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Letters to the Editor

Sage advice from grandmother

From Karon Finn


Quotes from my grandmother Irene Mahl Manning:

“Why grumble about the present economic inflation? Complaining will certainly not improve conditions and, after all, there are enjoyable and worthwhile ... that inflation has not touched. As it is now, we are forced to live more simply and sanely.”

Word my Grandma Irene wrote in her diary! I am told I am very much like her. I wish it were so, but I still have a way to go to match her.

“We are judged by what we do for our fellowman. We are judged by what we do for the hungry, for the people without homes, without clothes, without work. We cannot call ourselves followers of Christ if we do not heed the call.”

“If fate is kind and my days are bright with the love of my husband, my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, I’ll not mind the wrinkles the years may bring.”

“Everywhere Grandfather was, there was me. My sister and I were playing and watching him at work. Remember one afternoon hearing the church bell toll; seeing Grandfather stop his work, hold his hat to his brow, bow his head and say a prayer for the soul of the one who departed from this life.”

“Went to Mass this morning. The rest of the day, after the rain and gloomy weather, we spent walking around the place enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Lassie, our dog, was so happy jumping and leaping around. So glad her people were out to play with her. Noticed the maple trees are starting to bud. A sign spring is near.”

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