The Calendar says it's spring

<p>Claire Lovell</p>

The Mormons were out last Tuesday. I think it's called a mission, but I'm not sure. I admire their steadfastness in doing their work and they are so well dressed and personable in their presentations. They came to my house. I'm sure my responses were not what they would have liked but we had a nice exchange and parted friends. I wish them well.

Drivers gave me openings in my walk down the highway that same day. I usually wait for a natural break in traffic, although it's nice to be cherished as well.

Wasn't it cool that a Seaside boy, Aaron Bradshaw, won Best Junior Handler with his Bullmastiff at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York? Evidently, he's had several wins before and is well known on the circuit. Wish I'd known about it beforehand so I could have watched.

I was sorry to read of the death of Hugh Seppa on March 19. Not only did he live in the area where I once lived, but he was also the cheerful milkman when I worked at Ocean Park Nursing Home. The Seppas were always important and respected where we lived in the Astoria area.

Two other losses were Ernie Luoma, a former schoolmate at Seaside High, and Laura Alberti, a one-time neighbor whose home was at Sixth and Roosevelt before she left Seaside. She died on the 19th also.

The calendar says it's spring but the chill and rain belie that designation. To me, spring denotes warmer and sunnier. Still, the March winds are right on schedule.

On Wednesday, I attended our final Lenten soup supper at the Methodist Church. I chose a hearty vegetable as best for my diet.

After the Sanctuary Service, I met a former organist of the First Baptist Church of Glendale, Calif., Ted Pape. He was with his erstwhile pastor, Frank Brougher, whose father, Jim, began his ministry in our church. It was a good pre-Easter gathering, with the homily presented by Father David Sweeney of the Calvary Episcopal Church.

More jewels from Lederer's "Anguished English."

• Without electricity we would still be in the dark ages.

• A liter is a nest of small animals.

• The pelvis protects the gentiles.

• Our heredity is determined by the amount of jeans our mothers and fathers gave us.

• To prevent head colds, use an agonizer to spray into your nose until it drops into your throat.

• The big artery in your neck is called the jocular vein.

• A circle is a round, straight line with a hole in the middle.

• The heart beats faster when you are younger, average when you're of middle age, hardly at all when you are old and not at all when you are dead.

• In biology today, we digested a frog.

• Between birth and 7 years of age, the mother should be home with her children.

Last week I saw a crow drinking from a gutter on the Clatsop Community Bank building. I've always had an affinity for crows since one followed me home several years ago. I read somewhere that angels often take the form of a bird to bring us comfort.

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