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February 28, 2018 The Julian News 5 My Thoughts by Michele Harvey EAST OF PINE HILLS by Kiki Skagen Munshi HOME SERVICES Residential • Industrial • Commercial Serving Southern California Ben Sulser, Branch Manager Julian Branch: (760) 244-9160 Cell: 760-315-7696 • Fax 714-693-1194 emai: ben@allstatepropane.com • www.alstatepropane.com • Trained Experts • Difficult Removals • Artistic Trimming • Brush Clearing POPE TREE SERVICE All Your Tree Service Needs 760765.0638 Over 20 Years in Julian Chris Pope, Owner CA. State License #704192 Fully Insured for Your Protection Workers Comp. Commercial & Residential Oak and Pine our Specialty ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED Difficult Removals Difficult Removals Over 20 Years in Julian Over 20 Years in Julian Over 20 Years in Julian Over 20 Years in Julian Over 20 Years in Julian Over 20 Years in Julian Over 20 Years in Julian Over 20 Years in Julian I’m Not As Organized As I Want Me To Be I like to think that I’m organized. I really am organized when I approach simple projects. But when the project gets bigger I seem to lose my ability to get things done. I lose my ability to keep my house organized. Since my shoulder surgery last August, I’ve had to rely on others to do a lot of the things that I have always done for myself. Consequently, I have created piles of things on top of the piles that we already had here at home because Mike and I set things down wherever we find an empty place and we don’t go back to put them where they should actually go. On top of all of this, I confess that neither of us seems able to throw things away. My most recent copy of the AARP magazine has an article about organizing that is called Death Cleaning in Sweden. The title of the article is Decluttering, Swedish Style. If you are interested in looking for it, it’s on page 14 of the February/March 2018 issue. The whole idea of death cleaning is that it helps you to help your loved ones. What a great idea and what a great goal. When my uncle died at age 94, my aunt cleaned out their file drawers. Possibly she had to look through 70 years’ worth of documents. She found copies of stocks that they had long since sold and nearly every document that he kept was in its original envelope, so my aunt had to take each document out of its envelope, and then unfold it to see if it was current and needed. I talked with her before she completed the project and she had already filled several large trash bags with documents and envelopes that were totally out of date. Now the documents that are still in the file cabinet are unfolded and easy to identify. Fortunately for my cousin, this wasn’t a task that she had to deal with along with her grief when her mother died. Years ago I had a friend who lived in a house that had a 2 car garage and also a 1 car garage. The one car garage was devoted to storage boxes full of the husband’s papers. He had rows of sturdy shelves that held his well-marked storage boxes. Apparently he kept the receipt for the first thing he ever bought and every receipt since then. I saw the boxes about 25 years ago. They filled the entire garage. By now they may have multiplied beyond my imagination. I’d hate to think of that family’s trash bill when the husband dies. The AARP article asks and answers 4 questions. I will paraphrase the answers. First question: What problems does keeping too much stuff cause your loved ones after you are gone? Probably already having busy lives, why should your loved ones take time to sort through your things when you could have already sorted through them and thrown out things that are no longer needed, wanted, or too private for you to want your family to see. Second question: How do you decide what to keep or what to discard? Talk with your family about this. It can be a lot of fun sitting around and remembering what events each item brings to mind. For instance, if you no longer decorate for holidays, invite your children for a memory session to see who wants each decoration. You can all enjoy the memories that go along with this sit down. If an item has no meaning any more, then it has no worth to any of you and it will be easier for you to part with it. Question three: Why get rid of private diaries? Your secrets may cause your loved ones unhappiness or harm. Something as simple as writing down your desire to go to college with a profession in mind, and not ever being able to go because you raised a family instead; that may cause your children to feel guilty for something they had no control over. Burn the diary or shred it. Fourth question: How will cleaning help you? The more you clean and clear things out, the easier it gets. For me, I find it easiest to clear things out when I can find a destination for them. I keep boxes to put things in that will go to my local church rummage sale, to my favorite thrift store and to friends who sometimes pass my things onto other