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Train going through Watervliet, March 1931

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From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum

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The Paw Paw River Journal

Christmas thoughts!

 I am sitting at my desk on a nice early winter morning… just a skiff of snow on the ground. But it is a harbinger of things to come.  Son Rob is putting up the storm window panels on our back porch, and my thoughts have turned to the approaching holidays. I always enjoy this time of year. What the heck… I enjoy any time of year!

So, Christmas is approaching; and it is a good time to sum up, to think how our lives have gone. And to send a message to all of you readers that we are still here… and glad to be here and writing a column for you about the joy we should all take with us wherever we go. I know, we should have that joy all year long, but life just does not work that way!

How has life been for you?  We’ve been going along here on the south bank of the Paw Paw River, and I have a worry! Just recently watched a program on TV that jolted us out of our complacency! It was an interview with one of the boy wonders who started this whole business of Facebook and all the other means of instant communication. He admitted that he has made billions of dollars. I wonder if he feels any guilt about introducing a new drug into our society?

Yes, it is addictive, just as surely as any drug! And a whole generation of young people is now hooked on those little ipads. Everywhere we go, people are sitting there quietly, using their thumbs to text messages. Even at family get togethers they are doing it. I have seen couples eating in a restaurant. They are sitting there, not communicating… using their thumbs to talk to somebody. Each other? Who knows! All the kids using them   are not causing trouble… but are they thinking?

Whoa! That’s not a good thought to put under the Christmas tree! Can I find something nice to say about those same kids? I have referred to them as ‘The Selfie’ generation. But they are not all bad! I get a lot of help when I am shopping… bag boys, check out girls all go out of their way to help us. I might mention especially all of the kids who work for Tim Hildebrand at our local Harding’s Market. They couldn’t be more helpful… when they see me shopping they do all they can to make it easier. And I’ve noticed it happens wherever we run into young people.

The family is still a viable unit. We have new little ones in our family. So life is going on. On a personal level, we still have a lot of joy in family get togethers. When we gather, there is warmth we hope all families feel! We enjoy holidays together, and that is one of the reasons I feel so good about the upcoming parties! We can but hope it is the same way for all of you.

Do you have some in your group from whom you are estranged? Perhaps you have not been speaking. Please make the first move to get back together again! You will not regret it!

We’re coming up on a season that is celebrated by people of all faiths. Admittedly, it was started with the birth of a Jewish child in a little town in the Middle East. But Christmas has become a family thing for all people. You can make it religious, or you can make it about family. Or if you don’t have family, it can be about friends!

A good time to think about someone you have not seen for a while. Get in touch with them! Let go of an old hurt! And in our society we have a tendency to hurt each other. Some kids are being bullied. It has completely ruined lives! If you have ever been a part of tha