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On November 3rd, I served as an election poll worker.  I hadn’t worked at the polls before then, but ever since I became eligible to vote some decades ago, I’ve voted in every general election and most primaries.  I believe in the democratic election process.  It has always given me hope.

In spring I began thinking about serving as a poll worker, when it became apparent that COVID -19 would be with us for a while and the regular poll workers, many of whom are seniors, signaled discomfort about working in a COVID environment.  My husband, Jeff...

A couple days ago Abbie and I were scrolling our New York Times app and came across THIS interview with Mo Willems.  He’s a children’s book author and illustrator.  Elephant and Piggie, and the stubborn Pigeon were frequent members of our library check out list.

Willems says his key insight is that “even a good childhood is difficult: you’re powerless; the furniture is not made to your size.”  He is skeptical of parents who seek his advice on how to talk with kids...

There is a new book out called “Black Sheep” by Brant Menswar, a Canadian rock star-turned- motivational speaker. It’s a quick and easy read that helps lay a path out to finding your “Flock of Five”. The “Flock of Five” are the non-negotiable “Black Sheep” values that each person has. There are many more values that are important to each of us, but Menswar postulates that there are only 5 (maximum) that a person can truly claim as their identifiers. Finding them is the challenge. One doesn’t just proclaim “love, charity, honesty, integrity, hard work” and it’s all done....

There is a new book out called “Black Sheep” by Brant Menswar, a Canadian rock star-turned- motivational speaker. It’s a quick and easy read that helps lay a path out to finding your “Flock of Five”. The “Flock of Five” are the non-negotiable “Black Sheep” values that each person has. There are many more values that are important to each of us, but Menswar postulates that there are only 5 (maximum) that a person can truly claim as their identifiers. Finding them is the challenge. One doesn’t just proclaim “love, charity, honesty, integrity, hard work” and it’s all done....

The story handed down to me was that my Grandfather had only one brother and that they immigrated at about the same time in the early 1900s.  Following the clues that my Great Aunt Tillie (Mrs. John Lesh) left in that 1945 letter to my Grandfather, I was able to discover these obituaries in the Lorain Journal:

John Lesh, (February 19, 1951) “age 62, 2512 E. 32nd St, died of pneumonia at St. Joseph’s hospital at 1 PM Sunday following a few days illness.  Born in Poland, he came to Lorain in 1908.  He was employed in the brick laying department...

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