It’s Boss’s Day today. The origin of Boss’s Day dates back to 1958. Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Illinois, registered it with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Haroski chose the date because it was her father’s birthday. And who was her boss? … her father.

Here is a day that gives you a chance to both tell and show the boss what you really think of him or her. And, it is an opportunity to give your boss the appreciation that he or she truly deserves. So go right ahead and give it to them, give it to them good! After all, Boss’s Day only comes around once a year.

What makes a good boss? Some suggest bosses should be fair, honest, understanding, approachable and a good communicator. And the most important attribute – they should listen to all sides of the issue before making a decision. Sometimes the boss has to right a wrong or rethink a snap decision, which is not always easy for some bosses to admit they were wrong, especially when you are “The Boss”.

To the all the bosses out there, I hope your employees show you the appreciation you deserve. After all, it is said, a place of employment is only as successful as the bosses that run them.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all who commented on the breast cancer column. No bad or ugly, but all good comments and encouragement. I strongly believe the more we share our experiences and be open about this debilitating disease, we will help someone somewhere.

Being aggressive and taking ownership makes us stronger, which creates endorphins that jump-start our immune system, brain waves and communication skills. If we continue to communicate, maybe – just maybe, this disease will be eradicated. Stepping off my soapbox now.

OK, I saw a great front gate Halloween décor. The gate was a probably 12-foot long metal livestock gate and had massive amounts of fake spider webs with purple mini-lights shining through. And there was a 3- to 4-foot spider, just hanging out on the corner of the gate … it made me laugh, and I don’t even like Halloween.

Halloween leads fall to the almost forgotten holiday, Thanksgiving. Forgotten because it gets lost in the mad rush to give thanks, hurry up and eat, then prepare to go shopping on Black Friday (that actually started on the Monday before) and get the Christmas decorations up before Monday when it is time to go back to work. Phew!

Christmas decorations have been in the stores since September and will be so picked over by the end of November that they will be discounted to 50 percent off. So, if you need to replace or freshen up your Christmas, you had better get to it before what you want is gone.

I’m downsizing in the decorations department this year. After being in the declutter group from my church, I figure I had better try to put to work what I learned. I will try the “less is more” and see if I can live with it. By the way, there are 70 shopping days left until Christmas. You might want to get those Christmas lists started.

Dates to remember:

Thursday, Oct. 17 – Galt High FFA Drive-thru BBQ

Friday, Oct. 25 – Arcohe School’s Fall Festival along with Herald Community Club Trunk or Treat

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Halloween

Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Herald 4-H at Arcohe School

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Herald Community Club meeting, Hendrickson Training Center

Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Thursday, Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, make a memory.