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Page 4 January 20th, 2011 Valley News & Views GRFT BEGINNINGS 1238 Announcer: "We now present the exciting, unforgettable radio drama Front Page Farrell, the story of a crack newspaperman and his wife. The story of David and Sally Farrell. Today David is covering the story which he calls 'The Blinding Light Murder Case.'" (a typical opening for "Front Page Farrell," a serial program on radio; Mutual, 1941- 1942; NBC, 1942-1954) NATIONAL DEBT As of January 16, 2011, the U.S. national debt was $14,018,630,927,670.33. Compared to the previous week's $14,023,441,961,780.17 (over 14 billion), there was a reduction of over 4.8 billion dollars. Each American now owes $45,242.26, a reduction of $21.64. BEST BOOKS Over the next four weeks I will complete a list of the twenty-five best books I read in 2010. 20. "Winner Take Nothing" by Ernest Hemingway, 1933 This was a re-read for me. It is a collection of fourteen short stories written by Hemingway in the late 1920's and early 1930's. Some of the better stories are '_. Clean, Well- Lighted Place," "The Light of the World," "The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio," and "Fathers and Sons." 19. ', Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway, 1964 Another re-read during my "Hemingway summer." This book is a posthumously published memoir of the author's life in Paris in the 1920's. Some of it you have to take with a grain of salt, but it is a fascinating read for Hemingway fans. 18. "Early Speculative Bubbles" by Douglas E. French, 1992, 2009 Economist Douglas French analyzes three economic bubbles--Tulipmania in 17th century Holland, John Law's Mississippi Bubble in 18th century France, and the South Sea Bubble in 18th century England--using theories of the Austrian School of Economics and finds that in all three, government meddling in the monetary system of the respective countries was the main cause of the bubbles. 17. "Sailing Alone Around The World" by Joshua Slocum, 1900, 2005 This book is described in the title. Anyone interested in sailing craft and solo voyages - would find pleasure in this book. 16. "Pursuit of Honor" by Vince Flynn, 2009 This is the latest entry in the Mitch Rapp counterterrorism series. In it Rapp is searching for the perpetrators of the killing of 185 public officials and CIA operatives at the National Counterterrorism Center, which was part of the plot of the Flynn novel, "Extreme Measures." There is also a sub-plot about Rapp's friend, Mike Nash, cracking under the pressure of his job. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 667 1. Sideburns were named after the Civil War general named __ Burnside. (a. Abner; b. Ambrose; c. Arthur) 2. What famous pianist was also the president of Poland? (a. Paderewski; b. Pilsudski c. Zelewski) 3. Emperor Halle Selassie was known as the Lion of (a. Africa; b. Ethiopia; c. Judah) 4. Joan of Arc was __ (a. Burned at the stale; b. Drowned; c. Hanged) 5. Genghis Khans grandson was named (-./(ii; b. Kublai; c. Tamar) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1295 This portion of my olumn 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. After the 1555 Weavers' Act failed to save the English broadcloth industry, the government tried to prop up and tighten the urban guilds to reduce competition. This did not succeed, however, because the newer textile firms were not under guild jurisdiction. POETIC FRAGMENTS Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) was a minor Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Battle of the Baltic": "Of Nelson and the North Sing the glorious day's renown, When to battle fierce came forth All the might of Denmark's crown, And her arms along the deep proudly shone; By each gun, the lighted brand In a bold determined hand, And the Prince of all the land Led them on." DHS, 1926 25 On May 15 the 18th Annual Pembina County Track Meet was held in Cavalier. The final standings were 1) Pembina, 52 pts.; 2) Cavalier, 44; 3) St. Thomas, 24; 4/5) Crystal and Neche, 7; 6) Hamilton, 5; 7) Drayton, 2; 8) Walhalla, 0. DHS participants were Ellert Carlson, shot put and discus; Carl Herseth, 100, broad jump, and mile; Hugh Merritt, mile and half mile; and Dan Bryan, mile and half mile. Bryan scored Drayton's only points with a third place finish in the mile run. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1971 January 16 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. Lonely Days (BeeGees) 7. Groove Me (King Floyd)* 8. Stoned Love (Supremes) 9. Stoney End (Barbra Streisand) 10. The Tears Of A Clown (Smokey Robinson/Miracles) (* indicates a new song) King Floyd was born on Feb. 13, 1945, in New Orleans. He first recorded in 1965, but didn't have a hit until 1970. From 1970 to 1972 he had four hits, three of which hit the Hot 100. "Groove Me" was his first and biggest hit. It peaked at #6 and was on the charts for 20 weeks. Floyd died on March 6, 2006, of diabetes. NUMBER 1 SONGS January 20 1891--The Thunderer (U.S. Marine Band) 1896--The Sunshine Of Paradise Alley (George ]. 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 (PaulWhiteman) 1926--The Prisoner's Song (Vernon Dalhart) 1931--The Peanut Vendor (Don Azpiazu) 1936--The Music Goes Round and Round (Tommy Dorsey); The Music Goes Round and Round (Riley-Farley Orchestra) 1941--Frenesi (Artie Shaw); We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, And Me) (Ink Spots) 1946--I Can't Begin To Tell You (Bing Crosby) 1951--The Tennessee Waltz (Patti Page) 1956--MemoriesAre Made Of This (Dean Martin) 1961--Wonderland By Night (Bert Kaempfert) 1966--We Can Work It Out (Beafles) 1971--My Sweet Lord (George Harrison) 1976--I Write The Songs (Barry Manilow) 1981--[Just Like] Starting Over (John Lennon) 1986--That's What Friends Are For (Dionne & Friends) 1991 --Love Will Never Do (Without You) (Janet Jackson) 1996--One Sweet Day (Mariah Carey/ Boyz II Men) 2001--Independent Women Part I (Destiny's Child) 2006--Laffy Taffy (D4L) 15YEARS AGO On January 20, 1996, the low temperature was minus 38. On January 22, 1996, Drayton defeated the St. Thomas C squad in the 32nd Annual St. Thomas B Squad Tournament 60-35. Ryan Weinlaeder scored 20 pts. NOTABLE QUOTES* "I had rather be a kitten and cry mew Than one of these same metre and ballad- mongers." (as said by Hotspur in Shakespeare's history play, "King Henry I, Part I," Act III. Sc. 1) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Jan. 10-14 is Tyler Anderson, freshman son of Darrin and Gaylene Johnson. Tyler obtained the highest grade on the English I semester test and was on the "B" Honor Roll for the First Nine Weeks. He is also a member of