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Page 4 January 13th, 2011 GREAT BEGINNINGS 1237 "The swinging mill bell changed its rate To toiling like the count of fate, And though at that the tardy ran, One failed to make the closing gate." (the beginning of the poem' Lone Striker" by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of January 9, 2011, the U.S. national debt stood at $14,023,441,961,780.17 (over 14 billion). Last week it was $13,882,957,411,997.86, so the increase was over 141 billion dollars Each American now owes $45,263.90 on the debt. Last week it was $44,816.44, so each individual owes $447.44 more on the debt, compared with the previous week. Ouch! BEST BOOKS Over the next five weeks I will describe the best twenty-five books I read in 2010 25. "Child of God" by Cormac McCarthy, 1973 McCarthy's writing style can be somewhat disconcerting in that he does not use quotation marks and sometimes it is difficult for the reader to determine who is speaking. This book details the life of Lester Ballard in the hills of Tennessee, and his descent into depravity. It is not for the faint-of-heart. 24. Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" by Bill O'Reilly, 2008 This book is a memoir of the Fox News Networks commentator. Its title comes from something one of O'Reilly's nun- teachers called him. Being a teacher myself, I especially liked the portions of the book devoted to O'Reilly's teaching career. 23. "National Geographic Dinosaurs" by Paul Barrett, 1997, 2001 Barrett describes dozens of dinosaurs in light of what the current level of scientific opinion was back in the late 1990s. It has dozens of dra ngs illustrating what the various dinosaurs looked like. 22. "Planets, Stars, and Galaxies by David Aguilar, 2007 Aguilar describes the planets of our solar system, the sun and other stars, and the major galaxies. He provides little tidbits of information, such aS the fact that if we include the dwarf planets "(Ceres, Pluto, and Eris), there are eleven planets in our solar system The book has many colored-pictures. 21. "Men Without Women" by Ernest Hemingway, 1927 This was a re-read for me. The book is a collection of fourteen of Hemingway's short stories. Included are "In Another Country," "The Killers," "Fifty Grand," and "Ten Indians," all stories I enjoy reading. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 666 1. Simon Bolivar was born in the country of (a. Colombia; b. Ecuador; c. Venezuela) 2. King Louis XIV of France was nicknamed the __ King. (a. Golden; b. Sun; c. Zenith) 3. Macbeth had the title Thane of (a. Cawdor; b. Ness; c. Term) 4. General Erwin Rommel was nicknamed the Desert. (a. Fox; b. Tiger; c. Wolf) 5. E1 Caudillo was the title of Francisco (a. Franco; b. Gomez; c. Huerta) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1294 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Murray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter 7 is entitled "Mercantilism: serving the absolute state." In the sixteenth century the English government tried its best to emulate the mercantilist economic policies of France. During the mid-sixteenth century the woolen cloth known as worsted made its appearance in England. Not being able to compete successfully on the market, the older woolen manufacturers turned to the English government for help. In 1555 the Weavers' Act was passed, limiting the number of looms per business outside of the towns to one or two. However, a number of exemptions nullified the force of the act. Other laws to save the broadcloth industry were not vigorously enforced. POETIC FRAGMENTS Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) was a minor Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Ye Mariners of England": "The meteor flag of England Shall yet terrific burn; Till danger's troubled night depart And the star of peace return. Then, then, ye ocean-warriorsl Our song and feast shall flow To the fame of your name, When the storm has ceased to blow; When the fiery fight is heard no more, And the storm has ceased to blow." DHS, 1926 24 On May 13-14 the senior class play, "Bashful Mr. Bobbs," was presented in the high school auditorium. The cast of the three-act comedy included Carl Herseth, Sarah Dahlquist, Arthur Gilroy, Dorothy Long, Edna Stenquist, Dan Bryan, Florence Brenberg, Ellert Carlson, Barbara Rudnick, Esther Gustafson, and Lillian Boyd. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1971 January 9 1. My Sweet Lord (George Harrison) 2. Knock Three Times (Dawn) 3. One Less Bell To Answer (5th Dimension) 4. Black Magic Woman (Santana) 5. I Think I Love You (Partridge Family) 6. The Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson/Miracles) 7. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? (Chicago) 8. Stoned Love (Supremes) 9. Lonely Days (BeeGees)* 10. Stoney End (Barbra Streisand)* (* indicates a new song) The Bee Gees (brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb) had forty-eight hits from 1967 to 1997. Forty-three of them made it to the Hot 100. "Lonely Days" was their 16th release. It peaked at #3 and was on the charts for 14 weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS January 13 1891--The Thunderer (U.S. Marine Band) 1896--The Sunshine Of Paradise Alley (George J. Gaskin) 1901--Ma Blushin' Rosie (Albert Campbell) 1906--EverybodyWorks But Father (Billy Murray) 1911--Play That Barber-Shop Chord (Bert Williams) 1916--Keep The Home Fires Burning (Frederick J. Wheeler) 1921- -Whispering (Paul Whiteman) 1926--The Prisoner's Song (Vernon Dalhart) 1931--You're Driving Me Crazy!. [What Did I Do?] (Guy Lombardo) 1936--The Music Goes Round and Round (Tommy Dorsey); The Music Goes Round and Round (Riley-Farley Orchestra) 1941--Frenesi (Attic Shaw) 1946--I Can't Begin To Tell You (Bing Crosby); Symphony (Freddy Martin) 1951--The Tennessee Waltz (Patti Page) 1956--Sixteen Tons ("Tennessee" Ernie Ford) 1961--Wonderland By Night (Bert Kaempfert) 1966- -We Can Work It Out (Beatles) 1971--My Sweet Lord (George Harrison) 1976--Convoy (C.W. McCall) 1981--[lust Like] Starting Over (John Lennon) 1986--SayYou, Say Me (Lionel Richie) 1991--Justify My Love (Madonna) 1996--One Sweet Day (Mariah Carey/ Boyz II Men) 2001--Independent Women Part I (Destiny's Child) 2006--Don't Forget About Us (Mariah Carey) 15YEARS AGO On January 15, 1996, two inches of snow fell. On January 16, 1996, school was dismissed because of a winter storm warning. On January 17, 1996, a state-wide blizzard dumped seven inches of snow on Drayton. On January 18, 1996, winds of 44 m.p.h. pushed four and half inches of new snow into drifts School was dismissed at 1:30 p.m. On January 19, 1996, school was cancelled due to the weather. The low temperature was minus 37. Julie Norman, the DHS secretary since 1985, resigned. The DHS boys' basketball team defeated Minto 64-61. Chris Steenerson scored 16 pts. NOTABLE QUOTES "A historian of the future will probably turn, not to blue books or statistics, but to detective stories if he wishes to study the manners of our age." (as said by Malcolm Warren in the 1939 detective novel, "Death of His Uncle") STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Jan. 3-7 is Kelton Karboviak, junior son of Brian and Clarice Karboviak. Kelton wrote the research paper that received the highest grade in my U.S. History class. He was on the 'Tf' Honor Roll for the First Nine Weeks, and at midterm of the Second Nine Weeks, he had proficiencies in Chemistry and Spanish. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is the treasurer of the DHS Student Council. This Kelton's fifth time as Student of the Week, having been chosen for Nov. 13-16, 2006; Oct. 1-5, 2007; Sept. 29-Oct. 3, 2008; and Oct. 5-9, 2008. Trivia Quiz Answers (I. c; 2. b; 3. a; 4. a; 5. a) HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your furore becomes. Valley News & Views ..................... i the Wau .~ ~ ~ '~ , ~, ~ : ~: ........ ..... of a Smile "They might not need me but they might, I'll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be wecisely their necessity." -Emily Dickinson Looking around our living room, my eyes scan pictures of specific moments in my life. Some of the people who were part of those memories have moved miles from me, others I have lost touch with, and there are those who are sadly no longer with us. With all those images, I see their smiles and realize how infinitely important a simple smile has meant and continues to mean in my life. One of my favorite is two 5 x 7 photos placed carefully in a frame and given to me a couple years ago by my brother and sister-in-law. It is a picture of my mother in a deep hearty laugh after our cousin said something to her at a family campout. When I'm not having the best day, I look at those photos and they always make me smile as I focus on the laughter radiating throughout my mother's entire face. Directly above the two pictures of my mother is one of my great auntie Laura donning one of the hats and winter coats she was known to make from scratch without using a single pattern. She has a huge smile on her face and although she is no longer with us I think of her often, how she loved writing down various notes for healthy habits she read about. I remember visiting her when she was in her 80s and listening as she told me her morning routine which always included opening a window in the middle of summer or the depths of winter and breathing in the fresh air for several minutes. After those breathing exercises, she would finish up with a stretching routine to get her body moving. One thing I remember most about her though is even when she was deep in contemplation, she kept a smile on her face. Although age s.lowed her down a bit, she never lost the visions of beauty that surrounded her. One Christmas when we were driving her home after a family get together she looked out her passenger window, scanning the snow covered fields and said, "Look at all this beauty around us. We are so blessed to be able to experience it." I remember thinking how much I wanted to be like her, to never lose the sense of beauty, goodness and grace I felt for the world around me in my innocence. I always wanted to maintain a smile even when I felt like there wasn't much to smile about. There have been numerous studies on the benefits of smiling, I read through several of them while smiling the entire time which seemed to generally change my mood. "Simply using the same muscles as smiling will put you in a happier mood," explains