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Page 4 January 31st, 2013 Valley News & Views iiiiiiii | GREAT BEGINNINGS 1344" Announcer: "Lipton Tea and Lipton Soups present Inner Sanctum Mysteries." (the sound of a creaking door opening) Host: "Good evening, friends of the Inner Sanctum. This is your host to welcome you in through the squeaking door for another half hour of horror." (a typical opening for "Inner Sanctum Mysteries," an anthology program on radio; NBC Blue, 1941-1943; CBS, 1943-1950; ABC, 1950-i951; CBS, 1953) NATIONAL DEBT As of January 27 the national debt was $16,443,617,828,301.43 (over sixteen trillion dollars), a decrease of almost $81 million since the $16,443,698,726,168.66 of January 20. Each American now owes $52,315.66, down $7.27 from the $52,322.93 of January 20. 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 Represen[ative 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-- S16,443,617,828,301.43, an increase of over two trillion, 447 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,443,617,828,301.43, an increase of $6 billion 68 million. BEST BOOKS Over the next three weeks I will describe the best books I read in 2012. 15. ,The Day The World Ended at Little Bighorn: A Lakota History" by Joseph M. Marshall, III, 2008 This is a flawed history of the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the social ramifications that followed. Because no one will ever have the definitive answer to what happened at that battle, it is good to read all points of ew, and this book tells the Lakota side of the conflict. However, there are factual errors to be aware of, and the author's politics are fairly heavy-handed; i.e., praise for the radical AIM (American Indian Movement). 14. "Don't Know Much About Literature" by Kenneth C. Davis and Jenny Davis, 2009 This is a 206 page book divided into 103 sections, each of which is dedicated to an author or a class of literature. After a brief biography or description, the authors ask several questions with the answers given on the next page. For example, did you know that both Charlotte and Emily Bronte were the victims of tuberculosis, or that Selma Lageflof was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature? 13. "Semantic Antics" by Sol Steinmetz, oo8 Steinmetz traces the origin, original meaning, and how that meaning has changed over time for approximately 490 English words. Examples would be "ludicrous," which originated in-1619 and meant "playful and witty," and "farm," which had as its original meaning in 1297 of"a yearly rent or tax." 12. "Bison Hunting at Cooper Site" by Leland C. Bement, 1999 The Cooper site is a Folsom-age bison kill site in northwestern Oklahoma. Excavations at the site have yielded information as to Folsom peoples' hunting techniques, butchering techniques, the make-up of bison herds, and even a painted bison skull, the oldest design-painted object in North America. 11. "The Horseshoe Curve: Sabotage and Subversion in the Railroad City" by Dennis P. McIlnay, 2007 The Horseshoe Curve is located west of Altoona, PA, on what used to be the Pennsylvania Railroad. It was necessitated as a mean of getting higher up into the Allegheny Mountains. It is about a mile in length and was the sharpest curve on the railroad. In 1942 four Nazi saboteurs came ashore from submarine U-202 and attempted to make their way to the Horseshoe Curve to destroy it and disrupt railroad traffic, thus hampering the American war effort. McIlnay tells the story of the apprehension of the saboteurs, as well as the history of the construction of the Horseshoe Curve, which opened in 1854. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 772 1. wrote "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." (a. Oliver Wendell Holmes; b. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; c. John Gre enieaf Whittier)  2. __ wrote "Jude the Obscure." (a. Charles Dickens; b. George Eliot; c. Thomas Hardy) 3. __ was written by Jacqueline Suzann. (a. The Bramblebush; b. Peyton Place; c. Valley of the Dolls) 4. __ Rhodes colonized the area of Africa called Rhodesia. (a. Cecil; b. Egbert; c. George) 5. Shah Jehan built the __ (a. Kaaba; b. Hanging Gardens; c. Taj Mahal) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1401 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. Gerard de Malynes, who died in 1641, began writing on bullionist problems in 1601. He attacked the foreign exchange dealers, charging them with conspiracy to willfully manipulate exchange rates. He also advocated a government bank that would have a monopoly over foreign exchange rates. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Invocation": "Let me set my mournful ditty To a merry measure;-- Thou wilt never come for pity, Thou wilt come for pleasure;-- Pity thou wilt cut away Those cruel wings, and thou wilt stay." Continued On Page 5 :Tr ...................................... : ............................................  ...... "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." -1 Corinthians 13:13 We returned home safely from Rochester and are waiting to hear from doctors as to what the next step will be. They found a spot of concern near the front of my brother Michael's neck. There are a few trial chemo medicines they may try but as of this writing we are not sure what the plan is or even if it is positively the cancer. We do know we will be returning in 4-6 weeks for more scans to see if the spot has changed. It is difficult sometimes to stay positive when there is so much uncertainty and yet I know we have to hold hope in our hearts and keep faith at the forefront of our minds. I have read so many stories in my lifetime of people who believed so powerfully they received the miracle of healing when the odds were against them. So it is incredibly important we stay positive and continue to hold on to hope. This week we will celebrate Michael's birthday. I am grateful to have him in my life and to be able to talk to him and spend time with him. He has such a good sense of humor and makes us laugh every time he tells a story. He continues to be an inspiration to us all. Despite what he has been through and all he has lost, somehow he manages to keep a smile on his face and laughter in his heart. The only thing I know to do is continue asking for prayers while keeping hope alive. It is often difficult to understand why things happen the way they do. We want answers and when they are not directly given, we get impatient and sometimes begin to lose our sense of safety and security. We are overwhelmed and anxious with the prospect of what we don't understand. Through the confusion and uncertainty, we begin to miss the moments that are directly in front of us. Worry can do that, it can steal the purpose of each present moment because we are so busy thinking about the past or the future we miss out on the closest thing we can get to eternity- the present. I think about how much love I miss out on giving and receiving because of the fear and anxiety that comes with uncertainty. As hard as I try to put my faith in God there are moments when I catch myself choosing fear over love and when I can focus on the latter of the two, things magically begin to fall into place and answers are found. Every so often I receive an inspirational email entitled "The Secret Scrolls." The last one I read focused on love and how important it is for us to let it guide us. "Our highest power is love, and it is one thing each of us has an unlimited amount of," autlaor Rhonda Byrne wrote. "How much love do you give to others in one day? Each day we have an opportunityto set out with this great, unlimited power in our possession, and pour it over every person and circumstance. Love is appreciating, complimenting, feeling gratitude, and speaking good words to others. We have so much love to give and the more we give, the more we receive." Every morning as I sip my first cup of coffee, I take a few moments to write notes to each of my family members. Most of the time they are short and sweet as I text them, "Good morning, I love you." For my husband, I usually include words of gratitude, thanking him for the little things he does like getting the coffee pot ready the night before so I just have to push the button when I wake up or taking our ailing Golden Retriever outside in the middle of the night when he needs to go. I just think it is important to let each of them know how much I love them and that I wake up every morning grateful to have them in my life. The other day I wasn't feeling the best and was struggling getting through the motions when out of the blue my husband text me just to say, "I love you." It is amazing how much those three simple words can change a person's mood or lift someone up who is going through a difficult time. Love, forgiveness and understanding can certainly heal more than any of us truly comprehend. I for one am grateful for the love and compassion I have been shown throughout my life especially during those moments of weakness when I needed it the most. I believe it is love that has carried my big brother and our entire family through the ups and downs of illness and grief. It is the best medicine in the world and as Rhonda Byrne so eloquently said, "We have so much love to give and the more we give, the more we receive." Sometimes along the way life grabs us and pulls us away from the direction we are meant to go. The side steps and wrong turns are paths of learning, although the wisdom can be accompanied by pain and hurt, if we are willing to see the depths of what we are destined to learn - it is there we are able to let love guide us through the wilderness. I for one am grateful to those who have entered my life to teach me more about myself and about the meaning of companionship and understanding. I feel blessed to have the love of family and dear friends who pick me up when I lose focus and help me turn from the fear of uncertainty to the impact of love. I can do nothing else but continue to believe my big brother will be healed while finding hope in his laughter, grace in celebrating another year of his life, and love in the bonds we share as a family that can never be broken. After all, "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends." Happy Birthday Michael Failure is NOT an Option News we can use? 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