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We finally got a taste of spring this week (Feb. 10th – 11th) the temperature soared a few degrees above freezing and the snow banks at the end of the driveway are no longer colossal pillars. A little warm sun goes a long way.

I’m trying my darndest not to read or listen to all the negative news. It’s like a cold, dark, long winter pockmarked with bailouts and stimulus things. All we need is a little ray of sunshine in the news and people will start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

‘It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day just exactly fits in the newspaper’. Jerry Seinfeld

We have a friend and her name is Freda and this Saturday (Feb 14th) she is celebrating her 80th and she is blind. I’m a wee bit of a church goer, Freda… well she has a prayer line, goes to church regularly, and doesn’t drink. Her standard is well beyond my poor example. When we’re together she gently teases me about what my life is missing. She is irritatingly pleasant, happy and a ray of sunshine; in her company she always makes you feel at home.

I wonder what the economic news would be like if Freda were composing and reading it. She’s a realist and would tell it like it is however; it would be mixed with more hope, laughter, common sense and the warmth of soon to be spring.

Freda’s news would most probably start like this. Freda’s news would most probably start like this. “Hi everyone, it’s so nice to be talking to you. Touching my apartment window the sun felt warmer on my face. It seemed a little brighter. Yes sirree I think spring is on its way. And now for the news.”…….

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