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Page 4 December 5th 2013 Valley News and Views Dear Lady Di, If I buy groceries he eats half of everything in two days. There are pop cans lying around our bedroom which continue to sit there because I m not a maid. He likes clean towels every day, so now I have seven to wash this week in addition to mine and his sons. Two days ago his truck broke down and he My boyfriend of one year and I moved in together. We're both 36, I'm single and he's divorced with a 7-year-old son. My boyfriend shares custody with his ex-wife 50-50. The relationship between his son and I is good. NowI'm worried about myrelationship GREAT BEGINNINGS, 1388 Announcer: "From Hollywood, The Judy Canova Show, brought to you each week by the Colgate Palmolive Company, makers of Halo Shampoo to glorify your hair, and the new 1948 Super Suds with extra suds for extra whiteness. The Judy Canova Show with Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, Joe Kearns, Gale Gordon, George Neise, Verna Felton, the Sportsmen, Charles Dant and his orchestra, and starring Judy Canova." (a typical opening for "The Judy Canova Show," a comedy program on radio; NBC, 1945-1950) NATIONAL DEBT As of December 1 the national debt was $17,213,601,970,059.23 (over seventeen trillion dollars). On November 24 it was $17,216,663,339,120.42, so there was a decrease of just over three billion dollars. Each American now owes $54,275.03, a decrease of $17.42 from the $54,292.45 of November 24. 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-- $17,213,601,970,059.23, an increase of over three trillion 216 billion dollars. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Representative Kevin Cramer: Jan. 3, 2013-- $16,437,549,999,170.77; today-- S17,213,601,970,059.23, an increase of $776 billion. AN EYE ON OBAMACARE Estimated Qualified Health Plan (QHP) enrollment (1 DEC 13), 194,932 North Dakota QHP enrollment (2 NOV 13), 42 (source: enrollmaven.com) TRIVIA QUIZ TIME 816 1. __ is a rock created in a volcano. (a. igneous; b. metamorphic; c. sedimentary) 2. Pumice is a/an _ rock. (a. igneous; b. metamorphic; c. sedimentary) 3. The __ frog is the largest North American flog. (a. bull; b. Emperor; c. King) 4. The camel has been nicknamed the " of the Desert." (a. Boat; b. Ship; c. Tank) 5. In the Wars of the Roses the York family's symbol was the ' rose. (a. pink; b. red; c. white) (answers at the end of the Column) A MESS OF POTTAGE 1445 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 saw the Catholic Church as the great enemy of individual freedom. Locke and the other Whigs saw this as especially true in France, so their libertarian tendencies became entwined with a fanatic anti-Catholicism and Catholics were rarely included in their idea of religious toleration. POETIC FRAGMENTS Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) was a major Romantic poet. Here is a portion of his poem "Ode To The West Wind": "Thou on whose stream, 'mid the steep sky's commotion, Loose clouds like earth's decaying leaves are shed, Shook from the tangled boughs of Heaven and Ocean, Angels of rain and lightning; there are spread with my boyfriend. We're having a terrible time communicating. Since I moved into his home, my boyfriend has stopped cleaning up the way he used to. Before I moved in we discussed finances and sharing responsibilities around the house. Now he's completely forgotten the serious talks we've had. On the blue surface of thine airy surge, Like the bright hair uplifted from the head Of some fierce Maenad, ev'n from the dim verge Of the horizon to the zenith's height-- The locks of the approaching storm." DHS, 1927 48 On May 12 the Biology class collected frogs and snakes, took them to the lab, and dissected them. BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN 1973 December 1 1. Top Of The World (Carpenters) 2. Photograph (Ringo Starr) 3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John) 4. Space Race (Billy Preston) 5. Keep On Truckin', Part 1 (Eddie Kendricks) 6. JustYou 'N' Me (Chicago) 7. Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight/Pips) 8. The Love I Lost, Part 1 (Harold Melvin/ Blue Notes) 9. Heartbeat--It's A Lovebeat (DeFranco Family) 10. The Most Beautiful Girl (Charlie Rich)* (* indicates a new song) Charlie Rich was born on December 14, 1932, in Colt, Arkansas. He began as a jazz and blues musician, but switched to rockabilly and country music. From 1960 to 1977, he had nineteen hit songs, thirteen of which made the Hot 100. "The Most Beautiful Girl" was his tenth release. It peaked at #1, stayed on the charts for twenty-two weeks, and became his all-time biggest hit. Nicknamed "The Silver Fox," Rich passed away on July 25, 1995, at the age of sixty-two from an acute blood clot. NUMBER 1 SONGS DECEMBER 5 1893--The Fatal Wedding (George J. Gaskin) 1898--At A Georgia Camp Meeting (Dan Quinn) 1903--Any Rags? (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 (AI Jolson) 1918--Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning (Arthur Fields) 1923--That Old Gang Of Mine (Billy Murray/Ed Smalle) 1928--There's A Rainbow Round My Shoulder (AI Jolson) 1933--The Last Round-Up (Guy Lombardo) 1938--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--To Know Him, Is To Love Him (Teddy Bears) 1963--I'm Leavin' It Up To You (Dale & Grace) 1968--Love Child (Supremes) 1973--Top Of The World (Carpenters) 1978--You Don't Bring Me Flowers (Barbra Streisand/Neil Diamond) 1983--All Night Long (Lionel Richie) 1988--Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Will To Power) 1993--I'd Do Anything For Love (Meat Loaf) 1998--I'm Your Angel (R. Kelly/Celine Dion) 2003--Baby Boy (Beyonce/Sean Paul) 2008--Live Your Life (T.I./Rihanna) 15 YEARS AGO On December 10, 1998, it was announced that Ryan Weinlaeder had been named as the DHS recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution "Good Citizen" Award. NOTABLE QUOTES Dr. Raymond Stantz: "Personally, I liked the University: they gave us money and facilities; we didn't have to produce anything. rented one. I usually wake up at 6:00am but at 5:15am he flicked on the lights. He said he wanted me to drive him to a car rental place to rent a car. I asked why he didn't ask the night before and he said he forgot. I don't mind doing favors for people, but this rude awakening got us off to a bad start. Now, he thinks I'm