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Page 4 November 28th 2013 Valley News and Views she would bring it next week for sure. This can't be the first time your sister has I believed her; after all she's my sister, pulled something on you. Its likely she's Now I know it was all a setup and my sister done a myriad of smaller things over the took advantage ofme. She never signed over years. Each time she was careful to put her home free and clear. To top it off, my enough distance between events to make uncle was the executor of the will and he you susceptible again. + ............... .... knew what my sister was up to Your uncle and your sister are two of a Dear Lady Di, home. My younger sister wanted his home I'm suing my sister to get my half, but kind. You can find total strangers you are Recently my father passed away. My because it's a lot more spacious than her problem is he never filed a will through the own. I personally didn't mind. For my share court, but he did have a holographic will, in dad's home my sister promised me a paid which is an unwitnessed, handwritten will. and clear title and her home would be mine. This will popped up out of nowhere when we One day she picked me up and we went were cleaning out my father's home after the to an attorney so I could sign a paper giving funeral, her my father's home. I asked where my title My father owned a nice middle-class was, paid full and clear. She said not to worry !!!~!+!++++~ GREATBEGINNINGS 1387 "When the wind works against us in the dark, And pelts with snow The lower chamber window on the east, And whispers with a sort of stifled bark, The beat, 'Come out! Come out!'" (the beginning of "Storm Fear," a poem by Robert Frost) NATIONAL DEBT As of November 24 the national debt was $17,216,663,339,120.42 (over seventeen trillion dollars). On November 17 it was $17,190,940,800,857.95, so the increase was over $25 billion. Each American now owes $54,292.45. This represents an increase of $72.50 Over the $54,219.95 of November 17. 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- - $17,216,663,339,120.42, an increase of over three trillion 218 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013- -$16,437,549,999,170.77; today- - $17,216,663,339,120.42, an increase of $779 billion. AN EYE ON OBAMACARE Estimated Qualified Health Plan (QHP) enrollment (24 NOV 13), 174,915 North Dakota QHP enrollment (2 NOV 13), 42 (source: enrollmaven.com) TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 815 1. __ is not a sacred Muslim city. (a. Mecca; b. Medina; c. Riyadh) 2. An albacore is a/an. (a. albatross; b. shellfish; c. tuna) 3. The __ is the bird with the longest wingspan. Ca. albatross; b. condor; c. eagle) 4. Most marsupials live in . Ca. Asia; b. Australia; c. Sou--th-America) 5. Bamboo belongs to the family. (a. banyan; b. cane; c. grass) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1444 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). While Locke was a champion of self-ownership, private ownership of property, limited government, and revolution against tyrants, he did not see the English monarch as the chief example of a tyrant. Rather, the Catholic Church loomed as the great enemy of individual freedom. Locke saw this as especially true in France, where the Church worked hand-in-glove with the absolutist tendencies of Louis XIM. 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 thou Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low, Each like a corpse with its grave, until Thine azure sister of the spring shall blow Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth, and fill (Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air) With living hues and odours plain and hill: Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere; Destroyer and Preserver; Hear, o hear!" DHS, 1927 47 On May 6, it was announced that the Drayton School had been placed on the North Central Association's 'Tkpproved" list for accreditation. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 November 24 1. Photograph (Ringo Starr) 2. Keep On Truckin', Part 1 (Eddie Kendricks) 3. Top Of The World (Carpenters) 4. Space Race (Billy Preston) 5. Heartbeat--It's A Lovebeat (DeFranco Family) 6. Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight/Pips) 7. JustYou 'N' Me (Chicago) 8. Paper Roses (Marie Osmond) 9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)* 10. The Love I Lost, Part 1 (Harold Melvin / Blue Notes)* (* indicates a new song) Elton John had seventy-one hit songs from 1970 to 2010. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was his eleventh release. It peaked at #2 and was on the charts for seventeen weeks. NUMBER 1 SONGS NOVEMBER 28 1893--The Fatal Wedding (George J. Gaskin) 1898--At A Georgia Camp Meeting (Dan Quinn) 1903--Good-Bye, Eliza Jane (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--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 (A1Jolson) 1933--The Last Round-Up (Guy Lombardo) 1938--Begin The Beguine (Artie Shaw) 1943--Pistol Packin' Mama (A1 Dexter); Paper Doll iMills Brothers) 1948--Buttons And Bows (Dinah Shore) 1953--Rags To Riches (Tony Bennett) 1958--It's Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty) 1963--I'm Leavin' It Up To You (Dale & Grace) 1968--Hey Jude (Beatles) 1973--Photograph (Ringo Starr) 1978--MacArthur Park (Donna Summer) 1983--All Night Long (Lionel Richie) 1988--Bad Medicine (Bon Jovi) 1993--I'd Do Anything For Love (Meat Loaf) 1998--Iris (Goo Goo Dolls); Lately (Divine) 2003--Baby Boy (Beyonce/Sean Paul) 2008--Live Your Life (T.I./Rihanna) 15 YEARS AGO KC's Students of the Week for November 1998 were Lucas Aufenkamp, Jessica Saylor, Ashley Schuster, Rachael Schuster, and Ryan Weinlaeder. On December 1, 1998, Lloyd Lincoln Fandrich, the Drayton School superintendent from 1965 to 1968, died at the age of 64 in Mankato, MN. He had been serving as the superintendent of schools at White Shield, ND. On December 3, 1998, it was announced that the following DHS students had been named to "Who's Who Among American High School Students, 1997-98": Lindsey Christenson, Angie Marciniak, Clarence Sitter, Katie Weinlaeder, Lucas Aufenkamp, Jennifer Kowalski, Rachael Schuster, and Michelle Sitter. NOTABLE QUOTES "To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand." (from Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet," Act II, sc. 1) Trivia Quiz Answers (1.c; 2. c; 3. a;-4. b; 5. c) all my lawyer has gotten so far is junk like pots, pans and bowls with no value. I feel bad going to this extreme, but she has taken advantage of me and disobeyed my father's wishes. Brianna Dear Brianna, There's no question about your sister's lack of character. She's tainted the bond of true sisterhood which ca rries value when there's love, character and sharing. more connected to than those two. As long as there's a reasonable chance of success, don't let them walk away laughing. Even if most of what you recover goes to pay lawyer's fees, it's better than failing to defend yourself. In the future, remember you are not dealing with family; you're dealing with thieves who stole your father's final gift. