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The fairs are pretty much behind us, but I couldn't help thinking, life is pretty much like the fair. Consider the Ferris Wheel. It has its ups and its downs. Isn't that like life? 

Now and then it gets stuck and we are left dangling in mid-air and are stuck there until something or someone comes along and gets the wheel running again. Meanwhile, we are immobilized and can be scared. We may even enjoy the scenery and have patience that somehow life will come again in its usual way. We just have to wait.

Or compare your life to a merry-go-round. We go along day by day in our usual way and may enjoy the ride, but sometimes we find life boring and instead of enjoying the ride we feel we have to get off, do something different and not be satisfied to sit behind the ones ahead of us.

I could go on.

There are those who work hard at keeping the carnival going. Such also is life. Do we give others credit for what they do? They are the people who work hard to make the "ride" a little easier for others, who think and do as best they can to make things enjoyable and liveable. 

The behind-the-scenes people, who do because they want to or need to, are so often forgotten in their role of caretaker. Too often we forget how different things would be if nobody cared, gave from the heart and kept things moving.

There are dangers and temptations out there. That pretty cotton candy, that is sabotaged with sugar, for one. Such are life’s temptations.

Things can look so pretty, so delicious, but it takes willpower to pass them by. I know they're part of the game, but we are intelligent enough to know the dangers. We think "just one time," which leads to one more time.

What's bad for us? I am not talking cotton candy now. A few minutes of happiness can change our whole life, — not only ourselves but others like our family and friends.

Living on the fast track may be exciting, but it can also be dangerous. It may last for a time, but when the crash comes it leaves one with little to rely on. 

I love fairs. They are thrilling, fun and a way of meeting and greeting friends and strangers. They do a lot of good things. Such is life. It is we who must see the good and the evil and know the way to enjoy the "fair" (life).

There are a lot of things that can compare with life. We can look for the beauty, the talent, the winners and those who don't, but realize there is no loser. We learn by living, by making good choices and the happiness we can get out of it. Though often we endure things we would really rather not.

When you are at the top of the Ferris Wheel, think, “How did I get here?” You will realize you didn't do it alone. Being on the top comes with a lot of help from others joined at the heart with God. Life is a circus, a fair, a life of happiness. It all depends on how we take the ride.

Some of our Star Eagle readers have commented that they like to read about events such as family and school reunions, birthdays and anniversaries, and birth and wedding announcements. In order to read about these important things we need our faithful readers to pass along the information to us.

Also, if you know of an event that is upcoming or have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please contact me.

If you have birthdays and anniversaries you would like to include, or news to share, please contact me via e-mail, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by postal mail, P.O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035; or telephone, 507-256-4405.

There are times I make mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I don’t know. Please look at it as a reminder that though they may no longer be with us it is nice to remember they once were and celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries just the same.

Birthdays and anniversaries :

• Thursday, September 22nd: Noah Rasmussen, Lee Nelson, Gary Jenkins, Kaleb Christensen, Diane Stollard, Kathy Underland, Doris DeNeui, Mark & Rachel Lee

• Friday, September 23rd: Aiden James Manges, Allison Groth Mullenburg, Melissa Lonning, Sara Cornelius Routh, Kristin Hamberg, Lance Jepson, Theresa Langlie, Debra Harding, James Robertson, Galen Montanye, Elizabeth Lageson, Mark Kasper, Robin Christensen, Judy & Tad Lunning

• Saturday, September 24th: Gilmore Nelson, Nancy Pence, Jayna Domier, Jazmyne Tayton Martinez, Brandon Wayne, Cherysh Christina Hill Marcks, Brody Carlson, Michael Bedney, Trevor David Barber, Jill Vanden Heuvel, Kathie Lein, Susan Mickelson, Sophie Miller, Iris & Stanley Jensen

• Sunday, September 25th: Amelia Christine Powers, her fifth birthday; Makayla Jayme Haberman, Travor David Barber, Geraldine Vangen, Tom Lageson, Pam Conklin, Suzanne Enzenauer Skaar, Cameron & Dayna Schember; Kellen & Allison Utpadel, Dwight & Loretta Schewe, Harmony & Ryan Anderson, Amy & Rick Storlie, Wendy & Marty Schultz, Larry & Elaine Paulsen

• Monday, September 26th: Tammy Beenken, Lori Klemmensen Suchanek, Marc Horan, Verdel Humberg, Virginia Miller, James Henry Neidermeier, Connie Menefee Calderon, Becky Tindal, and Marty & Lee Nelson

• Tuesday, September 27th: Layla Grace Schultz, Judy Christensen, Naomi Wangsness, Mary Wayne, Gail Farr Christenson, Sara Holmes Wencl, Steve Lageson, Kristin Paulsen Zinke, Jacob Tasker, Chris Ritz, Katie Cameron, Eleanor Rodriguez, Carl Shadden, Daniel Van Kampen, Donna Mae McCamish, Kristin Severson, Lud Borchert, Jocelyn & Jason Heyer

• Wednesday, September 28th: Madeline Schei, Kylie Lembke, Denise Hagen Olson, Mary Kasper Therneau, Mitch Vangen, Taff Worrell, Haley Mattson DuBois, Bunny Jepson, Miranda & Isiah Payton, Jerry & Ginger Thompson, Bill & Sharon Vavra, Jill & Todd Kubicek

• Thursday, September 29th: Norrine Jensen, Gail Kaplan, Annette Flugum, Millie Flugum, Ellen Pence, Jenna Quimby, Kevin Klemmensen, Linda Schmidt, Fran Ladlie, Ron & Donna Sletten, Jason & Tara DeWight, Dave & Donna Maixner

• Friday, September 30th: Raigan, Hatle, Lia, Shay Broskoff, their 6th; Jordy Philip Klocek, 2013; Chloe Walterman, Dean Hunt, Elmer & Joan Vanden Heuvel, Gilbert & Harriet Larson, Todd & Cheryl Utpadel, Amy & Shannon Vander Syde, Aaron & Jean Klemmensen, Tiffany & Luke Mueller, Kelly & Joshua Warke

Wishing you a day of fond memories and new beginnings.


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