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Under the shade tree

Last updated: April 30. 2014 9:12AM - 384 Views
By Marie Faircloth Contributing columnist



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Greetings to all my fans. I am so motivated by your calls and notes about my weekly article. It is awesome how many folks have called me. I am now trying to stay on track.


We are doing mid-year updates on our home -bound seniors. It is a pleasure to visit the homes and talk to these folks, receive smiles, hugs, and a rewarded heart. On Thursday, we visited Ms. Odell Gibbs, Dr. Lottie McKoy, and Ethel Cooper; they thanked us for our services. So much wisdom and knowledge in these folks.


I am in Columbia, South Carolina taking care of family this week. We had a volunteer breakfast planned; I hear it went well. We are so proud of our volunteers. Volunteers help to make our jobs easier. Sorry I could not be there. Thank you Rev. Hillburn for the spoken word.


Hope everyone is enjoying this nice weather. Maybe we can get our community garden going in a few days. Thanks to Ms. Dorothy Station, Jerrick Moore, Fred Herring, as well as Ms. Billie Devone, for putting a new face on the Garland Center. The plants are beautiful. Now we need a flag and flag pole. If anyone knows how we can get one, please let us know; we will be so thankful!


We have a new helper at the Garland Center, Ms. Sydney Johnson. She is very smart. I hope all the seniors and volunteers, as well as the staff; will make you feel very welcome. We feel Ms. Johnson will be a great asset to our center.


Be reminded of the Alzheimer’s Conference on May 22, from 1 until 3 p.m., at the Sampson County Health Department. Light refreshments will be served. It is free! Lots of information for caregivers. You must register before the conference. Contact Lorie Sutton or Sarah Rich at the Sampson County Department of Aging to register 910 592-4653. I am sure you will be glad you attended this conference.


Words to live by: Believe and achieve. I “can” and I “will” are much stronger than I “can’t” or I “won’t”. Be positive. “Turn your face to the sun, and the shadow will fall behind you.” -Maori Proverb. Remember the power of imagination makes us infinite. “It’s the little things in life.” Life is a miracle. “Miracles don’t just happen; people make them happen.”


Please join the Garland Senior Center Thursday May 29, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., for a fun filled day. Free food, fellowship, games, music, dancing, and a watermelon seed spitting contest!


Love, Live, and Laugh. Spend time under the shade tree; when you get older, you will be glad!!!


(Editor’s note: Marie Faircloth is director of the Garland Senior Center.)


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