I know that some people are very superstitious about the number thirteen, and for some reason Friday the 13th is particularly troublesome. The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times. Each year there will be from one to three occurrences of Friday the 13th. There happen to be three such occurrences in 2009, two in the last two months. According to experts it's the most widespread superstition in the United States today. Some people won't go to work on Friday the 13th; some won't eat in restaurants; many wouldn't think of setting a wedding on the date. Over twenty million Americans fear Friday the 13th. The "experts" appear to have no real idea how this superstition started or why it is so pervasive.
Enough about Friday the 13th. Maybe it is unlucky, at least for me. Gina is in Denver visiting with her sisters, and I am here in Arkansas by myself. Yesterday morning we got up at 4:00 A.M. to make the trip to Little Rock so that Gina could catch her flight to Denver. I was a bit worried when it was raining and the thermometer registered 32 degrees. The three hour trip to the airport was rainy and nasty, but the temperature didn't drop and the roads didn't get slick. The weather had caused some of the flights out of Little Rock to be delayed, but Gina's flight left on time. She met her sisters at the Denver Airport. Berta had flown in from Seattle, Bunny had flown in from Portland, and Lenora came and picked them all up. I know they will have a great time at their "Sisters Reunion".
On the way back to Mena, the temperature stayed between 33 and 34 degrees and the rain continued. There were areas along the way where the trees were covered with ice, but the roads were not slick.
I stopped at a vista near Mount Ida to stretch my legs. I have tried to photograph this particular vista a number of times but have never been really happy with the results. I photographed the scene in the rain and was surprised at the results.
BEAUTIFUL VISTA IN THE COLD RAIN
The drive back from Little Rock in the cold rain reminded me that there is beauty all around us even in things that we don't like. I don't like driving in rain that can turn to ice, but even though things looked gloomy, there was beauty. I don't like cold weather and spend a lot of time complaining about it, but I need to spend less time complaining and more time looking for the good and the beauty around me.
Thursday night is our regular Relay For Life planning meeting. Our turnout was good considering the inclement weather. We finalized our sponsors and are ready to send the information to the t-shirt printer. Each sponsor has their name or logo printed on the back of the Relay For Life t-shirts that each participant receives. Even though the economy is much worse than it was a year ago, we have more sponsors than we did last year.
It is very refreshing that even in tough economic times so many people and businesses are willing to donate to a cause that gives others such hope. To all of the sponsors, team members, committee members, and everyone who donates to the Relay For Life: Thank You!!
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.