Summer is a Giving Time

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Contributing Editor Walt Pickut
Contributing Editor Walt Pickut

Someone once said, “Spring, being a tough act to follow, God invented June.” June is a generous month because it brings us summer.

Summer gives us warmth and light and freedom to relax in comfort, finally outdoors in the fresh air. But in a time when work is either all-consuming or altogether gone, the notion of relaxation might not be high on your to-do list every morning. But John Lubbock, a British naturalist of the late 19 th century, offers a different view.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” Summer brings us an invitation to peace of mind. It is a generous season.

So, this week, as June arrives bringing summer along with it on the 21 st of the month, your Jamestown Gazette brings you generous people to match the season. Nate DiTonto, our contributing cover story writer once again, introduces Give Big CHQ, slated for June 1 to 11, responding to the same spirit that created Warren Gives on May 20, well known to the Gazette’s Warren County readers.
Great power is often found in generosity and in giving. A few years ago, sociologists Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson published their book The Paradox of Generosity. They revealed that generosity can make people happier. People who volunteer for as little as 1 ½ hours a week or donate more than 10% of their income, are measurably healthier and happier.

Generosity creates community. It dissolves the walls between “us” and “others” and tends to make us one.

So, we invite all of our readers to make this a special and generous summer of giving, an opportunity to do well this summer by truly doing good.

And this week, your Jamestown Gazette also celebrates Summer Living simply for the sake of enjoying this summer in and all around our homes and communities. Writer Henry James once wrote a simple tale of the celebration we’re inviting all of our readers to enjoy…

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

So, whether you are planning a staycation or a vacation this year, we invite you to make it a safe and joyful celebration to savor. June is a generous month and it’s a generosity worth sharing. Consider Give Big CHQ as one of many good ways to do it.

And if you’re looking for a good summer read, it’s right here in your Jamestown Gazette.

Enjoy the read.
Walt Pickut

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.