Encouraging people to be helpful and hopeful

This column is either about something good that has been done or is being done to encourage people to be helpful and hopeful. Either way, it’s positive. Everything starts with an idea and we do have choices!

My son wrote me about a man who was poor so he started planting a garden on the land between the curb and the sidewalk. It worked beautifully. He had more than enough and started selling some. Like they say, “necessity is the mother of invention!”

This week I’m going to give you some tips on ways to cut down arthritic pain. They come from the publication “Bottom Line Personal.”

1. Take two cups of green tea or black tea every day. You can drink your tea hot or cold which ever you prefer.

2. Take 500 to 1,000 mg. of vitamin C and 400 IU of vitamin D.

3. Here is something I’m not familiar with try willow bark/boswellia. Take 240 mg. of willow bark and 1,000 mg. of boswellia every day. Aspirin is made out of willow bark. This helps get rid of inflammation and makes healthy joints.

4. Here’s a good one for our area all grapes are good to ease arthritis pain. The grape skin contains resveratrol, which acts as an anti-oxidant and a cox-2 inhibitor. One cup of white or red grapes a day is very beneficial. Now here’s where our Concords come in purple grape juice and wine contain resveratrol too.

How many of you are familiar with Warren Buffett? He is the third richest man in the world, and he gives the government 99 percent of his wealth and lives on 1 percent and has plenty. Bill Gates gives 95 percent and lives on 5 percent. Now how come these two very rich men have giving hearts and so many of the rich people don’t want to pay their taxes? I used to laugh at the “trickle down theory”. How can it trickle down when they have glue on their fingers? We were taught to be cheerful givers. I hope that habit never goes out of style.

Warren Buffett is listed as the most successful investor in history! How does he do it? Here’s his secret. He says the stock market always goes up even though economic and political events may cause stocks to go down. Over the long term, the American economy is strong and resilient and stocks go up. Buffett says bad news is an investor’s best friend. The time to buy is when times are tough and investors are scared. He invests in well-run businesses like Coca-Cola and Gillette. Buffett also advises to only invest in businesses you understand. Always have a margin of safety. Always buy shares for considerably less than they are worth. Avoid going into debt and diversify your investments.

Now that I’ve given you some secrets on how the rich get richer and stay that way, I want to turn my attention to Barb and George Weaver. I know them very well. Barb was my customer for many years. She had naturally wavy hair and I knew how to go with Mother Nature and knew enough to go her way, not mine. Barb was always laughing. She had a contagious giggle. She greeted everyone, never put on airs. She dressed casually. Everybody loved her.

I feel like she did I was born in Fredonia and I intend to die here. By the way, my sister Jo and Barb were in the same graduating class and they were very good friends.

Then there was George. When the local fathers turned over the Bicentennial celebration to me we were broke. So naturally I went to see George Weaver and explained the situation to him. He listened and smiled. He said, “I think it’s an insurmountable task, but I’ll give you a check for $500.” As Paul Harvey would say, “You know the rest of the story”!

Doug Manly was very generous too! It’s people like these two men that make this area special. We can’t lose this spirit or we’ll change who we are. We spread happiness and hope.

In today’s circumstances we can’t change. Who will be our heroes? Does anybody know Bill Gates or Warren Buffett? We can always get acquainted!