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Page 4 August 1st, 2013 ...... Dear Lady Di, I attended a friend's baby shower Saturday and have several comments. I'll call my friend 'Mar!lee'. She's having her first baby and in her early 40's. I was running late traveling down several dirt and gravel roads. I rarely get out in the country and I swear even the livestock went flying when they saw me bolting at high speed. I didn't realize her sister lived so far out of town. I arrived at 11:15am for a shower from 11:00am-1:00pm. I apologized profusely to the hostess and my friend while guests trailed in until 11:45! A buffet brunch was served at 12:15. This was 1.25 hours after the shower was suppose to begin. I counted 45 female relatives and I was one of 2 chosen friends. I didn't know a sole which was fine but I was shocked that no introductions were made. If I hadn't extended my hand to countless guests no one would know why I was there. I sat next to Mar!lee when she finally opened gifts at 12:45. While opening gifts her niece recorded the guest's name. Mar!lee would read the card to herself and provide the name of the guest the gift was from, only to her niece. I was shocked at her lack of manners. I would lean in and say, "I'm sorry, who is this gift from?" Only then would Mar!lee mutter the guests name. Her behavior was rude and inconsiderate. I feel it's extremely important to acknowledge guests while opening gifts and expressing sincere gratitude. She received numerous GREAT BEGINNINGS 1370 Announcer: "The Joan Davis Show." Song: "Poor Joan, ain't got nobody; she's nobody's sweetheart now." Announcer: "Featuring the romantic singing of Andy Russell, with a great comedy cast including Verna Felton, Shirley Mitchell, and the music of Paul Weston and his orchestra. And here's the star of our show, America's Queen of Comedy, Joan Davis." Joan: "Thank you. Thank you very much." (a typical opening for "The Joan Davis Show," a comedy program on radio; CBS, 1945-1947) NATIONAL DEBT As of July 28 the national debt was $16,744,357,864,132.94 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On July 21 it was $16,744,744,138,946.51, so there was a decline of over $386 million. Each American now owes $52,931.80. Compared to the $52,940.51 of July 21, this represents a decline of $8.71. 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-- $16,744,357,864,132.94, an increase of over two trillion 747 billion dollars. Senator Held! Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013--$16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- S16,744,357,864,132.94, an increase of $307 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 798 1. The European discoverer of Alaska was. (a.Vitus Bering; b. James Cook; c. George Vancouver) 2. Benedict Arnold tried to give the plans to the British. Ca. The Brooklyn Navy Yard; b. Fort Ticonderoga; c. West Point) 3. Sir Arthur Conan__ created Sherlock Holmes. Ca. Alcott; b. Doyle; c. Sullivan) 4. King Nebuchadnezzar's capital city was __. Ca. Babylon; b. Nineveh; c. Persepolis) 5. Lord __ was the commander of the Light Brigade. Ca. Cardigan; b. Dunlop; c. Watley) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1427 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 took 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. In addition to Thomas Hobbes, another Baconian in political economy was Sir William Petty (1623-1687). Petty delved in a minor way into economics, but his conclusions were rather pedestrian (taxes should never be so high as to reduce production or employment) or incorrect (the value of a good is based, not on its demand, but on its cost of production). POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "To A Skylark": "Teach us, sprite or bird, What sweet thoughts are thine: I have never heard Praise of love or wine That panted forth a flood of rapture so divine." DHS, 1927 30 On March 11 the following reports were given at the Classical Literary Society meeting: "Neptune" by Mabel Danielson, "Bacchus" by Irene Felt, and "Pluto" by Josie Larson. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 July 28 1. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown (Jim Croce) 2. Yesterday Once More (Carpenters) 3. Shambala (Three Dog Night) 4. Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple) 5. Will It Go Round In Circles (Billy Preston) 6. Diamond Girl (Seals & Crofts)* 7. Kodachrome (Paul Simon) 8. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Bette Midler)* 9. The Morning After (Maureen McGovern)* 10. Give Me Love (George Harrison) (* indicates a new song) Seals & Crofts (Jim Seals and Dash Crofts), a pop duo from Texas, had thirteen hits songs from 1971 to 1978, an even dozen of which hit the Hot 100. "Diamond Girl" was their fourth release. It peaked at #6, was on the charts for eighteen weeks, and became their third-biggest all-time hit behind "Get Closer" and "Summer Breeze." NUMBER 1 SONGS AUGUST 1 1893--Mamie, Come And Kiss Your Honey Boy (Len Spencer) 1898--She Was Bred In Old Kentucky (George J. Gaskin) 1903--Come Down, Ma Ev, ning Star (Henry Burr) 1908--Are You Sincere? (Elise Stevenson) 1913--When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Chauncey Olcott) 1918--Hello, Central, Give Me No Man's Land (Al Jolson) 1923--Down Hearted Blues (Bessie Smith) 1928--My Angel (Paul Whiteman) 1933--Lazybones (Ted Lewis) 1938--Music, Maestro, Please (Tommy Dorsey); A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Ella Fitzgerald) 1943--You'llNever Know (DickHaymes); Let's Get Lost (Vaughn Monroe) 1948--WoodyWoodpecker (Kay Kyser) 1953--Song From 'Moulin Rouge' (Percy Faith); I'm Walking Behind You (Eddie Fisher) 1958--Hard Headed Woman/Don't Ask Me Why (Elvis Presley) 1963--Surf City (Jan & Dean) 1968--Grazing In The Grass (Hugh Masekela) 19?3--Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Jim Croce) 1978--Shadow Dancing CAndy Gibb) 1983--Every BreathYou Take (Police) 1988--Roll With It (Steve Winwood) 1993--Can't Help Falling In Love CUB40) 1998--Iris (Goo Goo Dolls); The Boy Is Mine (Brandy/Monica) 2003--Crazy In Love (Beyonce/Sean Paul) 2008--I Kissed A Girl (Katy Perry) 15 YEARS AGO August 5, 1998--Kenneth C. Gardner, Jr. visited the Buddy Holly grave in Lubbock, Texas. NOTABLE QUOTES "How use doth breed a habit in a man!" (as said by Valentine in Shakespeare's