SOCORRO, New Mexico (STPNS) -- No Time

We hear it almost everyday, ?I don?t know how you do it. Where do you ever find the time??

For what do you have the time? For what do you make the time?

I have a major list of things to do, mostly in order of importance, I think about those words all the time, ?I don?t have the time.?

How many times do I use those excusing words? What would happen tomorrow if we banned them from our vocabulary? How many of us would find the time to continue our education and reach for that higher degree, for more research, for pursuit of community or church service?



Let me shoot and run here and ask all those who make his statement, stop, constrain your attitudes and actions, ?now? is the only time that we have to do something significant.

Do you have time to fill the seconds with all of the good uplifting, supporting, and encouraging words or simple smiles or acknowledging a friendly greeting? Do you have time to fill your hours with pure spirit and deep purpose of service?

Do you have time to fill your hours with imagination, awareness, attentiveness, creativity, goodness, and joy?

Take the time to reflect upon and articulate your personal visions. Follow them. Make a difference in someone else?s life. Decide how to think, feel and experience each instant, look farther off that clock on the wall and look into your personal visions, what you are and what you can be. Let?s energize each minute and put our talents to work in every moment of the time that?s been given to each of us.

Weather

This past week Luna saw our first major snow. We received three to five inches. Last night we were double hit with minus zero temperatures. This winter seems to have caught many of us by surprise. Watch out for your neighbors and make sure they have ample heat in wood, propane, pellets or whichever source of heat we may be using.

Health News

Prayers and good wishes are still going out to the Beano Derrick family as he gets through his rehabilitation period. While we were so worried about Beano we allowed Pasqual Trujillo to slip through our prayers and love, Pasqual has been very ill and in Tucson. We wish Becky and the rest of the family all of our well wishes and prayers for Pasqual?s full recovery.

A funeral for Myrtle Laney was Wednesday in Luna at the Luna Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Ward house. Mrs. Laney passed away this past Friday. The family would like to thank all who helped so graciously with the services and luncheon afternoon.

Community EMS

This past Thursday there was a well attended meeting of the Luna EMS at the Luna fire house. New officers were elected for the Fire department.

Lloyd Jackson has remained in as fire chief with Robert Newport replacing Larry Atone as first assistant.

Thank to Larry for all of his time and sacrifice over the past couple of years.

Lorraine Snyder has remained in her duties as secretary with me, Kaye Mindar, joining as a new member of the department and becoming her assistant.

Dan Mindar was voted in to remain our training officer and we welcome Tom Holthus as his assistant training officer.

Since we are desperately under supplied and are now having problems with our siren on the fire house there has been a phone tree set up with Jane Saby and Grace Derrick volunteering their time to help us spread the word of meetings and emergencies.

Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month for trainings and 6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month for business meetings, meetings last about 2 to 3 hours. With assistant positions in place there should never be a month missed trough the year.

This past Saturday we took the trucks out and drafted water from the head of the ditch and some other trainings being prepared for the year are personal protective equipment, wildland engine operation, hoses, ground ladders, extrication, nozzles and fire streams and shuttle drills.

If we cannot build our EMS services back from the ground up we will lose them and this is a very important part of our community that we cannot afford to allow to disband.

We are very excited about the few new members that signed on during the week and welcome their skills and commitment.

The ambulance is still at a very critical stage and is looking for 10 volunteers to commit to take the EMT course from March to July. The fire department and ambulance work as a combined entity and are setting that as a priority goal for 2008.

Project Noah

Week one for February is our storage level again. This month?s goal is 25 pounds of grains, 10 pounds of dairy products, 12 pounds of sugar, 4 cans of canned or dried foods, shortening, butter, margarine, or mayonnaise, 3 pounds of peanut butter, 25 pounds of potatoes. Each item listed is per person in household.

Also store six large bottles of dish soap and boxes of garbage bags in various sizes.

Genealogy Corner

This week I thought a few lighthearted quotes would help us make our goal for the year not seem like such a burden; the first person you need to laugh at is yourself.

Genealogy - where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.

A job is nice but it interferes with genealogy.

?Give me your tired, your poor...? Hey, they?re genealogists!

I bet you thought I was going to use a genealogy tagline!

Research: What I?m doing when I don?t know what I?m doing.

If you?re not confused, you?re not paying attention.

If you spell it g-e-n-e-o-l-o-g-i-s-t, you ain?t one.

Whoever said ?seek and ye shall find? wasn?t a genealogist.

To a genealogist, everything is relative and a relative is everything.

I only work on genealogy on days that end in Y.

Don?t be afraid, cemetery ghosts are only genealogists with lanterns.

Genealogist: Always in search of a good dead man!

FLOOR: The place for storing your priceless genealogy records.

When I?m real old, I?m gonna kick this genealogy habit!

Genealogy goes on... and on... and on...

A single fact can spoil a good genealogy.

A well-written life is as rare as a well-spent one.

  Quote of the week

?I don?t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine?s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.?

? Anonymous