I can tell school is back in session.

During the week, if I go somewhere, my corner is so quiet! The family across the corner from me has several children, really cute youngsters who take note of my comings and goings. Whether exiting the house, or my truck, returning from one errand or another, when school is out, I am always greeted with a cheerful chorus of "Hi, Martha," and lively waves.

And every so often, there's a quiet little knock on the door, which, when opened, reveals a couple little hands holding up lovely bouquets of dandelions, clover, and other colorful wild flowers. These grace my kitchen window often.

I enjoy it, because my grandchildren are nearly all grown, and my great-grands are in Texas and New York - so far away.

It really makes you realize how much time has flown, when even some of the great-grands are now teenagers. Seems like only yesterday my children were just little rascals keeping me on the run!

Much of that time, after a divorce, I was a single mom, and it was anything but easy.

For young single moms here today, there is help.There is a new group at Cornerstone church starting Sept. 26 for those facing the daily challenges of a one-parent family.

Trying to earn a living and deal with running a home, and raising children to boot, is definitely a trying proposition. Sometimes just having someone to talk to can help.

If you are facing thisand could use some encouragement and coping suggestions, call the Cornerstone office at 464-3133 for more information or directions.

The group is Single Sisters in Christ, and you can also call Jen Dutton at 218-4587.

andbull; Remember memorizing Bible verses as a child? And sometimes how long some of them seemed to be?

Well, that man is here again. Yes, the one who has memorized a whole lot of the Bible!

Professor Tom Meyer will be at the Fort Dick Bible Church on Sunday at 9:30 and 10:30 am. He will give a recitation of the book of Ephesians, in costume, and then the books of Jonah and Nahum.

The event is free. And what a fantastic undertaking! This has got to be a very fascinating program!

andbull; Friday will be Game night at New Life Community Church.

It's a fun event and anyone who is interested can attend and have fun. Those who participate bring a snack to share and their favorite games and join in. There are a wide variety of games available, so folks don't have to be concerned a game might be too complicated - personally, I like the easier ones!

andbull; Yom Kippur services will be held at Temple Beth Shalom at 10 a.m. today. To our Jewish friends, may you have a blessed New Year.

andbull; At the First Baptist Church, "Symphony," the third video of the "Passion Talk" series, will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday. These are free, and all are welcome.

andbull; The planning meeting for Operation Christmas Child is today at 10 a.m. at the Pelican Bay Evangelical Free church. Judy and Glen Rowell, and Wilma and Bill Ross will provide materials and information to get the event off to a good start this year.

Remember the boxes have to be ready to ship by the middle of November so they can arrive all over the world by Christmas!

To reach Martha Williams, call 460-3000, or email