people. This past week I found 6 panels of off-white lace curtains. I’ve kept them for 15 years without using them and finally decided to find them a new home. One of my friends was very happy to take them and I’m happy they can once again be useful. My sister has several friends who are quilters. They send me their scraps and for a few years I piled the bags in my workroom. I make fabric crafts and I use quite a few pieces of fabric from those bags. However, I can’t sew fast enough to use all of the fabric and some pieces have patterns that I can’t use. I finally decided to sort through the fabric pieces. I’ve kept what I believe realistically I will use. I have passed on all of the rest of the fabric to one friend. She will sort and pull out what she can use and then pass the remaining fabric to one of her friends who will pull out what she can use and then donate what’s left to the Humane Society to stuff beds for dogs. This is clearly a long line of recycling and I’m glad that it works so well. Years ago I had a friend who decided to clear out all of her clutter. She rented a dumpster and among the items she threw away were over one hundred cookbooks. I still get sick when I think of that. I think of the churches, clubs and thrift stores that could have raised money by selling those cookbooks. When you decide that you can part with an item and it is in good condition, think of an organization that can benefit from taking your item. I know that I feel better when I no longer have use for an item and I can find it a new home. This time I am reorganizing a table at a time or a corner at a time or a cabinet, a drawer or some other small space so I don’t get overwhelmed. I have goals small enough that they should be manageable. These are my thoughts. Answers Escape Me In 2013 there were 33,636 deaths due to "injury by firearms" These deaths consisted of 11,208 homicides, 21,175 suicides, 505 deaths due to accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm, and 281 deaths due to firearms use with "undetermined intent". (Wikipedia) Mass shootings with military grade weapons over a much longer period don’t touch these numbers: Parkland, Florida -- 17 Las Vegas – 58 Virginia Tech – 32 Sandy Hook – 27 Florida nightclub – 50 So what do we make of this? That military grade weapons only kill a relatively small number of people so it’s all right to have them around? That private citizens shouldn’t own guns at all? Check “Neither of the Above”. Clearly more should be done to prevent homicides with rifles and handguns. In a fairly unpopular stance, we’ll add that if people really want to kill themselves, perhaps they should be allowed to do so and in that case guns are pretty efficient. But military grade weapons that can kill at wartime levels? No. No again. Military grade weapons don’t belong in the hands of civilians. We can defend ourselves with the (small) (and legal) arsenal in the house, thank you, even if we do regularly miss Mssr. Le Coyote whilst shooting out the window at him. (“Just don’t shoot an intruder in the back,” our North Carolina Concealed Carry class instructor said…we trust that doesn’t include coyotes.) And our hunting friend doesn’t even consider hunting deer and turkey with an M-16 or even an AR- 15. Unlike probably the majority of you, dear reader, we have actually shot Uzis and AK-47s, M-16s and such. Not at people but… let’s not go into specific circumstances because they were a bit, well, Not Done. More to the point, we’ve lived with a real threat of criminals invading the house carrying assault rifles and had to make plans of how to deal with the situation if it happened. These weapons are a game changer. A game changer we don’t need in the U.S. And there is a simple way to begin to deal with the problem. Give people a certain date by which military grade weapons can be turned in to the authorities (and perhaps a cash reward equal to their value) after which possession would be a felony. Carrying prison time. Background checks, raising the age by which individuals can buy the weapons won’t cut it. There are too many weapons out there that are off the radar of the authorities, to begin with and we could go on to other reasons. Teachers shouldn’t have to have the responsibility of deciding when or whether to kill an intruder in the classroom. Possession should be a felony. Period. But it won’t happen. Arms manufacturers make too much money from gun sales. So they’ll go on propagandizing “freedom” and the “Second Amendment” to continue sales. Even if part of the price is the blood of our children and loved ones. Richard “Dick” Delano Holden September 14, 1932 - December 25, 2017 They I’ve been teaching for many years But in these last ones, I have taught with fear We tell our students now…that bad people may come to our school one day Get down, hide, be still, be quiet…bullets may be shot through the windows…stay away The children don’t understand…I find it hard to explain That somehow, “They” have