Recently I’ve written that we are living the dream as I listed the quality of life we now enjoy. I followed that up with the column entitled “What If?” which discussed our personal responsibilities, and not long before I wrote about the art of disagreeing amicably. It’s my hope to delve deeper into the first two columns and falling back on the later column for those who disagree with my ponderings.
I would like to begin by making clear that I hold myself to be of average intelligence and ability, no better or less than 80 percent of the population, therefore my writings may be regarded as simple entertainment. So I begin by asking; What if the quality of life and wealth we enjoy is just a dream? What if we are abruptly awakened one day? If you believe in eternity than we indeed are living a dream. And we know the wealth we accumulate does us no good in eternity because we can’t take it with us.
The USA is the land of freedom and liberty, which has been detrimentally true for some of us. I remember being taught laws exist for society’s protection that civil law is patterned off moral law therefore killing is both immoral and illegal. Recently I heard a lady testify to Congress that she had three abortions years ago. She explained to Congress that no one ever told her of the possible ramifications of abortion and as a result of her decision she could not have children and has lived with guilty and shame. During the interview it was revealed that she would never have considered an abortion if it were an illegal procedure.
Although this sounds suspicious and a tad incredulous to hear, we must remember we are not young girls, who consider their parents prudish but rather these girls trust and desire what the world has to offer. Many of us feel it’s acceptable to misdirect, exaggerate, or understate facts when it is favorable for us to do so as it relates to the law (speeding), insurance (benefits), assistance programs (government) and taxation. How many of us correct an error that was made in our favor?
What makes these times interesting is that we must be morally developed enough to see that government does not have our back. This statement is not meant to condemn our government or its people rather it’s an observation that remains unchanged at anytime and anywhere. Only by examining the history of people and cultures can we see that that our times are not much different than any other time nor are the people. It’s what makes the Charles Dickens line from a Tale of Two Cities ageless “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…”
Dreams can tell a great deal about us being either silly distractions or blind ambition, however not all of us with our eyes closed are asleep and not all of us with our eyes open can see. We must choose the path that provides us with a future beyond this world whereby the illusion of this world will fall away.
Saturday, the Versailles Eagles has a Poker Walk beginning at 3:30 pm. This is open to the public and benefits local community charities. There will be door prizes, sandwiches and snacks for the walkers. An OSU party will be held at 8 p.m. game time.
Sunday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. the Versailles Eagles has a breakfast buffet
Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. is the Trick or Treat in the village of Versailles. The Versailles Health Care Center will be offering beggars a safe, weather-controlled experience from 2-3 p.m. Sunday.
Monday at 1 p.m., the Versailles Museum will be discussing the villages of Brock and Frenchtown. Come share in the memories, refreshments and dessert.
Mark your calendar:
– Oct. 31, The Versailles Vets Club is sponsoring an open to the public Halloween Party from 8 p.m. to midnight. Bob Condon will disc jockey also there will be costume judging at 10 p.m. for those who are interested.
– Nov. 3 s Election Day.
-Beginning Nov. 5, the Vets Club will also be hosting a weekly bid euchre tournament beginning at 7 p.m. The games are open to all men and women with a $2 entry fee. Questions can be directed to Ralph or Diane Kunk at 526-3358.
-The Versailles School is inviting local veterans and active service personnel and their spouses, as well as, surviving spouses of deceased veterans to a Veterans Dinner on Nov. 4 from 5-7:30 pm. You must RSVP to 526-4427, ext. 3000 by Oct. 31
Congratulations to the Versailles Band who competed at Piqua earning Grand Champion in Class B/C and first place in Class C, as well as, Best Auxiliary and Best Percussion in Class C. Congrats to the Versailles Girls Cross Country team with Kara Spitzer named 1st Team All-Mac, Liz Watren, Tori Schulze, Brynna Blakeley, Hannah Rose, and Kenia McEldowney all named to 2nd Team All-MAC. Also congrats to the Boys Cross Country team with Joe Spitzer named First Team All-MAC and Jacob Rose named Second Team All-MAC.
Congratulations Coach Harrmann and the VHS Girls Golf Team; Lauren Heitkamp, Morgan Barlage, Jorja Pothast, Morgan Heitkamp, Lauren Dunham and Maddie Covault for placing 8th at State, after earning the MAC and Sectional championships.
Happy birthday to Kathy Hoelscher, Mariah Poeppelman, Shyann McKenna, Kay Dapore, Megan Subler, Pat Crowell, Karen Burt, Eric Behlke, Matt Shively, Erin Horst, Sara Lester, Danielle Myers, Kevin Crawford, Karen Burt, Pat Hubler, Jeannine Davidson, Donna Monnin, Connie McEldowney, Susan Kunk, Ginger Brubaker, Tom Donnelly, Art Boring, Dale Borchers, Jennifer Monnin Shields, Sharron Monnin, Deb Ward, Heidi Epperly, Andrew Platfoot, Hillary Holzapfel, Jordan Lewis, Ericka Bergman, Eli Cornett, Carley Holzapfel, Max Holsapfel, Krista Dabe, and Dan Lawrence as their birthdays approach as well as, wedding wishes to Brook and Ben Wilson, and anniversary wishes to Emily and Rick Clark, Tara and Dan George (16), Carly and Josh Bolin (20), Sol and Joe Bulcher (23), Vicki and Ed Ruhe (26), Angie and Matt Arnold (30), Reyna and Jerry Shardo (33), Karen and John Shardo (35), and Linda and Dick Kinninger (52).
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Dave Francis, Ashley Schulte, Kim Custenborder, Dan Simon, Iris Nickol, Joann Ingle, Eileen Rahm, Michelle McClure, Judy Yoder, Dan Trostel, Dave Gibson, Boots Breaden, Robert Longenecker, Karen Coverstone, Rita Wuebker, Shirley Davis, Yvonne Ridenour, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Michelle Ullom, Thelma Schultz, James Youngker, Glenn Monnin, Isabella Yakos, Brian Voisard Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith and all those dealing with cancer or any one of life’s many challenges, as well the hospitalized or homebound in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of David Lee Peck (50), Gene Magoto (72), Howard “Mitch” Petty (83), Norma Jean Magoto (87), Martha Rismiller (95), also remembering the lives of Robert Buschur, Frenchy Goubeaux, Leroy Murphy, Craig and Doug Meier, Dan Luthman, Rosie Hahn, Opal Subler, Jerry Heitkamp, Urban Ratterman and all those who are in our hearts but not mentioned by name at the anniversary of their passing.
“These are the times that try men’s souls.” ~Thomas Paine
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Some of lives best lessons are learned at the worst times.” ~Mother Teresa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.