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Where did summer go?  This has been a different kind of year with weather pulling its share of tricks.  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to turn back the pages of the calendar and have a couple of extra weeks of summer? 

The school “equipment”, or supplies, have been out in the stores since the 4th of July and the list has expanded from crayons, brown paper tablets and lead pencils to a great number of things including back packs. 

Years ago, everyone carried their lunch and the teacher may have taught multiple ages of students and classes including music, library and chalkboard, which has also changed over the years.

Kindergarten kids, as well as college kids, now have more safe school aids & necessaries items in their class rooms as they start their new adventure.  

Preschool tots, barely out of diapers and still using pacifiers, are now attending classes too, sometimes all day long, when once upon a time they didn’t even go a half a day to kindergarten.  Yes, they need a chance to be kids but we need to realize that it is the time they learn more and faster so we make learning fun and natural.

Do we miss a point in not realizing tiny tots learn and know more than we think they do?  They can read and recognize some things we don’t think of as reading.  I remember how shocked we were when my nephew, Kade, as a toddler read the sides on a freight train as we were sitting waiting to cross the tracks.  Of course, kids can all read McDonalds, Barbie doll and baseball. 

 It does concern me that we are using electronic materials too much because of the radiation factor. Once upon a time kids came home from school and played with kids in the area and had fun.  Now they have their noses forever in a gadget which honestly may have learning abilities but what about the movement that their bodies also need?

I’ve often thought about the doctors and nurses who must keep up with the ever changing medical facts.  It is really no different for a teacher.  It would be embarrassing if a 4 year old had to show you how to use a computer.  Classes aren’t just reading, writing and arithmetic anymore.  There is a lot of “living lessons” to be included in regards to the preparations for life that can be collected along the way. 

What happened to the days when one came home from school and changed into what was known as “everyday clothes”?  We wouldn’t have worn clothes to school bought to look like ”shabby chic” and came out of the rag box for more money then was spent on a seasons wardrobe.

It was a long time ago but I remember a cousin who wore patched overalls.  Patches upon patches and how everyone else loved them though I think they could have stood alone due to all the patches that were on them.  We just didn’t realize how they would become “in style” someday.  My cousin wore them just because he liked them – of course now it is the more ripped and torn and not patched that are popular.

This time of year is also when the flies seem to come out and demand to be friendly.  They are about as aggravating as they can get.  Their telescopic eyes seem to find you wherever you are and when up against it they try and dodge the fly swatter.

My dad hated flies with a passion and went on to fashion a place at the end of the bar in the kitchen to keep the DIRTY old fly swatter as there was often a war between them and he wanted his fly disposing equipment handy.

My daughter, Krista, uses a household cleaner the flies hate so it was a good fly repellent.  But wouldn’t you know whenever I go to town I have one of those moments of “not remembering” what I need to pick up to create it but I would remember that it was something good to keep them away! 

I do remember that my Grandma Hanson could always find a use for Vicks and Listerine which were also good fly repellents.   The flies didn’t like the smell any better than we did.  Grandma maintained the Vicks took away the itch of fly bites as well and her Listerine was good for everything.

Meanwhile as kids we were mentally counting the days til Christmas because Grandma also said that the big ugly flies were Santa Clause’s spy and they were keeping an eye on us to see if we were going to be good enough to get a present when Christmas arrived.

My sister, Kaye, as an adult, is into using essential oils and maintains flies are also allergic to the smell of rosemary and peppermint.

Speaking of “critters”, ticks don’t go for seasonings like you would use if you were fixing a turkey.  Sage, thyme and lemon grease will keep you free from being gobbled up by those tiny, nasty critters.

As an added precaution, keep your hide covered, including your arms and legs, when you’re out hiking in the woods.

Speaking of eating meat……The next time you put meat on the table explain to the men in your house they may have to get used to eating less meat.  Though it seems like it isn’t dinner without some meat on the table explain to the family that it might become in short supply because though it tastes good it doesn’t necessarily mean that all of that meat is good for you.

It has been found that many of men’s prostate problems are caused by indulging in too much meat.

I know it seems like the things we enjoy are the ones you really should regulate in your life style.  Moderation helps.  It is surprising how you can change the way one thinks and does if they put their mind to it.

If doctors are in short supply it makes since we do what we can to practice good health habits that keep us from needing the doctors.  The words are GOOD COMMON SENSE.  We do know what we shouldn’t do to ourselves.

Think of the Garden of Eden.  What happened when Eve & Adam ate of the forbidden fruit?  

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.

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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.

 This week’s birthdays and anniversaries include:

 Thursday, August 17th:  Cole Brody Thompson, Dillon Matthew Kubiatowicz, Katie Klemmensen, Julie Osmundson, Luke Wiersma, Carol Nelson, Abbey Beaber, Jackie DeVrient, Sonya Peterson, Cheryl Spurr, Steve Ladlie, Daniel Whelan, Rod & Cheryl Thompson, Tira & James Smith, Tina & Todd Wangen, Justin & Brittney Stieglbauer

Friday, August 18th: Rick Johnson, Ron Johnson, John Ross Vermedahl, David Klocek, Michael Ingvaldson, Kelly Schmidt Janning, Connie Robertson, David Rietsema, Gary & Kathy Anderson, Ryan & Jill Hanson, Tamara & David Jepson

Saturday, August 19th: Daxter Calvin Lee, Jason Langlie, Michelle Peterson, Jennifer Popiel, Cheri Krejci, Ruth Enzenauer, Cynthia Grubish, Jodi Wayne, David Cooper, Alyssa Kay Jensen. Larry & Karen Carlson, Jackie & Travis Olson, Andy & Julie Arnold, Larry & Mary Ellen Walton, Kayla & Patrick Krause

Sunday, August 20th: Dale Nelson, John Scrabeck, Tammy Bergland Techau, Andy Christensen, Diane Cleven, Delbert Karsjens, Jozie Annamarie Johnson, Kim Jensen, Jamie Nelson, Larry Pierce, Tianna & Joshua Kubicek, Krystle & Adam Warnke, 2016

Monday, August 21st: Lori Moon, Avery Hullopeter, Abriana Harris, Scott Tracy, Larry Klocek, Viola Klocek, Dawn Dobberstein, Mary Richards, Cindy Anderson, Roger Johnson, Sara Degan Misgen, Jodie Lee, Jaden Jensen, Cody Lembke, Michael Olson, Jasmine Obermoller Evans, David & Cindy Callahan and Jonathan & Tonya Bartsch

Tuesday, August 22nd: Thayne & Becky Nordland, Ava Moon, Julie Johnson, Kyle Wallerich, La Donna Cummins Fallen, John Butler, John Glynn, Diane Butler, Dale Kelly, Aaron Ladlie, Nancy LaBelle

Wednesday, August 23rd: Jared Dawson Lee, Logan Dale Marzolf, Terry Holland, Matthew Knudson, Steve Wilker, Scott Wright, Quinn Vu, Vernon & Jeanne Simonson, Amy & Marshall Svoboda

Thursday, August 24th: Rick Storlie, Michelle Gowlland, Nicholas Christensen, Tanya Hughes, Natalie Deml, Elizah Lee Ackland, Crystal Johnson, Terry Vaith, Jeff Kycek, LaNell Leak Sunde, Corey Peterson, Mary Edon, Ralph & Cheryl Dobberstein, John & Cindy Christensen

 Friday, August 25th: Chloe Lynn Muilenberg, Carl Glienke Jr., Evelyn Anderson, Renee Brandt, Ted Dahl, Jayme Hohansee, Craig Kammerer, Jessica Kubat, Pete Rietveld, Mary Larson, Melissa Peterson, Jim & Lynn Arends, Mark & Deb Hillesheim, Deb & Jim Bohnoff, Rachel & Michael Grunklee, Leah & Dama Clark, Everett & Linda Lang, Krystle & Adam Warnke, 2016

Wherever this year takes you, may you find happiness along the way.

 There are times I made mistakes regarding birthdays and anniversaries because of information I may not know or remember.  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.


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