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MAKING THE MOST OF Summer
It’s hard to believe it’s already summer! It seems like we were just talking about winter, but that’s Wisconsin for you. The gray weather often overstays its welcome (if you can say that it was “welcome” at all), and then we get a few days of beautiful weather, only for the gray to return. Thankfully, the days of winter are behind us and the temperatures are resting in the 70s and 80s. The shovels and snow blowers are put away, and in their place we have garden rakes and lawn mowers. It’s perfect weather to garden and enjoy the great outdoors. It’s also perfect barbecuing weather! A lot of people will be grilling for Father’s Day this month (and practicing for the Fourth of July next month). It’s hard to beat a sunny day with Dad after grilling up something great. My own dad was quite the man. As I’ve mentioned before, he served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division and fought in World War II. When he fought in the Battle of the Bulge, he experienced things no one should ever have to go through. All the soldiers did. But he did it for the best reasons. He was fighting for his country. A lot of dads join the military to fight for their country — and to protect the freedoms of their families. Even outside the military, dads everywhere do what they can to ensure their families are happy and healthy. I had a good relationship with my dad and I learned a lot while he was with us. He always had something to share — a piece of advice or a slice of wisdom.
his advice could be distilled down to that point. History is full of lessons and if we ignore those lessons, we’re bound to repeat them.
I keep my dad’s lessons and wisdom with me. They are a great gift and something I can pass down as well. If someone in your life
who you respect — whether it’s your own father or someone else — imparts a piece of wisdom, do what you can to remember it. You never know when that piece of wisdom will come in handy.
Right after Father’s Day comes another day I know a lot of people, including myself, are looking forward to. You guessed it: the first day of summer! A lot of people are heading to their favorite pools and swimming holes, or heading out on vacations — especially families with kids out of school. Summer is a great time to get out and make new memories. It’s a time for adventure, whether it’s a trip to Lake Altoona or something a little farther from home — maybe a trip up north to Lake Superior, or out west to South Dakota and the Black Hills National Forest (home of Mt. Rushmore). There is always something new to explore and new to learn, so if you get the chance this summer, I encourage you to make the most of it! –Dr. Anthony Butchert
As a World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, it was no surprise that a lot of his advice was about avoiding the mistakes of the past. Or, at least,
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