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I Page 4 November 17th, 2011 ?ii!!iiiii!iiii~ ~+ .......... Valley News & Views GREAT BEGINNINGS, 1281 "He halted in the wind, and--what was that Far in the maples, pale, but not a ghost? He stood there bringing March against his thought, And yet too ready to believe the most." (the beginning of "A Boundless Moment," a poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of November 13, 2011, the U.S. national debt was $14,988,440,057,962.24 (over fourteen trillion dollars), compared with the total of a week earlier of $14,984,423,961,626.90. The increase was over four billion dollars. Each American now owes $48,091.41, up $6.39 from the previous week's total of $48,085.02. The increase in the national debt since our members of Congress were first in office: Senator Kent Conrad: 1987-- $2,350,276,890,953.00; today- - $14,988,440,057,962.24, an increase of over 12 trillion, 638 billion dollars Senator John Hoeven and Representative RickBerg:Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; today--S14,988,440,057,962.24, an increase of over $990 billion. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 710 1. Novocaine is used as an (a. anesthetic; b. antacid; c. antiseptic) 2. An anemometer measures (a. air pressure; b. light; c. wind) 3. What was formerly added to gas as an antiknock ingredient? (a. kerosene; b. lead; c. zinc) 4. The aorta is the body's largest __ (a. artery; b. bone; c. muscle) 5. What acid dissolves gold? (a. aqua regia; b. aqua rex; c. aqua vitae) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1338 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 8 is entitled "French mercantilist thought in the seventeenth century.,' Jean- Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683) fully accepted the doctrine of mercantilism. As the economic czar for King Louis XIV (1638- 1714), Colbert. helped turn the king into an absolute monarch, a position certainly agreeable to Louis. He became the Sun King and all of his lowly subjects revolved their lives around him. POETIC FRAGMENTS George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) was one of the three great later Romantic poets. Here is a portion of his poem "To Augusta": "Then when nature around me is smiling, The last smile which answers to mine, I do not believe it beguiling, Because it reminds me of thine; And when winds are at war with the ocean, As the breasts I believed in with me, If their billows excite an emotion, It is that they bear me from thee." DHS, 1926 65 The new school year began on September 13, 1926. Miss Lauretta H. Frederickson of Kensal, ND, was in her only year in the Drayton system. As the fifth and sixth grade teacher she received $100 a month. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1971 November 13 1. Gypsys, Tramps &Thieves (Cher) 2. Theme From Shaft (Isaac Hayes) 3. Imagine (John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) 4. Maggie May (Rod Stewart) 5. I've Found Someone Of My Own (Free Movement) 6. Yo-Yo (Osmonds) 7. Peace Train (Cat Stevens) 8. Have You Seen Her (Chi-Lites)* 9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Marvin Gaye) 10. Superstar (Carpenters) (* indicates a new song) The Chicago-based R&B group, the Chi- Lites, had twenty-five hits from 1969 to 1975. Twenty-three of them made the Hot 100. "Have You Seen Her" was the ninth hit, it peaked at #3, was on the charts for fourteen weeks, and became the group's number two all-time biggest hit, behind "Oh, Girl." NUMBER 1 SONGS November 17 1891--Turkey In The Straw (Billy Golden) 1896--In The Baggage Coach Ahead (Dan Quinn) 1901--Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder (Harry MacDonough) 1906--Love Me And The World Is Mine (Henry Burr) 1911 - -Alexander's Ragtime Band (Arthur Collins/Byron Haflan) 1916--Ireland Must Be Heaven, For My Mother Came From There (Charles Harrison) 1921--All By Myself (Ted Lewis) 1926--Baby Face (Jan Garber) 1931--Good Night, Sweetheart (Wayne King) 1936--You Turned The Tables On Me (Benny Goodman) 1941--You And I (Glenn Miller) 1946--Rumors Are Flying (Frankie Carle) 1951--Cold, Cold Heart (Tony Bennett); Sin (It's No Sin) Eddy Howard 1956--Love Me Tender/Anyway You Want Me (Elvis Presley) 1961--Big Bad John (Jimmy Dean) 1966--Poor Side Of Town (Johnny Rivers) 1971--Gypsys, Tramps &Thieves (Cher) 1976--Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be All Right) (Rod Stewart) 1981--Private Eyes (Hall & Oates) 1986--Amanda (Boston) 1991--Cream (Prince/N.P.G.) 1996--Macarena (Los Del Rios); No Diggity (BLACKstreet/Dr. Dre) 2001--Family Affair (Mary J. Blige) 2006--My Love (Justin Timberlake/T.I.) 15YEARS AGO On November 22, 1996, the Drayton Knights sponsored a luncheon honoring the Drayton teachers. NOTABLE QUOTES "I'm going to get so drunk you'll be able to bottle me." (as spoken by Bill Crane in Jonathan Latimer's 1936 detective novel, "The Lady In The Morgue") STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Nov. 7-10 is Rebecka Landowski, senior daughter of Taryn Landowski. Rebecka was on the "A" Honor Roll for the First Nine Weeks. She is the vice president of the DHS Student Council, is a member of the Drayton High School Chapter of the National Honor Society, was a statistician for the Blue Knights football team, and is on the Prom Committee. Rebecka will also be playing the role of "Teacher 2" when the DHS one-act play entry is presented at the State Drama Contest. This is Rebecka's sixth time as Student of the Week since she was chosen for Nov. 20- 24, 2006; Oct. 15-17, 2007; Nov. 3-7, 2008; Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2009; and Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2010. Trivia Quiz Answers (1. a; 2. c; 3.b; 4. a; 5. a) Women's Pac BOOt z~NK2014~ Reg. s64.