This winter has been incredible; to say it has been mild is almost an understatement. I don’t believe the Versailles school system missed any days due to winter weather. Although this disappoints some of the students and faculty it looks like they get today off for the girls’ basketball state semi-finals game. Hopefully the girls play well enough to play one more game.
However, given this time of year, it seems many of us feel stressed, weighed down by the day to day events that never seem to end perpetuated by the time change, which takes time for the body to recover.
Stress can be physical or emotional. It’s not a matter of whether we feel stressed or not, because everyone experiences stress. It’s rather a matter of how we handle it that tells the tale. Physical stress can occur from simple infection or tiredness. When we lack adequate rest or our bodies becomes run down from a cold or ailment we cannot cope with life, or at least we cannot cope as well as we can when we are healthy and rested.
Stress can change how we cope with even the most uneventful of days. But how many days are truly uneventful? In our weakness we open ourselves to the possibility of making bad decisions, behaving poorly, jumping to conclusions, and misunderstanding others. Many days are a struggle without the compounding nature of stress. That’s way periodically we all need a break from our daily demands. If we listen to our body, mind and spirit we can prevent “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”
Silence and solitude can rejuvenate the mind body and spirit and is capable of restoring us to optimum health. In the silence of our heart we are able to communicate with our creator. When do you need quiet time? If you cannot muster a smile (both outwardly and inside) you are in desperate need of personal time for prayer, mediation and contemplation.
Don’t feel guilty when you need to retreat to your “fortress of solitude”, for you are doing everyone a favor by remaining healthy and well adjusted. But if you’re not in need of alone time you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today and throughout the weekend.
The Versailles Tigers girls’ basketball game plays Eastern today at 3 p.m.
“Fish Fry-days” are here at all our local restaurants and some of our community organizations such as: the Versailles Eagles offering all-you-can-eat-fish every Friday during Lent from 5 p.m. until gone. The Versailles Vet’s Club offers smelt dinners from 4:30-7 p.m. today, March 31, April 7 and April 14. Yorkshire Goat Farmers offers a fish fry from 5-8 p.m. today, March 31 and April 14.
Open to the public karaoke in the Vet’s Club Bunker from 7:30-midnight or so, both Friday and Saturday. Bring a friend, a shareable snack and come wearing your favorite St. Patrick’s Day hat. There will be a prize for the best hat. This is a great time to see the club’s renovations.
March 21, an “open to the public” Health Talk at Cain Chiropractic from 6-6:30 p.m.
March 22 (and every Wednesday) is the Community Meal from 5-6:30 pm in the Trinity Lutheran Church basement. This is a chance for fellowship and food for the price of a free-will offering.
March 23 (and every Thursday) the Versailles Vets Club holds an open to the public Bid Euchre Tournament downstairs at 7 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee with opportunities to win a cash prize.
Mark your calendar for St. Paul Church in Willowdell’s annual pancake and sausage fundraiser dinner from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to be held March 26.
Birthday wishes to Jim Groff, Lois Youngker, Rick Ware, Dan Hartzell, Sharon Siders, Amanda Reed, Jane Gantt, Cheryl Francis, Jim Siders, Vicki Wiltshire, Craig Vogel, Pastor Dennis Mohler, David Holfinger, Betty Zacharias, Toni Marie Lewis, Steve Kellem, Terry Pepple, Erica Wentworth, Lisa Barga, Shirley Simons, Anne Klamar, Jeff Phlipot, Doris Kremer, Ruth Pierron, Mike Stegall, Scott Hogenkamp, Bethany Menke, Annabelle Menke, Lurene Monnin, Ron Miller, Jenni Peyton, Connie Schmitmeyer, Floren “Chris” Chrisman, Donna Francis, Eileen Schulze, Paul Monnin, Mike Adams, Sandy Grilliot, Sally Mescher, Christy Prakel, Abbey Marshal, Joe Knapke, Wanda Bailey, and me. Happy anniversary wishes to Platty’s Sport Bar (1), Tracy and Dane Nagel (4), Janet and Don Bohman (17), Angel and Shane Francis, Diane and David Holfinger (28), Lynn and Scott Langston (33), and Jane and Bill Gantt (48).
Congratulations to the boys’ basketball team for a well fought game last night. They finished their season as District Champions.
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Donna and Terry Black, Ron Bruner, Brian Schwieterman, Barb Hart, Connie Ecabert, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Wilma Didier, Anne Cox, Dave Buxton, Doug Bruns, Conrad Phlipot, Jean Castle, Betty Kremer, Amanda Murphy, Vickie Cottrell, Fr. Ned Brown, Lester Bernholt , Connie Stachler, Tony Gehret, Betty Pothast, Sally Tebbe, Dan Roseberry, Denny Grilliot, John Magoto, Sheila Spahr, Madonna McEldowney, Beverly Brown, Linda Kendinger, Mike Hileman, Ralph Gehret, Dave Fullenkamp, Steve Youngker, Harold Langston Sr., Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Jeanne Brandon, Ruth Haft, Rosie Pearson, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Sondra Spangler, Mary and Mike Barga, Anabelle Subler, Jeanette Simons, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Lewis Didier, Lewis May, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Levadia Barga, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Linda Wilson, John Klipstine, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, David Zumberger, Cyril Frantz, Michelle Ullom, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Barb Agne, Samantha Smith, Brian Voisard, and all those not mentioned by name who are ill, suffering, hospitalized, home-bound and/or in need of our prayers and their caregivers.
Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Nicole Lachat (31), Carol Rindler (75), Don Mumaw (91), also remembering the lives of Cornel Diceanu, Helen Mangen, Phyllis Shively, Marcella Stammen, Ottis Rasor, Paul Reed, Bob Grogean, Charlie Curtis, Vaughn Wakefield, Paul Henry, Richard Clune, Marilyn Bulcher, John Seger, Leona “Kitty” Deeter, Mark Dapore, Bob McEldowney, Gene Meyer, Shirley Keiber, Karla Borgess, Marvin Ray and Darren Ruhenkamp and all those held within our hearts, but not mentioned by name, as the anniversary of their passing nears.
“Silence fertilizes the deep place where personality grows. A life with a peaceful center can weather all storms.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
“Silence is the language of the spirit.” ~John Mains
“Seek in reading and you will find by meditating. Knock by praying, and it will be opened to you in contemplation.” ~St. John of the Cross
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 [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.