Sherman County eNews #299


  1. Grapefruit, Oranges & Shelled Pecans! Order Now! Lions Club Texas Fruit!

  2. Do you understand the Electoral College?

  3. The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

  4. Getting Away from Normal

  5. Senator Jeff Merkley: Veterans Day

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

1. Grapefruit, Oranges & Shelled Pecans!  Order Now! Lions Club Texas Fruit!

food.orangesOrder Now! Grapefruit, Oranges & Shelled Pecans. Sherman County Lions are again offering the wonderful fruit from Texas….grapefruit, oranges and shelled pecans, (as offered by AFS annually):18 to 20 wonderful pink grapefruit $20; around 40 navel oranges $20 or a half and half box  for $20. New this year: 1# bag of shelled pecans $14. Call Nell 541- 565-3517 THIS WEEK for delivery at the High school Bazaar on December 3rd.

2. Do you understand the Electoral College?

Vote AmericaDo you understand what the Electoral College is? Or how it works? Or why America uses it to elect its presidents instead of just using a straight popular vote? Author, lawyer and Electoral College expert Tara Ross does, and she explains that to understand the Electoral College is to understand American democracy.

3. The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

military.navyThis day is set aside in honor of American Patriot Veterans who have carried the banner of Liberty forward since the first shots at Lexington and Concord. And it is now time for us to deliver this banner to the next generation.

Millions of Patriots — American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen — have for generations honored their oaths to “support and defend” Liberty, as “endowed by our Creator” and enshrined in our Constitution.

Today, and every day, we formally honor them. We remain the proud and the free because they have stood bravely in harm’s way, and millions remain on post today. For this, we, the American People, offer our heartfelt thanks.

“Mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions.” —1 Chronicles 12:8

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” —Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” —John Stuart Mill.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” —John 15:12-14.

~ The Patriot Post

 4. Getting Away from Normal

How can the ancient tradition of Sabbath help you perform better at work and feel energized and much more creative?

The ancient idea of Sabbath – setting aside time for rest and reflection – makes sense in modern times, too, and not just in a religious way. How often do you set aside some time for yourself where you entirely alter your routines? That is what is supposed to happen on the Sabbath, or on a sabbatical, which comes from the same root word.

Sabbaticals are sometimes necessary if we are to stay fresh and creative. As an example, a highly successful businessman took nine weeks off from his job. He called it a sabbatical, and he went to Maine where he designed a barn and took a photography course. When he came back to work, he was filled with new ideas and felt much better equipped to lead.

Now, perhaps you are not in a position to take nine weeks off. But no matter how busy you are, you can build in some time for short sabbaticals, even if they are only two or three days at a time. Get off the main thoroughfare of your life and live in an entirely different way for a while! Walk instead of ride. Plant trees if you work in an office. Take a computer class if you plant trees for a living. You get the idea. Give yourself the opportunity to gain a new perspective, a new understanding.

While the human brain may love the labor-saving devices that habits bring, the brain also needs new input. We want to create new neural pathways. The brain is entirely capable of growing, no matter what our age, and we do that with new experiences. We all deserve a new perspective, every so often, and you will find yourself feeling refreshed, revitalized and renewed. Even if it’s for one hour a day, give it a try.

Your brain will love you for it! ~ The Pacific Institute

5. Senator Jeff Merkley: Veterans Day

American flag1Today is a day of thanks and remembrance for the brave servicemen and women who have selflessly served our great nation. At home and abroad, our veterans have fought tirelessly to defend our freedom, justice and democracy. We must never forget their sacrifices.

On this holiday, we must remember those we’ve lost, honor the courageous veterans still with us, and pay tribute to those currently serving around the world. Our veterans have put America’s security before their own, and for that we have an important responsibility to give back to them with the resources they need to succeed abroad and back at home.

For those who serve our country overseas, their service away from home is challenging, but their return to civilian life can sometimes be even harder. Many veterans face tremendous hurdles finding employment, housing, and health care. The Department of Labor estimates that 27 percent of veterans aged 20-24 are currently unemployed, and the overall average unemployment rate among returning veterans is at 11.5 percent.

That is why I co-sponsored legislation like The VOW to Hire Heroes Act to help all service members transitioning to civilian life receive the job training skills they need to be competitive in today’s tough economic climate. This bill would also assist in transferring military skills and training into the private sector and would provide tax credits to employers who hire veterans. I have pushed the VA to do a better job supporting our veterans here at home, including by hiring more mental health providers, cutting down on their claims backlog, and making it easier for veterans to access medical care through the VA system.

This week, I was pleased to announce that the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) has been awarded a $500,000 grant to support veterans’ medical transportation needs in 10 rural Oregon counties to ensure our vets are able to access to the medical services they need. And I’ve pushed to bring more resources back to Oregon to help provide safe and affordable housing for veterans and their families who are struggling with homelessness. Our veterans have kept their promise to their nation and now we must keep our promises to them. Please know that I will continue to push to uphold those promises.

Today, we must also recognize the incredible sacrifice that military families make daily. I cannot say enough about the tremendous challenges that families face when their loved ones in uniform deploy overseas. Military families are the backbone of our armed services, and I applaud them for their strength and resilience.

I encourage all Americans to use Veterans Day as an opportunity to let the brave men and women in your community who have served our nation to know how thankful we are for their contributions. No matter our differences, we should all come together as Americans to honor those that dedicate their lives to defending our nation.

6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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