As a writer, I spend a lot of time observing how people act. I can tell you without fear of contradiction, that all of us are creatures of habit. Allow me to offer three examples.
In the small medical office building where my dentist plies his trade, I got on the elevator to return to the lobby after my appointment was over. There was a middle-aged woman already in the elevator. She was also going down to the lobby and had pushed that button on the elevator display. I could tell she had pushed it because it was already lit.
The Great Neck Record would like to thank all of our readers who so faithfully support our sports pages. Coaches, students, parents, the park district, independent teams and athletes of all ages all so generously give of their time and talents to submit their stories and wonderful photographs. Thank you so much!
Especially in today’s world, there is a greater and greater emphasis on health, particularly the health of our children. First Lady Michelle Obama has taken a stand against childhood obesity. She actively supports healthy food, balanced and healthy meals for our youngsters, and plenty of exercise. What better way for our children to exercise than to become involved in school sports and local teams?
A mother and her three children call a shelter home. Up until last year she was earning $50,000 a year as a customer service representative. She’s now making $12 an hour at a part-time job. “I never thought in a million years I’d be at this point.”
A family of five wake up each morning wondering if today will be the day they are evicted. The father used to make over $100,000, but then his telecom job was out-sourced to India. The family income is now $15,000.
It was a peaceful Sunday morning; I was sitting at the breakfast table finishing an onion roll with butter. Gail walked into the kitchen and in a sleepy voice asked, “Would you cut me a lemon for my tea.”
“Sure.” I went to the refrigerator and saw the lemon in question on the top shelf.
On the corner of Wood Road and Arrandale Avenue, there is a forlorn piece of property that belongs to Nassau County. Part of it is protected wetlands and there is a sump buried in the heart of it. For all intents and purposes, it cannot be developed.
Many people just assume, since it is adjacent to the Parkwood Complex owned by the Great Neck Park District, that it is owned by the district, but that is not the case. The park district has tried to acquire it to save it from being such a growing eyesore.
When we say, “let all who are hungry…,” it is a symbolic gesture. In my mind, I always thought of hungry people as those who lived in India, or China, or Africa. At least I thought that way before I began volunteering at the Interfaith Nutrition Network (INN) 10 years ago.
I often wonder when I make a charitable donation whether my donation made a difference. I never wonder about that with the INN because I’ve seen the difference that every meal makes, the difference that shelter makes from the cold, the difference that hope makes from despair.
I offer you the words of one of the INN’s guests, who expressed their thankfulness far better than I ever could. “You turned on the lights, so I could see. You opened the door, so I could come in from the cold. You fed me all the food I needed for today so tomorrow I can try to find work, or a better place to live.
We continue to receive some hard copy (via snail mail) press releases and photographs, and occasionally we receive articles (and photos, believe it or not) sent via fax. For quite some time now the Record has asked that only email submissions should be sent for publication. We will accept only news stories, letters to the editor, information, etc. in a Word attachment in an email. All photos must be in a jpg attachment.
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