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A thankful life
... by Del Bartels
In 1620, after four months at sea, the people on the Mayflowersighted land. Far north of the Virginia colony, they were forced byweather to harbor a harsh winter. The non-separatist passengers de-clared that since they were not at their contractual destination, theycould act as free agents. For self-preservation, the men drafted theMayflower Compact, which submitted the entire colony to majorityrule. When the new common house burned to the ground, the ship wasthe only shelter. Then a sickness hit. Of the original approximately 102Mayflower passengers, about half survived the first year. Come warmerweather, encounters with various Indian tribes resulted in a treaty of friendship. At summer's end, when the harvest was in, the two groupscombined the colonists’ English “harvest home” and the Indians’ har-vest time traditions. Though it is likely that this mutual time of thanks-giving was earlier in the season, it was the seed that grew to becomeour Thanksgiving celebrated in late November.“In everything give thanks” is a Biblical lesson that is sometimes farfrom easy. After tremendous hardship and loss, thankfulness is not atthe forefront of one’s thoughts. One definition of a compromise –a com-pact or treaty –is where neither side is completely happy. The pilgrimshad tremendous loss and they had to repeatedly hold off on their sepa-ratist ways. Still, they and the people they came into contact withpaused to give thanks.In 2012, America is still fighting an economy that is, at best, sluggish,with an almost eight percent unemployment rate. A current devastat-ing drought is rearing its ugly head at next year’s growing season. Localfood pantries are straining. The stock market is wobbling. Then, thereare other hardships felt on a more personal level. Some families mustdeal with breakups, financial downsizing, illnesses, or maybe even adeath in the family.Still, to give thanks is a lesson. The various colonial settlements, suchas founded by the pilgrims, learned to take, and to share, responsibilityin what we now call a democratic government. Separatism has its place,but working with others to improve society as a whole can be called an American trait. A hard life may be softened just a little bit by strugglingthrough it day by day with a thankful heart.As the traditional turkey is set on the table, the family around it canrelish that they are together. As people sit at a community table be-cause, come November 22, they will not be surrounded by family, thenthey can be grateful for friends and acquaintances. As families pray,with an empty chair at the table, they can be comforted that the chairwas filled for a while by a loved one. The traditional picture is of a hugefamily laughing around a table full of bounty that includes an overlyhuge stuffed turkey. The real picture is of family, and of friends, comingtogether to be thankful for each other.
by Syd Iwan
Do you suffer from anatidaepho-bia? That is the fear that some-where, somehow, a duck is alwayswatching you. Actually this is morea made-up fear by humorist GaryLarson in his Far Side comics thatan actual one, but probably some-where, somehow, there is a personwho worries about being spied onby ducks.Rationally speaking, there isn’tall that much to be afraid of whenit comes to ducks. They seldom goon the attack, and how dangerouscan the awkward things be withflat feet and blunt bills? Now geeseare a different story. I’ve been bit-ten on the rear by a gander once ortwice, and that can hurt. In otherwords, keep an eye on geese butdon’t fuss that much about ducks.There are a lot of phobias outthere, however, that have beenclassified and are real “excessive,irrational, and persistent fears” asWebster’s dictionary puts it. One of the most common might be acro-phobia, which is the fear of heights. Luckily, I don’t have itand could happily climb to the topof the water tower to take aerialpictures of Myrt’s auction salesince she wanted it visuallyrecorded. I did learn that youshouldn’t look up and see cloudsfloating over since that gives youthe nasty feeling that the tower isfalling over backwards. Lookingdown is fine with me but not up.On the other hand, wife Corinneseldom climbs up over one or twosteps on a stepladder. Heightsdon’t do a thing for her. Even pic-tures of someone up high give herpause. Neither is it a good idea tohold hands with her while watch-ing a movie where someone is dan-gling in space or up too high. See-ing such things will make herhands sweat. On the ranch, I foundthat repairing windmills is not a job for a lot of guys. It makes themreally nervous to work on some-thing too far above ground level, if you can even get them to climb upthere in the first place.Claustrophobia is another com-mon problem which troubles thosewho dislike confined spaces. I havea bit of that. Actually, I’m okay ina small space if there is no one elsethere with me. Neither do I caremuch for crowds or even sitting ona couch with people on both sides.On the other hand, I certainlydon’t suffer from autophobia whichis nervousness caused by beingalone. I can exist for days or weeksby myself with no problem at all. If you live on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, this is fortunate. It’s toomany people that bother me andnot too few.Now there are quite a few thingsthat are a danger and need to bewatched. Snakes, prairie fires, spi-ders and bats come to mind. I don’tgo into a panic with any of those,but I don’t like them much. I amnot so afraid of snakes, though,that I can’t run and find a hoe orother implement to remove theirheads. Nevertheless, I don’t runthrough tall grass or pick up a logwithout kicking it first. This habitcame in very handy indeed one daywhen I went to pick up a stumpthat was supporting the tongue of a hay rake. I kicked it over only tofind a rattlesnake below it. Thethought of putting my fingersunder there without lookingstrongly reinforced my habit of kicking or shifting first and pickingup second. The same applies tofeed sacks on the floor where spi-ders and other crawly things liketo hide.I do come down with a bit of ablutophobia in the winter whichhas to do with bathing or washing.The reason is acarophobia which isabout itching. If I bathe every day,I also itch every day. Washing upis fine, but daily showers are not.This is only a problem in coldweather and not warm. Neither doI suffer from ataxophobia which isfear of disorder or untidiness. AskCorinne if you don’t believe me.She has a bit of that condition buthas learned to put up with mymesses without too much distress.Finally we come to luposlipapho-bia which is the fear of being pur-sued by timber wolves around akitchen table while wearing sockson a newly waxed floor. As youmight guess, this is another hu-morist’s invention. Socks on anewly waxed floor are actuallykind of fun since you can take arun and slide across until yourmother tells you to quit. The tim-ber-wolf part not so much.Actually, I am basically savedfrom excessive fear by trusting inmy heavenly father. He looks afterme and keeps me out of trouble ashe promises to do and has done re-peatedly. He says not to worryabout anything but to pray abouteverything. I try to do that andhighly recommend it. Being afraidy cat isn’t much fun. I can livewithout it.Rush Funeral Home’s mainchapel is moving from 203 W. PineStreet to its new site at 165 EastHighway 14, in Philip. An openhouse will be held Sunday, Novem-ber 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.The new location was once thePark-Inn Cafe and gas station, be-fore it became a Kingdom Hall forthe Jehovah Witnesses. The newbuilding is 4,917 square feet, witha 36x36 garage. It is OccupationalSafety and Health Administrationcompliant; including the air ex-change unit in the embalmingroom set to exchange the air 14times per hour. The layout of theviewing room is for easier visitingof the attendees. Funeral serviceswill still be held in churches orother family chosen places.As part of the open house, therewill be on display a replica of thecoffin used to show President Abra-ham Lincoln during his lying instate. It is one of five replicas made10 years ago by the Batesville Cas-ket Company of Indiana. The coffinwas designed using the only knownsurviving 1865 photograph of thecoffin. The distinction between acoffin and a casket is that a coffinhas six sides (diamond shaped) anda casket has four sides.Four of the five coffin replicastravel the nation for display at fu-neral homes, and the fifth remainsas part of the permanent collectionat the Abraham Lincoln Presiden-tial Library and Museum inSpringfield, Ill.Lincoln’s coffin was the mostelaborate of that time. It was con-structed of solid walnut, lined withlead and completely covered in ex-pensive black cloth. It was six feet,six inches long and decorated withsterling silver handles and studsextending the entire length of itssides. Though it appears austerecompared to modern caskets, theoriginal was custom made for thepresident and featured a remov-able two-part top. The replica doesnot contain a lead lining.Historically, the coffin playedprominently in a plot by thieves tosteal the president’s body. In 1876,when a counterfeiting ring’s top en-graver was imprisoned, his gangdecided to break into the tomb andsteal the body, planning to hold itfor a ransom of $200,000 in goldand the freedom of the engraver.The plot was foiled when lawmenmade their move as the coffin wasbeing removed from the tomb.In 1900, Lincoln’s son, Robert,was afraid that more attempts tosteal the body would be made. A se-lect few viewed the body one lasttime, to ensure that previous at-tempts to steal the body had notbeen successful. Lincoln’s appear-ance had not changed much sincethat of his original burial in 1865.Lincoln was then permanentlyburied, with the coffin placed in acage 10 feet deep and encased in4,000 pounds of concrete.It is estimated that one millionpeople viewed Lincoln’s body fromthe time of his death until his bur-ial. The funeral was the largest inthe world, until President John F.Kennedy’s death in 1963.It could be said that Lincoln’sdeath triggered the beginning of the modern day funeral service. Hewas the first public figure to be em-balmed and put on view –for al-most three weeks. The embalmingtechnique used was primarily usedon soldiers who died during theCivil War and needed to be trans-ported home for burial. People atthe time thought embalming was abarbaric violation of the body, butLincoln’s funeral changed that per-ception. His public viewing intro-duced the population to the bene-fits of embalming. Mourners wereable to see the late president for 20days and embalming made it possi-ble.
Rush Funeral Home open house todisplay replica of Lincoln’s coffin
A variety of local vendors gathered in the K-gee’s building, Thursday, November8, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to show their wares for the beginning of theThanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. Prize drawings and refreshmentswere available. The vendors included Arbonne, Do Terra, Dragonfly Framed Art,Miche Bags, Norwex, Pampered Chef, Princess House, Scentsy, Signature Home-styles, Thirty-One Gifts, Tupperware and Usborne Books.
Photo by Del Bartels
Holiday open house
Forty and Eight flag presentation
On Thursday, November 8, members of the Voyager #522Pierre and Philip Forty and Eight, an elite group derived frommembers of the American Legion, presented individual flagsto the students in Jayne Gottsleben’s first grade class inpreparation for Veterans Day. The Forty and Eight represen-tatives explained what Veterans Day is for. They demon-strated the proper procedure for folding a full-sized Americanflag, then the students repeatedly practiced folding the flag.Each first grade student in the school district received theirown smaller American flag. Shown, back row, from left: RonMillage, Phil Pearson and Marvin Denke. Third row: CohenReckling, Stratton Morehart, Adam Kanable, Colden Kramer,Tukker Boe, Ryker Peterson and Kash Slovek. Second row:Wakely Burns, Kade Fitzgerald, Rainee Snyder, Dymond Lurz,Brit Morrison and Jess Jones. Front: Tara Schofield, LaneKuchenbecker, Leah Staben, Kiara Perkins and HanaCrowser. Not pictured: Sarah Huston.
Photos by Del Bartels
Dear Editor,About eight or nine months ago,some neanderthal shotgunnedsome rural mailboxes. Ours wasone of them.I had a good friend, the talentedand semi-honorable Donnie Ehlers,make us a new one. Steel. Lookedgood. Kind of stood out and markedthe corner. Made me reminisceabout back in the day of 11 MileCorner.Boyd told me tonight when hecame home that someone had flat-tened it. Laid it out. Whoever youare, when you get done draggingyour knuckles, you need to stop outfor a “Come to Jesus meeting.”Jeannie WaaraPhilip, S.D.
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