Patriot News 01/07/2021


 Prayers of comfort and healing to the family of Clyde “Gink” Poling of Rising Sun on his passing this past Sunday. After working with their daughter Jennifer at the Dollar General there, I learned to love both of Jennifer’s parents — Mary Ruth and Gink. Mary Ruth just passed away January 29th, 2020. Now, they are together, again. R.I.P.

  Do you, too, feel as though you are a flower wilting each fall? About October, I swear I internally replicate the death of the flowers in my yard. Slowly, it hits me and by Thanksgiving, I’m pretty much destroyed. A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed by my physician with SAD. First, I misunderstood him and thought he was telling me that I felt sad. But he clarified that I had S.A.D.

  Seasonal Affective Disorder also known as Seasonal Adjustment Disorder — SAD for short — is a type of depression that results from seasonal changes. First diagnosed in 1984, over 3 million cases are diagnosed per year in the United States: affecting approximately 10% of people in non-tropical climates with about 20% of people reporting a milder form of the condition. It is now a recognized medical condition with treatment from medical professional advised. It can last for several months or years. SAD is said to occur due to changes in the body’s internal clock, and changes in brain and body’s chemicals. Most cases of SAD begin during late fall or early winter and go away during spring or summer.

  Symptoms include sadness, feeling depressed most of the time, with feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, reduced energy, loss of concentration and interest in activities, and trouble sleeping/oversleeping.  In addition, patients may suffer from nausea, loss of appetite or craving for fatty or carbohydrate rich foods, weight loss/weight gain and even suicidal thoughts.

Self-care therapy


  • Keep your house well lit. Sit closer to bright windows both at home and in office. Exercise regularly. Take a walk outside each day.

  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Consume sufficient quantities of Vitamin D. 

  • Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation. Practice music or art therapy.

  • Or — Become a Snowbird. Vacation somewhere warmer with lots of sun.

  Regardless, never hesitate to pursue professional medical care as some patients require prescribed medications.

 Please continue very special prayers for Eylah Leppert and her parents as she struggles with her health issues.

  Prayer List: For the patients and staff of Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehab; Tony Christiani, Cindy and Mike Gardner, Ken Byars, Janet Bond, Posey Tappers Stasia Wiseman, Alanna Smith, Brigetta Hetzel, Kathryn Turner, Jake and Mickie Rader and Lulu Belle Thomas; Bill and Sharon Levell; Red HOT Hatters Laura Riga and June Lack; Firefighters Ron Brunner and Brian Hughes, Pam Minch, Barbara Barnhill, Barbara DeNoon, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown — as well as anyone affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Easy, peasy recipe from my cousin Tonya for Apple Cinnamon Rolls:



2 cans — Cinnamon rolls, quartered,

1 can — Apple pie filling,

½ Cup — Chopped walnuts or pecans

  Mix everything together in a bowl. Pour into a sprayed 9”x 13” baking dish. Add Cinnamon roll icing for the topping when it comes out of the oven. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes… Easy and Amazing!

  Anyone interested in purchasing the ‘Historical Sketch of the Town of Patriot’ H.F. Emerson (1931) that I have featured for several months may do so at the Patriot Town Hall for $10.


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