Friday, August 23, 2013

Bits & Pieces: A Day is a Day Is A Day

Do you collect quotes?

Maybe it’s because I’m a “wordy” person, but I often find myself searching out “nuggets” of truth from a variety of people.

I love looking for things that speak to my life in a variety of ways.

This week, I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Henry David Thoreau: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Do you live out that statement? Do you go confidently towards your dreams? How do you live life?

This week I sat and talked to a “non-traditional” student who is living out her “dreams” and is taking a computer class at NEO-Grove.

The excitement in her eyes was contagious, as she talked about the class. Contagious and full of enthusiasm. That frankly is a great way to live life.

So here’s to living life confidently and exploring dreams.

A few bits of life

Here’s a “shout out” to Curtiss Tate’s Tire & Services. I was out and about on assignment and the dreaded “low tire” light appeared on my dash.

They were very gracious to help me check my tires and air up the low one — before sending me on my way to finish last Friday’s paper. Just another reason I love living in a small town — people who help others out during the “crunch” time.

GLA Legislative Event

Wednesday night I had the pleasure of hanging out on the lake, during the Grand Lakes Association Legislative event. It was a great time to meet a few new faces in Oklahoma politics, and enjoy a nice lakeside evening.

Kudos to the GLA and Doug Cox for organizing an event, that introduces legislators around the state to the “grand” nature of Grand Lake.

Guns & Hoses

Saturday marks the second annual Guns & Hoses blood drive. The drive kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Grove Community Center.

I hear from Samantha Edwards, chief organizer, that both departments have been working hard to see who can get the most people to show up to donate blood.

Haven’t signed up? No worries. Walk-ins are welcome on the day of the drive.

The fun goal for this event is to see which department chief will have to push the other, in a wheelbarrow in front of a hometown crowd during an upcoming football game this fall. The ultimate goal is to have at least 60 successful donations to benefit the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

So show up at the drive, roll up your sleeves and decide if you are Team Fire or Team Police. Easy peasy.

Have You Voted?

Have you checked out the Back To School Photo Contest on our Facebook page? It’s been so much fun to watch the entries roll in. There’s still time to submit photos or vote on your favorite pic. Just visit and follow the instructions on the screen.

Humane Society

I learned today that the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake has entered the Tractor Supply Company “Shelter Stories” contest on Facebook.

I hear the shelter is competing for a $5,000 donation. Here’s where you can help out. Go to, click on “view entries” and type in “Humane Society of Grove” in the search engine. You’ll find the picture collage, that tells the shelter’s story — and you can vote once each day thru Aug. 25. The direct link for the contest page is:

One Last Thing

Earlier this week, someone asked me how long I’ve been here. Officially, it’s been four months this week.

I’m discovering that it’s getting easier to find things — but please, still give me “newbie” directions to events. I’m also doing better at recognizing faces and names. Thanks though, for your continued patience if I look at you blankly for a few minutes.

Life in a small town is enjoyable. I’m already looking forward to the Pelican Festival and Homecoming, and I hear Taste of Grand is an event you don’t want to miss.

Kaylea M. Hutson is the managing editor of The Grove Sun. She can be reached at or 918-786-2228. This column originally appeared in the Aug. 23, 2013 issue of The Grove Sun. 

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