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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 7 Just A Thought It may not matter at all, but it might By RICK KRAFT "'You never know when some- one may catch a dream tom you You never know when a little word or-something that you may do. may open a window of a mind that seeks the light. The way you live may not matter at all. but you never know. it might "'And just in case. it could be that another's life thl:ough you. might change for the better with a broader brighter view. It seems it might be worth a uy at pointing the way to the right. The way you live may not matter at all. but you never know. it might...'" Over 30 years ago when I was a college student I typed the above poem titled "You Never Know" on a small piece of paper on my old college typewriter. I folded the piece of paper up and slipped it into my wallet and for- got about it. It was years later. after 1 had graduated and settled into my career that I found this faded piece of paper again one day when I was cleaning out my wallet. Sometimes it is the little things that matter most. Some- times it is things that go unno- ticed that can have a major im- pact on the life of another. Let me keep todavs column light and let's have some fun. As I was leaving Baylor Uni- versity last month with my wife. I told her that our traveling home from Waco together on that day was thanks a guy named Gary. She looked at me puzzled and asked me "Who is Gary?" I was thinking through the chain of events that led me to trav- eling back from Baylor and to where I am today. The chain in- volves both events and-people Let me explain how God put it all together. Everyone's chain of events Rick Kraft begins with their parents, the same with me. My parents brought me up with the monvation and ex- pectation that I would go to col- lege after graduating from high school. My senior year I knew I would attend somewhere. I just didn't know where. I was accepted at about a half dozen schools. mostly "in California. the state where I lived. As I was narrowing the list. my older brother Chuck's best friend. Gary, decided he would attend graduate school at Baylor in Waco. Texas and he asked my brother if he wanted to move from Southern California to Waco to be his room- mate. Although I had never been to Texas before and had never heard of Baylor, 1 applied to Baylor, got accepted, received fi- nancial assistance, accepted a spot in the freshman class, and traveled to Waco with my brother to begin my freshman year. Because Baylor had a law school on campus. I decided at the beginning of my senior year to continue on after graduation to go to law school. A law firm from Carlsbad came and inter- viewed me. but I wasn't interested in moving to Carlsbad. The in- terviewer. Tom. passed my resume on to an attorney in Roswell named Mike who called me and talked me in to traveling to Roswell to visit and interview. His firm impressed me and at 23 years of age and single I moved to Roswell to be a lawyer. A year later I met a young lady named Tanya who taught el- ementary school in Roswell and after almost a year of dating be- came my wife and best friend. My wife had attended Baylor for two years cone year while I was there~ before moving back to New Mexico. graduating from college, and then settling in Roswell. The fall after we married we r, adoptive parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- rive parenl can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an information meeting to be held this month of February m your area. Please call Ronny Diaz. CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at www.cyfd.org. Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Daniela Age 14 Grade 7 Daniela has been through a lot, and having a lov- ing, stable, and ac- cepting home would be invalu- able for her. Daniela sees her- self as a protector " and is known to stand up for those she views as not able to defend themselves, in- cluding some of her classmates. She Daniela but once she is comfortable she really opens up. Daniela basks m the glow of affection and accep- tance and takes great pride fn making others happy. In school. Daniela works best in a smaller classroom setting with more per- sonal attention. She does well in school and enjoys the interaction and challenge, although she does not perform at grade level. Daniela prefers water to soda. if you can believe that! She is not a picky eater and even enjoys her veggies, bul also likes "'meat ,and potatoes" and has a weakness for the occasional crisp pickle. Daniela would do best in a fam- ily that would understand the challenges and blessings she would bring to them. She would do well with chil- dren older than she is. and who would be open to the new addition to their home. For more in- formation about adopting or foster- ing through the New Mexico Chil- dren. Youth and Families Depart- ment. please visit www.CYFD.org or can be shy and reserved at first, call 1-800-432-2075 went back to Homecoming at Baylor and while there I inter- viewed a young man named Steve who was about to graduate from Baylor School of Law. My firm hired him. He had a daughter two years later and named her Katie. My wife and I had two chil- dren, the second of which is my daughter named Kelsey Brynn who was born three years after Katie. While growing up, my daughter took dance classes and was tauglat dance routines from ladies named Miss Minnie and Michelle. Katie chose Baylor to attend college and joined a sorority named Chi Omega. My daughter also chose to go to college at Baylor. When Katie was a senior, my daughter, as a freshman, was interested in joining Chi Omega. With Katie's help, my daughter made it into the sorority. Kelsey used her dance