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Page 4 November 22nd, 2012 Valley News & Views Dear Lady Di, I've been best friends with Kristin since high school. After college I became good friends with Dan, Kristin's boyfriend. Now we're all 29 and I moved across the country and I maintain both friendships through phone calls, texts and emails. I recently returned home for Homecoming to see all my old friends and things changed dramatically with us. I'm single and Dan professed he'd had feelings for me since we met. The night of the Homecoming game, the three of us went out together and he got drunk. Kristin ended GREAT BEGINNINGS 1334 Announcer: "Philip Morris, American's most enjoyable cigarette, presents Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in I Love Lucy." Johnny: "Call for Philip Mor-race[ Call for Philip Mor-race[" (a typical opening for "I Love Lucy," a comedy show on radio; CBS, 1952) NATIONAL DEBT As of November 18, 2012, the U.S. national debt was $16,290,602,736,441.54 (over sixteen trillion dollars). On November 11 the national debt was $16,256,212,234,624.04, so there was an increase of over thirty-four billion dollars. Each American now owes $51,898.16 an increase of $102.42 over the $51,795.74 of November 11. 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-- S16,290,602,736,441.54, an increase of over 13 trillion, 940 billion dollars. Senator John Hoeven and Representative Rick Berg: Jan. 2011--$13,997,932,781,828.89; today--S16,290,602,736,441.54, an increase of over two trillion, 292 billion dollars. TRIVIA QUIZ TIME " r 762 1. Montezuma was the leader of the (a. Aztecs; b. Incas; c. Mayas) 2. King __ of England said, "Let not poor Nellie starve." (a. Charles I; b. Charles II; c. James II) 3. Solomon's father was. (a. Abraham; b. David; c. Moses) 4. Atahualpa was the leader of the __ (a. Aztecs; b. Incas; c. Mayas) 5. __ was the queen of the British tribe known as the Iceni. (a. Anikan; b. Bildeor; c. Boadicea) (answers at the end of the Column) My answer two weeks ago that the capital of the Philippines was Quezon City was incorrect. Since 1976 it has been Manila. Thank you to Arlen Bieganski for the correct information, relayed to me by his brother Richard. A MESS OF POTTAGE 1391 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. r" Chapter 10 is entitled "Mercantilism and freedom in England from the Tudors to the CivilWar." Sir Thomas Smith (1513-1577) was the first important English mercantilistwriter. In addition to his writings on debasement of currency, Smith should be given credit for first expressing what has become known as "Gresham's Law," which has been attributed to Sir Thomas Gresham (c.1519-1579). It was thought that Gresham penned the "Memorandum for the Understanding of the Exchange" and given it to Queen Elizabeth in 1559; however, it is now known that Smith wrote the book in 1554, enunciating the principle that money overvalued by the government will drive undervalued money out of circulation. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Hellas": "The world's great age begins anew, The golden years return, The earth doth like a snake renew Her winter weeds outworn: Heaven smiles, and faiths and empires gleam Like wrecks of a dissolving dream." DHS, 1926 116 In early December the English I students spent two days on Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address" and then read Sir Walter Scott's "The Lady of the Lake." BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1972 November 18 up partying with her former Cheerleader friends and staying at the bar. When I took Dan home, he groped me. I would have let it slide, considering his condition. After getting him inside his apartment, he pulled me down on his bed. I immediately left, but kept the information to myself, not wanting to make waves. Since I was in town for a week I didn't bother to see him again or return his calls. I cannot be friends with a man who will so easily cheat on his girlfriend, my best friend. During my visit, while seeing Kristin, she asked why I didn't speak to her boyfriend the rest of the week while I was home. Apparently Dan told her I have thrown our friendship away, and Kristin is upset. I don't know what to tell her. She is considering marrying this man but telling the truth may jeopardize our friendship. Bewildered Best Friend Dear Bewildered, Sometimes you can't win for losing, but when you have to lose, it's better to lose with the truth. Talk to Kristin and tell her three things. One; why you have to tell her what you are telling her. Two; what occurred with Dan and Three; why you didn't want to tell her. Why must you tell? Dan is complaining to Kristin without telling her why you are giving him the cold shoulder. Dan is lying to Kristin because he wants to use her to get to you. Kristin may or may not believe you and Dan will continue to lie. You cannot control their actions, but you can act to protect yourself. What do you know? It's unsafe to be alone with Dan. Personally, you shouldn't have helped him into his crib. You could have left him on the lawn after dropping him off. Better yet, you could have called a taxi for him. Being in the presence of anyone dnmk is so unpleasant to begin with. You cannot let another destroy your character. Don't let him make you a liar, a hypocrite and an accomplice in his behavior. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at Letters can be mailed to; Dear Lady Di, 8351 West Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN 55438 1. I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash) 2. I'd Love You To Want Me (Lobo) 3. I'll Be Around (Spinners) 4. I Am Woman (Helen Reddy) 5. Nights In White Satin (Moody Blues) 6. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Temptations)* 7. Freddie's Dead (Curtis Mayfield) 8. Convention '72 (Delegates) 9. WitchyWoman (Eagles) 10. Summer Breeze (Seals & Croft)* (* indicates a new song) The Temptations, an r&b group from Detroit, had sixty hits from 1962 to 1998. "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" was their thirty- ninth release. It peaked at #1, stayed on the charts for sixteen weeks, and became their fourth -biggest all-time hit, behind "My Girl," "Can't Get Next To You," and "Just My Imagination (Running AwayWith Me)." NUMBER 1 SONGS November 22 1892--Near It (Len Spencer) 1897--On The Banks Of The Wabash (George J. Gaskin) 1902--In The Good Old Summer Time (J.W. Myers) 1907--Let's Take An Old Fashioned Walk (Ada Jones/Billy Murray) 1912--Be My Little Baby Bumble Bee (Ada Jones/Billy Murray) 1917--Over There (Peerless Quartet) 1922--Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean (Gallagher & Shean) 1927--My Blue Heaven (Paul Whiteman) 1932--Please (Bing Crosby 1937--Remember Me? (Bing Crosby); Vieni, Vieni (RudyVallee) 1942--(I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo (Glenn Miller); White Christmas (Bing Crosby) 1947--NearYou (Francis Craig) 1952--I Went To Your Wedding (Patti Page); You Belong To Me (Jo Stafford); It's In The Book (Johnny Standley) 1957--Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice (Elvis Presley) 1962-=Big Girls Don't Cry (4 Seasons) 1967--To SirWith Love (Lulu) 1972--I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash) 1977--You Light Up My Life (Debbie Boone) 1982--UpWhereWe Belong (Joe Cocker/ Jennifer Warnes) 1987--Mony Mony "Live" (Billy Idol) 1992--How Do You Talk To An Angel (Heights) 1997--Candle In The Wind 1997/ Something About The Way You Look Tonight (Elton John); Fly (Sugar Ray/ Super Cat) 2002--Lose Yourself (Eminem) 2007--Kiss Kiss (Chris Brown/T. Pain) 15YEARS AGO On November 23, 1997, Theodore Wenaas, 76, died in Bemidji, MN. He was the father of six children, three of which (Gall 1968, Merry ............. Lynn 1970, and Connie 1973) were DHS graduates. NOTABLE QUOTES "Where the bee sucks, there suck I: In a cowslip's bell I lie; There I couch when owls do cry. On the bat's back do I fly After summer merrily." (as sung by Ariel in Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," ActV, sc. 1) STUDENT OF THE WEEK KC's Student of the Week for Nov. 13-16 is Taylor Stegman, seventh grade daughter of Wayne and Kerri Stegrnan. Taylor was on the '" Honor Roll for the First Nine Weeks. She was a member of the Blue Knights jv volleyball team and played the role of Cinderella in the Drayton-St. Thomas entry in the Regional One-Act Play Contest, "Twice Upon A Time." She is also a member of the DHS Student Council and took part in the Thanksgiving Food Drive. Trivia Quiz Answers (1. a; 2. b; 3. b; 4. b; 5. c) "If the only prayer you said in your life was, thank you, that would suffice." -Meister Eckhart This week we will celebrate another first without Papa when we gather for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was one of his favorite holidays and it is always difficult to think about doing the things he loved without him. I hope and pray my big brother will be able to celebrate the holiday with us as he has been in the hospital again since last Friday when he went to the emergency room with a high temperature and low blood pressure. As of Tuesday, he was still there but was doing better. Today I am thinking about all my family has been through and how we have stuck together through the toughest of times. The other night my younger brother and I had a good talk as just the two of us made our way to the hospital. I shed some tears during our visit mostly