Showing posts from March, 2019

Hometown Heroes

If you were deciding who is a hometown hero in your town, who would it be? It’s a great thing to recognize people for caring about others. I’m thinking that there are a lot of heroes, even in small town Keota. The problem is, the heroes just don’t want the notoriety.   I have seen farmers in the Keota, Harper, West Chester, Wellman, Richland, Sigourney and Washington help their neighbors when they need it most. The farming community is an amazing group of people.   During the storm of 1998, farmers brought trucks and tractors into the town of Keota, helping to clear the trees and debris left by the storm. It was a massive job and the farm community voluntarily pitched in to help. There are other times that farmers plant and harvest crops for a sick neighbor. They look forward to helping every time they can. The United Church of Faith has a food pantry providing much needed assistance to local individuals and families. This is an ongoing effort to give help to folks of all denomina

LSB - It Feels Like Family

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What Makes Me Happy

As the holiday season approached, I took a moment to reflect on what truly makes me happy.     My first thoughts were friends, family, food, vacations, etc., then I thought deeper.   Here’s what I came up with for myself:   Accomplishment, whether it’s finishing a project, cleaning my house, meeting a goal or having hosted a successful party or event.   I need that sense of having a purpose and accomplishing it. Helping others with their work or solving a problem.   Doing things for others to help them out.   Even doing something to make someone else’s day. This makes me feel good about myself, that I make someone else happy.   Watching my children succeed when they make good choices, getting good grades and doing things for themselves and others as they become adults.   They make me proud, most of the time.   Now, I challenge you to take a few minutes and really think about what makes you happy.   By: Robyn Nolting

Lifelong Friendships

Every year for the past 12 years, we think, three very important friends and I have had a girls’ weekend in Des Moines. I have known two of them since birth and I met the third in kindergarten.   We were in school together from kindergarten to high school graduation. For several years between graduation and the birth of our first children, we hardly saw each other, but when we did get together, it was as if we had never been apart. We have been with each other through divorce and the passing of three of our moms, and have given each other guidance with raising our children and helping them find their place in the world.   We have also offered and received a shoulder to cry on or lean on in times of sadness and weakness.   We laugh, sometimes so hard we can hardly catch our breath.   Passersby smile and laugh when they see us having so much fun together.   We can tease each other without ill feelings and expect it when we do something that is worthy of being teased for.   This ye