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The Reading Room
2016 June/July
Pg 6 - The Sunshine Express
Treasures From The Inbox
Spring Now and Then
Rain, cool nights, semi-warm days. Spring is in
bloom everywhere I look. Sitting on the back
step with a glass of iced tea I watch several
chestnut brown birds ignore me and continue
pulling earth worms from irish green lawn. A
robin wings by with twig in her beak. I assume
she is nest building. Mourning Dove with her
mournful call coo-ah, coo, coo caused no no-
ticeable vibration in the atmosphere. However,
the sound of the spring breezes as they pass by
cause the cotton candy pink Peonies to quiver.
Through the mists of memories nestled in my
mind I see my eight year old self, after persuad-
ing Mother to let me go barefoot, unlacing my
shoes to run barefoot across the neighbors new-
ly plowed field in late spring. I can almost feel
the sun warmed soil beneath my feet even now.
Before the plowing and planting my sisters, I
and the neighbor boys, who lived far across the
road, played baseball and other games there.
The farmers planted those fields with onions,
cabbages and carrots. At harvest time there
were farm trucks, one after another, filled to the
top taking the vegetables to market.
But, there was one year the fields lay bare in
the fall. In early summer that year came a
storm with lightening, thunder and a great ham-
mering as hail hit the roof of our house. After
the storm moved away and out onto the eastern
plains, I stood with my parents at the din-
ing room windows watching the farmers wade
through hail deep across their land. The storm,
a destroyer, had cut a large swath annihilating
field after field in its wake. It was too late for
replanting that year.
The weather seventy years ago, seems like, was
unsettled, for the most part, in the late spring
and early summer. That was the time of torna-
does and other storms of consequence. Howev-
er, recent year¡¯s weather is unsettled all twelve
months a year. Perhaps reflecting the ambience
in today¡¯s world.
I will walk out
My place on earth
Softly, softly
Pausing to consider
How I feel about
All things,
Remembering a far place
I journey on. -K
(Karen Schafer lives in Grand Junction and
writes about life in Colorado)
If you get email, you
get stuff. Sometimes
it is spam, sometimes
it is a true gem.
Here is one of those
gems worth sharing:
Positively Karen
Boy, am I glad I did; what an uplifting experi-
ence that followed.
I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersec-
tion, just lost in thought about the Lord and
how good he is, and I didn¡¯t notice that the
light had changed.
It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus
because if he hadn¡¯t honked, I¡¯d never have
I found that lots of people love Jesus!
While I was sitting there, the guy behind
started honking like crazy, and then he leaned
out of his window and screamed, ¡®For the love
of God!¡¯ ¡®Go! Go! Go! Jesus Christ, GO!¡¯
What an exuberant cheerleader he was for
Jesus! Then everyone started honking!
I just leaned out my window and started wav-
ing and smiling at all those loving people.
I even honked my horn a few times to share in
the love!
There must have been a man from Florida
back there because I heard him yelling some-
thing about a sunny beach.
I saw another guy waving in a funny way with
only his middle finger.
I asked my young teenage grandson in the
back seat what that meant.
He said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck
sign or something.
Well, I have never met anyone from Hawaii,
so I leaned out the window and gave him the
good luck sign right back.
My grandson burst out laughing.
Why even he was enjoying this religious expe-
A couple of the people were so caught up in
the joy of the moment that they got out of
their cars and started walking towards me.
I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church
I attended, but this is when I noticed the light
had changed.
So, grinning, I waved at all my brothers and
sisters, and drove on through the intersection.
I noticed that I was the only car that got
through the intersection before the light
changed again and felt kind of sad that I had
to leave them after all the love we had shared.
So I slowed the car down, leaned out the win-
dow and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck
sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the
Lord for such wonderful folks!!
Will write again soon, Love, Granny
My sister Granny is eighty-eight years old and
still driving. She writes:
Dear brother,
The other day I went up to our local Christian
book store and saw a ¡®Honk if you love Jesus¡¯
bumper sticker.
I was feeling particularly sassy that day be-
cause I had just come from a thrilling choir
performance, followed by a thunderous prayer
So, I bought the sticker and put it on my
Also, you have the ability to text or call your driver,
so you can work out where you want them to pick
you up or confirm where they¡¯re at.
This is definitely not the only convenience provided
by Uber. The company also processes all payments
involved, through the app itself, using PayPal or
debit/credit cards that go directly to the driver
through the app. So there is no hassle in regards to
money and you can look at an estimate of your fare
before you even order a driver, which is always a
nice luxury.
With all this in mind, I recently tried using an Uber
for the first time, and, I must say, I was impressed
with my experience. With an option like this avail-
able in Grand Junction, it is not only convenient,
but it is also an easy to navigate process.
There are no hassles, like calling and talking to
someone and then not knowing when your ride
is going to come, whether it be a taxi or a friend,
and there is no pain, like sitting at the bus stop for
thirty minutes and bouncing around transfer sta-
tions over a long period of time. While these are
wonderful sources for transportation and our small
town is fortunate for so many options, I must say
that Uber is a form of transportation that I think I
would prefer from now on.
Now you may be saying, ¡°Some stranger driving
me around? No thanks,¡± but it is actually a safe
and affordable experience that is slowly expanding
in the valley. For a seventeen minute ride, going
seven miles, I paid $12.81. While this isn¡¯t a $5
ride, it was still worth it to get to where I needed
to go quickly, versus waiting an extended period of
time or trying to find a ride with a family member
or friend, given I didn¡¯t have a vehicle myself. It
took two minutes for my Uber driver to get to my
location, and being a female, it was rather comfort-
ing to know that I could confirm my driver with the
information provided on the app. I was provided
with a picture of my driver, their name, the make
and model of the car they would be driving, along
with their license plate number. I was also able
to send a link to a family member which provided
them with tracking information so they could fol-
low me on my trip and see the route that I was on.
Safety is always a first priority and Uber definitely
emphasizes this by making sure this is accounted
for first and foremost.
If you¡¯re ever in the need for a ride, I highly recom-
mend ordering an Uber. It is convenient and acces-
sible with the touch of a button. The driver I had
was very friendly and social, and while it is always
a little uncomfortable to get into a stranger¡¯s car
and/or just do something new, it was a very posi-
tive experience for me.
Not many people have used Uber but it is some-
thing that everyone should try at least once. It is
cheaper than renting a car, and for college stu-
dents, it is a good alternative that is available 24/7.
After your first ride with the company, you will also
get a promo code that you can share with your
friends, which will get them their first ride up to
$20 free. You yourself will also receive a ride up to
$20 for free for every friend that uses your code
which will be credited to your account automati-
Unique in design and a painless process, Uber is
yet another option for everyone looking to get from
point A to point B and is also a safe, inexpensive
alternative for party-goers.
(Olivia Hebrank, a student at Mesa State Univer-
sity, writes about life in Grand Junction)
Uber Travel
What is Uber?
Uber is an application(app)
that is available to people with
Android, iOS, and Windows
smart phones, which connects
riders with drivers by using their
phone¡¯s GPS capabilities, allow-
ing for both parties to be aware
of each other¡¯s locations as well
as being fully aware of when
your ride will be there.
What does this mean? It means
that Uber is a synonymous form
of transportation to taxis, but,
instead of a yellow car driving
you around, it is people in their
own cars that are helping you
get to where you need to go.