become angry…have become insane Their hatred…their illness…needs a voice…needs to make an impression “They” have found the innocent, killing the unprotected…revenge is their mission And for those who have had to look “They” in the eye Immediately have had to be prepared to die Teachers and others have lost their lives being brave Trying to save sweet children from going to their graves The wounded….the dead…are my heroes. We are fighting a war We have become a self proclaimed army to protect the children we teach and care for We have no weapons to fight with, so our bodies are the only shield We have no choice but to use them if our schools become a battlefield The children are “ours” when they come to learn…we love them all Under us, we will try to save them…if “They” come to call Written five years ago after Sandy Hook. Nothing has changed in that time. It is time now to do something. This was posted in honor of the brave students of Florida that are taking it upon themselves to fight for change. Stephanie Sweene Richard Delano Holden was born September 14, 1932. in Kent, Ohio His parents operated a restaurant. He was educated in the Kent school system, and graduated from Kent State University in 1955. He served with honor in the United Stated Navy from 1955-57 on a destroyer in the Mediterranean and Atlantic oceans. He worked primarily as a sales representative for the Langston Corp. Prior to moving to Julian his residences were in Washington, D. C., Cherry Hill, NJ, Chicago, IL, Saratoga, CA, and Seal Beach, CA. A regular for years at the "round table" at "Lew's" he and the rest of the gang moved to Mom's after the Coffe House closed. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and would talk baseball and Duke University basketball with anyone. He loved reading and stimulating conversation. Dick Holden died on December 25, 2017. He will be buried Monday, March 5, 2018 at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego at 2 PM. The cemetery has a website. Arrive after 1:30 and proceed to Cortage Lane 1 behind the Administration Bldg at the entrance. For any questions about the burial please contact Richard Uhl (480) 540-8024. How To Spend Your Money With Companies That Share Your Values (StatePoint) From small one- time purchases to monthly service fees, you may not think much about what happens to your money after spending it. But beyond the typical considerations, such as price and product features, many savvy shoppers are starting to pick their brands and services based on new criteria like ethics. An ethical company treats both its employees and customers fairly and practices environmental sustainability. Luckily, there is some guidance out there for those consumers who want to spend their money with companies that share their values. Your Wardrobe Patagonia’s mission statement is to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use businesstoinspireandimplement solutions to the environmental crisis.” A leader in social and environmental responsibility efforts in the fashion industry, the company is fair-trade certified for all its sewing production and is dedicated to transparency. Consider shopping here if you want to look good and feel good. Your Wireless Provider One good resource to check out is “The World’s Most Ethical Companies” list, released annually by the Ethisphere Institute. It offers a quantitative assessment of a company’s performance in corporate governance, risk, sustainability compliance and ethics, and knowing a company or brand has scored high on this particular assessment can help set your mind at ease. Forthe10thyearinarow,thatlist includes T-Mobile, which, among other initiatives, committed to move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2021, the only major wireless provider to do so. As one of only five honorees in the telecommunications industry to receive recognition from the Ethisphere Institute in 2018, they also landed on Best Place to Work lists for parents, diversity, the LGBTQ community and more. T-Mobile was also given a perfect score of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index by the Human Rights Campaign. For the full list of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies, visit worldsmostethicalcompanies. com. Your Glass of Wine Red or white? The next time you imbibe, consider going beyond the wine’s flavor and potential pairings, seeking a bottle from a company that you know treats its employees well. Included in Glassdoor’s 2018 Best Places to Work Employees’ Choice list was E. & J. Gallo Winery, a family-owned company with a strong internal program to foster diversity and career development among underrepresented communities. Whether you’re shopping online, hitting the mall or choosing services that help you connect with friends, family and the world around you, consider doing a bit of research before making your next consumer decision to ensure you’re comfortable with where your money is headed.