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Purrfect


By Yvonne Nyenhuis

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Yvonne Nyenhuis

There are angels who walk among us. They tread the halls of the nursing home where I am recovering from knee surgery.

We humans are subject to the winds of time which sweep us along without consulting our will. We are carried along on a currant and sometimes find ourselves edding in pools of helplessness, pain and frustration.

Surgery exposes us to fear, uncertainty and surrenders control of our bodys and emotions to strangers.

What borders on miraculous is the compassion, sensitivity and wisdom of my caretakers in this nether world in which I find myself.

Three months ago I had replacement surgery in my right knee. On April 1st, I had surgery on the left knee, then returned to the nursing facility where I received a warm welcome.

I joined the parade of wheel chairs in the hall where patients hailed each other. “How are you?” they ask. “Just fine.” Fine just fine, the resounding answer. Which poses the question, if we are all “just fine” why are we here?

One person you don’t want to see first thing in the morning is your therapist. She is often young, pretty with bright eyes and a playful smile. She is there to inflict pain.

Actually there is no good time to exercise but without it there will be no recovery.

As I ease my foot forward curling my toes and pressing down on my thigh, my mentor murmers, “Perfect,” with satisfaction. I come to find out the word “perfect” is agreed on universally among all my caregivers. The smallest accomplishment is celebrated and softly the word “perfect” which is rolled out slowly with extra “R’s” as in “Purrfect!”

Periodically throughout the day from early mornings light, they take our vitals. Blood pressure has long been a source of suspicion to me. It’s numbers fluctuate like the stock market or gas prices at the pump. If you don’t like the result - you just do it over until the numbers are more favorable.

Not usually a subject of public discourse, the words “bowel movement” is considered important and of great interest. You aren’t allowed to go home until you perform. My favorite Dr. Oz Show was devoted to the intestinal track and it’s wonders.

Every worker here has certain duties. One collects the dirty towels and gowns daily. Another follows, bringing fresh towels and gowns. One day their .....
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Not the school you remember

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Eric Leitzen There’s something making the rounds out there on them there interwebs: it’s a resignation letter from a teacher of nearly thirty years. In it, the teacher says a “long train of failures” in decisions not by his school, but b ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Hook, line and sinker

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Commentary

By Jerry Grehl, Harmony Guest editorialist Jeff Erding’s passionate opposition of all things that might restrict in any way gun ownership is based on a false premise: a premise that has been sold to him hook, line, and sinker by the billion dolla ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Promoting Fillmore County

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com As you may have noticed, recently, we invested in having our Fillmore County Journal van wrapped up at Kelly’s Prin ..... 
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Federal Spending

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Karen Reisner The deadline for filing 2012 tax returns will soon be here. When filing your return do you question where your federal tax dollars go? According to the Office of Management and Budget in 2011 these dollars were spent as follows: ..... 
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We’d Be Better Off If The Parties Were Still Relevant

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Lee H. Hamilton A few weeks ago, the Republican National Committee issued a 100-page report aimed at reviving the GOP after its poor showing in last November’s elections. It was remarkably blunt about the specifics of the party’s shortcoming ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Obama/Biden Gun Control

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Commentary

By Jeff Erding, Wykoff, MN “ALL IN ALL, IT’S JUST ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL” [from THE WALL by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, 1979] You may be sick of the gun control debate, and I sure don’t blame you. You may be thinking: “This guy is ob ..... 
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Guest commentary: To the residents of the R-P School District

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Tayor Peterson, School Board Director, Peterson, MN As a school board member, elected by you and to serve you, I feel it is my job to keep you up to date on what has gone on the past few months and what will be going on in the future relating to ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Headlines that didn’t make the cut

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal & Olmsted County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com I really, really wanted to make this edition of the Fillmore County Journal a special one. After all, it’s not oft ..... 
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