This year has, so far, been a very difficult and unpredictable one. I hope we will be able to reach some normalcy, whatever that may be, soon. We have been plagued by illness, severe weather, the threat of a world war, and even family and close friends’ deaths. We have had to cancel our monthly meetings due to weather and illness and health safety. We are trying to get back to a safe routine with regular meetings as well as Color Guard events and Honor Guard for funerals. Our socializing and representing the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Veterans at public events is the purpose of our creation and existence. We have very few active members at this time, but we still manage to represent our Tribe’s Veterans. All help is welcome.

With our war threats on two fronts, reminiscent of World War II, everyone is on edge about what is coming our way and how much more is it going to affect our lives. Planning for daily living has become more difficult. The media is full of information, but the information changes as quickly as our Oklahoma weather. The best advice to follow is to play each day as it happens. Like our weather, you can’t change it, so you just live through it and laugh. Look at each day as it happens — as a new comedy to entertain our existence. Of course, my being a cartoonist, this approach may come a little easier for me than for the average citizen, but with practice, life can be very amusing. Laughter is the best medicine for all of your fears.

Remember the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Veterans Organization meets each month, Lord willing, on the 4th Tuesday at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall at the CPN Powwow Grounds. All CPN Veterans and spouses and their families are welcome. I hope to see you there.

(Thank you),

Daryl Talbot, Commander