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PACE 2 Opinion ............ :: ........... www.tricountynews.mn iii!0000 y Thursday, October 24, 2013 ......... S IIIIII T[ iiiii i i Coming clean. WorkshOPhopelessnessOn 00Jili Pertler00=00"Slices of Life" and suicide Last weekend I came out of glimpse of the closet wall, where the closet - with an armload old college sweatshirts had been St. John's Lutheran in Kimball that included an old Christmas piled, en masse, blocking the Nov. 2 . sweater, tWO pairs of mom jeans view. Very few of us have not been and a maternity top from 1997. As I pared away at the task, touched by the tragedy of sui- I'd been aware of the need for I came to a disheartening con- cide. Toooften, despair and hope- an organize-the-closet day, but clusion; my closet was literally lessness lead people to take their had been avoiding the task. Now I stuffedwith stuff. Myentirehouse lives. But even those who have was (finally) coming clean, much is stuffed with stuff. As I further never contemplated suicide expe- to myown surprise, de-stuffed, I realized the same rience feelings of despair and I hadn't planned to spend the could probably be said about life  " hopelessness. Many suffer from day sorting through my impres- ingeneral. So muchstuff. depression, sive collection of leg warmers and We accumulate without realiz- St. John's Lutheran Church of shoulder-pad-laden blouses, but ing what we are doing. We live in On change Jean Matua "From the Heart" We've heard from dozens of readers already since last week's redesign. So far, everything has been very positive. Thank you! We've heard, as expected, that you like having news of multi- ple communities all in one place. We've also heard that the changes in design and layout of the paper do make things easier to find and read. And we've heard compli- ments on ouLcontent, and the -amount of it. One reader even commented on the refreshing lack of "leftovers," both ads and stories, from another newspaper. There is a little sadness about the loss of that big front-page photo. But the new design will work fine, and still allow us to "feature" photos as appropriate. Again, we thank you all for your patience in this process. And we thank you for your can- didcomments about the new lay- out. We still welcome your feed- back on it! Meanwhile, the seasons have changed rather drastically, and all hope of seeing 70-degree tem- peratures again anytime soon are quickly fading. The colorful leaves are now failing, we've had swirling snow- flakes a few times already, and Mother Nature is getting ready to put us in the deep freeze again. Who knows what this winter will bring? Extreme or mild tem- peratures? A little snow, or lots of it? Early and long winter, or a later and shorter one? After the past year of weather, it really is any- body's guess. Perhaps if we all put in a "wish" prayer: just enough snow for win- ter recreationists to have fun, and for people who make their living plowing snow to make a living. But milder temperatures, and not such a long winter. If we all think along these lines, it just might happen. It couldn't hurt, right? We love the seasons here in Minnesota, but we also love when they change, regularly, and don't get stuck in one season for too long. Corrections In last week's Oct. 17 issue, page 20, the story on the Watkins city council should have read that the new playground will be installed in the Faber Addition on the west side of Watkins (not the Glenshire Estates which is further west). There also were a few typos that didn't get corrected on page 28, as the presses were running, and we ran out of time. We're. sorry! In all the hullabaloo of last week's saturation issue and all the changes it contained, apparently one bundle of papers headed for Litchfield was diverted. We don't know yet where they went, but they did not go where they were intended. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. If you are a Litchfield subscriber and have not yet received your paper, please call us right away and we'll get one in the mail. Kimball is hosting a workshop on Saturday, Nov. 2, which will address these difficult issues. The Rev. Peter Preus will lead a work- shop titled: "Speaking of Hope- lessness: When Believers Consider Suicide." Rev. Preus, pastor of The Lutheran Church of the Triune God in Maple Grove, Minn., is the author of "And She Was a Chris- tian - Why Do Believers Com- mit Suicide?" Pastor Preus' first wife, Jean, committed suicide in 1994. The workshop will address such question as: "Why do peo- ple commit suicide?" "Are there different kinds of hopelessness?" "What does it mean to despair?" "What may we say to the despair- ing and those who have thoughts of suicide? .... What if this person is a Christian? .... What shall I do if I have reason to believe that a loved one will attempt to end his or her life?" The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, until 4:30 p.m. Lunch and breaks (with snacks) are included. The cost of registration is $10 for indi- viduals, $15 for couples. Regis- tration forms are available from St. John's. Call the church office at (320) 398-7151. The deadline for registration is Oct. 23. Copies of Pastor Preus's book will be available at the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact the St. John's church office (320) 398-7151, or the St. John's Parish Nurse, Carla Scheffert, at (320) 808-6164. I woke in the morning with an inexplicable desire to reinvent the bedroom closet. The task beck- oned like an itch and I dove in with the confidence of a woman in possession of a back-scratcher. There is a certain amount of satisfaction that comes with restoring order to a closet. The action of downsizing creates an innate sense of peace and well- being - in a revitalizing sort of way. Organizing is energizing - and I was as pumped up as any drum-beating bunny. While I didn't find any skel- etons in my closet, there was a Spiderman costume from Halloween of 2004. Oh what a tangled web we weave, when our closets are stuffed and clothes won't leave. Spidey was just the beginning. Long underwear worn long ago on a winter outing. Belts no longer capable of the full trip around my waist. Swimsuit cover-ups - cov- ered with the dust of abandon- ment. Exercise clothes left over from a 2002 fitness phase. Purses for fancy occasions, purses for casual occasions, purses from before my kids were born because who ever tosses a purse? (You never know when it will come back in style.) How many black sweaters can one woman own? Believe me, you don't want to know. I don't even want to know and I am that woman. In a flurry of faded denim and otherwise forgotten Zubaz pants, I purged and it felt good. I saw my life unfolding like a wrinkled T-shirt or maybe a bad clich - as less became more - and I caught a the midst of a blizzard, but aren't even aware it's snowing. If we do become cognizant of the flurries around us, we may find it is hard to breathe. It hasn't always been this way. Bedroom closets have not always been the norm, and the universality of walk-in closets is a recent development brought on by a culture enamored with stuff. People haven't always enjoyed the luxury of molded plas: tic hangers. The first shoulder- shaped wire clothes hanger was invented in 1869 - nearly 100 years after our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence. In colonial times women likely hung their clothes on hooks: There wasn't a need for hangers because even well-to-do people like .George and Martha Wash: ington only had a few changes ot clothing, and probably just one pair of shoes (maybe two). Imag- ine that. Times have changed. Our need for footwear has multiplied. At least we live like it has. Last weekend, I walked into my closet laden with the weight of stuff. I came out a little lighter and a bit less burdened by the chaotic excess that has become the bane of everyday life. I've still got a long way to go, but the bed- room closet is a start. Next week- end I think I'll tackle the kitchen junk drawer. Wish me luck. Jill Pertler is an award-win-" ning syndicated columnist, play- wright and author of "The Do-It= Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndi- cation" You can read more col: umns at the Slices of Life page on Facebook. ...... i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!ii!ii!!ii!!!ii!iiiii!iiiiiiiii!! ....... Official Newspaper of Eden Valley, Kimball, Watkins; Eden Valley-Watkins School District, Kimball Area School District; Fair Haven, Forest Prairie, Kingston, Luxemburg, and Maine Prairie Townships; Clearwater River Watershed District. 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