Roseburg Ramblings
August 24, 2011

As I rambled through the week I was repeatedly reminded that life is both precious and finite. My brother-in-law in Vermont had to be taken to the hospital; he is in the later stages of ALS. A good friend here goes in this week for a radical treatment. He said, “I don’t care about the odds, I can only do that which I will myself to do, and I’ll do what I can.” That is all anyone of us can do.

At While Away Books I found a signed copy of a book by John Wooden. One of his pearls of wisdom is to make each day your masterpiece. He points out that, “the past is gone and tomorrow is out of our control. It is yet to come. However, tomorrow is in large part determined by what you do today. So make today a masterpiece. You have control over that.” There is more to this of course.

Wooden goes on to say that by applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each day over a period of time you will become a lot better. This is a central idea in any endeavor that requires many steps or stages before achieving fruition. It is also central to providing excellent customer service. To do your best is to honor your self and those whom you serve. As I go through my day I often notice whether or not the person I’m dealing with is trying to do a good job or only doing a job. Okay, enough on that for now.

This week I stopped in at Umpqua Survival on Diamond Lake Blvd. They have a lot of items relating to disaster preparedness. It’s the kind of store you can learn something new from just by browsing the shelves.

The great weather has continued. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am. This sure is a busy time of the year. So many events … so little time! Thursday nights offer many choices from the Old Town Market – which runs through September 29; - 5-8 pm at Main and Cass, downtown Roseburg, to live music and delicious BBQ at Charley’s BBQ.

If you’re planning to catch a movie and you want to make a date out of it, Roseburg has some cool places to start out at. Have dessert and a latte or a glass of wine while listening to live music at My Coffee & Wine Experience on Friday nights. Or check out the new place in town, Chimps Hangout, which is affiliated with Joe Monkey. Friday night we visited Chimps and enjoyed the joyous music of Slowpoke. It has a nice ambiance. The menu is quite varied; they even serve alligator. However, in deciding to try some chocolate cake with a Henry Estate 2008 Pinot Noir our server didn’t warn us about how big a piece of cake they serve and unfortunately the only thing amazing about the cake was the price. Henry Goes Wine, The Blackberry Festival, Celtic Games, and many other events around the county competed for attention over the weekend.

I can’t believe it’s almost September! Time flies, doesn’t it? It’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since 9/11; ten years! As I’ve done each year, I’ll participate in a 9/11 Memorial Service. This year it’ll be at Mercy Hospital where they have an actual piece of one of the twin towers on display. I hope that even if you can’t attend a Memorial Service you will at least take a moment to remember. For more on my thoughts on 9/11 please visit

So, as you ramble through life, make the most of your time; none of us know how much of it we have. Pay attention to what you’re doing and to those around you. Tell someone important to you how much you care about them and until next time – journey well.

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