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Journal Writing Project-Jamie Howe


Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Tis the season

Itís finally here...the church bells ringing triumphantly, the crackling of the fire, the Christmas lights twinkling all around, the stockings hanging, the carolers singing on the snow-covered sidewalks, the chitter-chatter of your family around the feast on the table, the mistletoe hanging in the doorway, the December wind and snow, the laughter and the embracing of loved ones, and the celebration of the holidays.

And yes, itís the season of special Christmas television programs too!

Every season has its special qualities, its differences, and its importances, but there is something about the winter holidays that makes my cheeks a little rosier and my smile a little brighter. We are entertained all season by a host of familiar characters that charm, inspire, instruct and influence us at this special time of year.

Itís not just the presents under the tree or the letters to Santa Claus. Itís the spirit of the season--itís life, hope, love, and joy! Itís seeing your parents turn into kids again. Itís watching your whole world and the people in it turn from mean old Mr. Grinches to rosie-cheeked Mrs. Clauses all because itís the holidays. Itís watching the most selfish person throw a couple dollars into the Salvation Army kettle. Itís decking your whole house up in lights and tinsel and watching practically everyone in town pass by just to catch a glimpse of the holiday cheer you have. Itís saying ďMerry ChristmasĒ to people you donít even know just because itís Christmas!

This is the only time of year when everyone is happy and in a cheerful mood. So whatís the point of not having Christmas cheer? I have to admit, some days I donít feel so cheery either; but I just remember that itís Christmas and itís a time to rejoice and be glad! So why not?!

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving, joy and laughter, love and cheer. There is no room for a humbug attitude like Mr. Scrooge--think Whoville and cheer like the Whovilles down in Whoville!

I remember last year many people were saddened by the brown and drab Christmas we had due to the lack of snow. But maybe this year, Frosty the Snowman will be able to grace us with his laughter and joy. That should keep the spirit of everyone going!

Or maybe you will receive just the right present when Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer fi .....
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Another From Flaherty-"Much to do about whatever"

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

As a general rule, a man has to have something to do; even if he doesnít get around to it. This is especially true if he is retired. He canít just sit around twiddling his thumbs, although in certain circles, this could be considered as a digital exe ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Kyle Anderson

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

As I walk through the halls at my high school, I see kids huddled in their groups of friends talking about what happened on the weekend. Conversations about what movie someone went to, a place someone visited, or something that a person bought. Nothi ..... 
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The Commute: Joy at the Dome

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

My family and I made the trip to the championship game last Saturday. My kids, ages three and seven, had never seen the Metrodome. They speculated before our trip about how big it would be, and whether theyíd see any Minnesota Vikings or Twins just h ..... 
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Township Roads Ė Bragging Rights

Fri, Nov 29th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Deb and I traveled to Minot recently to attend the Board meeting of our national farm management instructorsí organization. One of our colleagues told us that he had received a nice compliment from his administrator back home. He was asked, "What bun ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Matt Ruen

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
Posted in Columnists

This recent Tuesday, at the gloaming hour,  I sat me down, a sad lament to write.  This poem unfolded like a budding flowír,  As I did long for frosty snow so white.
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Prairie Notes -The near-winter landscape

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Some seasons get all the breaks. Take spring, for example. Most of us look forward to the budding trees, the greening lawns, and even the yellowing dandelions. Summer, too, holds the promise of pinks and blues and purples in gardens and on bushes gal ..... 
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