For the past several days, Ruth and I have been in Eagle-Vale, Colorado, attending the graduation of our grandson, Christian Apps. Eagle-Vale is in the mountains a couple hours west of Denver. My son, Jeff and daughter-in-law Sandy’s family, besides Christian, includes Nick and Libby. They live in this paradise place with deep blue skies, roaring melt-water streams, newly leafed aspen trees and mountains all around, many of them with snow remaining on their peaks.
We attended several graduation events for the Battle Mountain High School graduates, about 200 of them, with the main event at the stunningly beautiful Gerald Ford Amphitheater in Vale. We listening to a bevy of speeches, most filled with graduate advice.
One of the most impressive “advice for graduates” was written and not spoken. It appeared in the May 20 issue of The Vale Daily, and was written by Chris Romer, president and CEO of the Vale Valley Partnership. Here is some of what he wrote:
--No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
--What other people think of you isn’t your problem.
--Don’t take yourself too seriously.
--Envy is a waste of time. Hard work will get you what you need.
--Read more books. Spend less time in front of screens.
--Realize that life is a school and you’re here to learn.
--Make peace with your past so it doesn’t ruin your present.
--Smile and laugh more.
--Don’t compare yourself with others; you don’t know what their journey is all about.
--Try new things. Enjoy the moment.
Come to think of it, this advice fits more than new graduates.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: A little advice never hurt anyone
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Writing Workshop for 2016
Telling Your Story Workshop at The Clearing in Door County. Friday, August 12, 9-4. Call 920-854-4088 to get your name on the list. (Still Room)
May 26, 7:00 p.m. Richfield Historical Society, 4128 Hubertus Road, Richfield, WI Whispers and Shadows.
June 7, 7:00 p.m. Cambria Library. Cambria Fire Dept. Community Center, Cambria.
June 11, 9-4 Writing Workshop, Wild Rose Library. Telling Your Story
June 14, 9:00 a.m. Keynote speech. Country Heritage Day, St. John the Baptist Church, Montello. Barns of Wisconsin.
June 28, 11:00 a.m. Larry Meiller Show. Wis. Public Radio. Discussion of Roshara Journal and Telling Your Story (New Books)
June 28, Book Discussion. Mystery to Me Book Store, Madison. Details to follow. Roshara Journal and Telling Your Story (New Books)
July 19, 11:00 a.m., Farm Technology Days, Snudden Farms, Lake Geneva, Walworth County. History of Wisconsin Agriculture.
August 9, 6:30 p.m. Winnebago County Historical Society. Oshkosh Library. History of Wisconsin Agriculture.
August 12 9-4, Writing Workshop, The Clearing, Door County.
August 20, 10:30-11:30 am. Waupaca Annual Arts on the Square.
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs:
Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps (based on The Quiet Season book.)
Jerry Apps a Farm Story (based on Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm books.)
The Land with Jerry Apps, (based on the book Whispers and Shadows.)
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including: Jerry’s newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. and Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street