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Valley News &Views Page 5 June 10, 2010 I Where oh where has our spring weather gone? Oh where oh where can it be? Snow last Sunday, and then rain on Memorial Day weekend. I know the oldsters say it once snowed on July 4, but I have to tell you, this weather is really strange. Even so my peony buds are getting fatter, the roses are starting to perfume the breeze and my irises are living up to their name of flags. I do love spring. But while all the outside work doesn't allow a lot of time for reading, I want to tell you about a new author Gina Holmes and her novel, Crossing Oceans. While I read it for an endorsement some time ago, I wanted it to be available in bookstores before I told you about R eadin' n' Writin' by Lauraine Snelling it. Superb story. I love the characters, especially five- year-old Isabella who calls all grandparents, Cowpa. Her mother, Jenny Lucas, is the lead character who has dug herself a hole by not telling the man she once loved that he has a daughter. There are all kinds of valid reasons but now this single morn has terminal cancer and has returned to her childhood home to make sure her daughter will be loved and cared for. Laughter and tears are strong components of a great story and the reader will find both in this novel. This is a love story, a mother's love, a father's love, grandparents also, and calls all the characters to grow into the kind of people needed to love this little gift. l'm looking forward to Gina's next book. She has a big job ahead to equal Crossing Oceans. Writers need to read books like this one to study how to evoke emotions in their readers. How to build the intensity without becoming redundant and the only way to learn this is to either experience the emotions themselves or to read how other authors accomplish this so very important task. Which brings up the writing concept of show not tell. Telling in this case would say Jenny was sad, afraid, angry or relieved. Those are all good I words, but the best words create a picture by showing what sad or afraid look like. When Jenny takes to her bed from the pain and yet tries to maintain the status quo for her daughter we see her tough core and her great love for Isabella. Love conquers all. In this story we see that in action. To learn how to show emotions, writers need to look at their own body and what it does when caugh! in that emotion. Watch other people. Watch movies in slow motion to see what is happening. What does the body do when one is angry? Or sad? Or happy? Show this in your writing and you will have a better chance with editors and develop faithful readers who'll keep coming back for more. The more you study people, practice feeling the emotions yourself and then writing what you feel, the better a writer you will become. If any of you feel like a trip to the Midwest, the play Bound for Blessing, based on my Red River of the North series will be performed in Drayton ND, the secand and third weekends in July. Check my website, www. for the particulars. So happy readin' and writin' from Lauraine, who is going out to plant flowers now---finally. Mosquito Season *Empty birdbaths, wading pools and potted plant trays every 4 to 5 days. *Remove old tires from your yard. *Clean roof gutters and downspout screens. Continued from Page 1 *Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house. *Cover trash cans to keep rainwater out. We all need to be aware of theWest Nile virus. Even with all of the measures listed above, you should protect your family by wearing light colored clothing, long pants and long sleeved shirts and using insect repellent when outside Riverfest Continued from Page 1 Proclaimed Turn h Omdahl Just last week, a young man from a Christian family in the Minneapolis area was jailed for an outburst of road rage in which he, after a series of other maneuvers, rear-ended the object of his anger. In the news account, his father asked for prayer. The concemed, parent didn't specific the content of our prayers. Should we pray from the safety of the victim or should we pray that this aggressive youth would be overcome with a genre spirit? We need some specific directions because God already knows the general circumstances. I'm holding off praying until I get specifics. I'll bet the kid had enrolled in Offensive Driving 101 on the Internet to learn new techniques for aggravating other motorists. From the way folks are driving these days, it must be a very popular course. While I haven't resorted to vehicle violence, Ruth gets an earful as I point out the driving misdemeanors of everyone else on the street. I have the sins of other drivers prioritized on a scale of wickedness and none rank higher than failure to use turn signals. When I see an offender and become angry, my conscience quickly reminds me that this is not a good Christian response. So I ask God to forgive my anger and then I pray for the offender, usually that God will bless the idiot with a larger portion of common sense, bless his heart. While using turn signals shouldn't be so difficult, I imagine that drivers conjure up convincingrationalizations for neglecting their turn signals after I give them a blast on the horn. "Stuff it! I'm a native North Dakotan. Nobody can tell me what to do." "What do you think I am - an octopus? I can't cellphone, steer and do the signal thing at the same time." "It's none of your business where I'm going. I have a constitutional right to privacy." "Hey! Nobody gave me any guidance to help me along the way so get lost." "Go arrest my driver training instructor. He said you put your arm out the window to signal. I