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Mom lived by, taught Golden Rule

My mom immigrated from Germany in the mid-1920s. She worked hard in her “new country,” trying to be the best that she could be. She was always a shining example to me, and as I get older, I sure do appreciate her – certainly more then I did when I was a teen-ager.

The most important thing that my mother taught me was to be kind and think of others, which she did by her actions and admonitions. She would say “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” She also said, “Don’t say anything about someone unless it is good,” which translated into “Don’t gossip.”



In the fast-paced world of today with its flip answers, “cool comments” and road rages, it might be good to reflect upon the quieter times of the past, to slow down a little, and think of your neighbors and friends and “do unto others.”

I still try to follow her advice and have also passed it on to my children and grandchildren.




My mom, Frieda Ella Hoefer, would have been 101 last month, and I miss her each and every day.

Anita Flanigan

Nevada City


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