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Journal Writing Project: Perseverance


Fri, Oct 10th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

It began in the early nineteenth century, with a game called Hare and Hounds. One group of runners would create a random trail with small pieces of paper, and the second group of runners would follow in pursuit of the lead group, following the paper trail. Hare and Hounds was a popular game in England that later evolved into the sport we now call cross country.

Cross country is a sport that is unique, yet difficult. An exceptional amount of self discipline and perseverance is required. It does not matter to a cross country runner what obstacles lie ahead of them. Whether it be a large hill, another mile, or even something as simple as the final straightaway, the runner always seems to accomplish the goal. To run a distance race, as so many young people in Minnesota do is very difficult. Doubt can easily creep into the minds of the runners. The moment it does, self discipline has to kick in. Those who are strong mentally have a tremendous advantage over those who are not. Cross country running is similar to life in this manner. One of the most famous sayings is When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This applies to all aspects of life, including cross country.

Cross country is an unparalleled sport because it is a team sport as well as an individual sport. As in most other sports, the actions of the team members directly affect the outcome. What is different is that even if a school is unable to field an entire team, runners are still allowed to participate. Another redeeming quality of cross country is the action needed to compete. Everyone can run. No matter what the runners ability level is, there is a race for him/her to run. Teammates are not stuck on the bench or on the sidelines.

People ask runners all the time Why do you run? or Do you run for fun? Honestly, running isnt always fun. The part about running that is fun is the feeling of finishing the race, knowing that the hard work has paid off. The best thing about running is that the effort put in is directly related to, and often rewarded by, the outcome. A coach once said Only one person, and one person only, will determine how good of a runner you become. You will become as good as you let yourself be. That one person, is you. Working hard will allow a person to go far, not only in cross country, but in anything they choose to do.

The path being traveled may be full of large hills, .....
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The Commute: Culture clash

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Columnists

I really love humor, and its a nice feeling when someone tells me they laughed at something Ive written. But every once in awhile I crumble under the pressure to be funny. (Admittedly, the pressure comes only from myself.) Some months I sit down to ..... 
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Township Roads: By Hand

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
Posted in Columnists

My dad pointed out to me an article in one of the regional farm magazines. The article was about a contest where the contestants picked corn by hand. It was amazing that people still had an urge to do that kind of thing for fun. Any time you have to ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty: The Dormant News

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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We have in Flabbergast County a very fine County newspaper in The Dormant News whos slogan is all the news thats fit to print and even some that aint. I thoroughly enjoy reading it and what I find especially interesting are the social items that a ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2003
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Another big day, Thanks for coming to our chicken dinner last Sunday, at Big Spring. I guess we all know that any big dinner at church means a lot of hard work. Some are up at 4:30 a.m. frying chicken and finding enough ovens around the country to ..... 
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Sure was a busy week again. On Monday my daughter Karen came up from Winona. She and Vickie took me out for lunch. The next day on my birthday, Dick and Vannie came down from St. Charles and took me to the Branding Iron for lunch. After our lunch we ..... 
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Prairie Notes: Im making a list

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Grabbing an old notebook to find a clean sheet of paper, I spotted a list dated "summer, 2003." Expert list-maker that I am, I had drawn a vertical line on the left-hand side of the sheet with thick pencil. To the left of that line were tentative com ..... 
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Another one from Flaherty: Dormant Aid

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Last week, I was invited to speak at a fund raiser for the Dormant Aid Society. Over the years, I have spoken at many events and always received a fee or stipend of some sort. On this occasion, the opposite was the case. On this occasion, I was given ..... 
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Township Roads:All-Country, All-the-Time

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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I grew up with television. There was never a time that I can remember not having a television in our house, other than when it was in the repair shop. The television was the center of family activity for my three brothers and me. Our parents didnt w ..... 
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