because I was so very grateful to have him in my life. Sitting in Mike's hospital room with my two brothers I couldn't help but feel blessed to have them. I know no matter how many weaknesses I may have they will love me no matter what and accept me for who I am. I wrote on my facebook post the other day, "I am thankful my parents Larry and Shirley Jensen gave me the best two brothers a girl could ask for. I love you Michael Larry and Gary Duane more than words can say." I don't know what I would do without them. Last week we took our two kitties Larry Lou and Bing to get fixed. They were the babies born on the day of my father's funeral. They came home very sick with respiratory infection. We have been running back and forth to the vet with Larry as she wasn't doing well at all. I kept praying for healing not just for my brother but for our kitties who are like our children. Monday night, Larry lay beside me under the covers all night and the next morning when we woke up, she finally tried to eat something. We brought her to the scheduled vet appointment and were relieved to hear her temperature was back to normal and she was on the mend. I was so worried we were going to lose her. I have always thought since she was born on that ominous day and was the only white kitten, my father's favorite "color," in a litter of all dark colored kitties that she was a special gift sent by papa from heaven, the last gift he could give me. As we stood in the veterinary clinic on Saturday waiting for Larry to get some fluids via IV and a shot of antibiotics, I broke down crying and couldn't stop. I was thinking about my big brother sitting in a hospital room, my father not able to be here with us on the special holidays, and my beloved kitten unable to tell us what she was feeling. I just simply broke down. My loving husband who is always there for me through my ups and downs wrapped his arms around me. As I lay my head on his chest, tears falling one right after another onto his coat he said, "It's going to be ok honey, just take a deep breath." And so I did, I let out a long, deep sigh and felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the man standing in front of me holding me up when I couldn't hold myself up. I am so thankfifl for my devoted husband every single day of my life. Life is a roller coaster sometimes. One day things look so bleak and hopeless and the next the energy shifts and it is as if the sun comes out and there is light again beyond the tunnel of darkness. On Tuesday I received word from my dear friend Bernice Flanagan that her shipment of books arrived. We were worried they may not get here in time for her book signing on Saturday so I felt a powerful sense of excitement and relief for her to finally be fulfilling a dream she has carried for a decade. Thanks to the help of Morgan Printing in Grafton the books will be ready for her book signing from 1-4 on Saturday. Please come check out the Christmas Extravaganza event at the Edinburg General Store and pick up a copy of "On Golden Wings." If you haven't had the opportunity to meet Bemice in your lifetime, it is a must. She is an inspiring woman who never gave up through diversity and who continues to live with deep faith and vitality. I'm sure I will shed a few tears of joy on Saturday knowing she is standing directly in front of her dream. Pastor Joel Osteen once said, "Whatever follows I am will follow you." I think about Bernice and how she said with conviction, "I am going to write a book," and so she did. I have been trying as best I can, especially in those moments when I feel overwhelmed to change my negative thoughts into positive ones. My husband and I started saying this little mantra out loud during those times when things seem impossible, "I am happy, I am healthy, I am wealthy, I am peaceful, I live with ease." I don't know if it is helping but it sure makes us smile when we don't feel like smiling at all. Despite the difficulties and pain we have witnessed this year and the awareness our beloved father will not be with us for Thanksgiving, today, I am thankful. I know papa will be with us in spirit, tipping back his head and laughing at the antics of our twoyoungnephews, enjoying the hugs and togetherness our family will experience as we continue our traditions as he would want us to, and smiling as he overlooks the family he created and the bonds he helped establish. Sometimes along the way, the best thing we can do for ourselves is focus on what we do have instead of what we don't and have gratitude for the blessings in our lives including all those people who make the journey worth living. This week, my nephews were able to get a new kitty Continued On Page 3 anRs Thanksgiving- 1939