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Page 4 November 21st 2013 Valley News and Views Dear Lady Di, I'm writing this letter to ask one simple question. I've been seeing my girlfriend for two months and we're madly in love. We think we're made for each other. She's turning 22 soon and I'm 24. She's had several sexual relationships in the past and I haven't. I know this is unbelievable in this day and age but it's the truth. There's nothing wrong with me. I grew up in a rotten home situation in a small town and never wanted one night stands. It's not like me to treat women like that. There was no love in my family, so love is the most important thing to me, not sex. My girlfriend told me about her previous sexual encounters, the first with an older man who took advantage of her. She said she never enjoyed it and just waited for it to be over. I haven't told her I'm a virgin. In fact, I told her I had numerous one night stands with women I barely know. This is actually the furthest thing from the truth and an outright lie. I read a lot on the Internet and listen to Howard Sterns radio show from time to time to gain some insight about sex. I wanted to sound like the most experienced guy in the world sexually. My girlfriend wants to know how my previous sexual encounters came about and if I still run into those women. She's afraid I will bump into one of them, go out for coffee and jump into bed for old time's sake. Should I tell her my little secret? How can a guy explain such a thing? Please tell me something that will boost my confidence. Let's not forgot, she'll be my first experience; that is if she doesn't leave me when she hears the truth. Troy GREAT BEGINNINGS 1386 Announcer: "The Judy Canova Show with Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, Joe Kearns, Ruth Perrott, George Dietz, Jerry Hausner, Tommy Bernard, the Sportsmen Quartet, Opie Cates and his orchestra, and starring Judy Canova." (a typical opening for "The Judy Canova Show," a comedy program on radio; CBS, 1943-1944) NATIONAL DEBT As of November 17 the national debt was $17,190,940,800,857.95 (over seventeen trillion dollars). This represented an increase of over $34 billion from the $17,156,704,293,420.28 of November 10. Each American now owes $54, 219.95, an increase of $101.10 from the $54,118.85 of November 10. 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-- S17,190,940,800,857.95, an increase of over three trillion 193 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013 - - $16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- S17,190,940,800,857.95, an increase of $753 billion. AN EYE ON OBAMACARE Estimated Qualified Health Plan (QHP) enrollment (17 NOV 13), 148,461 North Dakota QHP enrollment (2 NOV 13), 42 (source: TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 814 1. __ was the Old Testament patriarch who wrestled with an angel. (a. Jacob; b. Joseph; c. Moses) 2. The predominant religion of Scotland is. (a. Catholic; b. Episcopal; c. Presbyterian) 3. There are __ orders of angels. (a. five; b. seven; c. nine) 4. Lot's wife turned into a pillar of (a. jasper; b. salt; c. stone) 5. In Buddhism there is a Sacred fold Path. (a. Three; b. Eight; c. Twelve) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1443 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." The English Civil War (1642-1651) dominated English thought during that period, including economic thought. Out of the welter of this conflict arose the libertarian theorist John Locke (1632-1704). Under the influence of Lord Shaftesbury, Locke turned to the Levellers' doctrine for inspiration and based his "Two Treatises of Government" (1681-1682) on it. From the doctrine, Locke championed self-ownership, private ownership of property, limited government, and revolution against tyrants. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Ode To The West Wind": "O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being, Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing, Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red, Pestilence-stricken multitudes." DHS, 1927 46 During the last week of April or the first week of May, Eleanor Hedman and Paul Hedman won the girls' and boys' sections of the DHS Declamation Contest. There were twelve contestants. Both winners qualified for the Pembina County Declamation Contest in Hamilton on May 14. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 November 17 1. Keep On Truckin', Part 1 (Eddie Kendricks) 2. Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight/Pips) 3. Heartbeat--It's A Lovebeat (DeFranco Family) 4. Photograph (Ringo Start) 5. Space Race (Billy Preston) 6. Paper Roses (Marie Osmond) 7. Top Of The World (Carpenters) 8. Angie (Rolling Stones) 9. Just You 'N' Me (Chicago)* 10. I GotA Name (Jim Croce)* (* indicates a new song) The jazz-rock group Chicago had fifty hit songs from 1969 to 1997. "Just You 'N" Me" was their fifteenth release. It peaked at #4 and was on the charts for nineteen weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS NOVEMBER 21 1893--The Fatal Wedding (George J. Gaskin) 1898--At A Georgia Camp Meeting (Dan Quinn) 1903--Good-Bye, Eliza Jam (Arthur Collins) 1908--Take Me Out To The Ball Game (Billy Murray/Haydn Quartet) 1913--You Made Me Love You, I Didn't Want To Do It (A1Jolson) 1918--Tiger Rag (Original Dixieland Jazz Band); Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning (Arthur Fields) 1923--That Old Gang Of Mine (Billy Murray/Ed Smalle) 1928--Sonny Boy (AI Jolson) 1933--The Last Round-Up (Guy Lombardo) 1938--My Reverie (Larry Clint,)n); Begin The Beguine (Artie Shaw) 1943--Pistol Packin' Mama (A1 Dexter); Paper Doll (Mills Brothers) 1948--Buttons And Bows (Dinah Shore) 1953--Rags To Riches (Tony Bennett) 1958--Tom Dooley (Kingston Trio) 1963--Deep Purple (Nino Tempo/April Stevens) 1968--Hey Jude (Beatles) 1973--Keep On Trucldn', Part 1 (Eddie Kendricks) 1978--MacArthur Park (Donna Summer) 1983--A11 Night Long (Lionel Pdchie) 1988--Bad Medicine (Bun Jovi) 1993--I'd Do Anything For Love (Meat Loaf) 1998--Iris (Goo Goo Dolls); Doo Wop (Lauryn Hill) 2003--Baby Boy (Beyonce/Sean Paul) 2008--Live Your Life (T.I./Rihanna) 15 YEARS AGO On November 24, 1998, there was a light rain in the early evening. NOTABLE QUOTES Pistol: "Why then the world is my oyster, Which I with my