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Page 4 September 5th, 2013 !i~iiiiiiiiil ~:~ .......... Valley News and Views "But if it were L I would appeal to Go& I would lay my cause before Him. He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." - Job 5:8-9 Don't take your health for granted. It is easy to do as we go about our days moving from one thing to another. Rarely do we think about the body that carries us from place to place performing tasks we never even think about not being able to do. This Labor Day weekend, our family spent the majority of our time in the hospital. Brother Mike went to the Emergency Room Friday night and was admitted to Intensive Care at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning. He was running a fever and his blood pressure, white blood cell counts, hemoglobin and platelets were all low. By Monday morning they were giving him a blood transfusion and continuing to fill him with fluids as well as antibiotics. It was a tough few days, he wasn't feeling good at all, in fact he was miserable. I simply cannot imagine what he has gone through and continues to go through. I know for the rest of us it is so difficult to watch when he is in pain. There is most definitely a hopeless feeling as we try our best to do whatever we can to make him feel better - but sometimes there is simply nothing we can do and at those moments we must put him in God's hands. He woke up Tuesday morning feeling a little better. Nurses gave him something to help with the build up of fluid in his body as well as some pain medicine. I received a phone call from him just as I was writing and although he sounds tired it was good to hear his voice. I love my family so very much, I don't know what I would do without them and sometimes I get really scared. When those moments hit, I have to let the tears fall, get rid of the pressure of uncertainty GREAT BEGINNINGS, 1375 "I often see flowers from a passing car That are gone before I can tell what they are." (the beginning of Passing Glimpse," a poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of September 1 the national debt was $16,744,429,893,324.23 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On August 25 it was $16,744,118,679,087.10, so the increase was over $311 million. Each American now owes $52,893.86, down $6.86 from the $52,900.72 of August 25. 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-- $16,744,429,893,324.23, 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- - $16,744,429,893,324.23, an increase of $307 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME, 803 1. Timbuktu is located in the country of (a. Chad; b. Mall; c. Mauritania) 2. The World War I German flying ace known as the Red Baron was shot down by a man named Roy. (a. Black; b. Brown; c. White) 3. Patrocles was the best friend of. (a. Achilles; b. Hector; c. Odysseus) 4. Ulan Bator is the capital of. (a. Bhutan; b. Mongolia; c. Nepal) 5. __ is the principle language of Brazil. (a. French; b. Portuguese; c. Spanish) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1432 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 11 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Civil War to 1750." Charles Davenant (1656-1714) was the British commissioner of excise from which he made a good living until he lost the position after the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Deeply in debt, Davenant began writing pamphlets on the economic problems of the day. According to Rothbard he would have been forgotten by now, except for the fact that some modern economic historians insist on seeing in his publications an original "law of demand." Rothbard condemns it as not being an economic law at all, but a delusion that had blinded modern backers of econometrics. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "To A Skylark": "We look before and after, And pine for what is not: Our sincerest laughter With some pain is fraught; Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thoughts." DHS, 1927 35 On March 29 the English I class held a debate on the question "Resolved, that large sums of money should be paid to sportsmen." The Affirmative was represented by Jean Ehrky, Maud Brew, and Graham VanCamp, while the Negative was composed of Gordon VanCamp, Paul Hedman, Ruby Stenquist, and Myrtle Wagner. The Negative won. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN, 1973 September I 1. Brother Louie (Stories) 2. Let's Get It On (Marvin Gaye) 3. Delta Dawn (Helen Reddy) 4. Touch Me In The Morning (Diana Ross) 5. Live And Let Die (Wings) 6. Say, Has Anyone Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose (Dawn/Tony Orlando) 7. The Morning After (Maureen McGovem) 8. Get Down (Gilbert O'Sullivan) 9. Loves Me Like A Rock (Paul Simon)* 10. Feelin' Stronger Every Day (Chicago)* (* indicates a new song) Paul Simon was born on October 13, 1941, in Newark, NJ, and was raised in Queens, NY. He recorded as half of a duo with Art Garfunlde before turning out twenty hit songs from 1972 to 1990. "Loves Me Like A Rock" was his fifth release. It peaked at #2, was on the charts for sixteen weeks, and became his third-biggest all-time hit behind "50 Ways To LeaveYour Lover" and "Kodachrome." Simon was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. NUMBER 1 SONGS SEPTEMBER 5 1893--Two Little Girls In Blue (J.W. Myers) 1898--She's More To Be Pitie Than Censured (Steve Porter) 1903--Uncle Josh On An Automobile (Cal Stewart) 1908--When We Are M-A-Doubled R-I- E-D (Ada ]ones/Billy Murray) 1913--When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Chauncey Olcott) 1918--Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody (A1 Jolson) 1923--Swingin' Down The Lane (Isham ]ones); Yes, We Have No Bananas (Billy ]ones) 1928 -- My Angel (Paul Whiteman) 1933--Love Is The Sweetest Thing (Ray Noble) 1938--A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Ella Fitzgerald) 1943--In The Blue Of The Evening (Tommy Dorsey); You'll Never Know (Dick Haymes) 1948--You Call Everybody Darlin' (A1 Trace); Love Somebody (Doris Day/ Buddy Clark); Twelfth Street Rag (Pee Wee Hunt) 1953--Vaya Con Dios (Les Paul/Mary Ford); No Other Love (Perry Como) 1958--Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Domenico Modugno) 1963--My Boyfriend's Back (Angels) 1968--People Got To Be Free (Rascals) 1973--Brother Louie (Stories) 1978--Grease (Franlde Valli) 1983--Every Breath You Take (Police) 1988--Monkey (George Michael) 1993--Can't Help Falling In Love (UB40) 1998--Iris (Goo Goo Dolls); The Boy Is Mine (Brandy/Monica) 2003--Crazy In Love (Beyonce/Sean Paul) 2008--Disturbia (Rihanna) 15 AGO Sept. 8, 1998--The DHS gifts' basketball team defeated Cavalier 46-42 with Rachael Schuster hitting twenty points. Sept. 11, 1998--North Border defeated Lakota 40-0 in football. NOTABLE QUOTES "Brevity is the soul of wit." (from Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet," Act II, sc. 1) Trivia Quiz Answers (l.b; 2. b; 3. a; 4. b; 5. b) inside me, and get down on my knees to pray. Monday night when mom and I left the hospital, ! prayed for healing and for Mike to feel better. Our younger brother Gary who came later that evening after he was done working in the field was there with Mike. Our lay pastor Jon Dryburgh stopped by on the way through town when he was on his way to lead a family funeral service in Drayton. I was so happy to see him walking down the hospital corridor. He prayed with room, Mike and I. Later after mom and I arrived home, as I was standing outside with my puppies, I received a text from Gary, pastor Jon stopped by on his way home to pray again with him and Mike. I simply cannot stress enough our gratitude for his time and friendship, for the prayers he spoke so passionately and for all the prayers being lifted up in Michael's name. There is power in prayer, there is energy in prayer, there is healing in prayer, there is hope in prayer. The last few days have been beautiful outside. With the changing season and cooler temperatures, it has been so peaceful when I am able to be outdoors in nature's embrace. Fall has always been my favorite time of year but I wish so desperately Mike could be out enjoying the beauty all around instead of in a hospital bed. I hope and pray things will turn around and he will be able to come home by week's end. He is a fighter there is no doubt about that but he is also human and sometimes, like all of us, he has his moments of weakness. Those times are so foreign to us we are simply lost when they do appear. I just want him to know how much we love him, how we wish we could take all his pain away and heal him with a stroke of a prayer. How even though we can't feel the physical pain of what he is going through, we feel the pain of his battle. We have since the beginning and always will. We are a team, when one of us is hurting, all of us are hurting. We have to hold on to our faith and keep moving forward, day by day, moment by moment, continuously hoping and praying for God's healing hand to reach down and flow over him so he can live a long happy life here on earth able to take in the cherished moments of living. He hasn't gone through all he has or come this far for any of us to give up now. We must push forward with faith and prayer knowing another dawn will come and maybe, just maybe, it will be the day of healing. Driving down our gravel road the other day with my window open feeling the cool breeze saunter around me. I stopped to watch a flock of geese overhead. I could hear them calling to one another slowly forming the familiar "V" shape they make to help ease the difficulty of flying so many miles. I thought about all the people who have sent words of encouragement to Mike, who have stopped him throughout the day to tell him what an inspiration he is, who have diligently prayed for him every single day. Each seemingly simple gesture of kindness and love has eased the pain of his battle with cancer. You have given him strength filled him up with love, and helped him fly. For your kindheartedness we will be forever grateful. Ethel Barrymore once wrote, "When life knocks you to your knees, and it will, why, get up! If it knocks you to your knees again as it will, well, isn't that the best position from which to pray?" My big brother has been knocked to his knees so many times in the past six years. It was in those moments when I have no doubt thousands of prayers were lifted. I hope millions more will continue to be whispered in his name. I truly believe the stroke of a prayer has carried him, and all of us, during the toughest times. Life's healing energy flows through the simplest of prayers. Sometimes along the way we all have our moments of weakness when we feel as if we don't have the fortitude to make it through another round. The best thing we can do is fall to our knees and pray, holding on to faith when our tattered souls are heavy, embracing love when we are in need of it most, and always believing from the depths of our fragile spirits, "He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted." ~iii!ii~ iI Sorry folks, but Ladi Di is on a job this week an unable to get a column to us. She had emailed Earl the Penguin and asked that he and Lil fill in for her this week with their ' sk a Chicken" column and initially they had agreed. Unfortunately, is a word we often associate with Earl and Lil, when trying to describe outcomes, and so it goes this week. Unfortunately as they began to excitedly prepare their column, Earl announced that perhaps it was time to change the name of the column to 'Tksk a Penguin. This of course did not sit well with Lil, who felt she'd been carrying Earl since they reunited at the Hamilton fair earlier this summer. Each and every one of Lil's buttons, of which there are many, are very much like a hair trigger on a gatling gun. Earl pushed one, and she unloaded an entire magazine on him. It was hard to tell which was louder, her sqwaking or Earl's screaming as he waddled as fast as he could for the door, trying to hold his short flippers to his head for protetection. Unfortunately, by the time the police arrived, Earl had far more than his ego bruised and LII had once again disappear. Petersen ttorney General Practice of Law Emphasizing: Estates and Elder Law Planning, Wills and Trusts. Business Organizations and Services, Agrictfltural Law Personal and Farm Tax Services. 112 North Main Street - P.O. Box 216 Drayton, ND 58225 Phone (701) 454-3515 I 7:OOpm $20.00 per family - $5.00 per person -- Dessert To-Go orders available Sponsored by Drayton Knights Inc. and area Churches Additional funding provided by the Walsh County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Donations also at KodaBank | ~ i