Spring is here and it is time to clean up! We do spring cleanups in our little corner of the world which make our environment more attractive without the mess that Mother Nature may have dumped upon us, especially when the winter winds blow. This spring we also have some extra things to clean following the tornado that hit the area.
We also feel the need to clean up what people have contributed to our countryside when they litter. How many government dollars and volunteers does it take to keep our environment clean and mess-free?
There are things we see that anger us that we can't do much about, but there are things we can do to help make our world more beautiful and peaceful. How can someone be so selfish as to contaminate communities and roadways as if they have the right, or that it doesn't matter? It does!
I know how much it matters to me if I see people throw garbage out of their vehicle’s window when they could so easily put it in a small bag until they get home or come to a place where they can dispose of it.
The same is true of our city parks, school properties, athletic complexes, lakes and in our neighborhoods. What better thing can we do with our time and talents than to make our world better by helping to keep those things clean and enjoyable places to spend time with our families and friends?
Thankfully there are people who are willing to give of their time and help keep those areas clean.
I am reminded of Mother Theresa’s famous quote, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with love.”
Thank you Dick Herfindahl for your columns in the Star Eagle. His recent column on April 13 brought back memories. How well I remember the anticipation each spring of going to the lake. My sister Kaye and I could hardly wait. We were lucky enough to have a cabin close to the lake so we had the advantage of checking out the “prime” lakeside property, especially in the spring.
It was always interesting watching for the ice to melt and seeing the changing color. And, of course, once that had been accomplished it would soon be time to get out our boats, fishing poles and outdoor equipment.
I can just see Dick chopping and a-sweating. Living by the lake is not an easy job—it just feels different than other year-round jobs. As you are slaving away it makes you think of those old, pre-Industrial Revolution ancestors who didn’t have the advantages that come with improvements to manufacturing and technology.
Though you don’t want to think about it as you toil away, you are already thinking about how soon it will become a frozen lake again.
Speaking of freezing, I remember one year we thought that winter was over and planted our tomato plants, and then it snowed. In fact, it snowed a lot. Miracle of miracles, they didn’t freeze!
Before we know it the tractors will start making their ways down the fields, planting all those corn and bean seeds, while others will be preparing their gardens. And of course it will be time to put away those snow blowers and get the lawn movers ready to roll!
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This week’s birthdays and anniversaries include:
• Thursday, April 20th: Jacob Dau, Sara Elizabeth Hemingway, Steve Mumm, Brenda Sorenson, Kathy Haberman, Jennie Korsbon, Paul & Jennifer Wayne
• Friday, April 21st: Helen Pierce, Michael Foster, Veronica Graif, Adrian Kilian, Marilyn Reistad, Elmer Vanden Heuvel.
• Saturday, April 22nd: Arlyss Haug, Noah Lowell Swearingen, his 14th; Rollie Johnson, David Purdy, Gregory Swearingen, Stacy Thostenson Harold, James Van Riper, Marilyne Dodge, Mike & Sarah Collins, Rodger & Sue Hill
• Sunday, April 23rd: Dan Mc Elfresh, Jayne Miller, Buffy Bergland, Alan Edwardson, Jackie Johnson Miller
• Monday, April 24th: Madison Kay Wagner, Marnie Ray Wagner, Dak Sorenson, Mialyn Cuden, Audrey Paulson, Lowell Wichmann, Scott Brandt, Kara Vangen, Forrest Leland Peterson, Keralyn & Bill Powers
• Tuesday, April 25th: Ed Deml, Nicole Langlie LaTourneau, Nicole Nielson, Evie Toft, Christine Davidson, Jeff Kunkel, Janice Morreim, Stan Reichl
• Wednesday, April 26th: Jim Arends, Lester Casterton, Teresa Deml Sisler, Beverly Harpel, Jean Larson, Pat Motl, Ashley Bangert, Mary Peterson, Pat Pichner, Steve & Judy Christensen, Bob & Gerry Flim, Allan & Darline Jensen
Birthdays and anniversaries are for reflecting, dreaming, enjoying. Wishing you a wonderful day!