~ Men's Greenbay Men's Nationwide 14" Pac Boot 11" Pac BOOt ~NKM~,) =WKO(]IOX Reg. s64Jn Reg. s64. We made it home safely from Rochester Saturday after receiving news from doctors Michael's scans were clear of cancer. Although he opted to wait for an MRI until his three month check up, we were relieved to get the news we did. One of the doctors we saw was a spinal cord injury specialist. We weren't able to get answers why Mike underwent paralysis during his radiation treatments, however she did say even though the pain is sometimes unbearable, it is maybe a good pain, signs his nerves are sparking and healing. Doctors increased dosage of the pain medicine he is on specifically for nerve pain. The tough part is the medicine has to be increased gradually so Mike is still dealing with bouts of intense pain and it is always tough to see the people you love going through the struggles. I stayed with him the other night so my sister-in-law could try get a good night's rest. She has been incredible as we continue to hope and pray for total healing. Some days are tougher than others but we are sticking together and attempting to help whenever and wherever we can. If the pain could get under control Michael would be able to do more and thus his mind and body would strengthen quicker. There are days when it all seems overwhelming but our family continues to believe in the power of prayer. My big brother has been through too much to not win this battle. He has endured more than most people could even comprehend and continues to face each challenge with courage. We are all grateful for your constant support, encouragement and especially your prayers. On ourwayhome Saturday, we stopped off at Concordia College where our nephew Mitchell's football team was playing in the semi-final championship. His team won by a large margin and even though Mitch is only a freshman he was able to play a little on the groomed field toward the end of the game. Mike drove his electric wheelchair into the stands and was there for most of the game until he started to get too sore to sit much longer. In Rochester, they met with a wheelchair specialist; a new chair seat is on its way which will hopefully be more comfortable than the current one and he will be able to get out more and sit longer when we do. The doc told us we have to be very proactive about moving him when things start to feel sore as he can develop skin ulcers which are painful as well so we are trying to adjust him as much as possible. Our family plans to make the trip to Minneapolis on Friday so we can watch Mitch's team the Kittson County Central Bearcats play at the dome. We are looking forward to time together and are hoping for good weather for the drive there and home. It will be quite the experience to see Mitch and the rest of the boys on the turf in that big stadium. Congratulations to the Bearcats for what they have accomplished thus far and a passionate Good Luck for the big game Saturday. We feel blessed for the small victories that keep us going; they give us, especially Michael, enough energy to trudge forward despite the pain and discomfort. I was talking to an old college friend the other day and she said, "I can't even imagine what he has been through in the last four years. He sure is tough." I agree I don't know if I would have the same tenacity to overcome all he has. There are so many people we know personally who are struggling with illness and tough times. I think of them daily, praying God will give them the healing they need and deserve. I teach yoga twice a week in Drayton and one of the meditations we do starts with taking some deep breaths and then saying to ourselves, "May I be happy, May I be healthy, May I be peaceful, May I live with ease." Whenever we do this specific meditation I always replace the 'T' with the names of those I love who are in need of healing. I think of their family members as well, it is not easy to watch the ups and downs and stay positive through so much uncertainty. Needless to say my prayers are long and frequent. Outside there is a gentle snowfall. The ground is all white and I watch through my living room window as the flakes flow diagonally in front of the large pine tree in our backyard. The seasons are once again changing; time never stands still even though some days it feels like it is. I was telling my husband the other day, I have been so many places this summer and the memories seem a blur to me. I suppose it is what happens when your mind is constantly focusing on a loved one's healing. It is hard for me to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner. On my facebook account the other day, someone wrote, "From now until Thanksgiving, let's flood facebook with what we are thankful for." So every morning, I try to run through my thoughts the things I am grateful for instead of focusing on the hardships. I still have days when the tears burst from their hiding place and flow furiously but it is definitely a good thing to flood my mind with thanks for the small things. Sometimes along the way, life can seem like we are walking through a fog of snow flurries like those outside my living room window. We just need to keep trudging forward through the thick, wet layers that threaten to slow us down and make us slip from the faith that sustains us. 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