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Page 4 February 28th, 2013 Valley News & Views Dear Lady Di, I'm at my wit's end. My daughter's misbehaving badly! I knew raising a teenage daughter was tough but she's so screwed up. She's been kicked out of school, let back in and kicked out again. I've raised her as a single mom my whole life. Her dad lives in another state and doesn't care about her at all. I don't know what to do. Now she's going to an alternative school for kids that are on drugs and have numerous problems. I work as a hair stylist and keep my own schedule. I've had to cancel many appointments with clients to pick her up due to her being in trouble or left somewhere GREAT BEGINNINGS 1348 Announcer: 'Tknd now, the National Broadcasting Company presents Inspector Thorne in 'The Dark Cigarette Murder Case.' Tonight, the National Broadcasting Company presents the exploits of the spectacular young Inspector Thorne of the Homicide Bureau, whose investigations rank with many of the most celebrated ones in the annals of crime fiction. An investigator smart enough to claim he is dumb and modest enough to believe it. Tonight, Inspector Thorne turns to 'The Dark Cigarette Murder Case.'" (a typical opening for "Inspector Thome," a crime drama on radio; NBC, July 20 to Sept. 27, 1951) NATIONAL DEBT As of February 24 the national debt was $16,619,902,483,639.26 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On February 17 it was $16,552,058,695,438.06, so there was an increase of almost sixty-eight billion dollars. Each American now owes $52,848.12, up $208.62 from the $52,639.50 of February 17. 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-- $16,619,902,483,639.26, an increase of over two trillion, 625 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- $16,619,902,483,639.26, an increase of $182 billion 353 million. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 776 1. wrote "Up From Slavery." (a. George Washington Carver; b. Martin Luther King, Jr.; c. Booker T. Washington) 2. The youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize was. (a. John E Kennedy; b. Martin Luther King, Jr.; c. Rigoberta Menchu Turn) 3. Crispus Attucks was a black American killed at the (a. Battle of Iunker Hill; b. Boston Massacre; c. Boston Tea Party) 4. Elijah Muhammed founded the. (a. Black Muslims; b. Black Panthers; c. Black September) 5. Albert John Lituli, Nobel Peace Prize winner, was from __ (a. South Africa; b. Turkey; c. Uzbekistan) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1405 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. Edward Misselden (d. 1654) took up the bullionist cause after Gerard de Malynes died in 1641. Misselden did acknowledge that bullion left England, not because of the exchange dealers, but because there were more imports than exports (an unfavorable balance of trade). POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Invocation": "I love Love--though he has wings, And like light can flee, But above all other things, her Dad doesn't care about her and that is a lot of where,her problem s come from. She hates this alternative school and wants to go back and try it with her Dad. She's saying he's much better to live with .... than me. I've been talking with her Dad and ................. he said he would take her back but I dont late. She's 16 and I'm not getting her a car and I'm fired of dealing with all her bull. She lived with her dad last summer and fall since I thought a new school would help. That fell flat on its face since he paid more attention to his girlfriend than his own daughter. She had all the same trouble in school there so he shipped her back. The school counseloW are no help; they can't get through to her either. We used to have a good mother daughter relationship since it's always been the two of us. We leaned on each other and I took a lot of care to make sure she knew she was loved since her dad is a deadbeat. I know she feels like Spirit, I love thee-- Thou art love and life! O come! Make once more my heart thy home!" DHS, 1927 8 On January 17 the DHS girls' basketball team defeated an alumni team 19-9. Mabel Danielson scored eleven pts., with Evelyn Engelbrektson and Cecelia Rudnick adding seven and one respectively. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 February 24 1. Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack) 2. Dueling Banjos (EricWeissberg/Steve Mandell) 3. Crocodile Rock (Elton John) 4. You're So Vain (Carly Simon) 5. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love (Spinners) 6. Do It Again (Steely Dan) 7. Last Song (Edward Bear)* 8. Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend (Lobo) 9. Love Train (O'Jays)* 10. Rocky Mountain High (John Denver)* (* indicates a new song) Edward Bear was a Toronto-based pop group that was formed in 1966. The name came from a character in "Winnie the Pooh." From 1970 to 1973 they had four hit songs, three of which made the Hot 100. "Last Song" was the second release. It peaked at #3, was on the charts for eighteen weeks, and became their all-time biggest hit. NUMBER 1 SONGS February 28 1893--The Bowery (Dan Quinn) 1898--My Old Kentucky Home (Edison Male Quartette) 1903--Come Down, Ma Evening Star (Mina Hickman) 1908--Under Any Old Flag At All (Billy Murray) 1913--When The Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam' (Arthur Collins/ Byron Harlan) 1918--I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I'm On MyWay (Peerless Quartet) 1923--Three O'Clock In The Morning (Paul Whiteman) 1928--My Blue Heaven (Gene Austin) 1933--Night And Day (Fred Astaire/Leo Reisman) 1938--Thanks For The Memory (Shep Fields) 1943--When The Lights Go On All Over The World (Vaughn Monroe) 1948--I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Cover (Art Mooney) 1953 - -Till I Waltz Again With You ( Teresa Brewer) 1958--Don't/I Beg Of You (Elvis Presley) 1963--Hey, Pavia (Paul and Paula) 1968--Love Is Blue (Paul Mauriat) 1973--Killing Me Softly With His Song (Roberta Flack) 1978--Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees) 1983--Baby, Come To Me (Patti Austin/ James Ingram) 1988--Father Figure (George Michael) 1993--I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston) 