comedy"The Two Gentlemen of Verona," Act V, sc. 4) Trivia Quiz Answers (1.a; 2. c; 3. b; 4. a; 5. a) Valley News and Views receiving blankets and her response, "It looks like I just opened my 8th blanket". Gift opening took 1.5 hours and that didn't start until 12:45pm, after brunch. Some guests departed early since the shower didn't end until 2:15. When early departing guests were leaving she didn't ask if their gift had been opened. She opened enough gifts for triplets! I want to encourage anyone who is the guest of honor at a wedding or baby shower, ensure each guest feels special and acknowledged when opening gifts. Were my efforts out of line to ask who gifts were from? Mannered Guest Dear Mannered Guest, While your interpersonal decorum is outstanding your animal prowess leaves something to be desired. Foremost, don't be a threat to livestock, slow moving vehicles and children playing in the country. Bravo for your subtle efforts encouraging Mar!lee to acknowledge each guests gift by name when opened. You may not have scored a victory but your efforts were headed in the right direction. My top tips for any guest of honor: 1. Ensure all guests are introduced to each other; share your acquaintance with them. 2. After reading the card, announce the guest(s) name and acknowledge them in the room 3. Exclaim how amazing the gift is (no two gifts are exactly alike) 4. Thank the guest profusely in front of everyone with a special remark, "This really means a lot, I'll really treasure this, thank you for your personnel effort in making this gift" 5. After gift opening speak to the meaningful experience of the day and provide fun insight about upcoming baby or wedding plans. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 ......  ............. ..... .............................  :: .... :  ....... , :. # .......... "You become a champion by fighting one more round'. When things are tough, you fight one more round." - ]ames J. Corbett We made the trip to Rochester last week hoping and praying for good news, filled with faith maybe this time brother Michael could catch a break. Unfortunately it wasn't the news we received. After Mike's last chemo regiment, which hit him harder than any other, we received word it didn't work at all. His tumors have grown, one into the vertebrae directly above the steel rod they placed in his back several surgeries ago after removing other tumors growing into his vertebrae and another near the bottom of that steel pole. The tumor in his chest has also grown dangerously close to his esophagus and voice box. We will return to Rochester :Friday. Mike will have a one time extremely intense radiation treatment in an attempt to burn the tumors and one week later will start another chemo regiment which has been used in the past - one that didn't hit him so hard but seemed to keep the cancer at bay. Instead of feeling defeated as most of us would after going through all he has been through, my big brother said, "Let's do it, I'm not ready to go yet." And then - he brought us all to the fair. Our young nephews Trapper and Hawken made the trip along with our younger brother Gary, our mother, and Mike's amazing wife Jackie. The two little boys were so good waiting patiently at the clinic and hospital while "unca" Mike was at his appointments. They would jump on his wheelchair, Trapper standing in between Mike's legs and Hawken sitting at his feet as we made our way from one appointment to another. They made everyone they passed smile for a brief second and one woman commented, "What a great picture that is." So after hearing the disappointing news at the last doctor's appointment Thursday, with a smile on his face our big brother said to his beloved nephews, "Now we have a surprise for you." We turned out of the clinic parking lot and drove to the fair. Walking the grounds watching those two little boys' faces light up as they picked little rubber ducks from a small pool and won prizes, enjoyed a few rides, and walked through the petting zoo to feed the goats, sheep, baby buffalo and deer, I felt gratitude for the moment. At one point my big brother looked up at me and said, "Like our cousin Wally Dahl said to me when he was diagnosed with cancer, 'Michael the future is now.'" There, on the fairgrounds together as a family relishing a few corndogs and cheese curds we didn't think about tomorrow but instead let ourselves live fully in the now. It is how we must live our days, within the blessing of each present moment. I must send out an enormous thank you to the anonymous donor who left money at the bank for our trip to Rochester. It helped so much for gas, motel rooms and meals. When my big brother was telling me about it he said, "People are just so good." I couldn't agree more. Whoever you are, thank you for your kindness and generosity, we are forever grateful and will never forget it. On Monday I picked up my big brother and we drove out east where they farm. We spent the majority of the day helpingwherewe could. Mike was on the phone quite a bit making calls related to the farm. He has been farming since he was a young boy and has such a passion for it. I couldn't help but think how healing it is for him to be out there, how healing it is for all of us to see him feeling better after the last round of chemo that often left him extremely tired and in bed for days at a time. I thoroughly enjoy those days with my brothers and hope to help out as much as I can. We talked about so many things; there are very few details in this world better than solid advice and understanding from my big brother. B.C. Forbes once said, "History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats." Those words embody the character of my big brother Michael Continued on Page 7 ,, _ -, , Up North , , ! O0 Quart Cooler , On Sale $100 I Order Now! I Expires8-7.13 I. j " 0000s00ng'00L00ndi00; " I I Restaurant I 20% OFF On Your Next Meal ! I Call For Take Out and Daily Specials I I 454-3425 I Ilxph'os 8-7-13 Special Offers You Can Only Get Here! Courly of Valley News and Views These Coupons are being made available exclusively to our readers and subscribers. You must have a coupon to make purchase and only coupons clipped from this paper are redeemable. Special Offers Every Week And We'll Be Adding More to the List. 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