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Recently I experienced good karma in a way which affirms my belief in caring about others. My grandma was right when she used to say: "What goes around comes around." I have witnessed this phenomena in many ways over the years. In my recent experience I was attending an annual meeting with an organization still somewhat new to me; and more than several attendees reached out to me in an intentional manner to include me and make me feel welcome.

A few weeks ago I experienced - temporarily – what many of us will perhaps one day experience permanently: life without a car. Some of you may already be in that situation. I still had to go to work. I still had meetings to attend. I still had errands to run but I had no car. It was in the shop for some minor repairs that of course took longer to fix than I was originally told so when all was said and done, I was without a car for a little over a week.

Over the years our Girl Scout and Boy Scout leaders as well as teachers and parents have told us to BE PREPARED. This advice takes on new meaning when we prepare others for the inevitable time when we will pass away and leave the responsibility of handling our affairs over to our loved ones. When we go not prepare we can inadvertently cause much consternation and difficulty for those left behind.

Recently this was highlighted with two celebrities who left no will behind, namely singers Prince and Aretha Franklin.

If you’re like me, you may have noticed an increase in foods labelled or promoted as being gluten-free. Restaurants too are offering an increasing number of gluten-free options. So what is going on? Is it a left-wing, communist conspiracy or a right-wing, fascist plot to change the way Americans eat? Will the “food police” soon be knocking on your door to check your pantry for gluten? While to some it might seem like it, it’s actually a response by the food industry to an increasing number of people diagnosed with celiac disease or who are following a gluten-free diet.

The summer is saying goodbye to us. Boaters are taking their last cruises. Others are getting ready to place their patio furniture in storage. Our children and grandchildren are headed back to school. Even years after we graduate from school we sense invigoration and new beginnings in the air.

It is also that time of year to get a flu shot. I know. It is not something we look forward to like we do for cider mills, apple picking and football games.

This month we have a special guest columnist, Hope Wheeler. Hope recently graduated from Oakland University and is interning with PVM this summer.

Think back to the last time you were in a grocery store. Did you see any food labels with the word “organic” on them? When it comes to food, the word organic refers to the way in which food is produced. Organic foods are produced without using man-made pesticides, man-made fertilizers, human waste, radiation, genetic modification, antibiotics or hormones.

I wish for all of our readers a fun and interesting summer. A chance to play on a beach with our grandchildren, check out one of the many summer novels, and enjoy walks in the nice weather are hallmarks of this beautiful season. Let’s make sure to keep it fun by adhering to some tips on safety. There is nothing worse than a trip to the emergency room to zap the joy out of our fun! Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Avoid peak periods of sun when the heat index is extreme.