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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014 7 Just A Thought May the winds be always at your back By RICK KRAFT Okay, just sit back and relax. I know you deserve it. You just finished a long week. Where ever you are, whatever lies ahead for your day or week, regardless of what has you anxious or uptight right now, just inhale slowly, ex- hale gently and relax. Clear your mind of your worries and let's walk a few steps together. And please allow me speak bless- ings over you. It is my desire that you receive every blessing pos- sible that you can re- ceive. When someone says to you "God bless you" it is generally in the context of a sneeze. As a matter of fact, the best way I know to have a stranger bless me is to get near the stranger and then sneeze. Which begs the question, "Why does it take a sneeze for one per- son to bless another?" Anyhow, I think that every- one needs to be blessed. I think everyone wants to be blessed. I don't think it is possible to over bless a person. Further, I don't think we bless one another enough. So I would like you to be blessed today. Blessings are spoken over people, places, and even pets. Webster dictionary defines Rick Kraft Leffers to the Editor The Hidalgo County Herald urges readers to voice their opinions by writ- ing in. Letters can be mailed to 212 E. Mo- tel Drive, Ste. B, or can be e-mailed to hcherald@aznex .net. Letters should include ideas, viewpoints, criticism and news analysis that encourage discussion on issues that have an impact on the community. Facts must be annotated. Letters that contain information that cannot be easily verified, libelous statements or name calling will be rejected. Letters should be no. longer than 250 words. An author may have a letter or guest opinion every 30 days. Appalling Dear Editor, I am absolutely outraged! Someone took their two big, black dogs to the clinic today and left the two front windows open maybe five inches! The dogs, of course, got hot--their tongues hanging out a foot. This happens every summer. It is as bad as leaving your very young children in the car in the same conditions. They cannot help themselves and they either get sick or die. Why can't people be more considerate of their chil- dren or pets? This is child abuse and animal abuse. This is not just my opinion. It is the law. I cannot tell how much this makes me angry. They are helpless. I know you want to give them a treat by giving them blessing as "1. The act of one who blesses. 2. A declaration of divine favor, or an invocation imploring divine favor on some or some- thing; a benediction; a wish of happiness pronounces. 3. A means of happiness; that which promotes prosperity and welfare; a beneficent gift. 4. A gift. 5. Grateful praise or worship." All of these defi- nitions make the act of blessing a positive action towards the recipient. There is a song by Bob Dylan, writ- ten in 1973 and first recorded in 1974 that, through its lyr- ics, is entirely a bless- ing put to music. The song is called "For- ever Young." It's message wishes well the recipient regardless of what is happening in the person's life. Let me speak the song's words as a blessing over you. The lyrics are as follows: May God bless and keep you always. May your wishes all come true. May you always do for others and let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May you stay forever young. May you grow up to be righteous. May you grow up to a ride in the car, but if you are going into the store, or clinic, or post office, leave the vehicle run- ning with the air conditioner blowing--or just leave them at home! Please people, just think. When you are gone just 15 min- utes or longer and you leave your windows up, or cracked, and you get back in, notice how hot it is in your car. Please leave your pets at home as a favor to them--no matter how much they beg. Libby Knechtel Lordsburg Appreciation Editor's Note: The following email note was submitted by Hidalgo County Commissioner Darr Shannon, who Wanted to recognize the efforts of local emergency crews during the fi- ery accident on Interstate 10 last month. Hello All, I would like to take an op- portunity to thank each and ev- ery one of you that served on this tragic and horrific call. Please know that the staff of the EMS Bureau, and the leader- ship of the Epidemiology and Response Division, are grateful for your response and service. We don't say it often enough. Please be safe, and again, thank you for your response on this call, and for the service you always provide to your commu- nities. Kyle L. Thornton EMS Bureau Chief Santa Fe Estate Sale LOG HOME KITS AMERICAN LOG HOMES IS ASSISTING HQUIOATION OF