December 3, 2009
Relaxing at Gulf Shores
Last week I was walking on the beach and wading in the gulf wearing shorts and a T-shirt. This week, back home, I heard we might get some snow showers.
Vacations are wonderful. Returning can be tough.
The Burlesons enjoyed a trip to the Alabama Gulf Coast for the Thanksgiving holidays, a trek we have made many times in late November.
Close to Nowhere
Holiday ER visit, again
I’ve always loved to read Erma Bombeck. In so many ways, she and I lived the same lives — chaotic!
Her lament at the holidays was generally about knowing all the phone numbers of pharmacies, etc. that were open or would open for medical emergencies. Holidays at the Bombeck household almost always involved medical emergencies.
It works that way at the two houses down in our patch of woods.
The particularly nasty head cold that’s going around has already been through most of us. Apparently, the only one left was our daughter Dana, who was fortunate enough to be dog sick over the holidays.
The Preacher’s Corner
Thanks given for Grandmother’s turkey pie
Along about this time of year our public school music teacher Marjory Smith at Parks School in Cleveland, would lead us in choruses of “Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother’s House We Go.” I joined in heartily, and the song worked its magic on me. Almost everyone identifies with it, even though there were no rivers or woods to cross for me, as I grew up in my grandmother’s home.
Letters to the Editor
More than 148 million American adults have been a designated driver or been driven home by one, according to a projection based upon a 2009 survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation CARAVAN®. Now that’s a reason to celebrate.
And for adults hosting parties, remember these tips to help have a safe celebration:
• When serving alcohol beverages, offer a variety of good food;
• Offer non-alcohol beverages for the designated drivers;
• Serve guests one drink at a time;
• Stop serving alcohol one hour before the party ends.
A&B Distributing Company and Anheuser- Busch encourage adults who choose to drink to do so responsibly and to use designated drivers and alternate transportation if they may have had too much to drink.
Thanks to efforts like these and increased law enforcement, our nation is making progress in the fight against drunk driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk-driving fatalities have declined 44 percent since 1982.
For more information, visit www.designateddriver. com. And remember, “Responsibility Matters.”
Shanika Buffington, National Guard, Iraq
Supporting Our Troops
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