Dr Michael Lewis, psychologist at Cardiff University. "That's because use of those muscles is part of how the brain evaluates mood." One particular article listed four different ways we can put a smile on including spending time with friends and family who are most likely to cheer us up, taking time out to watch a film orTV showwe find funny, reflecting on happy memories by looking through old photos, and even when we don't feel like smiling, forcing a smile which eventually becomes genuine. Smiling improves your life, your health, your mood, and your appearance. Smiling releases endorphins, serotonin, and natural pain killers. It is simply amazing how much a smile can not only change the mood of those around us but can seriously improve our own health. I for one have had moments when I felt as if I lost my smile, it is in those moments when my health would also start to deteriorate. Every time I find myself in a genuine belly laugh I get a surge of energy and crave more moments just like it. I read once about a woman who was diagnosed with cancer. For three months, along with her husband, she watched funny movies several times a day. Unbelievably, when she returned to the doctor, her cancer was gone. What a testament to the power of a smile. I woke up this morning not wanting to get out of bed, feeling a bit sluggish and drained of energy. When I did get up I poured myself a cup of coffee and accidentally spilled it all over myself. Before too long I received a disheartening phone call and thought it wasn't looking like the day was going to be one I wanted to remember until I looked at those photos of smiling faces and subsequently plastered a smile across my own face. It turned my day around and set it back into a positive frequency. Shortly thereafter, I received a phone call with positive news, I went for a long walk outside with our dogs, and I found myself enjoying the moments. Sometimes along the way as we find our smiles slipping away when difficult circumstances and disappointments drift in, one of the most healing movements we can make is smiling, not only will we help ourselves, but one simple smile can change another's direction; as Emily Dickinson wrote, 'Tk smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity." With each passing day as our memories are made, may they be accompanied with enormous smiles and healing laughter; after all someone might not need you but they might. May we share with others one of the greatest gifts we can give, a gift that doesn't cost a thing but lasts forever, the endowment of a smile. Chapter 15-52 of the North Dakota Century Code states that "the primary purpose of the university of North Dakota school of medicine and health sciences is to educate physicians and other health professionals and to enhance the quality of life in North Dakota." As parochial as this may sound, the only reason North Dakota started a medical school was to "enhance the quality of life" by producing doctors who would practice in North Dakota. Unfortunately, most of the graduating students are not staying here. Case in point: of the 55 students who were graduated last year, only seven are doing their residency in North Dakota. This is a disastrous situation because students who leave the state to do their residency seldom come back. This large outmigration means that the medical school is serving the rest of the country more than it is enhancing the quality of life in North Dakota. Before the present legislative session, the school asked for an appropriation of $29 million for a new building so that it could increase the number of students. The Board of Higher Education cut this request to $1.8 million with instructions to train more doctors but without any new construction Before the Board or the Legislature will approve more construction, the medical school will have to demonstrate that it can raise the number of in-state residencies significantly. And with five times more applicants than openings, the school is in a strong position to dictate residency requirements, e.g. more in- state residencies with better distribution throughout the state. Instead of begging out- of-state students to stay in North Dakota, we should be recruiting and admitting more students who do not need to be sold on the North Dakota lifestyle. We need to make it known across the state that all qualified students - especially those without the money - can think of going to medical school and then put up the scholarships and incentives to make it happen. Statistics indicate that medical students born in North Dakota are at least 10 times more likely to practice in North Dakota and students doing their residency in North Dakota are hundreds - yes, hundreds - of times more likely to stay. The medical school also has to deal with a political problem. If it expects more money for buildings or programs down the road, it will need to bring the whole state into its program planning, development and implementation. Unless this is done, western legislators will have little reason to support construction money or anything else for a Red River Valley institution. The state law provides for a 15-member advisory council but the councilis of little help because it doesn't represent Continued on Page 7 i q