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Something to Think About

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.

January 15, 2014

Today I’ll share with you a truth about Public Enemy Number 1.

The old battle of the bulge, the contradiction that occurs when we match our desire to become fit and thin with a plate of hot French fries or fresh pastries.

          The most common New Year’s Resolution is always to shed a few pounds. There are many ways to lose weight and most involve a diet.

          There are name brand diets from Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, Atkins, MediFast and the famous Mayo Clinic Diet.

Lesser known plans abound. Like: the Green Coffee Diet, the Dash Diet, the Miracle Diet of 2014, the Web MD Diet, the Sensa Diet, the Abs Diet, the Flat Belly Diet for Men or the Paleo Diet suggesting you “eat like a cave man.”

And there are many other plans, pills and lotions out there all promising to help you lose weight.

All of these plans work up to a point – but the truth (remember I’m sharing a truth with you today) lies in a word most us over weight people abhor and typically refuse to acknowledge.

          That word is sedentary which describes a ”lifestyle with no or irregular physical activity.” One definition of sedentary I read uses the term “Couch Potato.”

          Dieting can work, but dieting works far better when exercise is part of the equation.  

          Over eating is a fairly easy target, but a sedentary lifestyle is very difficult to overcome, but help is available.

          Emporia is blessed with several gyms just itching to help you learn to exercise:

The Genesis Health Club, Emporia Fitness, Emporia Recreation Center with their “Couch to 5k” starting now and the ESU Rec Center if you have an association with the University just to name a few. I’m sure there are others.

          The point is dieting alone is a very slow process. Attacking a sedentary lifestyle is a life changing event.

          The truth is it’s time to start movin! Heck, some people even like to exercise!

          I’m Steve Sauder

January 8, 2014

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Today an essay written by Emporia native Louis Copt.

Trash Can Chickens  by  Louis Copt

          Most of my early childhood was spent growing up in a dingy apartment above a hardware store sandwiched on either side by two taverns.  A long dark hallway stretched from one end of the building to the other.  The apartment was way in the back which overlooked an alley and the black tar roof of the “Town Royal Tavern.” A set of iron stairs led from a back room down and around and out into the brick-paved alley.

I seem to remember bricks everywhere.  Just across the narrow alley was a lumberyard.  Its brick wall contributed to the canyon-like feeling the alley had.  Once, when I was two, my mother took a photograph of me standing against the brick wall.  The sun was in my eyes and I looked like I was ready for the firing squad.  This brick-lined world was my playground.

One of my favorite activities there was digging through the trash.  A print shop in the basement of the apartment building supplied the raw material for endless afternoons of childhood bliss.  Often, their trash cans would be full of misprinted flyers and church bulletins.  There seemed to be no end to ribbons of brightly colored paper trimmings that I gleefully let fly up and down the alley decorating my drab, brown world.  The best part was I always had plenty of free paper to draw on.

But, the trash can which held most of my attention, especially in the spring, was the one behind the hardware store.  The name of the store was “Jones Hatchery".  Besides the usual assortment of hammers, ladders and barrels of nails, the back room came alive every spring with baby chicks hatched in large incubators.  Up in our apartment, the end of winter  was always announced with the cheeping of hundreds of chicks, the sound echoing off the brick walls of the alley.  Sometimes the cheeping was loud enough to drown out the juke box noise from the bars which often mixed with the drunken cussing and fighting by men just home from the war.

During hatching season, I would scour the trash cans behind the hardware store on a daily basis.  I would listen for peeping in the cans and begin my annual rescue of the little chicks still alive among the heaps of broken shells and their dead brothers and sisters.  These were the birds that were too weak, too small or had some flaw that would cause them to be passed over by those who could actually pay money for live chicks. Upstairs my mother would line the bathtub with newspaper, and I would start nursing my brood of refugees back to health.  We would rig up an old lamp with a bare bulb to provide a bit of warmth and with a saucer full of water the chicks were safe. I could usually beg enough “scratch” from the hardware store clerks, who would fill a small sack out of a big bin. I loved to feed the dozen or so chicks that would limp around, sometimes walking backwards on the newsprint oblivious to the headlines that screamed of car crashes and furniture on sale.  

Not all of the chicks would make it, but at least they had a better shot in the bathtub than slowly dying in a trash can.  The ones that did make it were eventually transferred to my grandma’s farm in Osage City.  There, they would join their brethren hatched in Osage and those that were still alive from the previous year having been rescued from the Jones Hatchery gulag.

What a weird assortment of poultry my grandma had.  Everything from the convalescent,  to exotic show birds to common hens and roosters.  This was because we never knew what type of bird we would get when they were dug out of the trash.  When I would visit the farm, my job was to feed the chickens the table scraps my grandma saved in a coffee can housed under the sink.  The chickens would eat just about anything, but they especially liked coffee grounds.  I imagine the caffeine kept them wound up, and my grandma always claimed it made them lay more eggs.

          It never bothered me that the rescued chickens eventually found their way to the Sunday dinner table.  In my mind, at least they had a chance to roam the farm, eat bugs and grasshoppers and peck all the Folger’s coffee they could handle. And, we were hungry. 

Written by former Emporian Louis Copt. I hope you enjoyed this essay.

December 18, 2013

A week until Christmas – a time to experience the joy of giving.

In Acts 20:35 Paul quotes Jesus as saying “It is more blessed to give

than receive.”

Some question whether Jesus actually said that, but his teachings

certainly reflected this great truth and it is a wonderful Christmas tradition –

giving gifts to others.

Unfortunately many never experience the joy of giving – Christmas or

anytime. Bah humbug they often say. This is a sad way to exist.

As I Goggled the joy of giving I ran across two things I’ll share.

The first from Steve Maraboli is profound. He said:

Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your

blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can

Wow! Let me repeat that.

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

Those are words we can learn from.

The second is a powerful short story entitled the Joy of Giving.

A woman who was traveling alone in the mountains found a precious stone

in a stream.

The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, the woman opened

her bag to share her food.

The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it

to him. She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left, rejoicing in his great fortune. He knew the stone was worth

enough to give him security for a lifetime.

But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it

back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give

me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

The woman smiled, “The joy of giving!” Author: Unknown

Give someone a gift they are not expecting and your joy will be

amazing. That’s a promise!

Merry Christmas, I’m Steve Sauder

December 11, 2013

My question is this: Why wouldn’t you shop Emporia first?

          Sounds like the same song just another verse, but the reasoning is still very strong to give Emporia merchants the first crack for your shopping needs.

          First, it just makes sense to shop Emporia first. Business done here benefits friends and neighbors and creates taxes and all that stuff.

          Secondly, our local businesses are flourishing with larger inventories thus a better selection making for happier shoppers.

          We here at KVOE know Emporia business is good. Merchants who are not having successful seasons don’t advertise and we are seeing merchants double up their ad schedules to take advantage of eager shoppers.

          IF YOU HAVEN’T GIVEN EMPORIA A LOOK YOU ARE WASTING TIME AND MONEY!

          Big deals or small items Emporia has a great selection.

          We have three outstanding jewelry stores; three auto dealers with newly remodeled digs to serve you better; furniture – you said furniture – well if you haven’t looked we have several well stocked stores offering great deals. Outstanding gifts can be found at Emporia’s excellent selection of hardware, home improvement and carpet stores.

Downtown Emporia is doing back flips to gain your attention and offers a variety of unique shopping opportunities. What do you desire? Shoes, candy, sporting goods or clothing, guns, books, engraved items, bath or home needs, custom logoed shirts or bags, jewelry, office needs, dishes, even cool artsy stuff…… there’s no way to name them all.

Visit Emporia’s “main street” for a great shopping experience!

And, don’t forget the Flint Hills Mall with lots of stores inside and all with specials for Christmas.

Still not convinced? How about all Emporia’s many fine places to eat? Gift Cards make cool gifts.

This might be taking a chance, but our fitness centers offer gift cards too, but be very careful!

Emporia has beauty salons galore – is that an acceptable term? They have deals on everything from facials to massages.

They say tanning is great. What a neat gift!

