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Journey back to childhood


Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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By David ParkerMonday, October 23, 2000

By now, everyone has probably heard of the Harry Potter books written by J.K. Rowlings. These books are classified as children’s books. Consequently, many older people who would enjoy reading them have shied away. This is unfortunate because the books are written so well.

There are four books in the series. They all revolve around a boy named Harry Potter. He lives an everyday life with his aunt and uncle. All that ends when he discovers that there is a whole new world which is inhabited by witches and wizards. He soon finds himself attending a school called Hogwarts. At Hogwarts, he has numerous exciting and dangerous adventures.

These books are full of action and adventure, but the choice of names that Rowlings uses is also quite entertaining. Some of names include: Dumbledore, the headmaster of the Hogwarts; Hermoine, one of Harry’s best friends; Crabbe, Goyle, and Malfoy, Hogwart’s notorious bullies and Harry’s worst enemies; Hagrid, Harry’s giant friend; and Voldermort, the dark lord wizard who haunts the minds of all those in the wizarding world. Just trying to figure out how to say them can lead to some laughs.

These characters and more experience giant dogs, talking snakes, trees with terrible tempers, pictures that move and talk, statues that sing, buildings with enchanted ceilings, and much much more. You can find yourself reading for hours, when it seems as if you just opened the book. These adventures and numerous puzzles keep the reader glued to the pages, and coming back for more.

Those who have read all four books may have come across just one thing they did not like. That is the fact that the last book in the series had a wonderful rising action, and a gripping climax, but it failed miserably in the end. Numerous questions remained after the book was finished. There are plans for Rowlings to write at least three more books in the series, so take heart that those questions will be answered.

Harry Potter has quickly become the most popular children’s title of this time. Those of you who do not consider yourselves children may just want to ignore the fact that they are "children’s books." They are worth taking a journey back to childhood.

David Parker is a senior at Kingsland High School in Spring Valley.

This work is not for the birds

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, September 4, 2000

I stand on the roof of our workshop holding the end of a rope. My husband has tied the opposite end around his waist so he doesn't slip as he hammers nails into our new metal roofing. Although I am alert to the danger ..... 
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Just a Juicy Little Tidbit

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

"What’s this?" One of the two teenaged boys impatiently thrusts an open plastic margarine tub in my face. "We found it out in the woods just lying on the ground coming back from our tree stands." At the bottom of their ..... 
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Recently released Minnesota books

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 16, 2000

Last month I attended the annual convention of the Upper Midwest Bookseller Association in downtown St. Paul, a gathering of authors, publishers and independent booksellers.

I was impressed, as I was last year, ..... 
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Halloween Goat Stories

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

October is Pork Month so I would like to use this opportunity to talk about goats. I might as well confess that I have not known a goat in any particularly meaningful way. From what I hear about goats, it is possible t ..... 
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A revolutionary idea

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 9, 2000

"Are you going to watch the debates tonight?" someone asked me last Tuesday.

"No, I don't have a dog in that fight," I responded, using a George Bush, Sr. analogy for "No, I'm not going to watch the debates."
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Advice to a young man & A couple of things I’m not so sure about

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Monday, October 23, 2000

I will begin by telling you that I am seventy-five years of age and that I am a recovering workaholic. I have been in a recovery program for the last fifty five years. I want you to understand that it is not easy for m ..... 
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Journal Profile # 80

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Name: John Goutcher
Home: Preston
Age: 60
Profession: Retired High School Educator/Administrator
Family: Wife Shirley, Son
Jeff, Daughter Jennifer
Personal Hero: Moses, he took a large grou ..... 
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Pumpkin Dessert

Sun, Oct 22nd, 2000
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Batter:
1 pkg. yellow cake mix (Reserve 1 cup for topping)
1/2 cup oil
1 egg
• Mix well. Grease bottom of 9x13 pan and spread batter in pan.
Filling:
1-1lb. can pumpkin
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs ..... 
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