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Page 2 November 28th 2013 Valley News and Views rural town as an extendedwith youth carrying the hand can capture and post a community, banner into the digital age short film of local "Heritage Rural communities can of new media. Most any Heroes" on a dedicated organize a heritage network student with today's tools in- Continued On Page 6 This Thanksgiving, I giving my family that live at a distance the best Christmas gift that I can think of- one approaching a legacy worth sharing. Communities, too, can share the same gift with its citizens - one of heritage. As patriarch of my Norwegian-American family, with family members on either coast, in Norway and in central Europe, I am launching this Thanksgiving a way for my family to gather for a half hour in front of an online network of computers wherever they may be. Coffee and Christmas cookies are served at each household during the dedicated 30 minutes. Families at Thanksgiving tend to share culture at the table - food, festivities, traditions and stories across generations - more than likely what will happen at your house. Christmas takes on a global reach for families to communicate wherever they are living. Nostalgic images of idealized family life can be seen in a popular TV drama -"Blue Bloods" on CBS Friday evenings, where a four-generational family functions weekly in different roles with law enforcement. Each episode ends around the family table, exchanging stories with a moral message about doing the "right thing" in their diverse role- experiences. Even though the words are scripted, the table scene seems authentic because real food is served to the prominent actors during the filming and it "rings" naturally with nostalgia. For most families in a mobile society, this table scene may happen once or twice a year when generations gather. If you add siblings to the mix of family history, such a scene may only happen at a family reunion five years or more apart. With new social media, however, families with Web connectivity or smart phone access can meet interactively in clusters and in practice. Family members today can assemble at the same time from wherever they are globally and see each other on a screen, participate in a conversation, and add text messages with words, comments or questions. It is not that much different from an online class that I took at UND recently on "Social Entrepreneurship," where part of the class were in a distant learning classroom and the other half of the registered class were in front of a computer screen with a Webcam in their independent homes across the country. For start-up this Thanksgiving, a member of the family unit registers for a 30-day free trial of the Citrix product "GoToMeeting. com." No special software is necessary, as when an online meeting is scheduled, and email is sent automatically to all participates with a link to connect to the meeting. For starters, this opens the interactive communications. During the initial meeting on Thanksgiving, plans are made for a Christmas get- together online for those separated by distance. This beginning moves our family into the visual media world today, where a high school student in each family prepares a one-minute video clip on themselves or the family unit for showing during the Christmas holidays. The enabling Web-based product, named www.WeVideo.com, is a downloadable sottware platform for making videos and now is growing rapidly in the U.S. A dedicated Website and blog are developed for the extended family to better know with each other and visually communicate. The method of using short visual stories each year builds an archival family history, as opposed to the immediacy and then vaporizing of cell conversations or Skype. Then into next year, the family network can export these clips into a genealogy program (many are available) so that these clips replace the print-box on most family tree programs that list only name with birth date and a dash or a death date for deceased. Such a family Web portal offers a way for family members to share their heritage in modern media ways to develop a gene- linked e-community. The method works as well for a How much do you know c. Church on Easter and senior discounts? about seniors? We call them Christmas may not cut it a. Society owes them for seniors because nobody with St. Peter living so long wants to own up to being d. God may not mark on b. Why should they quit old. So we don't talk about a curve chiseling just because old people even if they are. 4. Why do they dress they retire? Nevertheless, they are a sloppier with every c. They are saving for unique crowd, passing year? even rainier days Here is a test that will help a. Nobody manufactures d. They noticed that you evaluate their quirks. If clothes that shape everything is overpriced you get less than five correct, b. They can't find their 8. Why do they prefer you need to visit a local size at the thrift store FOX or MSNBC for their nursing facility soon. c. They think nobody political analysis? 1. Why do folks eat cares so why should they a. They are supper earlier and earlierd. They want to fit in with .experiencing brain cell as they get older? the younger generation deterioration a. The cost of groceries 5. Why do seniors go to b. They want their may go up by six o'clock, bed at 8:30? biases confirmed b. Food is addictive and a. To save on the utilityc. Thinking at any age is they need a fix- nowI bill dangerous c. Dr. Oz may demand a b. There's more sex on TVd. They no longer have reduction in calories on than they can handle time for detailed answers his next program c. The 10 o'clock news is9. Why do they both 2. Why do seniors the same as the 6 o'clockoppose and support a feel that the younger news balanced budget? generation is going to thed. After playing bingo all a. They love Medicare dogs? afternoon, what else is b. Ambivalence is in style a. It's envy because they there? these days are no longer a part of 6. Why do they dash for c. Consistency is the the younger generation Arizona and Florida in hobgoblin of small b. They think age and November? minds wisdom are correlatives a. To get used to the heat 10. Why do seniors c. They think rock music in case they got religiondislike "contemporary" belongs in nursing too late music in church? homes, b. It's cheaper to wear a. This racket is not 3. Why do seniors get the same clothes year- a joyful noise unto the more serious about around Lord church as they age? c. Their long underwear b. If God wanted a. They want to be wore out years ago. contemporary music, sure that they will get a d. So they can better he would have created Christian burial appreciate North Dakota people without ears b. They recall some of 7. Why do older folks c. Seniors can't sing the things they've done think they are entitled to without melody in life Profitability a Factor in Business Helen Volk Schill NDSU Pembina County Extension Office For a business to exist for the business the long term, it must make Pay the owner for the money. Yet other values also time spent managing the can influence whether a business business stays in business. Pay the owner for the risk "I am surprised sometimes he or sheis taking (orwhether by the number of business the owner is getting a return owners who never have taken on his or her investment) the time to determine if they Create a pool of funds to are profitable at abasiclevel," help maintain and replace says Glenn Muske, the North the building and equipment Dakota State University Build a fund that will pay Extension Service's rural for growth and expansion if and agribusiness enterprise that is desired development specialist. While all of these items "There is money in the bank, are beyond the basic profit so the assumption is that he definition, the business or she must be doing OK."owner must consider Yet money in the bank them when determining and making a profit are two profitability. different things. So how "If your business is not does a business owner tell even covering your costs, if he or she has a profitable and you are completely business? tracking business income "From my experience, and expenses, it is easy to tell one time this difference thatyourbusinessmustmake appears is when it is time to changes to survive," says pay taxes," says Muske. "The Helen Volk-Schill, Extension money in the bank may be agent of Pembina County. inadequate to pay the tax"It is harder, though, without bill." good records, to determine if Beyond that, owners must you are covering these other consider other financial items that may influence items, such as whether the whether you continue to business can afford to: operate the business." Pay the owner for his or But what about the other her time spent working inreasons abusiness owner has Continuity for starting and operating,, a business? Motivators can include filling a local community need, being able to spend time with family, the joy of being one's own boss, the ability to do something the owner wants or have a lifestyle he or she desires. Perhaps the owner wants to begin bringing other family members into the business as an introduction to entrepreneurship and even as a means of transitioning a family business to the next generation. "Those are important for the owner to consider as well," says Muske. "While they don't pay the bills, they are reasons why an owner might take a slightly smaller salary or discount his or her return on the risk/reward ratio." Thus profit becomes only one distinguishing factor when considering business continuity. Certainly, other financial aspects must be factored in, but the more subjective aspects also must be a part of the equation. 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