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Page 4 January 24th, 2013 ~i!~i~ ~!~i~ ~i~ :ii~!ii~~ ~i~i~i~ ~i~!!: ~!!!!!!~ Valley News & Views Valentine's Day. At this rate, any day of the week would be fine but I'm feeling anxious and don't know what to say or do without scaring him off. Perhaps he does need more time but how long should I wait? What should I say or do to give for him to give me some kind of solid answer instead of him Dear Lady Di, to start a family. We both have good careers; being so vague? I'm 39 and have been dating my boyfriend own our homes so naturalist I want to know for the last year. Since Valentine's Day is where this is leading. coming up I have several things on my mind. I feel at our age, we should have enough He's my age too and never been married. I'm experience and time together to know looking forward to a romantic Valentine's whether we would like to pursue life together weekend. My plan is to cook him an amazing for an eternal commitment. When I ask my meal at my place and then I bought tickets to boyfriend about getting assurance about our a concert I know he'll love, it's a surprise, future, his response is, "I really like that we've I'm very smitten and I want to ensure our taken our time and this is really working for relationship progresses to the next level. I me." know I want to spend the rest of my life with Frankly, I don't know how much longer I him and have children. Since I'm 39 1 feel a can wait. I want him to propose and I know decision needs to be made soon if we want I'm concerned this may not be happening on know he loves me but he doesn't usually vorunteer it unless I say it first. Honestly, we get a long great and I don't want to wait until Easter or May Day. What should I do? Smoldering Heart Dear Smoldering Heart, In my opinion, Valentine's Day is overrated; I'm surprised it's on your radar. When I was married, I eloped and ensured I got married in the Court House on February 13th just to avoid the "Hallmark" Holiday. With that said, your boyfriend is dragging his feet. You need to be direct and frank about your feelings, not beat around the bush. If you don't address this now, prior to Valentine's Day your relationship will become increasingly uncomfortable as you continue to stew about this. Rightfully so, you are desperately seeking the answers you need to move forward. It sounds like you're a great companion, especially since he's not professing his undying love. Let's not forget, you're an amazing cook and even spend your 'dough' purchasing concert tickets for him. He has you hood winked, plan your upcoming dinner with no more than bologna and mayo. This way you'll have your just dessert! Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at DearLadyDi@gmail.com. Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 GREAT BEGINNINGS 1343 "Love and forgetting might have carried them A little further up the mountain side With night so near, but not much further up." (the beginning of "Two Look At Two," a poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of January 20 the national debt was $16,442,698,726,168.66 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On January 13 it was $16,443,480,924,659.74, so the increase was over $217 million. Each American now owes $52,322.93, a decrease of $6.39 from the $52,329.32, of January 13. 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 John Hoeven: Jan. 2011- -$13,997,932,781,828.89; today- - $16,442,698 726,Y68.66, increase over two trillion, 447 billiOn dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,442,698,726,168.66, an increase of $5 billion 149 million. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 771 1. "The Lord of the Rings" was written by (a. Chesterton; b. Lewis; c. Tolkien) 2. The were the ruling class in '7 mimal Farm." (a. dogs; b. horses; c. pigs) 3. wrote an biography of Samuel Johnson. (a. Boswell; b. Dryden; c. Pope) 4. "Sense and Sensibility" was written by (a. Jane Austen; b. Charlotte Bronte; c. George Eliot) 5. "The Forsyte Saga" was written by (a. John Galsworthy; b. A.E. Housman; c. Gerard Manly Hopkins) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1400 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 10 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Tudors to the Civil War." In the late sixteenth century a group of writers known as bullionists claimed that it was wrong to allow gold or silver to leave a country and that this problem arose because of unscrupulous foreign exchange dealers. ThomasViolet had been a"searcher," a man who informed the government about the violations of the prohibition on exporting bullion. However, he was fired for breaking the very laws he was supposed to help enforce, When he requested to be reinstated in a book arguing for the bullion prohibition law, and people attacked him because of his record, he countered by saying that people who used to poach deer are the best ones to protect deer. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Invocation": "As a lizard with the shade Of a trembling leaf, Thou with sorrow art dismayed; Even the sighs of grief Reproach thee, that thou art not near, And reproach thou wilt not hear." DHS, 1927 3 On January 10 the Music Appreciation class began. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 January 20 1. You're So Vain (Carly Simon) 2. Superstition (Stevie Wonder) 3. Me and Mrs. Jones (Billy Paul) 4. Crocodile Rock (Elton John) 5. Your Mama Don't Dance (Loggins & Messina) 6. Rockin' Pneumonia--Boogie Woogie Blues (Johnny Rivers) 7. Clair (Gilbert O'Sullivan) 8. Superfly (Curtis Mayfield) 9. Why Can't We Live Together (Timmy Thomas)* 10. Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? (Hurricane Smith)* (* indicates a new song) Timmy Thomas was born on November 13, 1944, in Evansville, IN. He was a studio musician in Memphis and then moved to Miami in 1970. From 1972 to 1984 he had five hit records, three of which made the Hot 100. "Why Can't We Live Together?" was his all-time biggest hit, peaking at #3 and staying on the charts for fifteen weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS January 24 1893--Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me A Bow- Wow (Dan Quinn) 1898:-On The Banks Of The Wabash (Steve Porter) 1903--Down Where The Wurzburger Flows (Arthur Collins/Byron Harlan) 1908- -My Dear (Harry MacDonough) 1913--Till The Sands Of The Desert Grow Cold (Alan Turner) 1918--Send MeAwayWith A Smile (John McCormack) 1923--Three O'Clock In The Morning (Paul Whiteman); Toot Toot Tootsie (Al Jolson) 1928--My Blue Heaven (Gene Austin) 1933--Night And Day (Fred Astaire/Leo Reisman) 1938--Rosalie (Sammy Kaye); Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Andrews Sisters) 1943--Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition (Kay Kyser); There Are Such Things (Tommy Dorsey) 1948--Ballerina (Vaughn Monroe) 1953--Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes (Perry Como) 1958--At The Hop (Danny/Juniors) 1963--Walk Right In (Rooftop Singers) 1968--Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) (John Fred/Playboy Band) 1973--You're So Vain (Carly Simon) 1978--Baby, Come Back (Player) 1983- -Down Under (Men At Work) 1988--The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson) 1993--1 Will Always Love You (whitney Houston) 1998--Truly Madly Deeply (Savage Garden) 2003--Lose Yourself (Eminem) 2008--Low (Flu Rida/T. Pain) 15YEARS AGO On January 24, 1998, the DHS boys' basketball team defeated Finley-Sharon 57- 43. Kenny Elliott scored twenty pts. On January 26, 1998, the Drayton B-squad defeated the Valley-St. Thomas C-squad 57- 29 in the St. Thomas B-squad boys' basketball tournament. Lucas Aufenkamp scored ten pts. NOTABLE QUOTES "Give thy thoughts no tongue." (from Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet," Act 1, sc. 3) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Jan. 14-18 is Madison Johnson, sophomore daughter of Lynn and Kristi Johnson. Madi did a very nice job on her test on the formation of nations for my World History class. She was also a member of the Blue Knights girls' volleyball team. This is Madi's second time as Student of the Week, having been selected for Nov. 29- Dec. 3, 2010. Trivia Quiz Answers (1.c; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5. a) "A person can hear, but Tom Landowski passed from my living angels in this a friend listens for theaway in a tragic motorcycle life have literally gotten me meaning, a person can look, accident, he is missed sothrough those days when I but a friend sees the heart. A much. His wife Taryn sentfeel as if the fear and worry person canknow, butafriend Mike a beautiful card andis going to take me over understands your dreams." money. She explained how it completely. I think it is God's -Anonymous was the first donation given way of showing up every The last few weeks have out from the Tom Landowski time I ask him for strength. been a bit overwhelming Memorial fund. One ofmyfavorite author's with all the surgeries and "I feel so bad," Michael RalphWaldo Emerson wrote, doctor visits our family has said to me. "I have yet to "The glory of friendship is been experiencing.As I write thank her for that and itnotinthe outstretched hand, today, I am so very grateful meant so much to me." nor the kindly smile, nor the for good friends who have So I will be my brother'sjoy of companionship; it is been there for all ofus during hands today as well as in the spiritual inspiration the tough times, his voice to tell Taryn and that comes to one when he My mom's procedure everyone else who has discovers that someone else went well as did my mother- supported him and our believes in him and is willing in-law's surgery and ourentire familywith donations, to trust him." nephew Hawken's surgery,encouragement and It is the greatest gift a I continue to pray for all especially prayers. Wordsfriend can give. I don't know of them especially for my simply cannot express howhow I would have made mother-in-lawwhowillhavemuch the support means toit through without those another surgery this week. all of us. Your kindness tnfly friends who have stuck by By the time you read this will never be forgotten, me through the good times hopefully we will be safely I feel blessed to have some and bad, believing in me in Rochester for my brother of the friends I do - living during those moments when Michael's appointments angels who lift me up when I had a hard time believing Thursday and Friday. We I am feeling overwhelmed in myself. They gave me the hope and pray we receive and "carry" me through grace and faith I needed to good news and once again the tears and fear of thecarry on. I ask for your prayers. It has unknown. My friend Bernice Sometimes life can been a long, arduous battle Flanagan of Edinburg is one overwhelm us with more for him and I just have tosuch friend. She emails me fear, confusion, and keep believing healing is almost everydayand, sendsheartache, than we thir!k right around the bend. cards filled with words of we can possibly handle. It The other morning as I encouragement. She has is in those moments God was getting ready for the been a constant friend. The seems to send us the gift of day, my eyes were drawn quote at the beginning of my friendship. to a large angel statue on column was taken from herMy entire family will the corner of our bathroom book "On Golden Wings." never forget those friends counter. I received the angel On the next page there is a who have stuck with all of us from a friend and it made beautiful picture of a road when the going got tough. me think about all the living leading to a big red building. The spiritual inspiration angels in our lives as well as On both sides of the roadeach of us has received from those who are looking out are flowers of all shapes and their kindness, generosity, for us from heaven, colors and on the right side love and prayers literally When I spoke to my big a vibrant red butterfly is saved us and continues to brother Monday afternoon hovering above. These words do so during our worry and he told me how someone arewrittenacrossthepicture, distress. left an anonymous donation "The road to a friend's house I would like to thank them for him at the bank to help is never long." for listening, understanding with the trip to Rochester. I think about how despiteand especially for seeing He said, "People are just sO the many miles between our hearts when we needed good, I don't know how I me and some of my closestdivine help the most. We could ever thank everyone friends, the bond we share never know where or when a for what they have done far surpasses the distance. It friend will enter our journey for me." He went on to tell issuchablessingjusttoknowbut I for one will be forever me how a while back he people care and are keeping grateful to those living received a large donation us in their thoughts and angels I am blessed to have from Taryn Landowski. A prayers. Those simple little met along the way. few years ago our friend messages I have received