Time to Flag It

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Jadar Johnson, 22, rookie draftee of the New York Giants, has retired.

His reasons are two-fold, but No.1 is profound — he values his health, he said. He also has plans to pursue less reckless ventures, ones that will tend to not endanger his life, as does professional football, or any level of contact football of today’s variety.

Brain disease and damage is becoming more and more a culprit that is making footballers take a second look at their choices. Are the demanding physical risks of the sport worth the rewards?

Could players do better to get that college education and begin a different life at an earlier stage in their football careers, as Johnson has decided to do? Taking the rookie paycheck and retiring with one’s head mostly intact may become a welcomed trend.

Stats are beginning to appear that confirm 99% of football players are being brain-wrecked to some degree…

It’s time to raise the red flag and start all level, non-contact Flag Football Safety Leagues that will take over the crunching cruelty of the current National Football League. There already are some flag football leagues, for youngsters and for former NFL pros.

Let’s trend that!

See Also: Ryan Nagelhout’s article — “The American Flag Football League Had Its Day in San Jose, But Making It The Future Will Take Time”

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Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Independents Separatists and Allies

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Saluting soldier at the Veterans Park at the Bridge, Napoleon, Ohio

July 4th marks the annual celebration in America of its Independence Day, the result of the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776. America broke away from Britain’s control of her, yet in World War II, it was Britain to whose aid America eventually rose, and together they helped form the Allied forces that defeated the invasions of Japan and Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

It should be noted that the American Constitution, written to ensure the lasting freedom of its people, wisely called for separation of church and state. This insured the liberty of the people to chose their own religious callings, something that had been impossible in their former lives in Britain at that time.

Paradoxically, it was the Bible that was “…the most cited book in the political discourse of the age, referenced more frequently than the great political theorists…” scholar Martin E. Marty pointed out.

It’s time for Americans to think deeply about the preceding three paragraphs. No better time than July 4th!

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Credit:
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Our Small City

Our small city in Northwest Ohio has an historic Courthouse;

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beautiful, quiet streets;

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lovely birds, flowers and trees along residential areas;

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architectural houses of wonder owned by many home-town people;

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innovative business transitions (an actual lumberyard renovated into a winery named “Lumberyard — “, featuring an outside, fenced-in visitors and smoking area);

a beautiful bridge completely restructured in 2008 that features wide walkways and rustic iron railings on each of its sides!

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This is Napoleon in Henry County, Ohio!

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Credit:
All Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

See more of Ohio at:
http://www.chickensoupforbuckeyes.wordpress.com

Winning and Losing As A Team

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Perhaps the caption to the picture (ABOVE) could be “Ouch!”

However, the reason for using a basketball game image, as the college national championship was decided just last night, is that basketball is a team sport, and such sports demand team work and dedication to one’s teammates in order for individuals, and teams, to achieve success.

Along the way of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, a player made a last minute error in purposefully fouling an opponent, when the play should have been to defend and let the clock run out, hopefully to secure a one-point victory. Instead, the foul gave the player’s opponent an opportunity to swish two game-winning free throws.

But these young men, the player’s teammates, all got it — support your teammates in victory, or in defeat, or when a mental error becomes very costly. The player’s teammates did exactly that, to a man. They supported their teammate, and, regardless of losing one game, these young men all went home winners.

In games, as in life, lessons on team play make winners out of those who choose to support their team. Life is a team game, and all members of every team are important.

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It Is Nearly Spring and —

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Night time snow removal after peak traffic hours

This post is for the snowplowing cowboys who jumped into action a few days ago around the county, and who will be called on again soon in Spring-timeless areas! You come out from everywhere with every type of equipment to lend a hand, and you’re so appreciated! Thank you all !!

Another light snow storm is expected to wind itself down into Ohio and bordering states tomorrow. The Buckeye State just suffered a late blooming Winter blast that brought snowplowers out of their deep sleep and back into road-clearing action the first of this week. Their idleness for the most part this Winter season nearly sent them into rust mode, until Mother Nature decided to finally wake everyone up late into the Winter swoon by sending a few feet of white stuff to challenge them.

Oh, yes, that was six days ahead of Spring! Now we’ll get another delayed treat of Winter Wonderland two days before bud-pooping season.

Some of us must live in Ohio!

Thanks again to all snowplow cowboys and snow-removal jockeys everywhere!

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Credit:
All Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Poetry for The Ages — Robert Burns

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My Mom loved poetry and often tried her hand at some private lines. Robert Burns (1759-1796) was her favorite poet. For some unknown reason, I ended up moving to Vermont and marrying a guy I met there. His name was Burns. Hmmm…

Life is a never-ending trip!

One day recently, I picked up my Mom’s old keepsake poetry book entitled Burn’s Poems and discovered two things. Yes, his name was Burns, so that apostrophe (No. 1) on the title of his book of poems is misplaced ! It should read Burns’ Poems, or Burns’s Poems. That publisher’s (circa 1800s) mistake astounds me; but so does life!

Life is a trip you don’t pack a bag for; you just go with the flow. Best laid plans go asunder…normally.

In the picture (ABOVE), my Mom poses during a camping trip on a picnic bench for Dad, who, yes, inserted the rock under the leg to make it the same length as the others and steady the table! My Dad was our family’s Steady Eddie — always!

In Burns’ book, his poem “My Wife’s A Winsome Wee Thing” was marked by a worn, broken red length of ribbon. The poem says in part:

“She is a winsome wee thing,
She is a handsome wee thing,
She is a bonny wee thing,
This sweet wee wife o’ mine…

…The warld’s (world’s) wrack, we share…

Wi’ her I’ll blithely bear it,
And think my lot divine.”

My Mother’s name was Bonita Jean — Bonny. Life’s a wondrous mystery!

My Dad loved my Mom dearly, and that poem’s thoughts were my Dad’s for my Mom, thus (No. 2) the page remained marked by the little red ribbon throughout my Mother’s life. My Father’s name was Robert.

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Life is never a certainly. It only sends us messages to interpret.

Although my first writing love is Fiction prose, I’ve tried my hand at poetry now and again, too, as my Mother’s daughter at:
http://www.barbwritespoetry.wordpress.com

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Family Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg