Do appearances, of people or books, influence you? How much time does it take for you to decide that you are/are not interested? What criteria determines interest? Come spend time in a “speed dating” atmosphere, getting to know books you may not otherwise look at twice. For ages 14 – 18. Registration begins January 29.
Congratulations to Skyline High School Seniors – Class of 2020
Royal Examiner presents the Skyline High School Class of 2020. Congratulations to these wonderful seniors on their hard work and deserved accomplishments! We wish you the best in your next big endeavors. Photos courtesy of Victor O’Neill Studios and Tolliver Studios.
The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give into peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not.”
“The old rules are crumbling and nobody knows what the new rules are. So make up your own rules.”
“Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.”
—Senator Orrin Hatch
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”
“Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential.”
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.”
“There are no regrets in life. Just lessons.”
“Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.”
“The only thing you can do in this life is pursue your passions, celebrate your bloopers and never stop following your fear.”
“Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”
“Every person you meet knows something you don’t; learn from them.”
—H Jackson Brown Jr.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
“You have to dance a little bit before you step out into the world each day, because it changes the way you walk.”
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. The second is only part of the first.”
“I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.”
“Get busy living or get busy dying.”
“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”
“There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.”
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
“Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams.”
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
“You can’t climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”
Swollen legs? Move often in hot weather
If you get some puffiness around the ankles or an unpleasant tautness in your calves, you have swollen legs. It’s a condition everyone experiences at one time or another, like during a spell of hot weather, a whole day standing on your feet, or after a long car trip.
Normally, your body maintains the right amount of fluid in tissues by performing a delicate balancing act. You drink fluid and get rid of it when you breathe, sweat, or urinate. But sometimes not enough fluid leaves your tissues, and the result can range from a little puffiness to swelling.
These are the most common causes:
* Immobility. When you walk, run, or move about, leg muscles contract, promoting blood flow. If you stand still, or sit still as you do on a long airline flight, blood can pool in your veins. This makes it difficult for fluid to move from body tissue back into vessels.
* When your work keeps you standing or sitting in one spot during the day, use your legs whenever possible. Shift your weight from one foot to another. Change positions in your chair. Take opportunities to walkabout.
* Heat. Hot weather can cause your blood vessels to expand, making it easier for fluid to leave them and enter tissues. During hot weather, it’s even more important to move about as much as possible while working.
* Salty foods. When you take in more salt than your body needs, the body dilutes it by retaining fluids and making you thirstier.
* Medications. Some commonly used drugs such as steroids, blood pressure medications, antidepressants, hormone replacement medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs can affect how fast fluid leaves your vessels.
* Menstruation and pregnancy. Changing levels of hormones can affect the rate at which fluid enters and leaves the tissues.
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say you should see your doctor promptly if your leg swelling is sudden, painful, persistent, in one leg, or accompanied by shortness of breath, weight gain, or redness.
People will change their lives because of Covid. Maybe.
After a couple of months of quarantine, commentators across the world are speculating about what will happen to relationships and the world.
Will the divorce rate go up? The Boston Globe notes that some cities in China had a spike in divorce applications following the COVID-19 outbreak. Perhaps familiarity breeds contempt.
Will more people get married? Maybe the isolation of quarantine was too much. One city-dwelling 20-something wrote in Medium that he lived for 20-second text contacts, and he felt adrift.
Maybe marriage and family, the old solution, will be the new solution.
Radical social transformation? A UK economist writes in the Future that COVID-19 will require radical social change, a new socialist model. It’s not just a few weeks at home.
Subtle social transformation? Sybil Francis, President & CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, wrote in azcentral.com, that COVID started the trend toward telemedicine, telecommuting, and more sympathy toward the vulnerable.
An end to polarization? A Columbia University professor who studies intractable conflict, writes in Politico an idea he admits is idealistic: Perhaps we will all come together to unite against a common enemy. He asserts that 75 percent of inter-state conflicts have ended 10 years after a colossal shock to the system.
Will education be online and personal? Katherine Mangu-Ward, a senior editor at Reason, thinks the resistance to homeschooling will be swept away, at least for K-12.
More fun? Mary Frances Berry, professor of American Social Thought, history, and African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks people will look for carefree entertainment.
A perspective on Stanley’s service, removal
I have spent considerable time in Warren County over the past several years and have been present on several occasions in which Doug Stanley was a prominent figure. He was often the center of attention and you could sense the respect and pride others had in him. That was also evident at his final Board of Supervisors’ meeting, where many of his staff were there supporting him.
I met Stanley several years ago and was impressed with his knowledge of government, knowledge of quality processes, empathy for the citizens under his care, his vision for the future of Warren County, his ability to lead his staff and communicate with its citizens. I wondered why he wasn’t higher in government service for the commonwealth or at the federal level. I thought Warren County was fortunate to have him.
Stanley served Warren County for about 25 years. That is a full career for many professions; he gave the best years of his professional life to Warren County. I was not there, but was told by others he was denigrated at a meeting reminiscent of The Jerry Springer Show with people yelling from the audience and no control from the Board of Supervisors. In contrast, the meeting where he was terminated was closed and the BOS did not allow any speakers at the associated three minute open session.
Perhaps Stanley was caught up as a scapegoat in the Economic Development Authority scandal and debacle. However, I understand he was totally exonerated and was instrumental in unraveling the mess. He deserved a medal, not a pink slip.
This was a shabby way to treat this leader and citizen of Warren County and a man that gave much of his life and heart to Warren County. I hope and expect he will rebound somewhere to a much more prominent position where the citizens will benefit from his vision and expertise. I don’t think the members of the BOS knew what a special person they had. This will go down in Warren County history as a sad and embarrassing event.
Prosciutto, fig and goat cheese crostini
If you want a simple yet sophisticated starter to serve at your next dinner party, look no further than this classic Italian appetizer. Your guests are sure to love the pairing of salty prosciutto with the sweetness of figs.
Start to finish: 15 minutes
• 3-1/2 ounces soft goat cheese
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 4 fresh figs, sliced
• 8 thin slices of prosciutto
• 1 cup arugula
• Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Use a toaster or barbecue to grill the bread.
2. Spread a quarter of the goat cheese on each slice of bread, and top each with half a tablespoon of honey. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Atop each crostino, lay a quarter of the fig slices and 2 slices of prosciutto.
4. Garnish each crostino with a few arugula leaves. Salt and pepper to taste.
United Way approves grants totaling $35,000
On Wednesday, June 16th, 2020, the United Way of Front Royal-Warren County Board of Directors approved grants totaling $35,000 to eight community agencies located in Warren County, VA. These agencies include:
- Blue Ridge Legal Services
- House of Hope
- The Laurel Center
- Phoenix Project
- St. Luke Community Clinic
- Habitat for Humanity
- Cars Changing Lives
- Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry
The amount awarded equals a 16% increase over the amount given in 2019-20. The grants represent the culmination of a months-long process comprised of the following steps:
- Agencies are invited to apply
- Applications are received
- United Way Interview Committee meets to review applications
- Interviews are scheduled
- Interviews are conducted
- Interview Committee meets to decide on recommendations to the United Way Board of Directors
- United Way Board of Directors votes on Interview Committee recommendations
- Agencies are notified
- Grants are paid in quarterly installments, over the course of the fiscal year
- Agencies provide quarterly reports to the United Way Board of Directors
Since 1950, the United Way has worked to advance the common good in Front Royal-Warren County. The community wins when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy. The United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of the challenges we face. Living United means being part of the change!
To reach the United Way offices in Front Royal-Warren County (134-B Peyton Street, Front Royal, VA, 22630), please email email@example.com or call 540-635-3636.