the bad guy. He says he won't lift a finger next time I ask for a favor. I'm furious and I gave up my apt. for this arramgement. I've been known for being codependant and waiting on my boyfriends hand and foot. This time around I made sure I wouldn't do it. I've done my fair share but I'm also allowing him to make his own mistakes. I think he's resentful of this. His ex-wife waited on him all the time and his mum did the same when he lived with her. I feel like I'm in a constant battle with him and it's tiring. When I moved in, we discussed how we would share responsibilities. Now it looks like he's reneging on our agreement. Just how many more talks do I need to have with him? I thought we had settled this You've never been out of college. You don't .......... know what it's like out there. I've worked in the private sector--they expect results." (from the movie "Ghostbusters," with Dan Aykroyd as Dr. Raymond Stantz) Trivia Quiz Answers (1.a; 2. a; 3. a; 4. b; 5. c) "Sometimes I feel like I've never been nothing but tired and I'll be walking till the day I expire. Sometimes I lay down, nothing more can I do then I go on again 'cause you ask me to. Some days I look down, I'm so afraid I will fall and although the sun shines I see nothing at all. Then I hear your sweet voice come and then go, come and then go telling me softly you love me so." - Crystal Bowersox, "Up to the Mountain" Outside I watch as the wind brushes against our American flag causing it to wave back and forth occasionally resting for a moment as wisps of calm saunter in. I see the flag through the barren branches of our two large Elm trees signifying winter has set in. I think about the sadness and loneliness I felt last winter after Papa had to leave this world and my mind immediately turns to those who are struggling with the same kind of profound loss this holiday season. I remember the daily struggles with grief and how some days I felt like a tiny pebble along the vast shores of an intrepid ocean. Everyone seemed to be going on with their lives and I, stuck beneath the blanket of despair, was having a difficult time even getting out of bed in the morning. It was at those darkest moments I would hear my father's voice telling me how much he loved me, urging me to get up, and carry on with life as best I could. already?! He took me shopping for wedding rings two months ago and discussed his intentions with my parents. He told his ex-wife, who is getting remarried soon, we'll be getting hitched next year. With the way he's acting, I don't know if our wedding day will ever come because I'm sick and tired already! Leslie Dear Leslie, Your boyfriend was born to a woman who catered to him and showed him what to expect. He married a woman who filled the same role and eventually spotted you. He can take care of himself. He was cleaning his house before you moved in. Why has he stopped, the maid has arrived. He's done just enough to get things back to his old familiar pattern. Why should he change? He likes things this way and it works for him. He doesn't have a problem, you do! Let's predict the future; years of arguing and struggle wasted on these issues. Before any wedding people are usually on their best behavior. If you accept a ring from this man, you won't just be signing a marriage license. You'll be signing a job contract. Lady Di Write Lady Di confidentially at DearLadyDi@gmail.com 5rob of space for a personal website * 24/7/365 technical support- 888.700.7652 * free webmail 701.284.7221 ! 800.284.7222 www.thinkpolar.com L ................................................................. I miss him every single day but I truly believe he is all around us. I still have his picture hanging on the visor of my vehicle and each time I get in, I look up at it and say, "Good morning pops." I talk to him a lot as if he is sitting directly beside me, I know he can hear me and that brings peace in the midst of my days. I miss him the most during the holidays because he used to love when everyone would get together. He was happiest at those times and so we honor his memory by keeping the decades old traditions alive. I know he is in a better place and when I was going through the depths of my grief, I realize now he wanted me to be in a better place here on earth, he wanted me to cherish the present moments of my life. For a while I simply couldn't and that is OK - there is no time limit for grief and each of us must find our own way through it. I will always be grateful to the people who were there during those dark days. I think of my friend Bernice who would email me every day and on the 10th of each month, she would send a beautiful card of remembrance. Her love, kindness and understanding was a divine presence in my life during the most difficult days, it helped get me through as did the loving embrace of family. There were certain songs I would play - melodies I held onto because it seemed to connect me to my father. I grasped tight to anything I could to feel close to him, to feel his presence in this earthly realm. To this day, those songs bring me a sense of peace, the difference is now I don't cry every time I hear them, instead, I smile knowing in that moment he is with me. The holidays are a difficult time for many people who are missing someone they love so dearly. Besides fervent prayers, the best thing we can do is reach out to those who are struggling with grief. I know for me, a kind word, a hug, a compassionate listeningear, andsympathetic understanding helped get me through when the shackles of grief threatened to overwhelm me. This season, as the winter weather creeps in and I feel myself sinking slightly into sadness, I realize the best thing I can do is keep mymind busy and my heart ready to help another soul who may be feeling overwhelmed. As I wrote in a facebook message recently, "Got Love? Spread it!" There is no better gift we can give to others and to ourselves than the gift of unconditional love. Sometimes along the way we are sideswiped by life's tragedies. Much like our flag wavering back and forth in the frigid wind, we feel as if we are walking around haphazardly in the numbness and blur of our desperation. It is during those times the wisps of God's grace will find us and we will feel the calm presence of Continued on Page 7 Volley N and PO Box 309- Drayton, N.D. 58225 701-360.3005/701-454-6333 Email volleynv@polarcomm.com