With her stunning, silver hair, she walked into the Hesperia Star and asked, "Can I get a hair cut?" She had mistaken us for Yolanda's Hair Design, so I walked her over to the right suite. A short time later she returned to show us her new, shoulder-length cut. With a lovely London accent, she laughed and said, "It's just all gray." We disagreed with her, of course. Wouldn't we be happier if we would embrace where we are now?


A variety of people come through the front door every day. Take the time to really listen to what others have to say. You may be the only person that listens to them all day. A kind word or deed, costs little, if not anything. People, it's all about the people.


A perfect example of people helping people is the Fraternal Order of Eagles. While Phyllis dropped off the monthly calendar, we chatted. She shared that the Eagles give to local charities. One particular incident she recalled was when the Big Bear fire came; one member bought all the tents he could find $800 worth and gave them to the fire evacuees staying at Mojave Narrows. What a big heart!


These folks have taken the steps necessary to start their own reality:


Determination and resolve surrounded him as he walked through the front door. He was opening a family-run Mexican restaurant on Main Street, as he said, "I wouldn't know how to change the oil in that car [pointing outside] but I know about food. That's all I know." After completing the paperwork, to publish his business in the Hesperia Star, the office staff was salivating and hungry.


And yet another brave person...


With his young son walking beside him, a father came to the front counter. The little boy, sat down, and quickly began coloring at the children's table. Dad was in the construction industry, with his own fleet of concrete trucks. With the industry slow down, it was time to take another leap of faith, and begin a tow and transport business.


And so it goes another name is published and a business begins.


Sometimes, issues have more to do with the community, as a whole. Political parties come in to discuss their issues with passion and fortitude. Local and county issues, school board issues everyone has their flag to wave. Reporting with fairness, for all parties, is what the Hesperia Stars strives for.


Many years ago, this comic was in the newspaper; it's been pinned to my bulletin board at work, ever since: "Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you not because they are nice but because you are nice." What do you think? We don't always know why a person is in a foul mood; maybe if we walked in their shoes, we would react the same way.