ON MY MIND: Bacon, Beyonce and a beautiful woman

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

So just before Christmas, I asked my friend if she was done with her holiday shopping. She replied, “Well, almost. My favorite gift is what I got my son — bacon scented shaving cream.”

“Whaaaat? What in the world made you think of that? Where do you even find something like that? And won’t that make every dog in the county search him out?”

“Well, he just loves bacon! I looked online and just googled ‘bacon scented shaving cream’.”

I know. This sounds wildly fun and crazy. I should have written about it sooner but I just  didn’t get it done — sorry! It was so silly, though, I thought I still oughtta tell ya. Now, if you are in church or Meijer and you think the guy next to you smells like bacon, you will probably be right. Oh, and that guy might have a pack of dogs or wolves following him, probably not a pack of women, though!

Moving on. Am I the only one who does not care if Beyonce sang live or lip synced at the inauguration? What I thought was that she looked beautiful and sounded even better than that. She obviously wanted to do it perfectly and she nailed it. Even on a slow news night, this doesn’t seem like a legitimate lead story. Unless, of course, the news channels have morphed into entertainment news shows. Oh, wait, I guess they have.

On to more important things. There is a lively controversy about whether teachers should have guns in schools. If they do get guns, will they still be required to use scissors with round edges?

OK, I didn’t think that up. I stole it from David Letterman and I love it. It made me laugh out loud.

Now on to a serious and very sincere note. A local woman died last week. Many of you won’t know her, but many of you will remember her and remember her as a kind, beautiful, warm, professional woman who was full of endless grace.

When I was beginning my professional career as a speaker and writer, she was a woman who reached out to help lift me up into the professional world. She wrote me notes. She guided me. She encouraged and praised me and kindly recommended me for some great jobs at Michigan State University.

I am talking about Mildred Mahan who was the Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Home Economist for Montcalm County. She was a shining star to everyone she came in contact with.

Mildred was the epitome of what a professional woman can become at her best. She always took time to help women coming along behind her. She opened doors to success to lead others through. She enriched the lives of many, many women in this county. I was just one of her recipients and for that I will always feel very blessed.

Mildred was not only a shining star, she was a bright example of what a professional woman could become. She splendidly led the way.

Mildred brought to life this quote by Stephen Grellet. We have all heard it. Do we live it as well as we could? “I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

Maureen Burns, a Greenville resident, is a professional speaker and author. Her e-mail address is maureenburns@maureenburns.com.

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