“Our being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do. . .” — Katherine Anne Porter, American journalist, born May 15, 1890 in Indian Creek, Brown County

Well folks, we’ve just scooted past the middle of May, and our schedule is right about par for the month. Not too boring, not too busy, more the way Goldilocks likes her porridge, which, as you know, is “just right.”

The school year’s winding down, the summer’s getting ready to heat up. We’ve got things to do, and things to plan to do; things we’ll do for the last time, because one near or dear is growing up and graduating; and things we’ll have the opportunity to do for the first time.

Last weekend was Mother’s Day, next weekend will be the Memorial Day weekend. And here’s today, sort of sandwiched in between. Sure, sure, sure, some pretty cool things are going on — a hamburger supper and street dance in Zephyr, a raft race hosted by the Marine Corps League, an art demonstration and cemetery decoration to name a few.

We could jaw for five more paragraphs about getting ready to do them, or, we could get up, get ready, and get them done. Whatever you do, enjoy it for the moment, and, give it your best shot and do it well.

But will it float?

The Pecan Valley Marine Corps League’s been working for weeks, expecting to put the best craft in the water and they’re ready for the raft race. Bring on the competition, is the word we have heard.

Billed as a day of fun, food and prizes, the event goes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hook & Anchor Marine (a quarter mile north of the lake bridge on U.S. Highway 279).

Where’s the beef?

Zephyr’s Project Graduation committee has been selling raffle tickets for a side of beef — and if you’re reading this before 6 p.m. you’ve got time to get in on the deal. Chances are one for $5 or five for $20.

The committee is also hosting a hamburger supper and street dance at the school, or school grounds. Supper service starts at 6 p.m. with adult plates going for $10 each. Kids ages 6 to 12 get a $5 meal ticket, and kids 5 and younger eat for free. The drawing’s after dinner, and before the dance. Call the Simpsons if you need more details — Dee Dee, at home (325) 365-1521 or Rick on his cell at (325) 642-6453.

All proceeds go toward the Zephyr senior class’s Project Graduation lock down, May 30.

Honoring those at rest

Salt Creek Cemetery Association is holding its annual meeting today at Salt Creek Baptist Church. A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the annual business meeting and covered dish lunch.

Parenting seminar

A free parenting seminar, “Parent Survival Skills: Simple Steps to Parenting Success,” led by licensed marriage and family counselor, Steve Swartz, will be from 1:30-5 p.m. at Adams Street Community Center.

Learn how to turn frustration into fun; feel in control again; deal with difficult teens; how to get your kids to mind; maximize family time; create a peaceful home; gain children’s respect and confidence; and how to deal with public behavior problems.

Snacks and childcare provided for children through age 11.

Regular stuff

• The Brown County Museum of History, located downtown in the old jail across from the courthouse, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.

• Every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Bangs residents who present a copy of their water bill can dump excessive trash into the roll-off container at the water plant on North Third Street.

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. every Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for more information.

• Brownwood Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets seven days a week at 700 E. Baker. Call 646-5842 for information.

• New Way Narcotics Anonymous meets at noon and 7 p.m. daily at 602 W. Commerce. For more information call 646-7777.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 502 W. Austin in Brownwood at 6:30 p.m. daily.

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m., and, from 6 to 10 p.m. there will be a country musical. Come listen to the talents of area musicians and singers. Snack bar will be open serving our homemade ice cream and hamburgers. No alcohol is allowed on the premises or in the building.