The Publisher's Desk: On boldness in controversial times

I’m not known for facing difficult situations.

The people who know me best can tell you that I’m much more likely to go for the long haul, waiting a situation out until a more favorable opportunity comes or until things are calmer. 

Sometimes, I think this can be good. It’s not always best to jump into the fray. A choose-your-battles kind of attitude has served me well many times.  Other times, I’m afraid I miss important opportunities to do good because of timidity. I’m rarely bold. 

There are people I look up to, though, for finding a good balance. 

They know that being bold is not always a good thing. Bold is a close cousin of rash, and rash is never good. Boldness requires wisdom to be done well. 

Jeremy Sprouse, the preacher at Patrick Street church of Christ, and the elders who lead him are some of the people I admire for finding this balance. 


The Publisher's Desk: Be a volunteer; help Cody Cook

Saturday’s are precious. 

For many of us, it’s the one day a week we (sometimes) get to stay home with our wives and children and enjoy time with them. 

So it’s sometimes hard to get out and do anything on a Saturday. I understand that. 

This Saturday, there’s something worth getting out for. 

A Dublin High School student, Cody Cook, will be giving up his Saturday to install smoke detectors in Dublin homes. 

There are 150 or so homes that have been identified as lacking a working smoke detector. 

Cook, through the Texas Midwest Community Network connected to the Dublin Economic Development Corp., is planning and executing this project. 

This is the same program that brought Dublin the putt-putt course last year at the Dublin City Park, which is a welcome and appreciated addition. And the same program, we hope, will continue to bring us community projects through service-minded students at the high school. 


One Reporter's Ramblings: Everything you know is wrong

There’s a great song by Weird Al Yankovic that includes the lyrics, “Everything you know is wrong ...” It’s catchy and is more true than we like to admit.

My latest reminder of how much I still had to learn came Friday on my 34th birthday. Thus, it was actually a little comforting. If you start to feel old, it’s nice to learn that you can “teach an old dog new tricks.”

These new tricks came in the form of a list of commonly misused phrases and proverbs.

For example, the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” was reported to end with “satisfaction brought it back.”

Besides being a much better outcome for the cat, the second part of the quote changes the meaning to be that curiosity is dangerous but worth the risk if it leads to discovery.

Further investigation reveals this to be an unattributed Irish saying although it was preceded by another common quote actually even used by Shakespeare in “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Care killed a cat.”


Mrs. Dykowski... is getting that fresh fall feeling

Is summer really over?

The scent of sunscreen has been replaced by freshly sharpened pencils. My calendar that was once full of backyard kiddie pool parties and Friday night movies is now full of football and volleyball games, coach interviews and team photo shoots. It must be time for school again. 

We still have one or two more summer outings on the schedule, including Darci’s first trip to the zoo. 

I hope we see Darci’s favorite animal to talk about, the “hippopotason.” 

Soon, though, we’ll be trading hippos for lions as my little assistant and I gear up to cheer on Dublin’s athletes and report on their season.

Every fall I still get beginning of school jitters, though I haven’t been a student in quite a while. 

There’s just something about a new year, new people moving to town, a new crop of kids entering the next grade. 


The Publisher's Desk: I'm going to be a 10-Millionaire

You will never believe what happened to me last week. 

A distant relative from London died and left me almost $11 million. Ya’ll, I’m now a 10-millionaire. 

I’m prepared to take everyone out for chips and salsa. Everyone. 

I’m especially glad that Hugh Albanesse contacted me. He’s “a partner at EVAGREEN LLP, a London based Law Firm” (sic). 

He notified me that I have a “Late Eng. Arthur Dykowski,” who worked with “Energy Company” in London. 

He left a policy with a, “top Life Insurance Company in London,” for “Ten Million Nine Hundred & Fifty Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Seven Dollars.” Lucky me. 

Apparently my distant relative, I’ll call him Arty, died seven years ago in an accident in London. 

