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Valley News and Views Page 5 June 6th, 2013 to..re on .roper00..e--t know what I was talking about. I continued :li walking the dog and didn't want to quarrel. The next day I phoned the County and they said they would make an inquiry. I stressed this was a public safety issue, not a daycare ....... issue. Over the weekend I ran into her at ::::::::::::::::::::::::: ' Dear Lady Di, It's the season for baby showers and I dread the thought of attending my first one of the summer. I'm fed up with participating in games, like putting my nose in a dirty diaper and guessing what kind of candy bar smells like poop, but there's more. I've lived in this town quite a while and my neighbor is having a baby shower for her daughter. I know this is a special time, especially for the Grandmother-to-be but let's get real. My neighbor invited several of her daughter's friends and their mothers since this is a close knit community. I'm not on speaking terms with one of the women attending. Last month we had an altercation regarding the day care toys she left in her front yard. I was walking my dog and it was a land field of debris, seriously! My own small pooch couldn't even maneuver the sidewalk with all the toys and equipment. Her yard looked like a Rent-A-Center. She was outside watering plants when I asked if I could pick up toys and move them onto her lawn. Everything was obstructing the sidewalk. She snapped at me, saying the grocery store. She chased me down the produce aisle and took my cart hostage. She said it must have been me who called the County since sanctions were imposed at her daycare and her license was suspended until it passes inspection. I've heard through the grapevine some Mother's are upset because they needed to scramble to find last minute daycare. This is when living in a small town is your worst nightmare! The baby shower is in two weeks. Do I attend or send a gift? IfI don't attend I'll literally have to leave town for the day since the shower is next door. Sidewalk Snitch GREAT BEGINNINGS 1362 Voice: "Raspberries! RaspberriesF' Jason: "New Orleans is dirty and damp, but I like it here. I like the chant of the cola peddler as he walks past my bar on Bourbon Street. I like the call of the blackberry woman who is still singing the same song she sang when pirates hid their loot in Jean Lafitte's blacksmith shop in the French Quarter. And I like the Mississippi, where a man and his boat can find a dream. Yeah, I like New Orleans. They call me Jason; I call my boat 'The Golden Fleece'." Announcer: "NBC presents Jason and the Golden Fleece, starring MacDonald Carey." (a typical opening for "Jason and the Golden Fleece," an adventure program on radio; NBC, October 21, 1952, to July 19, 1953) NATIONAL DEBT As of June 2 the national debt was $16,745,053, 628,295,42 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On May 26 it was $16,744,312,281,628.10, so the increase was $714 million. Each American now owes $52,994.72, down $5.37 from the $53,000.10 of May 26. 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 416 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven: Jan. 2011-- $13,997,932,781,828.89; today--S16,745,053, 628,295,42, an increase of over two trillion 747 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013-- $16,437,549,999,170.77; today--S16,745,053, 628,295,42, an increase of $307 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 790 1. proposed the photoelectric theory. (a. Albert Einstein; b. Enrico Fermi; c. Robert Oppenheimer) 2. The Indianapolis 500 was first run in (a. 1909; b. 1910; c. 1911) 3. Wilbur __ was the first man to win the Indianapolis 500 three times. (a. Reed; b. Rose; c. Ryder) 4. A shuttlecock is used in. (a. badminton; b. skeet shooting; c. weaving) 5. The _ were the first professional baseball team. (a. Chicago Staleys; b. Cincinnati Red Stockings; c. Cleveland Plaindealers) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1419 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." Rothbard takes on the so-called genius, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626), who was considered by his contemporaries as the greatest man of his age. A naive empiricist, Bacon saw no place for human reason as a supplier of knowledge in ethics through the use of natural law. Bacon believed that ethics were relative and based on historical data. Since there is no natural law, Bacon believed there were no natural rights. He thought ethical laws would develop out of a mass of collected empirical facts. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "To A Skylark": "Keen as are the arrows Of that silver sphere, Whose intense lamp narrows In the white dawn clear Until we hardly see, we feel that it is there." DHS, 1927 22 On February 25 the DHS gifts defeated Pembina 17-14 to close their season at 2-1. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 June 2 1. My Love (Paul McCartney/Wings) 2. Daniel (Elton John) 3. Frankenstein (EdgarWinter Group) 4. Pillow Talk (Sylvia) 5. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree (Dawn/Tony Orlando) 6. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder) 7. I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby (BarryWhite)* 8. Little Willy (Sweet) 9. Hocus Pocus (Focus) 10. Playground In My Mind (Clint Holmes)* (* indicates a new song) Barry White was born on September 12, 1944, in Galveston, TX, but he was raised int Los Angeles. On July 4, 2003, he died of kidney failure at the age of 58. From 1973 to 1996 he had nineteen hit songs, fifteen on the Hot 100. "I'm Gonna LoveYou Just A Little More, Baby" was his first release. It peaked at #3 and stayed on the charts for eighteen weeks, becoming his third-biggest all-time hit behind "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Bakie" and"You're'The First, The Last, My Everything." NUMBER 1 SONGS JUNE 6 1893--After The Ball (George J. Gaskin) 1898--Uncle Josh's Arrival In New York (Cal Stewart) 1903--In The Sweet Bye and Bye (Harry MacDonough/John Bieling) 1908--The Glow-Worm (Victor Orchestra) 1913--The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (A1 Jolson) 1918--Just A Baby's Prayer At Twilight (Henry Burr) 1923--Love Sends A Little Gift Of Roses (Carl Fenton) 1928--Ramona (Gene Austin) 1933--Stormy Weather (Leo Reisman/ Harold Arlen) 1938--Cry, Baby, Cry (Larry Clinton); Cathedral In The Pines (Shep Fields) 1943--I've Heard That Song Before (Harry James) 1948-- Nature Boy (Nat "King" Cole); You Can't Be True, Dear (Ken Griffin) 1953--Song From 'Moulin Rouge'(Percy Faith) 1958--All I Have To Do Is Dream/ Claudette (Everly Bros.) 1963--It's My Party (Lesley Gore) 1968--Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkle) 1973--My Love (Paul McCartney/ Wings) 1978--Too Much, Too Soon, Too Late (Johnny Mathis / D eniec e Williams) 1983--Flashdance...what A Feeling Irene Cara) 1988--One More Try (George Michael) 1993--That's The Way Love Goes (Janet Jackson) 1998--Torn (Natalie Imbruglia); The Boy Is Mine (Brandy/Monica) 2003--21 Questions (50 Cent/Nate Dogg) 2008--Lollipop (Lil Wayne/Static Major) 15YEARS AGO June 7, 1998--James Byrd, Jr., was dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas, in a racially-motivated hate crime. NOTABLE QUOTES "who is Silvia? What is she, That all our swains commend her? Holy, fair and wise is she; The heavens such grace did lend her, That she might admitted be." (a song from Shakespeare's comedy "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," Act IM, sc. 2) Trivia Quiz Answers (1.a; 2. c; 3. a; 4. a; 5. b) Dear Good Snitch, Parent's take their children to in-home daycares knowing they are regulated by State guidelines and regulations, Licensed daycare providers are routinely monitored to ensure the safety and well-being of the minor children. You should be lauded as a heroine, not a whistle blower. Any parent bringing their kids to this daycare quite possibly notified authorities too. Attend this baby shower with pride; you've already saved children from imminent danger. It's unlikely the (former) daycare provider will attend the festivities. If she values her business and most important, the safety and well being of children, she'll be busy dumpster-diving at home. 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 "Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder consider all the works Thy hands have made. I see the stars I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed." -Hymn Sunday morning, I woke early and prepared for the day so I could help my Auntie Erma get ready for church. Before I arrived at her place I stopped at our local convenience store to pick up a few papers and candy bars for my brothers and their children just like my father used to do. It was always something Auntie Erma looked forward to, those Sunday morning deliveries with her only brother. Once auntie was ready to go we got in the car and started down "lensen" road. Auntie and I stopped at my big brother's home first to deliver the plastic bag with its items securely tied inside. As we made our way around the corner near my parents' home, a beautiful doe stood in the middle of the road. Along with one other doe, both of them quickly ran into the nearby trees. "Oh look at them," auntie exclaimed. "Don't run away, we want to see you a little more." I smiled thinking about how she soaks in the "little" things in life, finding gratitude in the moments most of us take for granted on a daily basis. Making our way by the little pond near my childhood home, we came to the wetlands where so many geese, ducks and swans have stopped along their migration path, a few of which have stayed I told auntie about how a few days prior as I placed an American flag by the shore in memory of papa, I watched as a father duck led four little babies across the road with mama pushing them along from behind. "Isn't it beautiful," auntie I exclaimed as she saw a few ducks swimming across the water's surface. "Everything is so green and full of life." Her words suddenly brought back a sweet memory of my great auntie Laura who was so poetic with her words and actions. Several years ago when she was still with us, I was driving her into town after a family gathering, She looked out over the growing fields and with a dramatic gesture of open arms scanning the country side she said, "God is such an artist, we have to be thankful for his amazing works." We