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Being a good neighbor

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I recently bought a pair of secondhand bookcases at a yard sale. The tall wooden cases were a terrific bargain. Fred and I paid for them and headed home to get his pickup truck. When we got back, several men standing around at the yard sale pitched in and helped Fred load our purchase in the truck.

If my problem isn’t yet obvious let me tell you: when we got home it was up to the two of us to get the heavy wooden bookcases out of the truck and into the house. I’m not especially strong and Fred has a bum shoulder.

Luckily our next-door neighbor, Manuel Guillen, was in his front yard taking down Halloween decorations. Seeing our distress, he ran over to lend a hand. He helped Fred carry the bookcases into the house. Truthfully, he shouldered more than his half of the load. If you recognize my neighbor’s name, it may be from his photo credit on sports photos run in The Madera Tribune. He is also a ditch tender at Madera Irrigation District.

A good neighbor is a real blessing. Being a good neighbor is something we can all do. One of the lessons karma teaches us is if we put positive energy out into the cosmos we will attract the same back into our own lives...


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