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at DearLadyDi@grnail.com "There will be another angel around the throne tonight. Your love lives on inside of me, and I will hold on tight. It's not my place to question, only God knows why I'm just jealous of the angels around the throne tonight." - Jenn Bostic I woke last Saturday to the debilitating news a dear friend of ours Travis Gierszewski, age 36, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, as the result of an automobile accident near Thompson, ND. At first I didn't want to believe it but as the minutes ticked by I realized indeed the tragic news was true. In addition to so many family and friends who adored him, Travis sadly leaves behind his beautiful wife Amy, a teenage son, Justin, and three precious little girls, Paytn, Preslie and Paris. The last time I had the opportunity to visit with Travis, he pulled out pictures of his family. He adored all of them and I could see in his eyes the gleam of pride and unconditional love for them. Travis was pure light in this world. As I told someone ::'" the other day, I don't think there is a person on this earth who met Travis and didn't like him. His energy and fun loving, charismatic personality was infectious. As one of his friends wrote, "He earned his wings many times over. He was an amazing soul...truly one of a kind. Just being around Travis would melt your worries and troubles away. He would have you laughing until you forgot why you were crying. If that didn't work, he would cry with you. We were all blessed to have known such a wonderful person." I read a quote the other day that said, "Live life to the fullest and your ripple will be a great one." I thought about Travis when I scanned those words. He definitely lived life to the fullest, making friends around every corner, never judging another soul, just living his life with a great big smile on his face. The ripple he created in this world will never end, it will continue a forward motion through the people he touched in his who loved him most. Every short time here. time a memory is spoken, It is so very hard to eachthoughtofhisinfectious understand. As I sit here, laugh, in the sadness of our looking at his picture, tear filled moments, he is searching for the right words there. to say, I am overwhelmed I wish I could find the with grief for what this world right words to ease the pain has lost in his passing. I scan of loss, I wish I knew the my facebook page and every answers to our questions and other post includes a picture confusion but I simply don't. and memorial ofTravis - it is Healing comes from love - certainly a testament to how pure, simple, unconditional, many lives were filled with unabashed love. It comes the grace of knowing him. from knowing in the depths There is no doubt his"ripple" of grief there is never a time is a great one. when we are alone. I pray When I sent a message to with everything I have in me, his mom Doreen who just Travis's family and friends weeks agohadtosayfarewell will feel that love in their to her father she replied, "We weakest moments. will need lots of prayers to In her song Jealous of the get through this." I ask for Angels, Jenn Bostic sings, "I your fervent prayers for his didn't know today would be family. I pray they will be ourlast, or that I'd have to say surrounded by love in the goodbye to you so fast. I'm so days and months ahead, numb, I can't feel anymore, I told my husband with prayin" you'd just walk back tears in my eyes before I sat through that door and tell me down to write, "I don't want I was only dreamin' you're to write another column not really gone as long as I about saying goodbye to a believe...You always made friend. There have just been my troubles feel so small too many of them." and you were always there I keep wondering why to catch me when I fall. In God is taking all of the good a world where heroes come ones: - people who brought and go well God just took the so much light and love into only one I know. So I'll hold the world. They say we are you as close as I can, longing suppose to learn from death, for the day when I'll see you I don't want to learn anymore again..." lessons, I just want Travis to Sometimes along the way be able to walk through his we are confronted with deep front door, kiss his wife, and loss and in a split second our hug his children. I want him lives change. The truth is we to have another day, another don't know which day will year, several decades on be our last or when we will this earth to bring to it.the have to say goodbye too fast. same infectious laughter I guess one of the things we and acceptance he always can learn is what they taught did. I want him to watch us when they were here - we his children grow up and be can learn from the divine there for them when they ripple of their lives and carry need him most. I want to see on, as best we can, trying to him walking into a room and make a positive ripple of our feel the contagious energy own. he always reverberated. It Rest in Peace Travis breaks my heart knowing his Matthew Gierszewski, along physical presence is gone. with so many others in this ButIfindathreadofpeace world, I feel blessed to have in believing although he may known you, grateful that in not be able to grace our lives this chaotic world, I had a with his physical presence, chance to feel the ripple of his spirit is all around us, yoursacredpresence.Thanks his "ripple" will never end. for making our troubles feel In the midst of every sunrise light, we are all "jealous of and sunset and everywhere the angels around the throne in between, he is still here tonight." watching over the people News we can use? 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