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Life, as I see it: Wind down

As the weather turns cooler and days begin to be shorter, I find myself winding down. The business of summer, the craving to spend time outdoors, seems to be diminishing. Instead, Iā€™ve found that my much loved patio time has become time spent nestled under a blanket with a movie playing, writing, or reading. Of course, the need to bake has also kicked into gear.

Thereā€™s a comfort that comes with fall weather. Itā€™s time to wind down and nest a bit. Itā€™s time to clear our heads, think about what is important, and reflect on past victories and past failures.

Itā€™s time to celebrate and time to repair.

God is good like that. He gives us those moments of reflection, usually accompanied by that ā€˜ah haā€™ moment, when we finally understand or see clearly the why of it all.

I hope that I use this time wisely.

Yesterday, I learned of the passing of one of my hometown icons; Art Olivares.

I grew up in Grimes. When I was young, the town was even smaller than it is now. The families there were like one big family.

Counted amongĀ  us was the Olivares family. They were a quality family for sure.

Mrs. Olivares would feed the kids in town the most wonderful homemade Mexican food.

Art was one of the older kids, so I didnā€™t know him well when I was a kid. But later, when I returned to Grimes as an adult, he became a loved and respected friend. I saw that he had become a community leader, a community protector, and a solid part of what made our little town a great place to live. He was the center of it all.

As the elders of the community often gathered at Artā€™s shop, Iā€™m sure many a problem was solved around the little stove in that warm shop.

Art gave of himself to his friends, his family, and his community. He wonā€™t be forgotten by any of us.

Every community has people like Art. Bless those who continue to share.

Life is good today. ā™£

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