1998--My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion) 2003--All I Have (Jennifer Lopez/LL Cool ]) 2008--Low (Flo Rida/T. Pain) 15 YEARS AGO KC's Students of the Week for February 1998 were Michelle Sitter, Gwen Kjeland, MarkWeinlaeder, and Lucas Aufenkamp On March 1, 1998, Jennie Kringstad Olson (DHS 1989) took over ownership of the Flower Pedler from Jo Satrang and changed the name to the Flower Petal Floral and Gift Shop. On March 3, 1998, Julia Grzadzieleski Kliniske, 89, died in Grafton. She was the mother of Dennis Kliniske (DHS 1948) and Jane Kliniske (DHS 1949). Continued On Page 5 know what to do. She's out of control here and I need a break. Should I send her to her Dad's again for school or continue dealing with this here? Anonymous Mom Dear Mom, A mother's work is never done. To portray her father as a deadbeat w6n't endure your daughter to him and she'll continue on a quest seeking his undying affection. Let that relationship play its course by his actions and words. Now that she's older they can work together to cultivate this. You cannot abandon your daughter at this crucial time in her life. Take steps being firm and setting boundaries that you can adhere to. Maintaining the boundaries is important to ensure she respects and honors them. You both need to seek therapy and enlist all available resources to help, including the school district. She's a cat on a hot tin roof, playing her parent's against each other vying for attention. She wants to see who'll jump the highest and obviously she's the one that's landed on the roof. She needs a foundation that only you can provide her. The prognosis; time spent misbehaving badly will equate to time required to heal. As a wise physician once said, you can't speed health. The work will be hard and the gain will be great. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at DearLadyDi@gmafl.com. Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 "Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul." - HenryWard Beecher My husband and I spent the majority of the weekend at home resting, trying to recover from the flu and terrible colds. Being ill sure makes one grateful for the health we do have but too often take for granted. I woke up Sunday morning feeling a little better. I got ready for church and started out early so I could take my time on the way there to enjoy the beauty of nature's surroundings. Everything was covered with a blanket of snow, frost and ice. The trees, foliage and ground were completely white and it looked like such a magical place as I stopped the car on our gravel road and took some pictures. Pastor Jon had a great sermon that day and it got me thinking about so many things. He talked about how we are in God's care, always protected. He used a few ,-.images l/&e a mother hen and how she shelters her babies with her wings during the children's sermon to help them understand the fortress of God's love. We took a look at Psalm 27, the second to the last verse read, "This I believe - that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." Later we recited the Lord's Prayer. In both the Psalm and the prayer, some of the words seemed to come to life for me and it got me thinking about so many things. I spent the next few days deep in thought. I won't go into detail but I had some very enlightening moments. Every week, our church secretary includes in the bulletin a few facts about the Bible. This week the last one read, "The phrase 'Do not be afraid' appears 365 times in the Bible, just as the number of days in a year. This phrase is not a suggestion but a command. So as we live each day, we know God has commanded us to trust Him with all our heart and be at rest." This is something that is easier said than done I thought as I read it. Our lives are so often filled with the struggles of reality we get sidetracked from that trust and are unable to see or feel God's grace around us. We walk around feeling a bit lost and disconnected. The other day I took our two puppies outside for a short walk. As sometimes happens in older, larger dogs, our Golden Retriever Sisco has lost much of his strength in his back hips and legs. My husband made him a "wheelchair" however with all the snow we have had, it simplywon't work right now outside. So every day, whenever he has to go outside, we wrap a homemade strap under his belly near the back and lift him as he walks with his front legs. In other words, we are his back legs. Many times when we bring him outside, we tend to become impatient as the wind and cold swirl around but that particular day after thinking about life and how important it is to enjoy each moment and try to see "the goodness of the Lord" in all things, I just took in the surroundings allowing Sisco to lie down when he felt like it and for as long as he wanted to. Standing beside him underneath our two big Elm trees in the front yard, I looked up as flakes of snow fell from the top branches and onto my cheeks. On one of the branches, a bird's nest rested still and frozen. I swear I could see a few buds beginning to form. I thought about how much I was looking forward to spring, to warmer temperatures and bright vibrant green colors everywhere. I looked to the sky and whispered a prayer out loud asking for help to open my eyes to each present moment and my heart to the love and goodness in this world. We were outside for quite some time before Sisco sat up deciding it was time to go in. For that brief moment I was able to witness the "peace that passes all understanding," and I longed for more moments like that. It made me think about perception and how we all have the opportunity to experience heaven here on earth. I then wondered how close heaven really is to all of us. There, beneath the Elm trees, I felt very close to my beloved father. The next day after going to the doctor, I walked into Continued On Page 5 BENEFIT SUPPER for Eric Lutheran Sunday, March 3 5:O0 pm - 7:O0 pm Drayton Public School *20.00 pe_00r family -_ *5.00 per person Baked Potatoes. and Loads of Toppings Beverages Dessert Sponsored by Drayton Knights Inc. and area Churches Additional funding.provided by the Pembina County Chapter of Thr,vent Financial for Lutherans Donations also accepted at KodaBank