Some random thoughts as we wait for the first snowfall of the year:
* A conversation at a ballgame the other day was very interesting. We started talking about how negative people are, and no matter what the subject, some pretty much say the same things over and over.
I asked: "Why are people so negative?" I also asked: "Why do so many people believe there's a conspiracy with everything?"
The other person had a great theory. They believe people wake up each morning and have the power to be negative or positive that day, and they pick being negative. It's easier to be negative. To be a constructive, positive member of the community takes an effort. To sit back and complain all the time doesn't require much effort.
Think about it.
* I know Timberly Ferree congratulated the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce in her Short Take on Saturday, but I must do the same.
President Cynthia Ferguson and her board put on a first-class year-end event Nov. 6. The food was great (it's a good thing I started my diet a few days later!!!), and the fellowship was even better.
If you're a member of the Bloomfield business community, and you're not a member of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, consider joining. These folks have your best interest in mind, and want to promote your business.
Frances Creek won the Harvey Hannah Award that evening, and though I can't say I personally know Frances, Judge David Holt did a great job introducing her.
This was a big night for the Bloomfield community!
* While waiting to leave for church Sunday morning I turned on one of the cable news channels. What I got was a big wake-up call.
A segment came on about an 11-year-old boy out west who has cancer, and has only a few days or weeks to live. Instead of worrying about himself, he's on a mission to feed the hungry in his community.
He's organized some people to make sandwiches and other things to distribute to the hungry.
Why can't more people be like that 11-year-old boy?
* I must admit that I'm thrilled that basketball season is finally here. I enjoy all sports, but watching basketball is No. 1 for me (golf is No. 1, of course, when Rachael is playing!).
A big pat on the back to new Linton girls coach Brad McKinney for winning his first game Monday at home against Monrovia. The Monrovia coach told me before the game (Jim was a few years behind me at Eminence) that his team should reach double figures in wins this season, and they have good senior leadership.
So it appears the win was a good one for the Lady Miners.
On a side note, Julia Porter -- Jim's daughter -- will sign a national letter of intent to play golf for Butler University next season.
White River Valley got off to a good start with a victory over North Central on Tuesday. You could tell veteran coach Joe Pigg wasn't real happy with his team's effort in the first half, and though you couldn't see Pigg smile much in the second half either, he had to be pleased.
I think it's pretty safe to say WRV fans could be in for a great ride this season.