the North Border boy's jv basketball team. This is Tyler's third time as Student of the Week, having been chosen for March 23-27, 2009, and March 1-5, 2010. Trivia Quiz Answers (1. b; 2. a; 3. c; 4. a; 5. b) KnowYour Tools HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent to the object you are trying to hit. the Way of lnspwation touched my life in profound ways. A fellowlia sophia manager my dear friend Grace from Devils Lake told the story of her father who was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a devastating lung cancer. Her family lives in Boston and she told of her mother's passing several years ago and how her father has been such a huge part of her life. Due to the flexibility of her lia sophia business and help from her team members she was able to travel to Boston several times following his diagnosis to be with him. I know how close I am to my father and how difficult it is to have the weight of uncertainty on one's shoulders so her story touched me deeply. When asked what my favorite part of the weekend was, my reply was simple, it was the relationships we were able to build with other women throughout North Dakota and Minnesota. We even had the chance to meet one of our team members who traveled all the way from Texas to attend the event. I truly believe every person we meet in our lives enters our journeys for a reason. Either they have something to teach us or viceversa. Many of them become a source of grace flowing through when we are in need of a faith boost or an intense source of inspiration. I found during some of my hardships, the friends I have made through my lia sophia business have been my living angels, filling me up when I am dehydrated from life's disappointments. They are always there through the good times and the bad, sending words of encouragement, lifting me from the torment of insecurity, and allowing me to be myself with all my idiosyncrasies. I am filled with gratitude for their lives and for the path that lead me to them. Even though some of them have had intense difficulties to overcome, they have survived and strived. I am proud to be a part of something where I witness on a daily basis the power of a human soul to believe, have faith, and conquer when the circumstances seem impossible. Their stories have helped me strive to be a better consultant, a better manager, and especially a better person. On the wall next to my desk hangs a beautiful picture I received "Friendship makes Pl rosperity more shining and essens adversi,ty by dividing and sharing it. -Cicero This past weekend I had the distinct opportunity to spend time with some incredible women during a two day celebration called January Jubilee which the managers on our lia sophia team planned and organized. We had a remarkable time gaining knowledge from guest speakers, teaching what we as managers have learned through our own businesses, and getting to know each other better. There are extremely inspiring women on our team whose stories of why they started lia sophia are amazing symbols of strength and courage. One woman started so she had time to go with her young son to chemo treatments after he was diagnosed with cancer. Her son is now in remission and thanks to her business she was able to bring her entire family to Ireland this past Christmas. Another was given a 96 percent chance to live after a faltered surgery when her bladder was nicked and her body became filled with poison. She fell into a coma but survived to start her own lia sophia business. I first met Denielle at one of our summer gatherings. Her husband recognized my husband and our paths crossed once again. It had been several years since we sat in the ICU waiting room praying for my father to live when he had a fatal, rare infection. We met Denielle's husband in that waiting room. When he told us their story, my family began praying for her as well. Our prayers were answered but we never knew until that fate filled day when she and I met each other for the first time at our lia sophia gathering. Denielle told her story during our jubilee. One of the greatest gifts about this business is the opportunity to change people's lives. I have always had a dream to be a part of someone's story, to make a difference in the life of another. Many tears were shed when my name was mentioned, it was a cherished moment to know I was able to be a part of another's journey in a powerful way. This business has granted me so many wonderful friends who have at our jubilee with butterflies surrounding these words, "Cherish yesterday, live today, dream tomorrow." More and more I am able to do just that thanks in great part to the people who have become a part of my life. Sometimes along the way we are given the blessing of experiences that change us. Thememoriesandknowledge we gain from those reflective events of our lives stay with us, become a part of us, and direct us closer to the people we are meant to become and the success we are all intended to receive. Success lies not just in accomplishing the aspirations of our dreams but in the dreams we aspire too and never give up on. Arthur Rubinstein once said, "Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings." Thanks to the people who have entered my journey for one reason or another, I have learned to accept the things I cannot change and change the things I can. These stories of possibility are the gems of inspiration that sustain me. My hope is everyone will recognize in their own lives the celestial intervention always shining through. Whether we are aware of it or not, that divinity is a constant energizing flow we sometimes miss because we are so wrapped up in the adversi. There is wisdom and insight in every misfortune we encounter through the relationships we come to realize are the ones we are meant to receive. Visiting with one of the women on our team during a presentation activity, as she told me about some of the low points in her life she said, "But I know I had to go through those experiences to become the person I am today. They made me a better person, stronger, wiser and more determined." I thought of the great philosopher Cicero's words, "Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it." Through the bonds of friendship I was destined to find, I discovered the gems atop those mountains and within the valleys I had already conquered and felt the hope of a future and the prosperity of each sacred success in my life. Sunday, January 23 11:00 am- 1:00 pm Drayton Public School $15.00 per family - $5.00 per person Baked Potatoes and Loads of Toppings Beverages Dessert Sponsored by Drayton Knights Inc. and area Churches Donations also accepted at KodaBank