tal- ents to create a dance routine for about 120 Chi Omegas to use in performing in a universxty com- petition called "Sing" held last February. Her act was in the top, eight and made the cut to perform at Homecoming last month. My wife. my son. and I traveled down to Waco to see the performance. So, thanks to my parents, my brother Chuck. Gary, Tom. Mike. Tanya, Steve, Katie, Miss Minnie. Michelle~ and my daughter Kelsey, we were traveling home from Waco to Roswell after en- joying the song and dance pre- sentation she participated in called "Pigskin Review.". Whew! With the exception of my daughter Kelsey, none of the names listed before her set out to cause us to attend Home- coming last month, but it was the successive sequence of events that led us there. Each of you reading this col, umn influence and impact others and communications and encour- agement that you speak may be the little thing that sets a chain of events in motion resulting in a person ending up in a place that they are fortunate to be. Your words or actions may also cause a chain of events that could re- sult in a person ending up at a point on a path far from his or her dreams. You see. each one of us is like a turtle on a single fencepost along side a country road, we could not have gotten where we are today without the help of oth- ers. My challenge to you today IS tO be careful and aware even in the little things that you speak or do. Understand that your influ- ence, small or large, may cause a person to wake up one day years down the road in a position where they can make a positive impact on others. Or your influence or lack thereof could cause a person to wake up one day years down the road on a journey that he or she shouldn't be experiencing. You never know when some- one may catch a dream from you. You never know when something you do or say may change another's life for the better. The way you live may not matter at all, but you never know it might. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is d motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto :thekraftlawfirm @ aol.com or write to PO. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy MARGARET VARGAS FLORES/Las Cruces Grand Canyon Honor Trip - 1961 Left to right: Jeannine Badgett: Wayne Smith: Mary Florence Baker: Chuck Harvell: Sharon Bow- man: Mary Edith Hart: Alice Fierro: Jane Cureton (school nursel: Judy McAllister: Yolanda Renteria: Eleanor McAllister (teacher and wife of Lordsburg High School principal B.B. McAllister): Wesley Freeburg, school superintendent: and George Jeffus. In the 1950s and '60s, the late George Jeffus, Lordsburg businessman and philanthropist, would sponsor an annual trip to the Grand Canyon in Arizona to recognize and honor Lordsburg High School graduating seniors who had achieved a high grade point average and had demonstrated leadership and ,, citizenship. The group posed in front of the historic Jeffus house on the corner of 6~h and Main Streets in '~ Lordsburg on the morning of their departure. After the death of Mr. Jeffus. the tradition was abandoned. ' Ribbon cutting ceremony plannedalong trail , of the Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway settlers, miners, and travelers for decades. Speakers at the cer- emony included Gila National Forest Supervisor Richard "Dick" Markley, Trail of the Mountain the Gila National Forest and origi- nally solicited the project. The geology tour and the interpretive signs begin at the junction of NM Hwy 15 and NM Hwy 35. just south of the junc- tion, and extends north on NM Hwy 15 along the Scenic By- way to the Gila Cliff Dwellings Visitor Center. A compan- ion brochure has been developed to enhance the ~ travelers' -exlberi- ence and pio-~ vides additional information re- garding the tour. The brochure is available at any Gila National One of the geological interpretive signs located on theTrail of the Forest offices and Mountain Spirits Scenic Byway byway busi- Spirits Scenic Byway Chairper- nesses alohg the route. son Frances Land. and US Na- For more information, please tional Geographic Survey Geolo- call the Wilderness Ranger Dis- gist James Ratte who has been trict office at (575) 536-2250. working on geologic mapping for Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FORESTI Silver City A ribbon cutting ceremony was held November 17 at 1:00 PM. at the junction of New Mexico High- way 15 (NM Hwy 15} and NM Hwy 35. to showcase a ge- ology tour and 6 new geologic interpretive signs that have been installed along the Trail of the Moun- tain Spirits Sce- nic Byway in. cooperation with the byway committee, the Gila National Forest. Na- tional Park Ser- vice and U.S. Geological Sur- vey. The new signs tell the story behind some of the striking vol- canic rock formations and splen- did scenery that has captured the attention of Native Americans. p NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX DELINQUENCY Notice is hereby givenpursuant to the provisions of-the Property Tax Code that the first installment of property taxes due which is required to be paid to the treasurer of this county, will become delinquent if not paid before December 11, 2010. If the first installment is not paid before December 11, 2010, then the tax is delinquent and interest at the rate of one (1) percent.a month or a fraction of the month is imposed as well as penalty of one (1) percent of the delinquent taxes for each month or any portion of a month they remain unpaid. The total penalty shall not exceed five (5) percent of the delinquent taxes. Patsy M. Camacho PO#10-1761. 10-1762 Hidalgo County Treasurer Bas NFL/NBA Lordsburg! 542-8880 Desrae On yourgraduationfrom Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 andon your new job. We are proudofyou!