remember just what happened during her fifteenth summer on her family’s private island. Margarita Wednesdays by Deborah Rodriguez Rodriguez captures her adventures and misadventures among the expats and locals of a seaside town in Mexico where she finds new love, new family, and a new sense of herself. The Farm by Tom Rob Smith Daniel’s parents have retired and moved to the bucolic Swedish countryside. All seems well until his father has his mother committed. But she claims his father is lying and is part of a criminal conspiracy. The Vacationers by Emma Straub During a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki This gorgeous graphic novel details Rose's latest summer at a lake house: her parents' constant arguments, her younger friend's secret sorrows, and the dangerous activities of older teens. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique This sweeping debut novel traces the history of the U.S. Virgin Islands through the fate of a family marked by lust, magic and social change. The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner Steeped in the lore of the sea with a nod to King Lear, this family saga explores the Kings family's mythical past while a turf war erupts amongst Maine lobstermen.
Published in the Spokesman: August 2014 ANIMALISMS by: Liza C. Little
It was the middle of a snowstorm several years ago in Wheeler County that several horses, dogs, cats and sheep struggled to survive freezing temperatures with no food, water or shelter. Their owner, an elderly woman, had passed away in her home unnoticed for several weeks until a neighbor realized something was awry and called for help.
The 16 horses had knocked down fences trying to reach nearby hay. Many of the dogs and cats had either perished or become too ill to recover. Thanks to several caring people, many of the animals were rescued. A happy ending to a tragic situation.
This type of story begs the question, are we paying enough attention to our neighbors, friends, even strangers that may need help, or even to our own needs? People can suddenly find themselves in precarious situations, whether they fall ill, lose their job, or are going through a major change in their lives. Others like the elderly, especially living in rural areas, get too old to care for themselves or the animals they loved and cared for – until something changed life as they knew it.
People have a hard time reaching out for help for so many reasons. Some don’t want to bother anyone with their troubles or needs; some may be too prideful to admit they need the help, and others just feel hopeless. Very often the animals suffer along during these times. Sometimes all they may need is a little help during feeding time, or maybe a bit of extra hay. They may need something more like advice on what to do with their animals they can no longer care for and others may just need to know someone is there if needed.
It’s amazing how a simple gesture of caring can turn spirits around to feeling life is again worth living. A warm smile, offering a helping hand around the property or house, sharing a cup of coffee, or suggesting to help care for a precious animal friend could do wonders. Not only does it help the animals that may be struggling at their owner’s expense but it can give a glimpse of hope to a person, a breath of fresh air to carry on.
None of us are true strangers. Each person and animal strives for companionship, love and friendship. If we have the courage to knock on a door and offer help it may give someone the courage to reach out and ask you for help. Isn’t that one of the purposes of living, to help one another along this grand adventurous journey called life? Look out for each other; keep a caring eye on your neighbors and on our animal friends, we all need each other to survive.