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Ray Pearson and Lena were lying in bed one night when the Ole answered it and Lena heard him yell, how da beck should I know, dats over 2,000 miles hung up. Lena sat up and said, "Who vas " Heck ifl know, some weirdo wants to know tcoast was clear." a New York. The city of Troy, mentioned in epic The Iliad, was a village about 7 acres in If efficiency experts are so smart, how come the), are somebody else ? tllllt seen in a landscape center: I can only please at a time. Today is not your day. Tomorrow so good either." $500,000 pub- fLrm in Seattle. He has an unusual way of his appreciation to his employees. Once every down the office, directs all calls to voice , and takes his staff to the movies. says he does this to remain competitive in the for good employees. He claims most smart try to make the company an attractive place to L Good perks, it seems, make good cents. indness does go a long way----but sometimes it right at home. Laristmas folklore has been a part of mankind's \\;through history. Consider these: 'Good health is assured to those who eat an apple at Christmas Eve. 'The weather on each of the twelve days of the r observance is supposed to foretell what the weather like in each of the months ahead. ' In Greece, old shoes are burned during the Christ- .ason t0_prevent misfortune in the coming year. 'The most familiar superstition is that on Christmas kneel facing the East, animals can speak, bees ;and all water turns to wine. A person who is waiting for something to turn up might want to start with his shirtsleeves. Both schools and society-at-large champion the importance of being tolerant. Sounds good. Yet, there are limits as Dave Gergan points out: "Tolerance, as philoso- phers have long recognized, is an important virtue but should not always trump other values. Some things are just plain wrong, and we should condemn them." It is about age 8 or 9 that we first become skeptics. That's the time we stop believing in Santa Claus and politicians. The shepherds were clean--The first-graders at a Sunday school class had been discussing the baby Jesus. After class a four-year-old asked his mother, "Don't you think it was nice of the shepherds to get all cleaned up before they went to see the baby Jesus?" "What do you mean?" the mother replied. "Well," the child said, "you know that song, "While shepherds washed their socks by night..." It is not quite enough to be ab[e to help. You must also be willing. *** For your information; when the temperature is 40 degrees below zero, it will register at that number on both the Centigrade and Fahrenheit scale. That's the only point on which the scales are identical. For the life of me I don't understand some of the plastic surgeries people get these days. I remember when "bringing up the rear" was a military term. In closing, remember, the world is made up of two kinds of people, learners and non-learners. For every good reason imaginable, work on being a learner. Ray Pearson lives in Hermantown, Minnesota. He can be reached at (218) 727-1161 or by fax at (218) 722-5821. [ WANT ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS[ [ ASe.s0. 0j' 00,,i.gs Oak Finish Curios Lighted interior top, rrror back and side opemngs, SINGLE 17"Wx 72" H x13" D s149 DOUBLE 27" W x 72" H x13"D s199 Got Your MATTRESS! Roll Top Desk Vintage Medmum Oak finish s159 EVERY Style Size Firmness Picture yourself in this comfortable settingt Cushiony softness and reclining ends will relax you at the end of the day! Sofa " Loveseat Recliner s699 s649 s399 [ UNOED'b I0 lontt FREt Finandno B[T Prices[ l s247 VIDEO ROCKERS s44 Glider Rockers ,rom$99an, Choose from over 45 in stock. Bil TER TA INMEIII T CBIITER Christmas Idea #8 Solid oak & veneers. Glass door, 3 adjustable shelves, VCR shelf & TV cavity. 59-x49"x20 RI00RE COMPANY = = Sauk Conlxo, MN Morris, MN Montevideo, MN 320-352-2247 1.800-481-2247 320-599-3911 1-800-495-3911 320-26941829 1-800-269-8829 ltol li  sloO, la lit li ilo'i From the Heart A Quarterly Update of Happenings in Rice Hospice Remember Those Happy Days ? x,v)ith a twinkle in her eye, an elderly woman tells of the excitement she felt on her first date with her husband. She is eager to share her story with her granddaughter who soon will be dating. Another woman with the family Bible in hand announces, "I)on't ask me any questions. I'm just going to talk!" And she tells wonderful stories about her family and her life. These women are two of the hospice patients visited by Linda Olson, volunteer for the popular hospice life review program. Many times we hear friends say, "If [ hear Mother tell that story one more time..." In recent years there has been a growing recognition that remembering, or "life review," is a normal and important part of growing older. "For the loved ones or the care takers, taking time to listen to the other person gives the powerful, unspoken message that who they are, what they have done, and what they care about is important. It says, I believe in you. I accept you. I