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Thu
05
Mar
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Choose smoke-free autos

Make the choice to keep your vehicles smoke-free for your health and your family’s health. A smokefree vehicle ensures that you and those who ride with you have better lung health, are sick less often and protected from dangerous secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke is the mixture of tobacco smoke, breathed out by the person smoking, and the smoke that comes off of the burning end of the cigarette. Secondhand smoke is listed as a carcinogen along with arsenic and asbestos. Secondhand smoke is dangerous because it contains over 7,000 chemicals, of which 250 are known to be poisonous and more than 69 are known to cause cancer.

Thu
05
Mar
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Providing for a comfortable death

He was my neighbor, a guy my age, a man of many talents and interests, and a dear friend. He was one of those fellows who would give the shirt off his back to help you, if needed. When he was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas spread to liver, he, his daughters, and his friends knew how this was likely going to go. But we didn’t realize how graciously he would handle his dying process until it happened.

He was treated and truly helped by chemotherapy for a while, but gradually the tumor cells developed resistance to the drugs and the oncologist suggested no more chemo. He was ready to have only pain meds and hospice. In the end, per his direction, with the help of hospice and the caring people at the small town nursing home, he shuffled off this mortal coil comfortably, surrounded by his family and friends.

Thu
27
Feb
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When two cultures collide

As I was researching the history of Native American health care, I took note of the various terms used early on by indigenous people to describe European immigrants. Initially, the references had to do with skin color. Several tribes labeled Europeans as “white skinned,” or “yellow-hided.” Some tribes still use the term “umsewah,” meaning “bleached wood.”

Other tribes described Europeans as “hairy mouthed,” “hair faces” and “dog faces,” referencing facial hair on European men. Ears were also important in naming. One tribe characterized the immigrants as “ears sticking out” because they did not have long hair covering their ears as did Native Americans. Some say that the ear label referred to that tribe’s word-meaning for donkey or mule.

Thu
27
Feb
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Looking back 40 years: Part 2

I’ve been reminiscing a bit more about 1980 when Jim and I came to Timber Lake to buy the Topic from Jim and Mary Byington.

I remember that we thought maybe we wouldn’t be busy enough, or able to eke out a living with just the newspaper, so we decided to renew our teaching certificates and sign up for substitute teaching. We never did actually do that but it was a fall back position.

Coincidentally, last week when I was writing on this subject I came across an envelope marked in Jim’s handwriting: SAVE— Letters May, 1980. Not being able to afford long distance calls, we exchanged letters a couple times a week, Jim here and me at Wall. A first class letter was 15 cents to mail and apparently arrived in one day.

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Thu
20
Feb
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I first saw Timber Lake 40 years ago

I first saw Timber Lake 40 years ago

Jim and Mary Byington

I first saw Timber Lake 40 years ago

Jim and Kathy Nelson

COLUMN

It was 40 years ago this month that I first saw Timber Lake. My late husband Jim and I had had several phone conversations with Mary Byington and drove to Timber Lake one Saturday to check out the opportunity to buy the Topic.

We had been at Wall about four years, where I was teaching English half-time and working at the Pennington County Courant half-time (There really is no such thing as half time at either) and Jim was working with Estes Bros. Construction.

We knew next to nothing about Timber Lake.

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Thu
20
Feb
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Stress, anxiety affect us all

Prairie Doc

Standing in front of a group of De Smet Parent Teacher Association® members, I was to play a trumpet solo. My teacher thought I was prepared, but unfortunately, I was not. My fears brought my heart up into my throat, I became short of breath, my heart pounded and, indeed, I stumbled and had to start over again. Although my failings were likely amusing to some in the audience, they were certainly not indicating any musical skills. It was a devastating experience for me.

Thu
13
Feb
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Photo Files: tips for better phone pics

Photo Files: tips for better phone pics

Robert Slocum

Publisher

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Photo Files: tips for better phone pics

Enabling the grid on your screen can help with composition.

COLUMN

I read somewhere recently that the iPhone has become the most popular, most used camera in the world. I believe it, and if you count all smartphones of all brands, it’s pretty amazing how camera technology has evolved in just over a decade.

Cell phones with cameras in them have democratized and revolutionized photography in a truly remarkable manner. The convenience has always been there, but newer model phones in recent years have really upped the ante in terms of image quality and smart technology.

There’s a popular old gem that tells us the best camera is the one you have, and that logic certainly tracks with the rise of the phone camera. Everyone (well, nearly everyone) who has a smartphone also takes pictures with it, so I’ve been thinking about some tips to help us get the best from our phones as cameras.

Thu
13
Feb
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Love Defined

Stray Thoughts

When you want to be in love there is someone you’re thinking of and you wonder if you’ll ever spend some quiet time together sharing thoughts, trading glances slow evening walks and slower dances the introduction to your mother when you tell her there’s no other

When you think you are in love, they are the one you are thinking of and the waiting is unbearable and the loneliness is terrible the minutes seem like hours and the notes and calls and flowers add to hope that fills your day that he or she will come to stay

 

 

 

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Thu
13
Feb
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Those who contribute to local government are appreciated

EDITORIAL

I started writing this piece as soon as I finished last week’s. One thing about an editorial that makes a call to action is that people may say “well why don’t you do it?”

As much as I want folks to fill the Isabel Town Board, I won’t be joining it.

With typical turnover on the board and with the town’s employees, I may have attended more Isabel board meetings than anyone else since I moved here. That’s not to brag, but to say that although I’m not a member of the board, I believe I fill an important role. That of the objective observer, of the government watcher, of the journalist.

Thu
06
Feb
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Stray Thoughts: Over, Under, or Through

The deer leap over the fence before me The fence doesn’t slow the deer down It’s abundantly clear that a leap to a deer Is an easy solution they’ve found

The antelope don’t have the skills of a deer So they crawl under the fencing instead They don’t seem to mind and this solution they find Gets them off to the neighboring farmstead

But cattle are in a predicament Cattle don’t jump and don’t crawl a few strands of wire destroy their desire spring, summer, winter, or fall The strength of a cow isn’t leaping Or scooting down low in the dirt A cow’s strength, alas, is its bulk and its mass And its half-an-inch thick leather shirt

 

 

 

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