New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 9, 1997, Page 3

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung April 9, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Wednesday, April 9, 1997 g 3A Friend’s gift becomes inspiration DEAR ABBY: I have read your column daily for many years and greatly enjoy your letters on random acts of kindness. Yesterday I read the letter about Darlene Godsey’s husband, who came home a quadriplegic after an overdose of anesthesia during open-heart surgery, and how her friends rallied together to repair the things she had formerly relied on her husband to do. It reminded me of something my quadriplegic friend Bernie did for me several years ago during a very lonely and difficult time in my life. I wrote occasional verse and had been sharing my poems with him over a bulletin board service via our personal computers. Through time we became good friends. Unbeknown to me, he took the following verse of mine, had it printed in “Queen’s English” and beautifully framed, and presented it to me as a gift, for no particular reason. That was a turning point in my life and inspired me to continue my writing and share it with others. I have just recently completed my first poetry and verse manuscript and am hopeful it may be published someday. Bernie’s gift, titled “Lessons You Learned,” now has its own special place on my wall and is a daily reminder of the “random acts of kindness” that inspired me H)eanj originally to write it. I am sharing it with you in the hope that it will help people along life’s journey either to recognize their own gifts or help someone else along their way. If you print it, I thank you. If you cannot, I understand you cannot print eveiy letter you receive. I will continue to faithfully read your column because you so often touch so many hearts, and have often tbuched mine. MARLENE GERBA MILWAUKIE, ORE. DEAR MARLENE AND DEAR READERS: I am unable to publish all of the letters or the lovely poems I receive. However, this one moved me so deeply that I am compelled to share it Read on: LESSONS YOU LEARNED by Marlene Gerba For every petal you pluck from a daisy, You’re granted one measure of love For every rainbow you find with two ends, I wish you two stars from above. For every tear you brush from a cheek, I promise you kindness will follow, Wherever you walk, under rainbows or starts, Over daisies, or down lonely hollow. For every child you play with and talk to, I grant you one heart full of laughter. For every smile you place on a face, I promise you peace ever after. If you think “I” am giving you priceless gifts, Look close at yourself and your deeds. The gifts you earned were the lessons you learned. While answering other folks’ needs. CONFIDENTIAL TO ‘STILL TRYING TO CATCH THE BRASS RING IN HAWAII’: In the words of Arnold Palmer, world champion golfer, “The road to success is always under construction.” SAFE FAMILIES CHECKLIST Planning, preparing and practicing are key to surviving an emergency. See if your family is ready for anything. Put a check next to the items you’ve already accomplished, add up your checks and see how you’ve done. As an added bonus, bring your completed list to Famous Footwear or L’eggs Hanes Bali P I a y t e x rstore at the New rauntets Factory Stores off of terstate-35 in New Braunfels for a free Safe Families Safety Net, complete with an emergency information card, refrigerator magnet, children’s activity book, and coupons from the Factory Stores. ;■ Every two seconds someone has an accident. My family has a first aid kit in the house and at least one of us knows how to use it. i ■ Smoke detectors more than double your chance of surviving a fire. I checked and the batteries in my smoke New Braunfela Herald-Zeitung Working to be an Indispensable part of your day. detector are working. ■ Fire can destroy a home in seconds. Everyone in my family knows two ways to escape from every room of our house. ■ My family has picked a family meeting place outside our home so that we all know where to gather if we have to get out of the house in a hurry. ■ Seconds count. Everybody in my family knows how and when to call 9-1 -1. ■ Everybody in my family knows our address and phone number by heart. We all know our names and how to spell them. ■ We have emergency numbers posted by our telephone, including the number to Poison Control. ■ Texas leads the nation in drowning deaths of five-year-olds and younger. My pool has a gate, and children are never allowed in the pool area without an adult. lf you’ve checked seven or more: Congratulations! You’re family is very prepared. Five to six: Good! You’re more prepared than most. Zero to four: Not so good. Lots of preparing to be done! Join us for the Safe Families Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Braunfels Factory Stores on Red Cross volunteers will be on hand to: Check your blood pressure ■ Teach you first aid for choking Show you how to put together your own first aid kit from items around the house ■ Demonstrate how to develop a home safety plan ■ Teach you about fire safety ■ Share tips on water safety ■ And much more! (Sponsored by the American Red Cross, New Braunfels Factory Stores and New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung) Along Minnesota-North Dakota border, fears rise with waters KRAGNES, Minn. (AP) — At a windswept crossroads empty of people and filled with water from the Buffalo River, Ed Johs and his UPS truck arrived with a jarring reminder of daily life interrupted: a package. That he couldn't deliver it mattered little; the recipient had left. And Johs faces more of the same on his rounds of towns along U.S. 75, where flooding water and ice are spreading a crystalline ink blot across the land. I Today, Kragnes is yet another western Minnesota town overrun by another river in slow, sprawling Hooding unique to this portion of the Midwestern plains. Flooding experts say it is a harbinger of more severe Overflowing expected when the Red River crests later this week. President Clinton signed a disaster declaration Tuesday for 21 Minnesota counties, freeing up federal money for recovery. North and South Dakota were declared disaster areas Monday. Sunday. April 13 2-4 p.m. IDoor* open at 11 *ffi££ Sponsored by: American Legion Poet 35 Hold at Comal County Sportsman's Club, Kowalt In. 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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: April 9, 1997

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