sword will open." (from Shakespeare's comedy"MerryWives of Windsor," Act II. sc. 2) Trivia Quiz Answers (1.a; 2. c; 3. c; 4. b; 5. b) Dear Troy, You've been waiting for the one person who would be right for you. This is nothing to be embarrassed about, it just wasn't the right time or right woman until now. There are many other men in your situation. Out of embarrassment, you lied. Now you're suffering the natural consequences of lying. Lies only fuel more lies. You can't move forward together with any untruths. Your girlfriend wants to know more about your past because of what you told her. Your lie made her feel vulnerable and she's expecting the worst. You're still new enough to each other that you can mend this. You've only been seeing each other 2 months. You're not a hurtful person and I'm sure lying isn't in your nature. Tell her the truth and regain your integrity. Integrity is the consistency of your actions, values and principles and ethics. If she's the amazing woman you're espousing, you have nothing to fear. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at ii!ii I R i!iiiiiiiiiii  !i  iiiiii!,iliiiiiiiii!ii!i!i!iiiiii!iiiiiiiii ii iiiiiiiil;iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii[,ii "Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Every morning for the past few weeks when I wake up and start feeling overwhelmed about things I need to get done, I stop for a moment, redirect my thoughts, and start listing all the graces I have to be grateful for. This morning was no exception, as I sit here in the early morning hours when the house is still dark, looking at the lighted screen on my computer and feeling under pressure, I stop for a moment, tip my head back against the chair, close my eyes, and start listing my blessings. So many things run through my head - the warmth and comfort of our humble little home - a place where we feel so much contentment, my beloved family and friends who love me despite my weaknesses, our loyal pets who bring us a great deal of joy, a hot cup of coffee that helps me wake up in the morning, a cozy old chair I received from my big brother that I can kick my feet up and sink into, anticipation of another beautiful sunrise welcoming the next adventure, the breath of life running through my body, and the grace of knowing I am never alone. The list goes on and in the midst of the day's dawn I can feel the switch turn as my tension eases and I find the center of peace where gratitude subsides. On Sunday we celebrated Harvest Festival at our little country church Skjeberg Lutheran. We were treated to special music by a mens' quartet from Association Free Lutheran Bible School as well as a few songs from our bell choir. The music was healing and as I listened to those young men singing words of faith and telling a few stories of their own paths of grace, I couldn't help feel the joy of their message in the glowing expressions on their faces. What a testament it was to see and hear how God has worked in their lives. Our lay Pastor Jon Dryburgh's son Matthew was in the quartet just as Jon had been when he attended the same Bible school. I could see on his face how proud he was of his oldest son. Their voices made the most beautiful music and I sat there thinking how much our father would have loved to hear them sing. Tears lifted in my eyes as the next thought came, "I bet he is listening right now and smiling his big, bold, engaging smile." Pastor Jon started his message with a poignant childrens' sermon. With all those young faces looking up at him in front of the church, he asked each one to pick a piece of candy from two different tubs. When they had, he told them to put the best piece of candy in their right hand. "God gave us his best, his only son," Jon said. "Now, I want you to walk out and give someone you love the best piece of candy you have." The children all walked into the congregation, many giving their treats to a parent or grandparent. Our young nephew Trapper walked up to our 87-year-old auntie Erma and handed her his best piece of candy. I got tears in my eyes knowing how much she appreciated that. It certainly was a memorable lesson to learn, not just for the children but for all of us. On Monday I had the opportunity once again to drive around with my big brother and help wherever we could while the rest of the guys worked on digging a ditch in order for melting spring waters to flow in the right direction. We had little Trapper with us as his mom was with his little brother at a doctor's appointment and his daddy was in the tractor smoothing out piles of dirt. Just after the sun went down, the three of us sat there together watching the work getting done. I asked Trapper, "what should I write about in my column tomorrow buddy?" He replied with a smile, "Thanksgiving." "But what about Thanksgiving," I said. "Well," he replied. "There is a big turkey and we get together and have a party." I asked him what the meaning of Thanksgiving was and his eyes looked up as if he was deep in thought when his uncle Mike coaxed him a little by saying, "We give thanks for all the blessings we have right Trapper?" "That's right unca Mike," he replied. Then we turned the music up on the radio and Trapper began dancing causing my big brother and I to immediately start giggling which ultimately made Trapper to do the same. I thought to myself, "Thank you God for the blessings in my life. Thank you for the moments that take my breath away." Sometimes along the way we tend to focus too much on the things we need to get done, the goals we want to achieve, the tasks that are waiting to get checked off the list and we miss out on what life is truly about - we miss the "blessings given to us to learn from." The sun is coming up now outside our living room windows. I see light canvasing the decades old trees surrounding our house. I smile as my husband walks by me on his way to get ready for the day and stops to see if I need my coffee cup filled up. I am blessed, so very blessed. Continued on Page 7 Christmas Party Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 Hastings Landing Restaurant 5:00 pm Social Hour 6:00 pm Supper Menu: Hors D'oeuvres Roast Beef Mashed Potatoes & Gravy Glazed Carrots Roll Dessert $10.00 Door Prizes R.S.V.P to Kristi at the bank by Tuesday, November 26th Emaih valleynv@larcomm,com