Dr. Bill Atwood

Dr. Bill Atwood

Giving thanks

Happy Thanksgiving. Today we pause to gather together with family and friends to share a meal as we give thanks to God for our many blessings. Ever since the Pilgrims arrived on our shores, the prayerful thanks have been offered. The traditional plays in schools showing the Pilgrims and the Indians gathering for a meal is wishful thinking. Without the assistance of those members of the tribes in the area surrounding Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrims most assuredly would have perished.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Get shopping

I started to hear the Christmas music three days prior to Halloween. In a few more years I will know it is Labor Day by seeing the Santa decorations in the stores at the end of August. Off the soap box. Now about the “true” 12 days of Christmas which begin at sundown on Dec. 24 and extend to Jan. 5, followed by Night of the Epiphany, Jan. 6. Those 12 days are the days of the Christmas season and the 12 days or 38 days before the holiday are shopping days.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Semper Fi

Last week while I was at the local True Value store, I noticed the hat worn by a man in front of me that stated he was a veteran of the second World War. I thanked this man for his service and my freedom. He had to be in his late 80s or 90s but his mind and wit were sharp. He shared that he did not have combat experience, that he had been assigned to help protect the Miramar Naval Air Station Tower.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Halloween spirit

BOO! As this weekend approaches, there will be the usual pre-Halloween parties and then the big day arrives for the kids to enjoy. Where I live, a group of parents organize a cadre of spooks, goblins, witches, cowboys, assorted monsters, and other costumed kids and drive the Tricksters around to the various homes that have called in to tell them we are interested in the festivities. It is wonderful. The kids are organized, well-behaved, polite, and they all arrive at one time. I only have to get up once to answer the door and take care of 75-80 young ones.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Game of ‘chicken’

It has been 55 years since the world held its breath waiting and praying about what John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev were going to do. The Cuban Missile Crisis began on Oct. 16, 1962 and it wasn’t until Oct. 28 that we could all relax. During those scary days, the world wondered who would win the showdown between those two very powerful men.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Overpaid whiners who take a knee are disrespecting America

When you live in a nation with Constitutionally guaranteed rights that include the first amendment, you have to endure words and actions that may cause you concern or sometimes offend. I don’t agree with Bernie Sanders and his ilk, but he sure has a right to speak his beliefs and his followers to show their support. Too many lives were lost in defense of the people’s right to speak their minds.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Angels in our lives

This past Saturday at the Heritage Days Parade, people were waving at the parade participants as they walked, drove, or rode by. That happens at every parade in the world. What was enjoyable to see and to hear was the reception for the local firefighters.

Dr. Bill Atwood

It’s our history, so come celebrate at Heritage Days

On Dec. 8, 1980 I moved into this community. Having been offered a teaching position in the Raymond-Knowles School District by then principal Don Bryant, I left my home in Los Angeles. I knew little about here except that I enjoyed vacationing at Bass Lake and Yosemite. I was young and looking to carve out a life in this mountain community.

Dr. Bill Atwood

The real America

Things got very ugly last month in America. It was sad to see and hear about the racists rantings, the violence, the hate-filled speech, and the anger that a few of our fellow citizens embrace. The fringe element of our society doesn’t define us; they misrepresent us.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A bunch of bloviating, moaning whiners

One of the seemingly fastest growing groups in America today is the BMW Club. The Bloviators, Moaners, and Whiners are unhappy and offended at so many different things. It seems to be an outgrowth of the “everyone gets a trophy” way of thinking. Everyone wins, nobody loses, and certainly nobody can ever be offended.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A losing proposition

Last week there was a letter to the editor of the Fresno Bee from a lady named Bennie that addressed her opinion regarding the high-speed rail that this state is funding. Bennie works in the Bay Area, but after 30-40 years in the real estate business she states she cannot afford the high priced homes in that area. She wants to live in the Madera/Fresno County area. Her solution is that the rest of us fund a multibillion dollar train so that she may live here and work there.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Welcoming our tourists

In a few short weeks the tourists will have come and gone from our area. They will have traveled from nearby Fresno or from Denmark to visit Yosemite or Bass Lake and they will have enjoyed for a few days what we get to enjoy day after day.

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