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Valley News & Views Page 3 January 15, 2015 GREAT BEGINNINGS, 1446 Announcer: "Woodbury, for the skin you love to touch Woodbury brings you direct from Hol- lywood, Hollywood's best-known, best-loved reporter, Louella Parsons, with exclusive news about your favorite stars, direct from the glamour capital of the world. And now, here she is, Louel- la Parsons." Louella: "Hello to all of you from Holly- wood. Believe it or not, censorship has reared its ugly head on seventeen-year old Shirley Temple on whose new picture 'Kiss and Tell,' Chicago has given a pink ticket meaning it's suitable only for adults ." (a typical opening for "The Louella Parsons Show," a gossip program on radio; ABC, 1946- 1951) NATIONAL DEBT As of January 11 the national debt was $18,091,667,406,488.99 (over eighteen trillion dollars). That was a decrease of fif- ty-nine billion, 362 million dollars from the $18,151,029,553,20673 of January 4 and the first decrease since November 30. Each American now owes $56,z88.89, down $279.18 from the $56,768.07 of January 4. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Former Senator Kent Conrad: 1987- -$2,350,276,890,953.00; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over 14 trillion, 91 billion dollars. Former Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; Jan. 2, 2013-- $16,441,433,358,986.17, an increase of over two trillion 443 billion dollars. Senator J.ohn Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; to- day--$18,091,667,406,488.99, an increase of over four trillion 93 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Rep- resentative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; to- day--$18,091,667,406,488.99, an increase of one trillion 654 billion dollars. TOP TWENTY-FIVE BOOKS Over the next five weeks I will describe the twenty-five best books I read in 2014. 25. Killer's Choice by Ed McBain, 1958. Ed McBain (the penname of Salvatore Lombino) created a fictional group of cops in the 87  Pre- cinct. In this novel detectives Carella, Kling, and Hawes are on the trail of the killer of Annie Boone; which entails finding out who she really waS 24. Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Nor- man Mailer, 1968. Mailer reported on the 1968 Republican and Democratic presidential conven- tions which he attended. Sometimes his rhetoric is difficult to follow, but this book is an interest- ing and entertaining take by a man of the Left on two major events of the Sixties. 23. The Dakota Maverick by Agnes Geelan, 1975. Geelan's biography of North Dakota gov- ernor and U.S. Senator "Wild Bill" Langer em- phasizes his family's roots, his rise to power, and his political clashes. An interesting book about an interesting character. 22. The Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter, 1936. This novel depicts the clash between cattle ranchers on the "sea of grass" in the eastern part of 19 th century New Mexico Territory and the homesteaders who would fence it off for farming. This book is based on Richter's conversations with people who lived through the period in New Mexico. 21. Pronto by Elmore Leonard, 1993. Prolific Western and crime novelist Elmore Leonard introduces Miami bookmaker Harry Arno, his girlfriend Joyce Patton, and U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who has to save Harry from hit men after Harry skimmed a million bucks from mob boss "Jimmy Cap," although Harry makes it difficult by fleeing to Rapallo, Italy. WORLD WAR I World War I began over one hundred years ago, 1914. Some events of 1915: Jan. 15--The Russians took four thousand Turk- ish prisoners near Kara Urgan Jan. 16--On the eastern Front the Russians advanced along the Vistula River. On the West- em Front French artillery forced the Germans to abandon their trenches at Nieuport. Jan. 17--The French submarine "Saphir" was sunk in the Dardanelles. Jan. 18--The Turks were driven back west of the Chorok River in Armenia. On the Western Front the French advanced in the Bois-de,Pretre. Jan. 19--German Zeppelins carried out the first airship attack on England, dropping bombs on Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn, killing five people. Jan. 20--On the Eastern Front the Russians took Skempe in northwest Poland, advanced in Bukovina, and defeated the Austrians at the Kirli- baba Pass. On the Westem Front French contin- ued to advance in the Bois-de-Pretre. Jan. 21--A German sub sank the British "SS Durward." The German sub U-22 accidentally Attorney at Law 910 Hill Ave. PO Box 70 Grafton ND 58237 (701)352-0916 Farmland Sales and Leases Real Estate and Business Planning Estate Planning, Probate and Tax Licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota i torpedoed another German sub, U-7, off the Dutch coast. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME, 873 1. An escargot is a __ (a. mushroom; b. snail; c. tuber) 2. A pamplemousse is a/an. (a. grapefruit; b. lemon; c. orange) 3. Kamloops is in. (a. Alaska; b. British Columbia; c. the Yukon) 4. __ is the capital of California. (a. Los Angeles; b. Sacramento; c. San Fran- cisco) 5. Champignons are __ (a. bltck hen's eggs; b. mushrooms; c. tripe) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE, 1503 This portion of my column describes the works of Libertarian philosopher and economist Mur- ray Rothbard (1926-1995). In 1995 he published "Economic Thought Before Adam Smith." Chapter '11 is entitled "Mercantilism and free- dom in England from the Civil War to 1750." The first important Scottish inflationist was John Law (1671-1729). When his Mississippi Bubble scheme collapsed and he died a pauper in Naples in 1729, the lesson that pervaded intellectual life for the rest of the eighteenth century was that inflation and soft money were to be avoided. One of the more prominent intellectuals who remained in favor of inflation was George Berkeley (1685- 1753), an Anglican bishop in Ireland. In "The Querist" (1735-1737) Berkeley promoted the ideas of John Law: a central bank to expand the money Supply, lower interest rates, and increase employment. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a ma- jor Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Adonais": "Here pause: these graves are all too young as yet To have outgrown the sorrow which consigned Its charge to each; and if the seal is set, Here. On one fountain of a mourning mind, Break it not thou! Too surely shalt thou find Thine own well full, if thou returnest home, Of tears and gall. From the world's bitter wind Seek shelter in the shadow of the tomb. What Adonais is, why fear we to become?" DHS, 1927, 106 On October 13-14 there was no school due to the teachers' convention in Grand Forks. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN, 1975 January 11 1. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Elton John) 2. You're My First, The Last, My Everything (Barry White) 3. Junior's Farm/Sally G (Paul McCartney/ Wings) 4. Laughter In The Rain (Neil Sedaka) 5. Mandy (Barry Manilow) 6. Only You (Ringo Starr) 7. Boogie On Reggae Woman (Stevie Wonder) 8. Please Mr. Postman (Carpenters) 9. Kung Fu Fighting (Carl Douglas) I 0. One Man Woman/One Woman Man (Paul Anka/Odia Coates)* (* indicates a new song) Paul Anka was born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. From 1957 to 1983 he had sixty hit songs, fifty-three on the Hot 100. "One Man Woman/One Woman Man"was his fiftieth release. It peaked at #50 and was on the charts for sixteen weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS, January 15 1895--Little Alabama Coon (Len Spencer) 1900--I'd Leave My Happy Home For You (Arthur Collins) 1905--You're The Flower Of My Heart, Sweet Adeline (Columbia Male Quartet) 1910--Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet (Haydn Quartet) 1915--It's A Long, Long Way To Tipperary (American Quartet) 1920--Oh! What A Pal Was Mary (Henry Burr) 1925--A11 Alone (A1 Jolson) 1930--Chant Of The Jungle (Roy Ingraham) 1935--June In January (Bing Crosby); The Object Of My Affection (Jimmie Grier); Isle Of Capri (Ray Noble) 1940--Scatter-Brain (Frankie Masters) 1945,Don't Fence Me In (Bing Crosby/An- drews Sisters) 1950--1 Can Dream, Can't I? (Andrews Sisters) 1955--Let Me Go, Lover (Joan Weber) 1960--E1 Paso (Marty Robbins) 1965--1 Feel Fine (Beatles) 1970--Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (B.J. Thomas) 1975--Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Elton John) 1980--Escape (The Pina Colada Song) (Rupert Holmes) 1985--Like A Virgin (Madonna) 1990--Another Day In Paradise (Phil Collins) 1995--On Bended Knee (Boyz II Men) 2000--What A Girl Wants (Christina Aguilera) 2005--Let Me Love You (Mario) 2010--Tik Tok (Kesha) NOTABLE QUOTES "If I must die, I will encounter darkness as a bride, And hug it in my arms." (as said by Claudio in Shake- speare's comedy "Measure For Measure," Act III, so. I) Trivia Quiz Answers (1. b; 2. a; 3. b; 4. b; 5. b) Ii ....................   . .......... ............. :::;':.t I'i}  ................ ::::ii'  ...... i  ,- "I am a firm believer in serendipity - all the random pieces coming together in one wonderful moment, when suddenly you see what their pur- pose was all along. '" -David Levithan There are moments in my life when I have felt lost as I search for purpose and peace between the lamentations of my own insecurities and the un- certainty of the journey's seemingly random cir- cumstances. But then there are times when the whirlwind of absolute clarity dances in on a wave of recogni- tion and my emotions gather with intensity as the realization enters those "random" pieces are not so random after all. On Sunday we gathered in town for my hus- band's work Christmas party. Looking around at the people in attendance I found myself thinking about how each one of them has played an im- portant role in our lives. Whatever the context of their lives were that brought them to this particular place, in this moment in time occurred for a rea- son, not only for their joumeys but for all the other paths they would become a part of along the way. Sitting there watching everyone joking, smiling, and laughing with each other the words to one of my favorite Indigo Girls songs came to mind, "I thank the Lord there's people out there like you...I thank the Lord for the people I have found." Later in the evening my friend Amber came to the party with a box for me. She spent the day cleaning our friend Kenny's place and found a few things she thought I should have. We lost Kenny suddenly a few months ago, the contents of that box are mementos I will forever cherish. On top of the items was the hat my big brother and I purchased while we were in Boston along with the note I wrote to Kenny. According to Am- ber, the note was one of the only pieces of paper lying on his coffee table like he had been reading it. I looked for an angel pin to adorn the hat but when I couldn't find one I settled for a Cheers pin from the bar made famous in the old 1980s sitcom. Next to the hat in the box was a small angel pin I must have found for him later. On the bottom of the box was one of only two pictures I have of Kenny. It is with a few other friends. I couldn't stop the tears as I looked at each item thinking how blessed I was to have had the opportunity to know him as well as all of the peo- ple in that room. I have been known to say often lately, "I get by with a little help from my friends." It is a soulfully true statement. I call them my liv- ing angels - they save me when I am lost, they help me find my way through the darkness. Their presence is a gift and I'm not sure if they know how important their lives are to the people around them. So often we walk around pondering our existence, wondering why we are where we are when in the larger scheme of things - we are there for a distinct reason, a powerful purpose. On my computer as I write the Indigo Girls mu- sic is playing in the background. "Every step you make becomes a twist of fate. You can stand there and agonize until your agony becomes your heavi- est load...when you're leaming to face the path in your place every choice is worth your while." Every choice is worth our while. You see, our lives are not so much about what we can get out of them but instead they are about what we can give. One step after another we are placed where we are and go through what we do not for our own relegation but for the empowerment of the whole. On Sunday, our dear friend Bob Merrill left for Rochester where he will go through some ex- tremely intense medical battles as he fights can- cer. He is in my thoughts constantly as I remem- ber the many trips we took there, the highs and lows, the victories and defeats, the kindness of others who helped my big brother and our entire family get through the toughest moments. I ask for fervent prayers for him knowing all too well what the power of prayer can yield. Perhaps our experiences bring an accumulative understanding to help others going through similar situations. In the circular motion of life's galvanization clarity comes with the knowledge we are all connected for a precise reason. We love you Bob and Linda, we will be praying for your entire family. Every step we take becomes a twist of fate. We can stand and agonize but more often than not when we do, our agony becomes our heaviest load and we miss out on the all-important, soul-filled moments we are meant to have with the people we are destined to take this journey with. Sometimes along the way I feel the presence of divine guidance through those I am blessed to have beside me and those I know continue to watch over me as I muster through the lost spaces in time. "Dust in our eyes, our own boots kicked up, heart sick we nurse along the way we picked up. You may not see it when it's sticking to your skin but we are better offfor all that we let in," the Indi- go Girls sing now. "We lost friends and loved ones much too young with so much promise and work left undone...I don't know where it all begins and I don't know where it all will end but we are better off for all that we let in." Love is the answer to every question asked. To remember its healing elements while forever reminding ourselves we are better off for all that we let in is to find the peace that passes all under- standing in the divine knowledge there is seren- dipity in every step we take. CANOLA GROWERS AGRI-TREND InVigor r00j00-lt-iffi-/00 Agri IndLIsti'los ............ STAR G RWERS