Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, August 11, 2018 

WALKING SIERRA MADRE... The Social Side By Deanne Davis

Walking Sierra Madre……The Social Side

Deanne Davis

July 28, 2018 – For August 11 Edition

“Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet 
when our wings have trouble remembering how 
to fly.”

“Parents start you off in life, but friends get you 
through it.”

August 5th is National Friendship Day, but 
somewhere right around now is National 
Friendship Week. As this week is going to be way 
too hot for much Walking Sierra Madre, I thought, 
How about something pleasant to read and think 
about. Former Sierra Madre resident Dick Witter, 
who used to be my next door neighbor and made 
the best Huevos Rancheros and Margaritas we’ve 
ever tasted, and who had the bad taste to move to 
Big Bear, sent me a piece written by Andy Rooney. 
As you’ll recall, Andy Rooney, who is now in 
heaven, was an award-winning journalist and part 
of CBS’ Sunday Night 60 Minutes program for 
many years. Just about everything Andy Rooney 
had to say was worth hearing, and remembering, 
but this piece will make you smile and maybe 
think a little... The picture is of one of my favorite 
friends, my husband, John, who is now hanging 
out with Andy Rooney. The other guy is a new 
friend he found at Costco.

I’ve learned.... 
That the best classroom in the world is at the feet 
of an elderly person. 

I’ve learned....
That when you’re in love, it shows. 
I’ve learned ....
That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made 
my day!’ makes my day. 
I’ve learned.... 
That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one 
of the most peaceful feelings in the world. 
I’ve learned....
That being kind is more important than being 
I’ve learned....
That you should never say no to a gift from a 

I’ve learned.... 
That I can always pray for someone when I don’t 
have the strength to help him in any other way. 
I’ve learned....
That no matter how serious your life requires 
you to be, everyone 

needs a friend to act goofy with. 
I’ve learned....
That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to 
hold and a heart to understand. 
I’ve learned.... 
That simple walks with my father around the 
block on summer nights 

when I was a child did wonders for me as an 

I’ve learned....
That life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer it 
gets to the end, the faster it goes. 
I’ve learned.... 
That money doesn’t buy class. 
I’ve learned.... 
That it’s those small daily happenings that make 
life so spectacular. 
I’ve learned... 
That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who 
wants to be appreciated and loved. 
I’ve learned.... 
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts. 
I’ve learned....
That when you plan to get even with someone, 

you are only letting that person continue to hurt 
I’ve learned....
That love, not time, heals all wounds. 
I’ve learned.... 
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is 
to surround 

myself with people smarter than I am. 

I’ve learned.... 
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted 
with a smile. 
I’ve learned.... 
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with 
I’ve learned....
That life is tough, but I’m tougher. 
I’ve learned....
That opportunities are never lost; someone will 
take the ones you miss. 
I’ve learned....
That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will 
dock elsewhere. 
I’ve learned....
That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love 
her one more time before she passed away. 
I’ve learned....
That one should keep his words both soft and 
tender, because 

tomorrow he may have to eat them. 
I’ve learned....
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve 
your looks. 
I’ve learned....
That when your newly born grandchild holds 
your little finger in 

his little fist, you’re hooked for life. 
I’ve learned....
That everyone wants to live on top of the 
mountain, but all the 

happiness and growth occurs while you’re 
climbing it. 
I’ve learned....
That the less time I have to work with, the more 
things I get done.

Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while this 
week and see how they’re doing. You’ll be glad 
you did!

My book page: Deanne Davis 

Kindle books of all sorts and hardcover 
“Tablespoon of Love” are on there,

 as is “Star of Wonder.”

Star of Wonder the CD is now on TuneCore! Take 
a look!


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KATIE Tse..........This and That


Awkward moments. We’ve 
all had them, and can usually 
look back at them and laugh 
at our mishaps. But it’s always 
funnier if it happens to someone else. In this case, 
my mom was the victim of embarrassment. But 
you have to understand the back story first.

 Some people are dog people, other people are 
cat people. And then there are bird people. Bird 
people can always tell other bird people because 
they’re the crazy ones. Over the years my family 
has had many birds and developed a reputation 
as the go-to people when others found a baby 
bird that needed caretakers until being released 
back into the wild. One of their recent “visitor” 
birds was a mocking bird that my mom’s friend, 
Florence, found. (You may remember Florence 
from her many stories I’ve written when I’ve lacked 
original material. She’s a riot.)

 During the two or three weeks the mocking bird, 
whom my mom named “Baby,” stayed with my 
parents, my dad often put its cage next to their two 
parakeets’ cage out on the deck. After Baby was 
released he continued to come back and sit in a 
certain spot at the top of the orange tree and call to 
the parakeets. Baby probably figured his parakeet 
friends were going to be released soon like he had 

 Looking for Baby’s arrival became a daily routine 
for my parents. If they didn’t see him they worried 
that something might have happened. It was after 
a couple days of absence that Baby returned and 
my mom happily went outside and exclaimed, “Hi 

 Imagine her surprise and embarrassment when 
their neighbor (we’ll call him Jack) answered, “Uh, 
Hi...?” Flustered, my mom tried to explain over 
the fence separating them, “I’m sorry, I meant 
the mocking bird.” “What mocking bird?” From 
Jack’s angle he couldn’t see Baby perched in the 
orange tree. My mom pointed toward him “He’s 
over there. We raised him for a couple weeks and 
he keeps coming back to that same spot.” Jack 
smiled and nodded good-naturedly, he’s used to 
my parents’ quirkiness. “He likes to talk to the 
parakeets...” my mom trailed off, realizing the 
more she talked the weirder she sounded.

 Needless to say we all had a good laugh over it 
later. Now every time my mom goes outside we 
remind her, “Say hi to Baby!”

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