Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 4, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, June 4, 2022 


by Deanne Davis 

So much to talk about again this week… 

The Trail Race was last Saturday! I’m sure you already 
know this, but the top three guys, Michael Eastburn, 
James Timphony and Andrew Barrington raced up 
and down the 8.6 miles in just over an hour. Astonishing! 
1:02:32, 1:02:34 and 1:04:32 respectively. That’s so 
fast I’m instantly reminded of the Road Runner in the 
cartoons who flew past his old buddy, Wile E. Coyote, 
with the speed of sound. As I am now up to the astonishing 
speed of 3 mph, walking, I salute these guys. I 
guess there were several falls and I heard one guy say, 
“a lot of blood on the Trail!” But it was a great day and 
we rejoice that the Race is actually happening again. 
Speaking of walking, I got myself a step counter from Amazon; my goal being to 
see if I couldn’t do those 10,000 steps a day that we’re all supposed to strive for. I’ve 
made it once and usually wind up my day in the 9,000+ region. Emily has a step 
counter, too, and we’re comparing daily results. I have to say, it’s made me get off the 
couch more often which is probably a good thing. 

The picture this week, courtesy of Craig Dayman, is of a really cute Little Free Library. 
This one is located in the Canyon and if you look around town, there are 
more and more of these here and there. Such a great idea, friends and neighbors… 
take a book, leave a book. 

I hope you all went to the Used Book Sale at the Library yesterday and today from 
10 to 2, featuring the $5/bag sale, Saturday only. Some of the best moments of my 
life were spent at the Library Used Book Sale. Where else could you stagger away 
with a year’s worth of joyful reading for under $20. I’m currently reading a John 
Grisham book, “The Whistler,” which is Book 1 of a two-book series, the second 
being “The Judge’s List.” This is part of my problem with getting off the couch. This 
book is so good I can’t put it down. Of course, what John Grisham isn’t that good! I 
highly recommend it. 

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” 
Yogi Berra 

My very favorite baseball quote is from the 1992 film: “A League of Their Own” 
starring Tom Hanks, Madonna, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and a bunch of other 
great actors. But the best moment is when one of the players starts to cry after being 
criticized for her play. Hanks’ aggressively yells at her, “Are you crying? There’s no 
crying in baseball!!” 

My daughters, Leah and Patti and their families are dedicated Dodger fans and I 
suspect there is occasional crying about how their team performs. Summer is baseball 
season, no matter how hot it gets. 

“If at first you don’t succeed, try doing what your baseball coach told you to do the 
first time.” 
“You can’t beat the person who never gives up.” Babe Ruth“There are only 3 things in my life I really love: God, my family and baseball. 
The only problem – once baseball season starts, I change the order around.” Al 

Our girls, Jessie and Emily headed off to camp last Wednesday. Emily is going to 
church camp and Jessie is going to a day camp where all sorts of fun things happen. 
One of the fun things that is going to happen is that their mother and I will be able 
to go out to lunch by ourselves. 

Thinking back to all the Memorial Day ceremonies that took place across the Nation 
last Monday, this quote struck me: 

“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and 
large hearts change the course of history.” Mary Roach 

Like you, I wish I could change the course of history and erase the terrible events 
of May 24th when a deranged young man ended the lives of 21 people in Uvalde, 
Texas, 19 of them small children. Like you, I will never understand how someone 
can justify doing such a thing. I was reminded of the verses in Matthew 2 regarding 
what happened shortly after Jesus was born: 

“When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and 
he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years 
old and under…Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: 
“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning. Rachel weeping for her 
children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” Mt: 2:16-18 

I suspect that is what Uvalde is like now. May God comfort all those who lost their 
loved ones. 

My book page: Deanne Davis 
Where you’ll find “Sunrises and Sunflowers Speak Hope”
And “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter”
Take a look at both of these books, stuffed with hope and some really good recipes.
And there are Kindle treasures galore you can send straight to your Kindle,
Including the best adventure story ever: “A Treasure Map, A Drunken OwlAnd 47 Rattlers in a Bag”
Check me out, friends and neighbors! 


Wednesday, June 15 from 4:30 pm-7:30 pmHart Park House Senior Center 

Traditionally the Senior Community Commission would be honoring one very 
special individual who has given themselves selflessly to volunteering in our 

This year the Commission has made a very special selection...they have selected to 
celebrate ALL of our seniors! As we begin to rediscover our friends, loved ones and 
neighbors, we are learning how incredible and resilient each of you are and each 
one of you deserves to be celebrated! 

Please join the Senior Community Commission as we enjoy an evening of finger 
foods, wine, laughter and celebration. The theme this year is “Age My Way” so 
please come with some fun stories and words of wisdom that we can share with our 
fellow and future seniors. 
No reservations are required. 

Please call Lawren at 626-355-5278 or email 

with questions that you may have. 




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