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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 9:55 AM
I learned a long time ago that the more I focus on the blessings I have in my life, giving thanks for each and every one, the happier I am. Even though I know that to be the truth, that doesn’t mean I always practice what I know.
  • Star Trek experience is more than entertainment
    A week or so ago I wrote in this diary about having missed two important dates this fall. The first was in September, the 50th anniversary of the first airing of Star Trek. The second reminded me of having missed the first: it was Space Week in October.
  • I learned a long time ago that the more I focus on the blessings I have in my life, giving thanks for each and every one, the happier I am. Even though I know that to be the truth, that doesn’t mean I always practice what I know.
  • Thanksgiving plans include Prep Bowl football
    Happy Thanksgiving everybody. By the time you read this the actual Thanksgiving celebration will be over, but the feeling of Thanksgiving is something that should continue for the entire year. We are so blessed here in the United States of America. We have people protecting us and caring for us 24 hours a day, seven days a week and every week of the entire year. We should be so thankful!
  • Olympic skater writes children’s book sharing message of kindness
    Everybody thinks you’re a pretty nice kid.
  • Natural wonders abound in Haines, Alaska
    I watched bald eagles feeding in November upon spawned-out chum salmon in an area outside Haines, Alaska, where a reservoir of warm water kept the Chilkat River from freezing. Each bald eagle eats around a pound of salmon each day. There were over 2,000 eagles counted. That’s a lot of salmon lunches.
  • Special days provide plenty of choices  for holiday shopping, giving, even hiking
    I’ve never been shopping on Black Friday. It’s not that I’m philosophically opposed to the frenzied day. It’s more a practical matter. Our small business can’t afford to take two holidays in a row for all our employees since we still have deadlines to meet and publications to print.
  • Veterans Day was a day filled with celebrations
    It has been very impressive to see how “all out” this area goes to celebrate Veterans Day. Yes, the banks and post offices all over the country close, and in many areas there are school programs intended not only for the students but also for the public. But, in my experience, the public is pretty absent at those events.
  • Embracing new career fulfills a longtime dream
    When I was a little girl, one of my favorite places to be was our Harmony library. I loved looking at the books lined up on the shelves and loved hearing the sound of a binding cracking as I opened the cover. Sometimes I simply held the book and flipped through the pages, not even attempting to read the words. I simply loved the image of black type on white pages.
  • Area athletes honored for fall accomplishments
    As president-elect Donald Trump is making the transition to the presidency, so must we make a transition, not for the presidency, but for the winter sports season. 
  • Histories of objects, classical music bring humor into brief explanations
    Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush.
  • Arrival of fall impacts nature in spectacular way
    The gold had been lost. The yellow of the goldfinches had molted into an olive drab color.
  • DNR offers art contest, Whitewater Park full of activities
    There are numerous things coming up in the late fall and early winter to do. First, let’s take a look at a call for Minnesota artists, and those who want to support nature in the state through special vehicle license plate purchases.
  • Star Trek 50th anniversary almost went unnoticed
    Somehow I missed it. It wasn’t until I saw an article in Army Times in its Oct. 3 issue that I realized the 50th anniversary of Star Trek had come and gone. When I started looking online about what had been done to celebrate, I found out the likely reason I had not known: one media writer had pointed that given the short history of most television shows, one that has lasted for 50 years is a big deal, but it had gone “relatively unnoticed.”
  • Get outdoors while weather is still beautiful
    Plan a visit to New Albin, Iowa
  • Wheelin’ across state for exciting sports-filled weekend
    Last weekend I took off Friday morning (5:22 a.m.) for the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D., to watch the Section 6AA football finals between Pillager and Ottertail Central. 
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