want to know your story," Linda says. l In recent years there has been a growing recognition that remembering, or 'life review," is a normal and important part of growing older. The handihg down of family history from one generation t) another has always taken place. We are just now beginning to realize the value of providing older people with the opportunities to share their memories. Linda started the life review program last year for hospice patients who wanted to share their life stories with their families. She goes to the hospice patient's home and uses a special voice activated audiotape recorder to tape their life stories. "This concept was brought back from the National Hospice Organ:- zation Symposium. I began ... taking time to listen to the other person gives the powerful, unspoken message that wbo tbey are, what they have done, and what they care about is important. ) reading about the remember- ing concept, and decided to implement it after a friend of mine who was still in grieving over her mother's death complained that she could still see her mother, but she couldn't hear her voice anymore." Before Linda begins the taping, she talks with the patient and reviews what they want to talk about and, what they don't want to talk about. "1 make sure this is a non- threatening process. Some- times we pause and I ask them questions that help to stir the memory. I tape as much or as little as the person wants me to. I find that people gain more dignity and strength as they complete this. It's also been proven that people who are going through this process tend to live longer. Once they begin they want to complete their life story and have the fun K95/KDJS Plans 16th Annual Bowl-for-Hospice The 16th annual Bowl for Hospice sponsored by K95/KDJS radio and the Kandi Entertain- ment Center is scheduled for morning and afternoon on Saturday, February 20 in two locations: Benson Bowl from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, and in Willmar at the Kandi Enter-tainment Center from 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m. All funds raised will be used for direct patient care to HOLIDAY GI200ETINGS supplement care and services not covered by third party payors. l.eague bowlers, businesses and groups are welcome to bowl. Team up with friends or co- workers and come out and bowl. Pledges raised will remain in the local Rice Hospice service areas. Interested bowlers may pick up a pledge form from Rice Hospice or the K95/KDJS radio station. Holiday greetings from the Rice Hospice staff and volunteers. This time of year we are reminded of what we cherish most in life. The spirit of giving is always evident in Rural Minnesota but in the holiday season, it brings out the best in all of us. We give gifts to family and friends and we give gifts of time and talent to churches, schools and community. Throughout the )'ear, Rice Hospice gives hospice patients and their families the gift of comfort, dignity and respect through a comprehensive program of hospice care, bereavement support and the Grief Center. As we continue to provide the gift of hospice care in individual homes, hospitals and nursing homes across West Central Minnesota, we wish you comforting memories of holidays past and a multitude of hopes for the future. May peace and joy, love and goodness surround you and those you love. From the Rtce Hospice Team and Volunteers. of sharing it with their loved ones." "Life review works best if I have one on one contact with the person who will be telling the story," Linda says. "This does a tot to improve the person's self-esteem and takes their focus from their present situation. It enhances family interaction in the process that maybe wouldn't have happened if we hadn't done the taping." When doing a life review, Linda says she gets to know the person fairly well. "There really is no negative aspect to remembering and recording." 1 It enhances family interaction in the process that maybe wouldn't have happened if we hadn't done the taping. 99 The holidays are a good time to reflect on past traditions and share memories with loved ones who often rally during this time because the family is together again. Beginning a family life review can be accomplished by following some of the steps listed. But be careful, you may find yourself listening to your Mother or Father tell "that story" which is important to them, one more time. 00'of Ule Review the past to the present Build self-esteem Resolve conflicts, fears - Reflect on life achievements Combat isolation Encourage social interaction Preserve family history Steps to Help Somooim Renmmber 1. Think of some open-ended questions 2. Listen actively 3. Respond positively 4. Ask follow-up questions 5. Keep the conversation focused on the person. 6. Don't hesitate to share some of your own memories that relate to the situation being discussed. 7. Allow silence & emotion. Accept tears and quiet moments. Need a Speaker for your next club or church meeting? Call Hospice at 320-231-4450. II I I I Dec. 15, 1998  INDEPENDENT Page 3b