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PlTI 9 l' 'lnl Thursday, September 23, 2010 MN l~i!iiiiii Change is good, even when it's not We just witnessed a great exam- ple of change that sprang from "'~[[ mean[rtgfu[ aIt~ [a~i-imagination. Several community in9 c[~ange ~tart~ first in members have wanted to steer ~olxr imaginatiort aIr~ fl~e~t Homecoming away from destruc- tive acts and back to some of the _q - flia out, ~nxagt- fun traditions of Homecoming. nation more important than lmo let e.'" -- Albert Einstein This quote really hits me. I've always been a seeker of knowl- edge, and have always loved to learn new things (I actually need to keep learning). But I'm also a thinker. My mind is always spinning on a number of things, some in the now, many in the future. It's just how I'm wired. I enjoy the challenge of change, most of the time anyway. As humans, we need to evolve and grow, building on successes and learning from failures. It makes sense that it's all intercon- nected: thinking, learning, changing, but it starts with imagination. It would follow, then, that I'm in the perfect place at just the right time: the newspaper in Kimball. At least two years of imagining, thinking, and planning led to the snake dance and bonfire that fol- lowed coronation this year. It's good to give new things a try, especially when they're old things that worked well once. (And next year it will be even better.) We've got some changes brew- ing here at the Tri-County News too. Some have been in the imagi- nation stage for a long time, others are just starting to brew. Some will be obvious, others subtle. But it's all good, all to make things better. It's far too easy, working so many hours, to get lost in the now. I just spent two days going over the newspapers we put out this past year. It was an interesting jour- ney, and there were many good things I'd already forgotten about. It happens. So the refresher was welcome. And just in time for our leap into some future projects and, dare I say it, changes to come. Ji|! Perler "Slices of Life" Ode to the My dear migraine, I pay tribute to you and the impact that you have on my days and my nights. Your existence can- not be ignored or disregarded. You demand attention. Immediate attention. And for that, I pay you homage. Your ire and energy can ignite from numerous sources. Changes in the weather, light, certain foods, smells, motion, noises, hunger, sleep deprivation and (of course) hormones all can prompt your presence. One could even go so far as to say you are trig- ger happy- but I would only choose those words with your permission. I can count on your popping in about once each month (more if we are lucky). You arrive, like an unin- vited dear friend bringing home- made cookies - except without the friend or cookie part. You are reli- able, though. I have to give you that. Migraine, what would I do with- out you? You relegate and regu- late my life on the days when you are near. You bring out the best of inefficiency in me and institute the necessity of an afternoon nap. You are at the core of getting nothing done. You descend on me in the mid- dle of the night, like a bad dream, waking me from my slumber and demanding immediate attention. Who wants to spend time sleeping at two in the morning?2 Certainly not me. Not when I can hang with you. I'd much rather waste time napping later in the day. You are the essence of life, dear migraine. You remind me again and again of your presence by throb- bing and stabbing near my tem- ples and at the top of my head. Your painstaking thrusts at friendship make it impossible for me to forget I am alive. Every sense is heightened dur- ing your visits. My eyes throb in the morning sunshine and I exclaim, "Let there be light - not!" My ears ring with the tintinnabulation of your pinching, piercing, pulsing, pelting pain. My fingers tremble from the shear power of your com- mand. Nausea overcomes me. The thought of tasting and/or smelling food is abhorrent; yet my mouth waters and stomach churns in the miraculous irony that is you. When it comes to the senses, you touch 'em all. It's a homerun for you migraine; you ought to be proud. It shouldn't and doesn't matter that the inner core that creates your identity - your name - happens to rhyme with pain, stain, drain, bane and insane. The plethoric negativ- ity is a minor coincidence, and you shouldn't take it personally. (I'm sure you don't.) Migraine headache - you are mine and mine alone. You aren't a you-graine or a them-graine, but solely a migraine. All for me. In the ambiguous world we live in you are a breath of fresh air- or at least penetrating pressure in the temple. How wonderfully personal you are. I would thank you for com- ing into my life, but words can't complete or convey my.message. Migraine, you are what you are. Those who know you will agree with me. Those who don't may not understand. Let's hope they never do. Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- umnist and author of "The Do-It- Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndica- tion" at . She also offers writing and design services at . Follow Slices of Life on Facebook. E-mail Jill: . POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. Box 220, Kimball 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, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimball. Weekday office hours are Monday 9 a. m.- 5 p.m. and Tuesday th rough Fri- day 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Our telephone and fax number is (320) 398-5000. E-mail can be addressed to . Our Web site is . We aLso have a drop site at Ertl Hardware Hank in downtown Watkins. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Monday. 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