with Dot Patterson
Greetings from Hickory Corner!
Looks like we are going to enjoy some cooler weather this week. Getting away from the 90 degree weather makes it a little more enjoyable to be outside.
A little history…..I recently watched a documentary on the Civil War, known as one of the greatest wars in American history when America made war on each other (1861-1865). It is hard to imagine a war like this in our own country. It was one of the bloodiest conflicts, pitting the union against the confederate states and resulting in the deaths of more than 620,000 people with many more injured and leaving the south in ruins. President Abraham Lincoln led our nation through its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis in the Civil War. Lincoln would be our first president to be assassinated. Actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln at the Ford Theatre in Washington D.C. The motive was “revenge” for the confederate states. Though the Civil War veterans are long gone, the armies in which they once marched were forever honored by the parks that were established at Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, Chickamauga and Gettysburg. I have taken many trips to Shiloh National Military Park over the years. It is worth a visit to see and learn about the many historic sites.
Sarah Holmes returned recently from visiting her new great-grandson PJ in Fort Campbell, Ky. Her daughter Shay went with her, as PJ is Shay and Ronald’s first grandchild. Sarah and Shay enjoyed their time there, and I know they hated to leave. Sarah said that baby PJ is so precious and that she loved being able to hold and rock him. Grandma Shay is planning another trip soon. I bet there will be lots of trips in the future to hug and love on PJ!
A get well shout out to my niece Donna McAllister (Pekin, Ill.) who is in recovery. Donna, if you lived closer, I would make you some muffins! Donna is a subscriber to the Independent.
Remember in prayer: Arlan Porter, Walt and Ann Bennett, Richy Butler, Ronnie and Ladelle Clark, Mildred Smith, Mary Alice and Martha Autry, Ann Morrison, Bonice Martin, Peggy Whitman, Jim Ruth, W.T. Roland, Peggy Lard, Buck Burkhead, Earl Clayton, Charles Beacham and Ray Hinson. Also, pray for our country. If you would like to add or remove a name to our list, please call me. Remember: prayers can not be answered unless they are prayed.
If you would like to rent the HCC center for your special event, please call Nancy Patterson at 608-1159.
Please call me at 989-3315 with any news and tidbits. It is difficult to write this column without the help of the readers. I welcome any news you would like to share.
Hope is a good thing. Hope that this virus passes, hope that our country will become less divisive, hope that our world can live in peace. So much is happening in our world. Although the following quote is from almost 80 years ago, it still stands today: “Hope is a powerful thing. It helps us to carry on in difficult times. We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Another one to help us get through our day: “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Naht Hanh
Hope you have a great week!