LAND DEVELOPER'S ESTATE 3 Log Homes sefllg for BALANCE OWEO. FREE DELIVERY Model #101 Carolina $40,840 - BALANCE OWED $17,000 Model #203 Georgia $49,500 - BALANCE OWED $22,900 Model #305 Bttoxl $36,825 - BALANCE OWED $15,700 NEW - HOMES HAVE NOT BEEN MANUFACTURED Make any design changes you desire! * Comes with Complete Building Blueprints & Construction Manual e Windows, Doors, and Roofing NOT INCLUDED NO TIME ON DELIVERY View at www.theoreatamerlcanlouco.com Ready Only ReDly. Call 704-602-3035 ask for Accounting DepL be true. May you always know the truth and see the lights sur- rounding you. May you always be coura- geous, stand upright and be strong. May you stay forever young. May your hands always be busy. May your feet always be swift. May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift. May your heart always be joyful. May your song always be sung. May you stay forever young. Bob Dylan, after becoming a legend early in his.career, had taken eight years off from tour- ing and in 1974 went back onto the circuit with his old backup group, "The Band." During these eight years, Mr. Dylan had become a father. This song was written as a blessing from a par- ent to a child. Who more would want to speak a blessing on a child than his or her parent? We need to bless our chil- dren often and regularly. We bless our children by sharing positive and encouraging thoughts with them about where they are in life and where they are headed. A blessing is not a blessing if it never leaves your mind. It must be spoken or otherwise shared. We should not ask the ques- tion, "How can I get blessed to- day?," but the question, "How can I bless others today?" Tell those closest to you that you love them, that you are proud of them. Highlight the positives in others for them. Tell them you appreciate them, thank them for what they do to make a positive difference. Bless them. In the Bible at Psalm 67:1 one of many blessings in the Bible is shared, "May God be gracious to you and bless you and make his face shine upon you." My challenge to you to- day is to speak blessings over others regularly and as often as you are able. Whether you are speaking to family or to a stranger, whether you are talk- ing to a two year old or a ninety- two year old. Whether you are good friends with the other or worst enemies, speak a blessing over them. I saw a bumper sticker on a car that summed up my thoughts in only five words. It simply said, "GOD BLESS YOU, NO EXCEPTIONS." I would like to close this column speaking an old Irish blessing over you that I first read many years ago: As you run the course in the years ahead, May the roads rise to meet yOU, May the winds be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hol- low of His hand. Just a thought... Rick Kraft believes that a person doesn't have to look very far to see the blessings that he or she receives in his or her daily life. To submit comments, contribu- tions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, NM, 88202-0850. A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Maria Christina Herrera Antillon o February 21, 1951 -April 25, 2014 Lordsburg High School Class of 1970 Maria Christina was born in Colonia Tres Alamos, Mexico, to Manuel and Dolores Herrera. She was a 1970 graduate of Lordsburg High School. Shemarried Fernando Antillon; to this union were born four children. After the death of her husband, and at the age of 39, she continued her education at Western New Mexico University where she received a bachelor of arts degree and a master's in education. She taught special education in the Lordsburg School District for 17 years. She had a great passion for teaching and loved her students, who in turn loved and respected her. She was caring, friendly and a happy person who saw the good in the people she met and treated everyone with respect. On April 25, 2014, she lost her courageous battle against cancer. During her long battle she was very courageous and never complained, but instead embraced what was in store for her. She is survived by her four children, eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two brothers, one sister, and her partner of 22 years, including his children and grandchildren. In September 2013, Maria Christina attended the '60s class reunion where she reunited with old chssmates. Fast Approval Build Your Credit l00No Checking Account Needed I00No Hassles I00Call Us Today! We offer Professional I Serv,ees for allas.peets of I Apply in person on call ahead! your small busmess! , , .I 6ENTRY FINANCE #Financial Statements I 716 S. Main Street* Lordsburg, NM I10011 I B00KKE =PIN00, Calltoday/ 575-542-3125 !1 575-542- 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg " [ I I