Posted: Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Hi, neighbors.

Though someday time shall be no more, right now we are the creatures of time. Our lives are lived and geared to minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.

We need those divisions to help us order our lives. Birthdays, anniversaries, annual meetings, yearly holidays - all of these are important to us.

The end of one year and the beginning of a new year give us pause to take inventory of what has transpired in our lives and to set new goals. It causes us to reflect on the kindness of others to us and on God's goodness. It makes me want to live life wisely and for God's glory.

I take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed to this column throughout the year. Also, thank you to all who encourage me from time to time. I often hear from folks in the other neighborhoods, and I appreciate your taking time to read the Ninilchik column.

I encourage all neighbors to send me your news and announcements of events. I want to hear from you.

Exactly one year ago, former residents of Ninilchik Rick and Helen McCoy welcomed Helen's aunt, Serelda Tatum, into their home. She moved from Houston, Texas, where she had lived all her life.

The past two weeks, while the McCoys were on vacation, "Aunt Sissy," as she is affectionately called, visited the home of Larry and Susan Cobb in Ninilchik. She enjoyed the holiday activities with them, and everyone who had the privilege of meeting her was blessed with her cheerful disposition that radiates her love for the Lord.

Before moving to Alaska, she thought Texas was the best; but now she says, "Alaska beats Texas all to pieces!" The four McCoy children adore Aunt Sissy and want her home as soon as they get home.

Two-year-old Jeremiah would be lost if she weren't in her room at 5:30 in the morning when he says, "Aunt Sissy, I need milk."

For eight years April Miller had a gift shop in the Matanuska Valley area. Last April she moved her shop to Mile 122.5 of the Sterling Highway.

During this Christmas season, she dubbed it the Christmas Gift Shop, for she has a variety of items for sale that make nice gifts, including things she has crafted herself. Her shop is open year round, every day - but Tuesdays - from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is in the same building as the Que'Ana Bar.

The Ninilchik Senior Citizens Center will be closed for repairs until some time after the new year. There is a board meeting scheduled Jan. 15.

Marlene Blough can be reached by phone at 567-3394 or by email at

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