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Milli Gilbaugh

Dear terrorist

Food For Thought

Dear terrorist,
I address you as “dear” because, unlike you, I believe all life is precious and worthy of my concern. It is because of that concern for life I write this letter to you. You will probably pay little heed to what I have to say, but I am a mother and am accustomed to having my advice ignored, at least at the moment it is offered. I have found, sometimes, the same advice that was once so nonchalantly tossed aside will be resurrected and considered more seriously at a later time. There is always hope.

Aah! Chocolate!

Food For Thought

For a good deal of my life, I trusted Walter Cronkite to tell me the truth. In fact, I seem to remember he was once called the most trusted man in America, so I guess I wasn’t alone in my faith in him. At present, I’m close to replacing him with David Muir, who seems to have the same sort of confident and reassuring manner, so when he tells us something on the ABC news at six o’clock, I tend to believe him.

The man in the trunk

Food For Thought

Melissa slammed shut the trunk of her car and got back behind the steering wheel. She was still trembling slightly. The man hadn’t been particularly threatening, nor had he been overly friendly; just business-like. With his neat beard and dark glasses he faintly resembled half a dozen men she’d seen recently. Salesmen, businessmen, faces on television– the generic nice-looking, average man, but she was pretty sure she’d never met him.

Recalling and being recalled

Food For Thought

You hear, probably more often than is comfortable, about cars, food products, medicines and other things being recalled for various reasons. I say “more than comfortable” because those recalls (sometimes weeks, months, even years after the fact) most likely are only the tip of the iceberg. There are probably many times more possible reasons for recall that never come to light.
Last summer, I had to finally give in to time and replace my 20-year-old Chevy S-10.

Just wondering

Food For Thought

Remember the teenager whose defense was based on the fact that he suffered from something his attorney called “afflluenza?” In other words, he was a spoiled brat who was raised to believe he was the center of the universe and laws applied to everybody but him. How fast these things fade from the headlines when something more interesting comes along. (Not that I consider highway snipers and suicide bombers to be interesting in the usual sense of the word, but they certainly affect more people and arouse concern among a larger portion of our population.)

A kind of illiteracy?

Food For Thought

My friend Rosemary has over 50 descendants; children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She’s big on family history and often entertains the younger generations with stories and photos of their ancestors. On one recent occasion, she showed them some letters written, by her mother and grandmother, in the fine Palmer method which was taught in our schools for several generations. They puzzled over the letters for some time before admitting that they couldn’t read the “strange” writing.

Leap Year

Food For Thought

Every time leap year rolls around, I think of my Aunt Opal who told me it was acceptable for a woman to propose to a man during leap year. My mother said that could only be on Feb. 29, so the opportunity arises only once every four years. My big sister insisted, if you proposed to him that day, he had no options, he had to say yes. On Feb.

Good heavens!

Food For Thought

It has been announced that the, as yet unseen, Planet X does exist somewhere way out there past Pluto. The best information I could get is it orbits the sun every 15,000 years, which makes for a heck of a long wait between birthdays, an enormous number of pages on the calendar and tediously long winters. I was told it is somewhere around the size of Jupiter– one of our larger planets– with a diameter of roughly three-and-a-half times that of our Earth, though I don’t know how they can be sure if nobody has ever seen it.

Unusual friendships

Food For Thought

I caught part of a recent television program dealing with inter-species friendships in the animal kingdom. When I tuned in, they were discussing an unusual relationship between a Labrador pup and a young lion. They did a lot of racing around and playing just about the same as animal siblings do, and I thought about the kitten we had at one time. She came into a household that already had two female dogs, who got along peacefully, and she was soon adopted by the youngest (and smallest) of the two, who tended to mother her.

Sending Valentines

food for thought

Valentine’s Day is still 10 days away, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about ways to observe it. Maybe you haven’t sent any valentines to anyone, except your spouse or your grandkids, for years. Maybe not since grade school when it was a welcome break from winter routines and somebody’s mother brought heart-shaped cookies to school for you and your classmates.

The making of a book worm

Food For Thought

I pulled a volume of an old set of encyclopedias off my library shelf not long ago and discovered some tiny, neat holes appeared to have been drilled through some of the pages with a drill bit not much bigger than a needle. Oh-oh. Did I have an infestation of bookworms? I’d heard about them but had never before encountered one in person. My dictionary defines bookworm as an insect whose larvae feed on the paper and paste of books.

What’s that you say?

Food For Thought

Someone on television keeps telling me they have warned me about the dangers of smoke detectors and sleeping children. Really? I didn’t realize smoke detectors were dangerous. And, I’ve never in my entire life seen a sleeping child who posed a threat of any kind. Someone most certainly wasn’t paying attention in eighth grade English class when Mrs. Cotter pointed out the careful choice of words and proper punctuation are essential to clarity in both speech and the written word, and the sort of sloppiness used in announcements leads to ambiguity, confusion and misunderstanding.