flunked the driver test three times." "Okay! I'll put it on my to- do list for next week." "With the bitter political polarization these days, I don't want anyone to know whether I'm turning left or right." Since taxpayers are not ready to finance a Department of Turn Signal Enforcement, or anything else for that matter, we must deal with the issue as we do with the other major problems in society. We just encourage people to do the right thing. With that objective, I am proclaiming June as "Turn Signal Month" and urging all drivers to learn about turn signals. It is true that issuing proclamations is no longer in my jurisdiction but I didn't think I could bother the governor with this one since he has already proclaimed June as the month for 13 other good causes, none of which are as important as turn signals. Night At the Hall everyone has finished eating dinner. The dinner menu includes a choice of chipotle roast pork or roast beef, choice of garlic mashed potatoes or onion buttered baked potato, glazed new baby carrots, coleslaw, roll/butter, desert, coffee and lemonade. Cotton Wood is known for great harmony singing and they perform original Continued from Page 3 material as well as bluegrass and country. The band has produced two CDs and a couple members of the band have also produced their own CDs. More information about Cotton Wood can be found on their website at There will be opportunities for jamming with acoustic instruments outside under the event tents following the concert until 1 a.m. and also Friday evening until 1 a.m. at the same location. Icelandic State Park is located 5 mileswest of Cavalier, North Dakota on Highway 5. Call the Park at 701-265-4561 for more information or to order tickets. Cost of tickets is $20 which includes the dinner and concert. Event will be held rain or shine. Determined to Fly the Flag - Putting It All On the Line "My men, yonder are the Hessians. They were brought for seven pounds and ten pence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight, the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow." -General John Stark to his New Hampshire troops before the Battle of Bennington, in August 1777. Stark and the gang kicked their butts! He and Molly hooked up Later. Friday's Lauraine Snelling writing seminar and the alumni association banquet, Saturday's run/ walk, parade, luncheon, Rod & Reel Rally, bike run, kids' activities, Supper at the Soddy, and Fireworks Extravaganza, and Sunday's horse shoe tournament and another Bound for Blessing performance. Bowesmont Lives their new granddaughter Cassie Ann Holter who arrived at Rice Memorial Hospital that morning. She weighed 9 lb 11 oz and her parents are Craig and Ann Holter. Others visiting while they were there were the John and Janelle Nyegaard family of Ha]lock and the Derk and Jolene Maggert family of Bemidji. They returned home Sunday. Dean and Joanne Young had supper Thursday at Route 44 Caf with Ron and Marlys Boll and Rob Boll. Ronald and Pearl Schwarz of Hutchinson, MN, arrived Friday to visit Marvin and Clarice Mosolf. The Schwarz and Mosolf families attended the Helm/Schumacher Cousins' Reunion held in Drayton at the Sugar Bowl Senior Citizen's Center on Saturday. Ronald and Pearl returned home Sunday. Joanne Young was among those who attended the Drayton UMW meeting on Friday. Saralee Hoselton and Mack and Micki Hosekon participated in the Bible Governor Link Visit to Drayton Remembered Tami (Anderson) Edgeland emailed the other day with this memory of Governor Link's visit to Drayton, in 1976. Tami wrote: I see in the GF Herald that our ex-Governor Art Link has passed away. In 1976, my dad bought me a 1974 Fleetwood Cadillac to drive (how embarrassing!), they borrowed it from me to pick him up at the airport and bring him to Drayton! He was coming to dedicate the new rest area south of Drayton .... There's a tid bit for ya! Continued from Page 3 School program at the Lutheran Church on Friday. Ken and Liz Linster attended the program and took Mack and Micki home with them afterward to visit for several days. Later that evening Saralee picked up Linda Hoselton in Grafton and they attended the Relay for Life at the Grafton School. John and Jan Styles visited Saralee Hoselton the afternoon of June 5h. Brad and Ross Kalka of Grand Forks had dinner with Chester and Donna Kalka on Saturday. Richard and Gayle Monday June 1 4th - Flag Day Drayton Riverfest is sponsored by the members of Drayton Community Chamber of Commerce. McConnell had supper at the Legion Club in St. Thomas with Ben Tucker and Kriss McConnell Saturday night. Mike and Judy Stellon went to East Grand Forks June 6th and had supper with Don and Delores Baldock. Among those attending the monthly Senior Citizen's pot luck dinner Sunday at the Sugar Bowl Center were Dean and Joanne Young, Steve Marciniak and Saralee Hoselton. Marge Evans of Pillager, MN, visited Chester and Donna Kalka Sunday June 6th. David L. Petersen Attorney General Practice of Law Emphasizing: Estates and Elder Law Planning, Wills and Trusts, Business Organizations and Services, Agricultural Law, Personal and Farm Tax Services. 112 North Main Street - P.O. Box 216 Drayton, ND 58.,5 Phone (701) 454-3515 They're Coming Back! The Country Smoke House Returns to the Zoo Bar Saturday June 12th and Saturday June 19th Serving up Ribs, Brisket and Salads From 5 p.m. Until Gone This is your second chance, just in case you missed it last time. You decide WM B: We'llbe+rHERE N 0 R T H D A I( 0 T A QUITN ET + nd. NORTH DAKOTA DPAFITAN'f  HALTH Brought to you by Pembina County Health Department :: E,moil Us At vaileynv@polorcomrnxom Visff our Website or: