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Meet me in the poetry section


Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

I must confess, I was a nerdy little kid. I didn't much like other kids; they always wanted to play outside, go to the park, and organize teams and clubs. My family forced me to answer the door when kids came to play, and made me go outside at least once a summer. I probably creeped them out a little, hanging around the house night and day, reading anything available. I recall a hefty leather-back titled "Morals and Dogma" on the shelf. I had no idea what it was about but treasured the weight and importance of its stature.

I loved the library and was lucky enough to grow up in Minneapolis at a time when I could walk to three or four libraries when I was old enough to cross the streets. One of them was a small library that was specifically for children's books. I had ambitions about taking the whole thing on before I got too old to sit on the wee chairs. My personal Olympic Dream.

Librarians were strict then. They sat at those wooden desks and hand stamped due dates on cards. The only sounds were the constant kathump of those rubber stampers and an occasional "shh!" It was heaven.

So let's hear some applause for librarians. They know much more than the Dewy Decimal System. (Do they have to memorize that like chemists memorize periodic tables?) Librarians know almost everything. They at least know how to help you find out about everything. If we pay attention, we will see librarians are holding the line of defense for our patriotic right to privacy and information against the insult of recent federal violations in the guise of National Security. Now, librarians are not known to fight like mine workers in a strike but I would caution against trying their patience with intellectual property.

Everything we know for sure, everything we hope to know or speculate might be true is available through our library systems. Words that have, like messages in a bottle, carried over the centuries and stayed true, are waiting for their curious audience. And, it's all free to the user. It costs about three dollars for a cup of coffee to keep us awake on the way to work, but all the worlds knowledge is out there for us to borrow, contemplate, discuss, disagree with or endorse and expand upon. Except for the sky above and the air we breathe (some corporate giant is likely to find a way to own those soon) there is precious little that is of such value, so eager to be consumed.

When we moved here, before I saw the house my husband had fa .....
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Political ruminations on Southeast Minnesota agriculture

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As American families sit down at the supper table these next few weeks and chew over the collective political decisions we made in the voting booth this year, can we also take a moment to ruminate on agriculture?

It's a good time to realize ..... 
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Change is more than a word

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It's over. The long, long, long campaign for the Presidency is behind us. The run for the top spot seemed to be a lifetime in length. Now we can relax. Or, can we?

The lightness of spirit many felt immediately after the election has been te ..... 
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A view from the other side

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Over most of my adult life, I have been a faithful follower of politics with my own strong held opinions. I've grumbled at times in disgust with some policy decisions and/or personal actions of people serving in public office at various levels.
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McCain can show how bipartisanship works

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The election is now one for the history books. The pundits and party faithful of both sides are busy analyzing and rationalizing the results.

McCain was correct during the campaign - he is not George W. Bush. No matter who was elected chang ..... 
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Changing the Subject

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The holidays are coming. I can tell by the weather and the fully stocked shelves of canned pumpkin. Here we will be again, driving to an event with all those relatives that we love and carrying our lists of topics not to mention. You know, John and ..... 
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A Christian looks at politics and government

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

When I listen to and look at today's political campaigns, the first thing that stands out in my mind is the question: "Doesn't anyone know the Golden Rule'? That way of assessing one's own words and actions isn't even exclusively Christian. The tene ..... 
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The things you love about Minnesota are on the ballot

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

On November 4, Minnesotans will have a chance to invest in a better life for future generations by voting for a proposed constitutional amendment to fund Minnesota's water quality, wildlife, cultural heritage and natural areas.

The Clean Wa ..... 
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Violence and the media

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

There's much to be said about violence, not only in October - which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - but all year long. When I was asked to write an article about violence and its affect on children, I thought that I would focus on violence in ..... 
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