It seems like a mockery and unfair to be enjoying such beautiful fall weather here when others are being so devastated by hurricanes and other disasters.

Not to be insensitive, but I would like to change the subject for a little while.

We are truly blessed to be living here in DeKalb for many reasons.

I am not a native of DeKalb and am so thankful to be living here.  The citizens here are the friendliest and most thoughtful people I have ever met.

There is a lot of talk on radio and television about hate in America.  I beg to differ.  I find kindness and consideration every day from total strangers.  Civility and kindness is alive and well here.

When we dine out, it is a rarity to open a door ourselves.  Someone is always entering or leaving as we are and holds the door for us.  This kind gesture is combined with a friendly “hello” and “have a nice day.”   Not only from adults but from younger people, as well as the restaurant staff.

With the many stories of man’s inhumanity to man that fill the pages of newspapers and media reports, I like to concentrate on the fact that there is more good in the world than bad, even though the shooting rampages and other tragedies make headlines.

In the news business there is a slogan, “If it bleeds, it leads.”   But they are only giving the readers what they want so I am not blaming them.

We might miss a kind gesture shown us at times.  Our own attitude can define the kind of treatment we are accorded.  This anecdote may explain it better than I can.

Newcomers in a small Vermont town were asked by a shopkeeper why they left their previous town.    They replied that people were so rude and unfriendly,  they left.

The shopkeeper told them they would probably find that people were the same here.

They asked the same question of another couple, and they replied that they loved where they came from as people were wonderful and very friendly.

He replied in the same way he did to the other persons. This sounds like a contradiction but I believe you get the subtle point.

Our own attitude often defines the kind of people we encounter.  Friendliness is contagious.