The Reading Room
Pg 5 - The Sunshine Express
Treasures From The Inbox
Sunny Summer Days
A chipmunk family has taken residence in our
yard. They run and tumble, dash from here to
there. Scrambling up elk and deer antlers, in the
yard¡¯s corner, they leap with abandonment over
into the bird bath.
I am filled with a quiet sense of happiness watch-
ing them early mornings from the front porch
where I sit sipping my first cup of coffee.
Their sunny summer day¡¯s play is occasionally
disrupted by the presence of a ceramic chip-
munk, which sits stoically on a small stump.
The chips surround it, climb on it until it finally
tumbles down and into a patch of wildflowers.
Our grandchildren, visiting for a few days, were
delighted with the chipmunks and their antics.
Searching kitchen cupboards for something to
feed the chips, they found their grandfather¡¯s
roasted peanut stash. Thereafter every morning,
children shelled peanuts for the chips¡¯ ¡®break-
fast¡¯. A grandson determined, after consuming
an orange sherbet pop up, that the pop up part
resembled a small white table, perfect to hold
peanuts for the chips¡¯ dining pleasure. We now
have the only polka dotted yard in Gateway!
The grandchildren have now returned to Grand
Junction. Our home is quiet, too quiet. A bright
yellow and blue Tonka dump trunk is parked in
the yard, alongside various other toy cars and
trucks, waiting for a child. The chipmunks, ex-
pecting breakfast, wait on the porch for me morn-
ings. More groundnuts have been purchased and
shelled. Perhaps I should write Hampton Farms
Peanut Co. of North Carolina a note, expressing
appreciation for their family¡¯s efforts to produce
the finest snack available! And, the chipmunks
continue to run, leap, tumble, frolic and drive the
lizards up the rock wall throughout the sunny
The fourth of July has come and gone. Thinking
it was time for a party, a bar-b-que was planned.
The pleasure of friends¡¯ and neighbors¡¯ presence
was requested. About 50 people attended. Bring-
ing lawn chairs, people gathered under awnings,
in the cabin, and on the front porch. Children ran
and played, adults visited. I was reminded of the
If you get email, you get
stuff. Sometimes it is spam,
sometimes it is a true gem.
Here is one of those gems
old time community gatherings in Illniois when
I was a child. It was a fun celebration. The only
thing missing was homemade ice cream. Perhaps
The grey snake
silently slithers through
purple petunias. --K
(Karen Schafer lives in & writes about life from
Those who choose to be
in harmony must help
their neighbors and col-
leagues to be at peace.
Those who choose to
live well must help oth-
ers live well. The value
of a life is measured by
the lives it touches.
Success does not hap-
pen in isolation; it is
most often a participa-
tory and collective pro-
cess. So share the good
practices, ideas and
new knowledge with
your family, friends,
team members, neigh-
bors and all.
As they say: ¡°Success
A person¡¯s vision of physicality is limited to what
is in front of them, but the vision of creativity and
imagination is an endless 360 degree view of pos-
sibilities. If you can envision it, then it is possible.
Keep in mind that all things created began as a
vision. One must focus on the endless options
the universe provides. We often find ourselves
falling into the world¡¯s snare and find ourselves
trapped in limbo, with no goals, no dreams, and
nothing to look forward to in life. This is no way
to live, we are not meant to become an automat-
ed, unimaginative, lump of coal; we are meant
to strive and overcome, to become more and rise
above the worlds expectations. The young are
the future, our kids and grandkids need the wis-
dom we have gathered though our years. They
need ¡°Positive¡± influences, so feed them what
they need: encouragement, support, and belief in
As children we sometimes hear nothing but the
opposite. We hear things like: you won¡¯t amount
to anything, you¡¯re dumb, you are worthless.
These are not words for a child to hear. Negative
words can tear down dreams, self esteem, pride,
and life itself. I speak from experience, since for
many years I believed what my Father told me
and it took many years for me to realize that my
potential in life was, in fact, unlimited. Unfor-
tunately, many who go through similar situa-
tions will never find their way out of the box.
Enlightenment of self is one of the most amazing
experiences in life and you will literally discover
the amazing ¡®you¡¯ that has been trapped away
in the box. When you start thinking and creating
outside the box, the universe will provide a life of
(Mark Looper of The Pony Expresso shares inspi-
rational thoughts and lessons learned in life from
Dolores, Colorado. www.unseenenergynow.com)
yours each year?¡± The reporter asked.
¡°Why sir,¡± the farmer replied, ¡°Didn¡¯t you
know? The wind picks up pollen grains from the
ripening corn and swirls it from field to field.
If my neighbors grow inferior, sub-standard &
poor quality corn, cross-pollination will steadily
degrade the quality of my corn. If I have to grow
good corn, I must help my neighbors to grow
The farmer gave a superb insight into the con-
nectedness of life. His corn cannot improve un-
less his neighbors¡¯ corn also improves. So it is in
the other dimensions and areas of life!
¡°Success breeds Success.¡±
There was a farmer who grew superior quality,
award-winning corn in his farm. Each year, he
entered his corn in the state fair where it won
honors & prizes.
Once a newspaper interviewed him and learned
something interesting about how he grew his
corn. The reporter discovered that the farmer
shared his seed
corn with his
¡°How can you af-
ford to share your
best seed corn with
when they are
entering corn in
by Mark Looper