Volume 18, Issue 4
From Doris West
October - December 2016
Ever thought about becoming more involved with your History Center? The following things don't need done very often, but we sure do notice when they're not being done: Are you willing to: dust or vacuum the upstairs? Or gather the trash? Or check the furnace filter twice a year? Or sweep the steps or kitchen? Or brush up and sanitize the bathrooms? Choose one or more chores and we promise to "save" it for you.
Here is a writing from an unknown author: When you see geese flying along in "V" formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following behind. By flying in "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed in the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back to another spot in the formation and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What messages do we give when we honk from behind?
Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. (Leave no goose behind?) They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, to catch up with their group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.