Last updated: July 02. 2014 11:35AM - 316 Views
By Kathy Magoto

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Remember last winter when we all took the oath not to complain when the summer heat arrived? How are you doing with that promise? Between the rain and humidity we find ourselves busy cutting grass and weeding.

But if you’re not keeping busy and you’re just killing time I’ve got to say killing time is not murder it’s suicide. Please do something instead of killing time because time is killing you. Perhaps the trick to an active lifestyle comes from one’s attitude of enjoying life. Don’t be sedentary wishing away your days waiting for better ones ahead. Enjoy the moment. In every situation lies life’s lessons—valuable insight which can spark awareness and personal growth and parlay itself into a lifelong passion or hobby.

You only live once (YOLO), but if you do it right, once is enough, which is a quote from Mae West. Mae West was uninhibited, hedonistic but true to herself. I’m not suggesting we think of ourselves first, in fact, if you have faith then God is unequivocally first. But “to be true to yourself” means to act in accordance with who you are and what you believe. This requires courage to accept yourself as you really are and to stand up for yourself and your beliefs.

Just as no two snowflakes are identical people are no exception. We were not meant to be a cookie cutter society rather each of us has something to offer society as unique individuals. Be thankful for your particular gifts, embrace and develop them. And be careful how you wield your awesome power.

Remember our superheroes stories of Superman or Spiderman and how they knew they must use their powers for the good of man and mankind. Well there’s always at least one episode depicting the superhero using his powers for personal gain or, worse yet, doing nothing with his powers. In real life it’s the same, destruction and darkness comes from abuse or selfishness while goodness is magnified by each act of kindness.

Carpe’ Diem (seize the day), do just think about it get up get going; do something with your time and talent…NOW!

Upcoming events (lots to do):

Ansonia will be having its Fourth of July Community picnic with a parade at 12:30 p.m. Friday. It’s an all-day picnic with a Little Mr. and Miss Red White & Blue pageant for 3- to 6-year-olds beginning at 10 a.m. Entertainment by Shelly Lynn at 3 p.m., a horseshoe tournament at 6 p.m., and fireworks at dusk.

Saturday evening, there will be Karaoke with Orville at the Vet’s Club Bunker from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Sunday the Versailles Museum will host an ice cream social from 4 to 6 p.m. with music on the lawn.

Mark your calendars for Entertainment Trivia at the Bunker on July 11 and music by Ron and Elaine Marshall on July 19 from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Bunker.

The Towne & Country Players theater group is again providing the community with entertainment at the fountain square gazebo. Today is the Kettering Banjos. July 11 will be Lone Raven at 7 p.m. On July 19 the entertainment will be held at the Heritage Park gazebo, in conjunction with the Darke County Relay for Life, the entertainers will be Tyler and Mason DeMange starting at 8:30 p.m. and the month ends back on the fountain square with Swing Era Big Band at 7 p.m. This free month of entertainment is only possible by generous sponsors and the Towne & Country Players, therefore we thank those responsible.

The Darke County Relay for Life, the Darke County Commissioners are proclaiming the week of July 13-19 as “Paint the County Purple! - Darke County Relay for Life Week.” All citizens and businesses of Darke County are urged to join in the fight against cancer by decorating the towns, homes and businesses in purple! Consider making it a block competition. Then take a picture of your neighborhood or individual decorations and submit your photo to schlater48@embarqmail.com. Be sure to submit your name, address, phone number along with your picture. Winners will be announced at the Relay on July 18. The business winner will receive free advertising on the 2015 Relay T-Shirts. The homeowner winner will receive a Relay Basket full of goodies. The deadline to submit a picture is 2 p.m. on July 17. Questions may be directed to Rose at (937) 526-5151. Please show your support by decorating your house, town and business district purple!!!

Happy birthday wishes to Larry Brown, Richard Gigandet, Robin Middendorf, Larry Simmons, Joan Magoto, Tammy Drees, Natalie Cebulko, Samantha Jay, Jeanette Marshall, Renee Subler, Edna Batty, Deb Wirrig, Steve Henry, Jeanne Miller, Lisa Mangen, Doug Reed, Sheila Magoto, Ruth Neargarder, Ed Collins, Margo Gavit, and Tom Guillozet. Happy and congratulatory anniversary wishes to Heidi and Tyler DeMange (1) and Kelly and Brian Dapore.

Hello to Louie Huber, Dan Drees, Sherry Francis, Ray Strunks, Shirley Schlater and Shila Magoto. Healing prayers and get-well wishes to Robert Hartzell, Joyce Lease, Laura Rose, Bruce Streib, Basil and Annabelle Subler, Marlene Zumberger, Dori and Dale Armstrong, Paul Francis, Joe Slonkosky, Terry Black, Shirley Strunks, Jerry Pequignot, Tegan Fortkamp, Peaches Boyer, Joyce Marshall, Iris Nickol, Donna Black, Georgie Kemper, Jean Hartzell, Peg Bundy, Brain Voisard, Rusty Whittaker and all those who are dealing with one of life’s challenges, as well as the hospitalized and homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.

Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of John Frank Taylor, also remembering the lives of Stephanie Applegate, Elmer Stuck, Tom Henry, Steve Subler, Frances Shank, Mabel Landis, Stew Prakel, Robert Smith, Geary Fraley, Rhys Bowman, Martha Plas, Dorothy Hiler, Myrl Wilson, Leo Barga, Nelson Barga, Paul Bey, Gary Simon, Elizabeth Robinson, Ann Bergman, and Dale Snedeker, as well as those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.

How come Monday is so far away from Friday and Friday is so close to Monday?” ~Unknown

Lost time is never found again.” ~Unknown

Life isn’t measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~Unknown

Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at magmon1@embarqmail.com or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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