Did you see that young boy mowing the Rose Garden lawn at the White House last week?

Did you see that young boy mowing the Rose Garden lawn at the White House last week?
Wasn't that great? That young man stole a lot of hearts with his work ethic and his willingness to be outdoors instead of glued to some electronic device. There were many good things written by viewers on the Internet, and mostly they were such things as "Way to go, Frank."
I agree.

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"The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a new report by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that shows that 101.6 million Americans — 40 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older — participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching."

I find this survey recently and was pleased. It is very encouraging. Teach your kids and grandkids to get outdoors.
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The local library had a good book sale last week. Russell went down and came back with two bags of books. He found several by the Johnstone family and snapped them right up. The Johnstones are among his favorite authors. William Johnstone was a great writer, publishing mostly westerns. As he grew older, and after his death, his nephew John Johnstone took up the writing.
Russell also bought some other authors. One book which caught my attention was a book of short stories by Jessie Stuart, one of my favorites. He writes mostly about life in rural Kentucky, a subject he knew well.
Stuart wrote about 460 short stories and over 700 sonnets. I admire those who write short stories because it is a real challenge to tell an interesting story with interesting characters in a short space. I don't know the current definition of a short story, but it used to be a story that could be read in one sitting. I like that.
O. Henry is another of my favorites and he, too, wrote magnificent short stories. My two favorites are "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Last Leaf," and if you haven't read these two stories I think you have missed an opportunity to be truly entertained.
So why not get a copy and spend a short time reading some really good writing. These authors don't write on and on until you are bored or asleep.

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At the risk of getting political, I must tell you that I find the current crop of activists on both sides to be pathetic. They act like a spoiled brat who tells his mother to shut up, tells his grandfather "I don't have to do what you say," or tells his teacher or anyone in authority, "You are not my boss."
People with this attitude think the world spin around just for their convenience. Someday they are going to have a big surprise.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.