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Pa00e 2 Opinion You are invited! Jill Pettier m "Slices of Life" Learning to relax The Grand Opening of the 2011 Kimball Area Farmers Market is from 3-6 this Friday, June 24, at its new location in the Kimball United Methodist Church parking lot. Dairy princesses will hand out homemade cookies and milk for 25 cents with proceeds helping to fund this year&apos;s market. (Cookies are donated by market vendor Laura Pirkl, and milk is donated by Spoden and Moeller Dairy.) Bring the whole family! Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. (This photo taken at the end of their June 17 market opener, with only a few of the vendors still there.) Forced relaxation. It's an oxy- moron of terms, but all too real in our present-day culture. Technol- ogy has us plugged in, turned on and connected 24/7. The only way we can relax is if we are forced to do so. That's because we value pro- ductivity and time-manage- ment nearly as much as we value cell-phone apps and electric giz- mos. We've even coined phrases like multi-tasking to describe our prowess with the concept of busy. There's no status in relaxation; it's practically a four-letter word. Still, if you are forced, what can you do? It happened to our family last weekend when we went to the lake and forgot the laptop (no Inter- net). We'd purposefully left all video consoles at home (no gam- ing). Our location was remote and lacked good cell phone reception (no texting). Storms and constant rain made the TV unreliable (no satellite). In other words, we were unplugged for two whole days. A slow and steady rain accom- panied the monotonous tick- tock of the clock and we wal- lowed inside the cabin, wonder- ing what we could possibly think of to do next. My husband wanted to know when the rain would stop, but without Internet or local tele- vision, our only choice involved making a prediction the old-fash- ioned way: by looking up at the sky. "Pretty cloudy," our young- est son announced. "Gonna keep raining, I think." Our future meteorologist was right. The rain continued and in the void of nothingness that was our Saturday, I became aware of a generation gap growing right there in our living room. My husband and I approached the unplugged weekend with a sense of calmness, seeing it as a chance to relax. Our kids were filled with trepidation at the horror of complete boredom. It wasn't long before the "B" word filled the airwaves between us. "I'm bored!" The phrase spewed out like it was an afflic- tion in need of a cure, and I real- ized I'd been remiss in my parent- ing duties. My kids were bored. It was time to take action. I turned the page of my book and continued reading. To be fair, I did suggest an activity for them by pointing to the scrub brush and toilet. They weren't interested in my solution, nor did they see any humor in my gesture. The day went on. The hours unfolded, and one by one we filled them. There was plenty to do at the cabin, really - if you were poised for old-fashioned fun. We had books, playing cards, puzzles and board games. And, whether you call it relaxation or boredom, a nap can come in quite handy on a rainy Saturday. It did for me. It got to be late afternoon and the drizzle kept drizzling. We decided to go to the candy store. If you can't plug into technology, you might as well opt for sugar. A package of pecan truffles (homemade) and half-pound of fruit-flavored gummy bears later, we were back at the cabin engag- ing in our own versions of relax- ation. I actually think we were becoming quite good at it. Saturday turned to Sunday; it was time to head home rested and relaxed. It hadn't been the week- end we'd envisioned, but it was still a weekend at the lake. As we were loading up, I thought about the lessons I'd learned over the last 48 hours, how boredom can lead to new ideas, a break from technol- ogy isn't the end of the world, naps are good and gummy bears sweet. I was sure my family would agree. I shut the car door and turned toward the kids. "Good relaxing weekend, huh?" I asked. "It might have been," the youngest answered, "If we hadn't been so bored." So much for forced relaxation. lill Pettier, 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 h ttp: //marketing-by-design.home. mchsi.com/. Last Wednesday, June 15, Joe Carlson (left) from Sauk Centre Web Printing delivered just under a ton of papers: 6,000 copies of the Tri-County Resource Guide, and 5,500 copies of the Tri-County News. Both were delivered by mail to subscribers plus area addresses in a "saturation mailing." Carlson is the master pressman who makes the Guide and the TCN look so good. Summer intern Lexi Bulau (at right) and a team of others helped to unload and then deliver the bundles of papers to local post offices. Staff photo by George Matua. l ovIN6 ToA FLAF. e VIIIR TFERE ARE N__O Tokbc, FLOobS, ORRI,fJkE, FJ 3 RTFAK ' ( VILbFIRE OK i . /, www.tricou ntynews. M N Thursday, June 23, 201 l Tri-CuntYNews. Kimball, MN .. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. Box 220, Kimbal,l MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, KimbaLL, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tri-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, Kimba/U MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimbal,t. 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