continued along the gravel road to my younger brother's home to deliver his bag of goodies. I went inside and told his two young boys to come say hello to Auntie Erma. They ran out the front door and down the patio steps before stopping at the car window to greet her. Although we can't understand all of little Hawken's words yet, he was talking her ear off. I wish I could comprehend what he was saying because his enthusiastic tone and gestures made it seem so very important. Our short journey ended as we drove into the parking lot of our little country church and what a good journey it was - one I will always remember. Years from now I'm sure sometime, somewhere that memory will pop into my head, make me smile, and remind me to find joy in the "simple" things life offers up. Even with the plethora of rain we have been experiencing lately, the beauty of our surroundings astonishes me. Everything is a bright vibrant green now. I am enjoying the lilacs I picked recently which are sitting in a vase in my kitchen, the aroma floating through the room. They are my favorite flowers and yet we only get to enjoy them for such a short time; they are a symbol of sorts for life - God's greatest gift to us and yet in the big picture, we only get to take pleasure in it for such a short time. A dear friend of mine gave me a beautiful little book by Karen Salmansohn titled, "Instant Happy." It is filled with positive thoughts and words. On one page there is a picture of a tree bending in the wind, its green leaves detaching from the branches and floating sporadically onto the next page. These words are written between the emerald leaves, "When life's strong winds come blowing bend with them and let go. By bending, you will become stronger in new places. By letting go, you will make room for the new and better." Looking out our kitchen window, watching the branches of two centuries old trees bending in the wind and rain I think about the worries and fears plaguing my thoughts recently. I take a deep breath, releasing out, and letting go in hopes of making room for the new and better, knowing the rain will eventually stop and the sun will make its appearance once again. Still, beneath overcast skies, between flowing raindrops, in the midst of life's strong winds, the words of that familiar hymn saunter through my thoughts, "Oh Lord my God when I in awesome wonder consider all the works Thy hands have made." Sometimes along the way, the smallest, most seemingly ordinary moments can be transformed into our greatest memories. We just have to try every single day to wake up holding gratitude in our hearts, speaking words of thanks on our tongues, and letting go so we can make room for the new and better experiences yet to come. A Chronicle of ) Red River Steamboating Part 42 By K. C. Gardner, Jr. 1896 May 16--The Grand Forks unloaded 15,000 bushels of wheat in Grand Forks. May 21--The Grand Forks pulled into port from downriver with two barges of wheat, but couldn't unload due to high water. May 25--The Grand Forks steamed into port with wheat. May 26--The City of Grand Forks was hauling wheat from upriver. June 1--The Grand Forks loaded wheat from the Drayton river elevator and left for Grand Forks, where it arrived on June 2 with 8500 bushels. The crew tried to load wheat at the Robbin river elevator, but couldn't because of stumps in the water. June 3--The Grand Forks left for Belmont. June 4--A barge-load of Drayton wheat had to be unloaded by a crew of roustabouts in Grand Forks because the tramline to the transfer elevator was underwater. The City of Grand Forks arrived in Grand Forks and unloaded its wheat barge directly into NP rail cars at the bridge. June 8--Dr. Fawcett's City of Grand Forks came in with a load of wheat from upriver. June ll--The Grand Forks and its barges departed Grand Forks for Belmont. June 27--The Grand Forks ran aground while going upriver in Grand Forks just above the railroad bridge. June 30--The Grand Forks steamed into its home port with two barges of wheat from upriver and left downriver the next day. July 21--The Grand Forks was in from downriver. July 31--The Grand Forks came in from downriver with a load of wheat. August 15 --The Grand Forks loaded a barge with wheat from the Drayton river elevator and another barge at the Robbin elevator before departing for Grand Forks. The City of Grand Forks was laid up for repairs. An announcement on August 18 said that Dr. Fawcett had sold the City of Grand Forks to Halvor Tharaldson. August 18--The Grand Forks came into Grand Forks with a load of downriver wheat. September 21--The Grand Forks came into Grand Forks with a load of wheat. September 28--The government steamer Ogama under Captain Hayes came into Grand Forks from Caledonia, where it had been working, and returned there the next day. September 29--The City of Grand Forks came into Grand Forks with a load of wheat from the south and unloaded it at the NP railroad bridge. October 22--The Grand Forks came into Grand Forks with a load of upriver wheat. October 28- -The Grand Forks came in with a load of wheat from Belmont. The Red River at Drayton was frozen by November 12. Valley News and Views - PO Box 309, Dragon, Emaill valleynv@la cam ,