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descends into cocoon of Alzheimei,'s (Edi. note: The following appeared in last Wednesday's (Sept. 18, 2002) issue of the Mpls. Star Tribune. The author, Phil Bolsta, writes about his father, Kent, Ortonville native, long-time friend and read- er of this newspaper, and a graduate of OHS class of 1944.) ** :g:g:g t !hursday night, m own bed ill his own He just didn't never will. He night -- and -- m a St. home. failing for at it wasn't until a evening six years r became alarmed, tn the night he veered r of life and began ?dzheimer's the stats crew for games for 40 years he was going my Hopkins town- drive expect him at 12:45, the as lost. He was call- House Hotel a I cheerfully told that all he had to do was head east on Hwy, 7. He said he didn't know which way east was, which startled me. I then heard five words that sent a chill up my spine. In a soft, sweet voice, he said, "I'll never make it, hen." I paused for a second, then said, "I'll be right there." I drove over and he followed me home. It was another couple of years be- fore he stopped driving altogether. A year after that, my morn began bring- ing him to the St. Cloud Veterans Ad- ministration Medical Center for adult day care. It was a godsend for both of them. He loved the staff, loved to swim and exercise and, best of all, loved to while away the time working on arts and crafts projects. My par- ents' house is filled with these little treasures. A pink ceramic piggy bank he painted stares happily down at me from a shelf as I write this. He was very happy at the VA until just a few months ago. When he no longer could follow simple instruc- tions and began needing one-on-one attention even to color a picture, the staff gendy told my morn it was time. At home, when he was unable to shower in the morning without help, my morn knew she had run out of op- tions. On Aug. 30, with a heavy heart, she drove him to Country Manor Nursing Home in Sartell. Lately I've been thinking a lot about a man named Roger Delano, who contracted a rare and incurable condition called transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spine that causes paralysis. Delano, who re- counted his experience in Self-Real- ization Fellowship magazine, said he was unfazed when a doctor told him he would "never walk again." Indeed, thanks to his unshakable faith, he was able to walk out of the hospital under his own power nine days later. Here's what he wrote: "I knew that everything that was happening to me was up to God, that He was the only healer. I felt safe, knowing I was sur- rounded by the overarching mantle of His perfect care. Whatever God brought to me, I wanted. Even if I re- tained all of the mobility of a flowerpot, it didn't matter. I was still the same, the vehicle of ex- pression had changed, tlaat's all. A flowerpot can still hold a beautiful flower." Some would say that my dad's slow descent into obliv- ion -- into flowerpot- hood- is an unspeak- able tragedy. I prefer to view it as the natural unfolding of a divine plan, the details of which I am not privy to. As Richard Bach so eloquent- ly stated, "The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." As my dad slips ever more deeply into his cocoon, I know the glimmer of recognition in his eyes will soon begin to flicker and fade. But that's OK. With a hug, a kiss on the cheek and a shoulder rub, I can still com- municate with him through the lan- guage of the heart. Besides, I will know who he is -- and that he will forever be who he always was. And when the day comes that the changeless, eternal essence of who he is bursts forth, free to soar once again, I will hit my knees and thank God for giving me the gift of being my father's son. -- Phil Bolsta, a freelance writer, Rives in Plymouth. Associations 02-03 concert series. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Milbank High School Theater. The group presents itself onstage with the goal of "disturbing" (in a positive way) their audience by pre- senting a performance that is so vibrant and energetic that it manages to re-invent the traditional notion of the Acadian (Nova Scotian) culture. These virtuosic young people from Nova Scotia, offer a show with inter- Birthdays As Taken From The Big Stone American Legion Auxiliary Birthday Calendar. Tuesday, Oct, 1 David John Leger, Jolene Diane Mitchell, Harland Hasslen, Brian Sellin, Sharon Bogenreif, Aaron t esting fusions of traditional Acadian Knutson, Lori Kraemer, Alice  music, rock n' roll, jazz, and Henneberg, Jay Mielitz, Lawrence - Louisiana and Irish Rhythms. The Schmieg, Lindsey Dezotell, Andrew - Louisiana Cajuns came originally Klancke, LaelJacobson from the French Canadian heritage of Nova Scotia. With its use of Theatre, dance, music and song, Grand Derangement presents to its audience a multi- dimensional experience. The musi- cians of the group are not only great instrumentalists, they are also innova- tors who succeed in integrating many styles of music into their perfor- mances. The Dancers - two regular Acadian gig dancers and one of the musicians who also joins in the danc- ing - bring an interesting visual dimension to the show. Opening Oct. 1 5 w Check out our web site at ww.ortonvilleindependent.comj] Wednesday, Oct. 2 Bob Hasslen III, Jane Streed, Jeremy Heerde, Michael Stern, Marshall Sager, Emily Sue Puder, Hannah Kay Puder, Travis Ninneman, Michael Minahan, Colby Preston Gimmestad, Craig Emde Thursday, Oct. 3 Glenn A. Nelson, Julie Homan, Laura Spahr, Jeremy Redepenning, Jeanne Berndt, Seth Scott Mueller, Clifford Christensen, Sandy Christensen, Chad Schellberg Friday, Oct. 4 Melissa Ann Monson, Lorraine Schnaser, Kevin Backstrand, Chad Frevert, Gary Thoreson Saturday, Oct. 5 Terry D. Nelson, Johnny Larson, Sheila Thompson, Becca Jonescheit Sunday, Oct. 6 Glenn Danielson, William Licb, Mark Schroeder, Janet Hedge, Issac Thomas Oakes, Billy'Voeltz Monday, Oct. 7 Ellen Strong Borgert, Gary Voegtli, Karen Parker Bueing, Dale Homan, Pat Janke, Karl Tillman, Jonathan Lee Pudcr, Joseph John Ness Tuesday, Oct. 8 Michelle Schatler Johanson, Karl Beck, Charles Van Hout, Leona Taffc Stephens, Donald Cornelisen, Linda Jonescheit, Jon Hughes, Abe Dorry Boy born Sept. 14 to Daniel Noltings Trevor David Nolting was born Sept. 14, 2002 at the Rice Memorial Hospital to Ashlie and Daniel Nolting. Grandparents are Nancy and Taylor Tubbs of Appleton and MaryAnn and Donald Nolting of Ortonville. BELLINGHAM CLINIC C&C Manor, Apt. 3 "'" 113 - 3rd Ave. Bellingham, MN Hours: 8:30-12:30 TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS CALL 320-598-7551 FOR APPOINTMENTS Satellite of Lac qui Parle Clinic, Madison, MN will be performing music, theater, dance and song for Chautauqua Concert mem- 3 at Milbank High School Theater. // / / uqua concert season with Grand Derangement will appear Concert in Milbank, SD is composed of seven members, led by Daniel Leblanc who plays fiddle and guitar and sings, and consists of five musi- cians and two Acadian gig dancers. All members of the group are young and vibrant and all hail from the St. Mary's Bay area in Nova Scotia. Grand Derangement's perfor- mance begins at 7:30 p.m. and is the first of the Chautauqua Concert FOR SALE HOME ON PARK AVENUE IN ORTONVILLE QUALITY - SAFE - CLEAN - AFFORDABLE Will set aside up to $20,000 for buyer's use for detailed renovations. floors, excellent yard space, in great neighborhood. 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