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Brenda McLain Memorial

blue stick personLincoln Library has recently been the recipient of memorials from friends and family of Kathryn Roberta McSpadden McLain, but she was known to most everyone as Brenda. Her obituary, although less than a page in length, tells of a woman who lived just a little over 98 years. I read her obituary with interest; I didn’t know her, but I did have numerous conversations with her.

After moving here, I noticed two women out walking together a lot. Although they were always moving quickly and were in deep conversation, they seemed happy to stop and chat with others who were out walking. They were the duo of Brenda McLain and Imogene Carr, and both were amazing women. They smiled and laughed and encouraged, but what I noticed most were how their faces would just shine while they talked to you. It was always good to talk to them and they made an impact on my life as a newbie to Medicine Lodge.

Brenda may not have had an easy life, but she made it a good life. Included in her obituary was her interest in most everything that life has to offer. She set a good example for all of us in dealing with all of the details in life!

We have the money set aside until we can settle on a project that we can do in memory of a very special lady! We appreciate everyone who gave!

We also appreciate all those who have brought candy to the library for the Halloween parade! We are planning for 250 and we are about a third of the way there. The parade needs to be a little different this Halloween! Instead of conglomerating at the door of the library, we ask that everyone line up down the sidewalk on First Street towards the City Office. We also ask that you line up with family members, with six feet between families, so the parade will be single file. It will make the parade longer, safer, and more enjoyable to watch! The Barber County Health Department is also encouraging everyone to wear masks, even if participant’s costumes have masks. Things will be a little different, but there will still be costumes and candy. It’ll be a good time!

Word of the Week: The word of the week is “deleterious”! The word is an adjective and is pronounced del-i-teer-ee-uhs. The word means harmful, often in a subtle or unexpected way. Divorce is assumed to have deleterious effects on children.

Plans for Halloween 2020

2 women in Halloween paradeCome on and admit it; this is an extremely confusing time for adults, right? How can one even begin to fathom what is going on in the minds of children? Halloween is coming up quickly and I’m aware that it may not be the favorite holiday for many, but children like it. Children like to dress up and children like candy; Halloween covers both.

This year’s Halloween falls on a Saturday, which makes it convenient for parents to start the festivities a little earlier before the sun goes down and it begins getting cold. Other advantages in respect to Covid-19 are: most Halloween activities take place outside, most costumes include masks, and there is ample space to provide for social distancing!

The parade will begin at Lincoln Library at 4:00 PM. We are planning for 250 this year due to it being on a Saturday. It takes a lot of candy to fill that many bags. We ran out last year when we did 150 bags; I don’t want to repeat that this year.

We have the bags, and those at Arrowhead West graciously fill bags for us every year. What we need is candy! We would so appreciate it if you would please think of us when you are in the Halloween candy aisle and maybe drop a bag or two of individually wrapped candy by the library. We will see that it gets in the bags for the children of our community.

After the parade, the First Assembly of God Church will be holding their annual Trunk or Treat from 5:00 to 6:30 PM at the church.

These activities will give our children a few hours of enjoyment that will gradually build to an exciting crescendo as the treats are checked out at the end of the evening. These are good times that make good memories, and no matter what age we are, we need to incorporate as many good times as we can get into our lives!

Word of the Week: The word of the week is “abstentious”! The word is an adjective and is pronounced əbˈstɛnʃəs. Abstentious is the longest word in the English language to use all five vowels in order once. Abstentious means self-restraining. He was a man of abstentious habits, charitable disposition, and impressive eloquence.

Words Are Powerful

be kindIf you think about it, there are not many things more powerful than words. They can make you laugh and they can make you cry. They are powerful enough to break hearts and are effective in mending broken hearts. They are so powerful that they alone can change lives, for the better or for the worse. Words can inspire an individual to do great and mighty things, but words can also send a person spiraling down and drowning in a cesspool of discouragement. Words can destroy a country and words can slowly repair the damage.

Words are a tool most all of us have to help us in maneuvering the maze of life. We can use the words for good or we can use our words for bad. There are a lot of words to choose from; we need to choose wisely. There are those words that are fun to say, such as ballyhoo, scalawag, piffle, namby-pamby, mollycoddle, and I could go on and on! Then there are those words that are difficult to pronounce, for example: Worcestershire, anathema, quinoa, isthmus, ignominious, and onomatopoeia. I could go on and on with this list also, as long as I can write them and not have to say them.

We at Lincoln Library have decided to do a “word of the week” to increase our vocabulary, and we would like to invite you to join us. Our first word of the week is a difficult word to pronounce; the word is “acquiesce” (a·kwee·es).” It is an intransitive verb that means to consent or comply passively or without protest. We are going to incorporate this word into our daily conversations, as soon as we learn how to say it correctly.

It is good to increase our vocabulary so that we have a better understanding when we read and are communicating with others. But even better is choosing to be careful with not only what words we use, but also the tone we send them forth with. If you can talk, acknowledge the power of your words. Choose kind words, whenever possible, that will encourage others, energize the tired, entertain the sad, exhort those needing a lift, empathize with those who are hurting, and work at excelling in the practice of the Golden Rule.

Just because I do believe in the Golden Rule, I acquiesce many times in confrontational matters due to the insignificance of the issue. (Did you see how easily I slid that new word in there?) Come on in and practice on us!