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Avoid clichés like the plague


Fri, May 9th, 2003
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Editor’s note: The following speech was one of several given at the 2002 Fillmore Central High School commencement. It is reprinted here as a reminder that the graduation season is almost upon us. By Emily TorgrimsonThe early bird gets the worm. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Maybe life is one big cliché. When I sat down to write this speech, I found myself between a rock and a hard spot. I tried to run, but I soon realized that I couldn’t hide. I had to face the writing on the wall. Because when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I decided that the pen was mightier than the sword, and took pen in hand. I thought of writing about how parting is such sweet sorrow, but concluded that was sickeningly sweeter than an apple pie. Or how beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or how there’s no place like home. I thought until I was blue in the face. But, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. As they say, you may have to kiss a few frogs before you find a prince; and after all, even Rome was not built in a day. And finally I happened upon it: To be or not to be. Isn’t it obvious? Be. Be original. Though it is a cliché in itself, walk to your own beat, the beat that echoes inside of you. Thoreau wrote, “If a man does not step in beat, perhaps it is because he marches to the beat of a different drummer.” We all follow a different drummer - the trick is to block out everyone else’s - to keep in step with your lone drummer and not let the other rhythms pull you off beat - to live your own life. Live and let live. Live and learn. But most of all, live. But if you live in a glass house, you shouldn’t throw stones. Because what goes around comes around, and one good turn deserves another. All of us have the potential to live creatively and originally, however we choose. So respect others that exercise that potential, those that don’t settle for the ordinary, blasé, or normal. Don’t be afraid to be an original. For turning over a new leaf means not having to turn back the clock or turn a deaf ear or turn the other cheek. So seize the day, for every dog has its day. And today is our day, the time to find something that excites us, that we’re passionate about, tha .....
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Another One From Flaherty: The Trouble with Harry

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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Have you ever taken one of those self-improvement courses? A friend of mine did and he has driven everyone that he knows nuts. He took some sort of course that was supposed to enable him to win friends and influence people and now he has no friends a ..... 
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Township Roads:Chaperones

Fri, May 2nd, 2003
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My wife, Deb, and I just got back from the Minnesota FFA Convention. Our sons, Matt and Ted, both participated in the event. They are guitarists in a band named Near-Death Experience that participated in the FFA Talent Contest. Near-Death Experience ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Eric Leitzen

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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By Eric M. Leitzen

Anger. Sadness. Indifference. Fear. Longing. This is what I saw on the bronze faces of the nineteen soldiers that made up the National Korean War Memorial. Those faces, so masterfully sculpted, will be forever ..... 
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Of People, Places and Things: Courts will likely decide Heartland’s fate

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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At the Preston City Council meeting on Monday night, when Preston Mayor Dave Pechulis pulled a rabbit out of his hat and ruled that a three to two vote supporting a conditional use permit for Heartland had failed because it did not meet the super maj ..... 
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At Home in the Woods: Harvey, the Homeless

Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
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It is 2:30 p.m. at the Harmony Library, time for me to begin a talk about my book "At Home in the Big Woods," but the only people who are here besides me are the librarian, the maintenance man and one patron. I never know what to expect when I prepar ..... 
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