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I Thursday, May 19, 2011 ity Pag Tri-County News* Kimball, MN Commun e 9 00Jill Pettier u of NI 'Pickle "Slices of Life" Bill' workshop June 7 Riding the grief train "Peddling Your Pickles Safely?,' is a workshop for those interested It's a year this week since my mom died. Most people will tell you the initial year is the hardest because of all the firsts. First Christ- mas. First birthday. First Mother's Day without your mother. I'll admit those firsts were diffi- cult, but I persevered. Might even be that I'm stronger for it. To be honest, I'm not sure. The surprising thing, for me, about the first year didn't involve any of the important firsts. It had more to do with what you'd call everyday moments that caught me off guard. Like, I might be brushing my teeth, or thinking about whether we should have chicken or pork chops for dinner and - Bang! Some- thing would hit me and a memory would rush in before I could think to stop it. There were times when I thought about picking up the phone to call her. Or days when I sensed her presence, even though I don't sup- pose I really did. I think I wanted to, you know, believe she was close by. Sometimes, for a moment, I'd forget she was gone. Then I'd remember and it didn't seem like the memory could be real, and I'd have to pause and decide what to believe and a millisecond later when I figured it out, I'd cringe at the realization. I guess the truth sometimes is stranger than fiction. One thing I've learned dur- ing the past year is grief is an inti- mate experience. It is yours alone. Another tenet of grief is not many people are comfortable with it, whether it's theirs, or someone else's. I know I'm not and I've had a whole year of practice. Then again, I'm not sure I'd ever want to be comfortable, with grief. While grief is intimate, it is uni- versal, an inevitable part of life. As the days unfold, one after the other, we do what we can to cope. We find what works for us. Words are a source of comfort to me, so when I miss my morn, I write about her. It's my catharsis, releasing emotions through written words to provide a respite from the sadness (sort of, in theory). Not everyone identifies with catharsis. Rehashing a loss may seem more painful than help- ful. Death and illness are unpleas- ant experiences best left in the past when it is time to focus on the future. 6REAT RIVER REGIONAL BRARY ......... Kimball Public Library Library Hours Monday 3-6 Wednesday 10-1 3-6 Thursday 1 O- 1 3-8 Saturday 9-12 Thing is, you can't move on at anything but your own pace. That's the intimacy of grief. This is hard to grasp: how one person can be at the end of the marathon and another still taking baby steps, like in a dream when you are trying to run but your legs won't work. The dif- ference is exponential; and I never was good at math. Go figure. So the grief train moves forward. Day 365 and counting. I think I can. I think I can. At this time last year, I spent the bulk of my moments staring back- ward as the train left the station. Now I am able to turn my seat and look ahead a majority of the time. I'm finding a balance. Some would advise me to keep my eyes focused on the road in front of me, to ignore the grief and get on with the tim stuff. Life and death aren't always pretty. Denying this fact only serves to deny the moments that truly are beautiful. And they do exist. I know this for certain because ! remem- ber. I've come to believe the road ahead is only part of it and, pain or no, I'm bound and determined to experience it all. Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication/' is collecting fans on Facebook on her Slices of Life page. E-mail her at pertmn@qwest. net;, or visit her website at http:// marketing-by-design, home. mchsi. corn/. in learning about the requirements of the Minnesota "Pickle Bill" legis- lation. The workshop will be held June 7, at the Midtown Square (3333 West Division Street, St. Cloud). The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This legislation set safety requirements for the sale of home- canned foods at farmers' markets or community events. Only acid or acidified foods such as pickles, salsas, vegetables or fruit meet the requirements of the pickle bill. The workshop will address food safety from harvest to process, acid levels of produce and pH testing, operational guidelines for the sale of pickled products in Minnesota, labeling, home processing and equipment, and kitchen sanitation. The program is sponsored by the Minnesota Fruit and Vegeta- ble Growers Association (MFVGA), University of Minnesota Exten- sion, and USDA-Risk Management Agency. Conducting the workshop will be University of Minnesota Exten- sion educators in food science. Registration fee is $40. 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Please consider becoming a Faith In Action volunteer. Call Lindsey Sand, Program Coordinator, at 320-685-3693 or Pat Tomasek, Service Coordinator, at 1-800-549-5855. Help a Neighbor in Need! PAINTS. spring fix.up Flower baskets flower vegetable plants for ll Illl!Blililllll|illlllNIlllllll'!00Hil Ilim00iillillliPa [ml00F l ,1