I was asked by someone if the fireflies(lightning bugs) are out in the morning when I walk along Wildcat Boulevard. I told the person I had not noticed any.

I was asked by someone if the fireflies(lightning bugs) are out in the morning when I walk along Wildcat Boulevard. I told the person I had not noticed any.
Well, I was wrong. The next morning I paid careful attention, and there were flashes of fireflies here and there as I walked along at five in the morning. They did not seem to be as numerous as in the evening, but they were flashing.
I recently read an article about tips on “How to Build a Community.” It was taken from a sermon given back in 2005 and many things still apply.
HOW TO BUILD A COMMUNITY
-turn off the TV - leave your house - get to know your neighbors - greet people you meet - look up when you are walking - sit on your stoop - plant flowers - use your library - buy from local merchants - share with people - help lost pets - take your children to the park - honor elders - pick up trash - support neighborhood schools - fix it even if you did not break it - have potlucks - read stories aloud - talk to the mail carrier - put up a swing - help others by caring for them - volunteer at a hospital, scout meeting, (or at hatchery) - barter for things - ask questions - organize a block party - put down your phone or turn it off for a while each day - if you bake something, share it - hire young people for odd jobs - remember hugs are nice - ask for help when needed - open your shades - sing or whistle when you work in the yard - share what skills you have - sleep with an open window - and know that no one is silent though many are not heard.
These are some interesting ideas for living. As I get older, I try to follow most of these suggestions. If more people did, things in the world would be better.
I was watching a television show the other night called “Who Do You Think You Are?” It starred an actress, Molly Ringwald, who was searching for her ancestors in Sweden.
No follower of Hollywood, I was going to pass on it, but just as I started to change the channel, I heard someone say her ancestors were from Lund, a city in southern Sweden. This is the area where my maternal grandfather migrated from, so I watched the episode.
I learned a few things about Sweden such as the churches have been required to keep personal records of their parishioners since 1685.
Many years ago I wrote to the Lutheran church in my grandfather’s hometown (Not the same as Ringwald’s) and asked questions. I received quite a letter (in Swedish, of course) which told about my relatives back so far. The minister wrote that the "older" records were transferred to the big church in Lund, which is south of Grandfather’s hometown.
I am not a genealogist, but am interested in my ancestors (who they were and what they did). I sometimes think knowing your family’s past makes life more complete.
Take a walk, be proud of where you live, be proud of who you are, use those signal lights on your car, watch for pedestrians, enjoy the little things in life like fireflies, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.  

     
Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.