I no longer watch the news!

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(NNPA)—Dear Gwendolyn:

A year ago, I stopped looking at the local and national news. It is too sad and makes me have a bad day thinking of all the terrible happenings around the world. There are too many wars and too many parents killing their little children. Why is this, Gwendolyn? If a person wants to end life, then end his/her own. Everyday somewhere a mother can’t seem to manage and decides to put an end to it all. I can’t understand this.—Frances

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Dear Frances:

My advice is to keep watching the news. You need to know when deadly storms are approaching or a different route is to be taken due to road closures.

I am grateful I had a mother who loved her children and did not let the lack of finance look at her children with regret. I am also fortunate I had a mother who gave us good solid advice such as; always keep plenty dried beans and to buy potatoes and other staple foods. She told us to pay for shelter before considering payments to anything else. (Example: car payments don’t come before rent or mortgage). Frances, these mothers have almost died out. They had no problem separating the love for their children from the devastation of a broken marriage or courtship.

Let me tell you this: From a child, people are programmed to naturally feel they will grow up and find their Mr. Right or Ms. Right—and then live happily ever after. When this does not happen, they foresee no tomorrow. Yes, these old ladies were the shoulders people (the village) leaned on. Therefore, until the teachings of today can go back and save a little of those teachings of yesterday, then the news of tomorrow won’t just have sadness but—joy as well. (copyright © 2011 by Gwendolyn L. Baines)

(Got a problem, email Gwendolyn Baines at: gwenbaines@hotmail.com or write to her at Nevada Publishing Co., P.O. Box 10066, Raleigh, NC 27605-0066 (to receive a reply, send a self-addressed stamped envelope.)

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