And somehow, all efforts to find any of my Polish relative’s ancestors in both London and Australia have been fruitless. Imagine that. 


Mrs. Dykowski... versus the Brain Thieves

I was certain one of two scenarios had occurred in my house last week. 

First, and most likely, was that a culinary burglar entered my home, cooked something mysterious, ate most, but not all of it, then borrowed a piece of Tupperware from my cabinet to save the leftovers in my fridge. 

The second scenario is less likely, but still plausible. I had somehow developed amnesia or had a high-functioning blackout. And forgot an entire meal that I had cooked, eaten and saved the leftovers. 

Every Sunday night for recent weeks, Scott, Darci and I have cleaned out the refrigerator and eaten the various leftovers from the week. 

By the time worship services are over and we’ve visited and Darci has played with her friends, we’re all too tired to cook, so it works out well. 


The publisher's desk: Don't go hungry this summer, kids

Hunger is worse in the summer than any other time. We need more food to keep us going in the heat. 

Knowing this, there are groups that want to help children in low-income homes to access more food during the summer to help. 

The following is information provided for those who know kids who need help. 
Given that humans must burn more calories over the summer to keep cool, record temperatures this summer will further increase the need for free summer meals for low-income children funded by the federal government.

That is why the nonprofit group Hunger Free America is now ramping up its efforts to publicize the USDA National Hunger Hotline — which can be reached at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish) — through which callers can locate summer meals sites for kids, food pantries or soup kitchens for families, and/or other government and private meals programs near them.


Mrs. Dykowski... is raising a bag lady

The evidence is hanging in the back of my closet — long ignored and forgotten. I really did try. 

I experimented with cross-body, big, small, shiny, colorful, black, brown — you name it. I’ve never succeeded at becoming a purse person. 

Maybe it’s because I was a full-time student for so long. Backpacks are like purses with room for books, too. It’s a win-win. 

Or maybe I’m just not girly enough to understand why you would want to drop big money on a bag covered in someone else’s initials. 

I generally find them heavy and inconvenient, until I wish I had one because I’m wearing a dress with no pockets or I need a pen. 

Lucky for me, Darci somehow avoided inheriting my purse aversion.
She was four-months-old when she started carrying her first purse. It was designed to hold her pacifier in a convenient place on the side of the bag, but, naturally, she hated the pacifier. So the paci purse became a toy. She carried it everywhere. 


Mrs. Dykowski... appreciates grandmas

This is an ode to grandmas. 

How would we make it without them?

My own grandmas taught me so many of the skills I use every day in my home — cooking, cleaning, sewing, as well as the value of family and hard work, even jobs that go unnoticed.

By the time I came along, they had their grandma role down because I was the eighth and final grandchild on my father’s side and the 12th of 15 on my mother’s side. 

These two women are very different in almost every way, but watching them serve their families with love and selflessness taught me valuable lessons about what motherhood means.

Their legacy also extends to my mom now that she’s taking up the grandma mantle for Darci. 

Scott’s family has a  wealth of grandma-knowledge for Darci to benefit from. She even has a great-great grandma. 

Scott’s mom has valuable lessons to impart, as well. And who better than a teacher to teach her important life lessons. 


The Publisher's Desk: Desktop alerts lead to soapbox

I accidentally signed up for news alerts on my desktop. 

I try to check the news on a regular basis to stay on top of things that affect Dublin, but I don’t necessarily want them distracting me throughout the day by continuously popping up over my InDesign or Word documents. 
But they sometimes do just that. 

Example — I was designing a page recently when a notification appeared on my screen reading, “Trump says ‘most people’ would have taken son’s meeting with Russian lawyer.”

Do you mind if I step on my soap box for a moment? Most people?

I don’t know if that’s true or not. It’s not really the point. 

I’m not even making the point that Trump Jr. did or didn’t do anything wrong. 

It’s the sentiment behind the statement that is a concern. 

It’s troublesome when anyone uses the “well everyone else was doing it” argument to justify an action. 


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