Nail in the Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that He was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out.

It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. ” A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.

They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.”

National Friendship Week

The V Monologues Wrap Up

I have to tell you that the Vagina Monologues was a huge success! We played to a full house on Thursday and an overflowing house on Friday – they were sitting in the aisles and on the floor near the stage. I never expected that many people to show up. We really did a good job ‘hitting the beat’ with out lines and monologues. I can’t believe it came together so well in just 4 rehearsals.

I will do it again if I make the cut. It truly was an amazing emotional experience!

I want to thank all those who came to see the show and I hope everyone will plan to see this if they haven’t already.

Hugs to you all!

Kathleen Bence

A Bear In The Yard

On a warm Saturday afternoon around 2 PM EST, The Bear strolled into our driveway. Debbie saw him first and yelled for all of us to see. The dogs, who were outside but oblivious, started barking. The Bear headed north through the mountain laurels

He then showed up in Ken’s back yard and took his sweet time while Ken took pictures and I took a video. Kathy, Debbie, Noreen and Riley all enjoyed viewing this magnificent creature.

It was tagged on its ears and has visited us in the past. The Bear especially enjoys opening bird feeders.

Hope to see him next year!

You can view photos by Ken in the Photo Gallery.