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      Let Me Tell You…

      Change Is Good, Except When It’s Bad

      By Marie Pinschmidt                                  Wheat, corn, rye, barley, and oats were grown for   rotation, more turning of the sod for a healthier harvest. The
         Until  my  early  teen                         animal food. These crops were rotated because the fields   tried-and-true ways of living and doing, and even loving
      years my family lived on a                        needed a period of rest and renewal by introducing   are being compromised and much of the good practiced for
      sizable dairy farm in Ohio.                       different grains. Even fields where horses and cows   centuries is becoming depleted, no longer nourishing our
      The change of seasons was                         consistently graze had to be maintained properly. It’s sort   sense of security.
      a way of life and people                          of like taking turns to make the game more exciting. So,      The artist, Georgia O’Keefe was asked about her
      adjusted by making plans                          change is good. And, in case you are wondering, chocolate   success in the art world. Her reply was, “Mostly a lot of
      accordingly. Crops were                           milk does not come from brown cows.                nerve and a lot of very, very hard work.” This is true of all
      seasonally planted to bring                          Change is often good in our personal lives as well: a   accomplishments. Remember the cosmetic guru who gave
      about  the  best  possible                        new article of clothing, a different hairstyle (until we all   her top salespeople a pink Cadillac? She is quoted as saying
      outcome. The first garden                         look alike), new friends, playing a different golf course,   “there are three types of people: those who make things
      planting was  lettuce,  and                       etc. They all give us a temporary sense of renewal. I   happen, those who watch things happen, and those who
      required a covering of a gauze-like material to protect the   recently replenished my art supplies: five new tubes of   wonder what happened. The first needs to be self-starting,
      tender leaves from early frost. This was followed by every   paint and a set of new brushes. I gasped at the price, but   initiative-taking, and self-critical. Thought, planning,
      vegetable you can imagine. Fruit trees, potatoes and other   they gave me a sense of starting over. I couldn’t wait to   keen observation, quality control and production, decision
      root vegetables, plus pumpkins and squash were harvested   try them out on a new technique or subject matter.   making, chemistry, can be both a joy and a burden to creative
      in the fall. Mom made and canned apple butter, green beans,      The mind also benefits from change. Last night, instead   people.”
      corn, peaches and other fruit, and made sauerkraut from the   of watching the news (I watch enough to know what goes      Mario Puzo, born 1920, New York City, wrote two novels
      last of the cabbage, anything she could salvage from the   on in the world), YouTube supplied me with two hours   and sold almost none and was in serious debt. One Christmas
      garden before the winter came. Her cooking and preserving   of beautiful and varied musical performances, classical   Eve, he had a severe gallbladder attack, in so much pain
      were works of art.                                as well as many from the “old days.” I also revisited a   he fell into a gutter and said, “Here I am a published writer
                                                        tour of Mexico City art galleries. I went to bed and read a   and I’m dying like a dog.” He vowed if he recovered, he’d
            Reminder From                               couple chapters in an interesting book, the bedroom screen   devote his life to becoming rich and famous. His next book,
                                                        remained black, and I slept like a bear in hibernation.
                                                                                                           The Godfather (1969), was a huge success. In 1984, The

                                                           Time is fleeting and so are ideas. I have found that
                                                                                                           Sicilian was published, and The Last Don in l996. He said,
             The POA/ARC                                more than one hobby or profession is good when change   “A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand
                                                        is needed. When I feel depleted of writing ideas, I turn
                                                                                                           men with guns.”
                                                        to painting, or play the piano, make myself learn a new      I like to think that most of my readers are among those
            POA documents require that all residents apply   song. It has been proven that learning one new thing   who make things happen, but if you are still watching and
         for POA and HOA approval prior to making any   improves brain function, especially music as it involves   wondering what happened, you might consider changing
         changes to the exterior of your home, including   different parts of the brain, sense of touch, vision, hearing   a few things. A cheerful outlook would be a good start.
         but not limited to tree removal or planting, new   and creativity. There is a concern that we are becoming   Minor changes can often make a stark difference. It may
         landscaping, painting, roofing, additions or   “biliterate” by becoming adapted to reading online. The   be as simple as picking up a pen and paper and making a
         construction, fencing, hurricane shutters, impact   emerging danger is that we are not using the deep reading   plan. Any dream will do. Doing so can open doors as well
         glass, play equipment, garage door replacement or   part of our brain and may end up losing it completely.   as make a person more empathetic toward other people and
         any other change, you must contact the PGA POA   Also, those who read are two and a half times less likely   cultures.
         Architectural Review Committee for approval.   to develop cognitive decline later in life. Every time we      Until next time …
         Information and forms are available at www.pga-  read something new, the brain makes room to fit it in and                         Marie Pinschmidt under the “Documents & Forms” heading   thereby enhances our memory.                                                        (561) 510-5006
         or call 627-2800.                                 Our political world might be enhanced with a bit of crop       
                                          Thank you,
                                        Jack Hughes,
                                 Chairman, POA ARC

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