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Last week, whatever came to mind was about some of the crazy addictions we have developed over the years.

It just came out in the news that people who have bypass surgery are apt to pick up an addiction to something else. Be thankful it isn't alcohol.

Even drugs prescribed have two different sides. One is for healing, but they can also be destructive and overwhelming, putting people in an addictive state. Recently information has come out about the misuse or overuse of good pills that can be bad or can lead to serious addictions. 

In fact, when I read the papers my druggist had sent with me about my prescription, I decided not to take the pills. When I asked the doctor about it, he didn't think they should send this information sheet along with the pills because it gave people false impressions.

I believe that sometimes those innocent little pills can raise havoc with the brain, changing it negatively.

Popping some of those pills for pain can also become an addiction. Doctors have recently decided that too much comfort is being associated with pain killers and they too can cause addictions. Got a headache? Sometimes it is better not to use so many pills. Maybe people need to stop and take a little break and give their bodies a short "rest" and see if that will help them start to feel better. 

Talking about things we're addicted to, Al Batt recently mentioned Oreo cookies in his column. They too can be considered an addiction. That's for real! I can see why it is hard to eat just one!

The world that we live in today has become a busy world and we have forgotten the importance of needing to take short breaks, or "rest periods" to let both our minds and our bodies slow down a bit. We can not continue to "be on the go" all day long, and into the night, and not expect that it is going to make a difference in our lives.

Speaking of taking a break, the summer parades will be starting soon. So call me the meanest fanatic on the street, but I am very opposed to the practice of throwing candy out on the street, though I know the kids love it. First off, candy is just about all sugar. It tastes good, but is it good for you? If it is food, is it sanitary if it is sealed in a plastic wrapper? 

Is it really a good idea to let your children or grandchildren get used to running out in the streets to pick up things they find out there? Even if there is not a parade taking place, a child will often remember the candy they got during the parade and when they see something on the street they have come to believe that they should be able to go out and pick it up, and if it is food, enjoy it.

At one time, people who were handing out treats had to individually hand those types of items to the young children. That displayed good sense, plus people should have considered the sugar content in those items. How many people allow their children to indulge in extra sweets? How do you think the children felt when they were told that they could not eat the candy that had been tossed their way?

Yes, bite me. It is just how I feel. The children came to watch a parade and spend time together with their families — not get fat, or get a stomach ache, or have the sanitation of what they had just been given challenged.

Enough said.

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 have an idea for a story that you think would be of interest to our readers, please give me a call. 

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., or by postal mail, P.O. Box 192, Geneva, MN 56035, or telephone, 507-256-4405.

Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, June 8th: Deb Wallace, Steve Hagen, Owen Ryan Krueger, Monty Miller, Sandi Meyer, Rodney Wayne, Steve Lembke, Morgan Hutchinson, Michelle & Damon Gowlland

• Friday, June 9th: Lexi Wayne, Ahinka Jensen, Sharon Lageson, Bennett VerHey, Carrie Paulson, Karen Swearingen Cox, Dana Waltz, Greg Smith, Tait Ingvaldson, Ella Elizabeth Marlin (2015), Torsten & Melissa Wayne, Rhonda (Lund) & Troy Thevenot, LeRoy & Gladys Peterson

• Saturday, June 10th: Samantha Mae Schumacker, Kathy Allard, David Ellis, Chuck Groth, Jamie Weller, Margaret Reese, Forest Peterson, Adam Wacek, Landon Avery, Sara (Cornelius) & Rob Routh, Marv & Pat Schultz, Missy (Lonning) & Paul Richards

• Sunday, June 11th: Andy Lerberg, Kendall Marie Klocek, 2011, Zoie Marie Jensen, Diana Ritz, Matthew Horan, John Xavier, Mary Simon, Karen Carlsen, Angie & Thad Aaseth, Rick & Becky Johnson

• Sunday, June 12th: Nancy VerHey, Hanna Gail Crabtree, Jim Johson, John Wallace, Charlotte Hill, Grant Pavek, Teri & Keith McDonald, Ryan & Amanda (Reese) Beavens, Ron & Julie Peterson

• Monday, June 13th: Kaden John Hommuth, Ellis Reese, Cory Donald Haberman, Brent Reese, Tira Vangen, Tristan Richards, Gary Jepson, Steve & Rhonda Christensen, Fran & Fred Kenady, Marilyn & Gary Ulland and Keith & Kristen Hamberg

• Tuesday, June 14th: Camille Marjean Dunlap, Summer Stieglbauer, Kelly Wacek, Dave Broskoff, James Deml, Obert Osmundson Jr., Mitchell Kubat, Michael & Stacy Keith

• Wednesday, June 15th: DeWayne Hagen, Dale Anderson, Jennifer Robertson, Kathy Jensen, Kim Nelson, Logan Vietze, Dale & Marlene Peterson

• Thursday, June 16th: Chase Boehme, Andren Richard Aaseth, Aven Leo Aaseth, Emily Otto, Bethany Otto Mikesell, Doug Smith, Lorraine Wallace, Vonda Humburg, Kenny Evenson, Kari Ingvaldson, Heather (Crabtree) & Keith Krenke, Richelle (Butler) & Brent Chapman, Tracy & Paul Marcus, Kim (Anderson) & Rick Schneider

• Friday, June 17th: Natalie Jean Aaseth, Jim Hohansee, Eric Tobiason, Joshua Churchill, Aaron Casteron, Matthew Xavier, Tim Butler, Chase Hanson, Anna Kaye Hardyman, Kimberly & Mike Luhring, Jim & Jeanne Worrell and Tiffany & Josh Krueger

Wishing you quiet moments of beauty on your special day.

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