Gift Certificates are an option. The Chamber, Main Street and the Mall all have them for sale.

Enough said and sorry if I missed someone, but Emporia does have much to offer.

So, why wouldn’t you shop Emporia first?

I’m Steve Sauder

December 4, 2013

          “That’ll be the day!”

          John Wayne or Buddy Holly?

          Take your pick cause they both said or sang that line. Duke in the movie “The Searchers” in 1956 and Holly after he wrote a song with that title.

          Holly is listed as the 13th most influential rock and roll personality of our time. That’s pretty amazing when you learn that his career lasted a mere one and a half years before he died in a plane crash on a snowy Iowa night.

          Richie Valens, the Big Bopper and their pilot died in the crash. Waylon Jennings, a band member gave up his seat that night.

Holly’s wife of two months missed the flight because she had morning sickness. She later said had she been there “Buddy would not have gotten on that plane.” She miscarried the day after learning of his death. She did not attend the funeral nor has she ever been to the gravesite.

          Holly grew up in Lubbock, Texas as Charles Hardin Holley – spelled with an “e.” The “e” got dropped when it was inadvertently spelled wrong on a recording contract.

          Holly has 40 songs registered with ASCP and BMI. He actually did his first recording at age 13 with Hank Snow, but released only three albums in his lifetime.

          Buddy Holly’s most famous songs? Take your pick from: That’ll Be the Day; Peggy Sue; O Boy; Maybe Baby; It Doesn’t Matter Any More; It’s So Easy; True Love Ways; Well All Right; or my favorite Not Fade Away that the Grateful Dead reportedly performed over 500 times in concerts and appears on 8 of their live recording releases.

          Holly had a profound effect on other artists such as Bob Dylan who attended a Holly concert at age 17, or the Rolling Stones’s Keith Richards who attended a concert and heard “Not Fade Away.” The Stones later did a cover on that song.

          The Beatles watched a Holly concert on TV in England and reportedly took their name partly in homage to Holly who’s band was the Crickets – also a bug.

          The death of the three performers was the subject of several songs over time with the most noted being Don McLean’s “American Pie.” It references the tragedy as “the day the music died.”

          Buddy Holly was in Emporia last Friday night and it was time of fond memories for at least one person who was 13 when the music died. He did own several Buddy Holly 45’s! Including…… That’ll be the Day.

          I’m Steve Sauder

November 27, 2013

 Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and all across America people will give thanks for their many blessings.

          While Thanksgiving goes all the way back to the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1620 the official Thanksgiving in America was finally proclaimed as such by President Abe Lincoln in 1863 the same year our university in Emporia was founded.

          Prior to Lincoln’s proclamation this celebration took several turns.

          In 1620 the 56 Pilgrims who made it through the first winter celebrated their survival and their bumper crop. Their celebration included 91 Indians who helped them through the winter.

          During the three day celebration they dined on wild ducks, geese and venison. It’s doubtful if turkey was part of the meal. Confusion may have set in because the term “turkey” was used widely to describe all wild game.

          In 1676 Charlestown, Massachusetts declared June 29 as a day of thanksgiving to express thanks for all their good fortune. Interestingly, their feast did not include the Indians because part of the occasion was to celebrate their victory over those “heathen natives.”

          October of 1777 was the first time all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration.

          George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789 although some were opposed suggesting the hardship of a few Pilgrims did not warrant a national holiday.

Later, President Thomas Jefferson scoffed at the idea of having a day of thanksgiving.

It was a 40 year campaign by Sarah Josepha Hale, a magazine editor, that led to Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863.

Thanksgiving was proclaimed by every president after Lincoln. FDR picked a date creating a longer Christmas shopping period, but the public didn’t like it. Finally Congress made the fourth Thursday in November as a legal holiday.

One has to wonder if our Congress today could even agree on that!

          So here we are. Thanksgiving 2013. While we have many blessings to proclaim we also have a state, country and world in turmoil. Seems like a proper time to say thank you for our blessings and ask for guidance to help us solve our problems. Shall we pray………..

          I am a thankful Steve Sauder.