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Page 2 Letter to the 00d00tor &apos;Bravo Zulu' Happy Th,nnk00aivina, Thursday, November 24, 2011 "'' ng ::::o ...... Tri-County News. Kimball,M I want to compliment the writ- ers of the two articles on presently serving and deceased Kimball vet- erans. They are fact-filled pieces that truly profile the men as they honor their service. I am retired military and get a variety of veter- ans publications and rarely come upon such richly detailed sto- ries. As we say in the Navy, "Bravo Zulu" (well done). Dr. Sidney Bernstein East Dundee, IL 'Occupy' Main Street! Editor's note: We have a few more veterans and service people lined up for interviews. It is our honor to run these "feature stories" until we run out of people to feature. Please call us if you'd like to tell your story, and share it here! Here's a much simpler, saner, and economically sustainable idea: shop locally! While our small-town downtowns may not be brimming with retail establishments, there are gifts to be found. And virtually every business has gift certificates. Take back some control. Fight for your local businesses. Think "Main Street" and close to home this Holiday season. It's a scenario where everyone truly wins. (And no one gets pepper-sprayed.) Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! I invite you to forget about the OWS mess (Occupy Wall Street), and think about a different type of "occupy" and a different "street." As you enjoy your Thanksgiv- ing dinner with family and friends, you may already be planning the shopping spree Friday morning. Personally, I can't think of any- thing worth going through that nightmare for. But beyond that, why would I want to turn over my hard-earned money by the fist- fulls to big corporations and for- eign governments? Blood Drive in Watkins 1-6:45 p.m. Callers will be contact- ing past donors, but new donors are always needed. If you would like to schedule an appointment call Theresia at (320) 764-7251, or Betty at (320) 764-9163. During this holiday season everyone is busy, but take the time to give of yourself by donating blood. The Red Cross Blood Drive will take place at the Watkins Vil- lage Hall Wednesday, Dec. 14. Appointments are scheduled from St. John's Prep 'Share the Spirit' Concert sical, contemporary and seasonal pieces. The finale selection will com- bine all the ensembles for a stir- ring version of "You Raise Me Up," which was made popular by Josh Groban. The combined efforts of both school music departments will offer many positive outcomes and goals. The most important is the promotion of the Catholic Chari- ties program entitled, "Share the Spirit." "Share the Spirit" pro- vides Christmas gifts and food for local families in need. A free will offering will be taken during the concert and the proceeds will be donated to this cause. Students from St. John's Prepa- ratory School and Cathedral High School will perform at the Cathe- dral of St. Mary in St. Cloud at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. The con- cert is free and open to the public. The evening will feature music by the St. John's Prep Orches- tra, the St. John's Prep Chamber and Concert Choirs, the Cathe- dral High School Concert Choir, Minnesingers, and the Cathe- dral Youth Orchestra. This con- cert will also feature soloists Andrew Floerke, Pipe Organ; Dan Rassier, Trumpet and Dan Ploof, Tenor Vocalist. Music selections will feature a wide variety of styles including religious, reverent, clas- Jil| Pert|er "Slices of Life" Giving thanks all year long Gratitude. We all acknowledge the inherent value of being grate- ful, at least we do on the fourth Thursday in November. We fill our mouths and our stomachs with too much good food and spend a moment or a mealtime ponder- ing the things we are thankful for. We may even go around the table and name them. Then, after stuff- ing ourselves with a second slice of pumpkin pie (extra whipped cream, please) we settle on the couch to let the tryptophan do its work, and we call it a holiday. Some things, like cranberry soufflO and Aunt Elsa's homemade pecan pie, are best left to special meals. Other dishes should be at the center of our table 365 days a year. Gratitude is one of them. (Excuse me here, while I take a moment to hop on my soapbox.) Sometimes I fear we live in a society where gratitude is saved for the fine China; and the atti- tude we dish out every day is more likely to contain a hefty portion of entitlement. It happens to the best of us. I see it at my house. They mow the grass and believe they should be paid. They take $20 to go on the class field trip and forget to bring back the change. They know when the family cell phone contract is due and believe they should get a new phone, just because they can. When theyleave their bike behind the minivan and it gets run over, they naturally assume we'll buy a new one. Our culture has become more attuned to instant gratification than long-lasting gratitude. As a parent, I'd be remiss if I didn't admit it's partially my fault. Maybe it's all my fault. Either way, I feel a responsibility to remedy the situa- tion. Earlier this year, my family started a gratitude list. It's com- prised of a bunch of pieces of paper taped to the wall in the kitchen (very fancy). When we encoun- ter something that invokes grati- tude, we write it on the papers pro- vided. We've got a variety of list- ings. Some are plainly obvious: Eyt  KbQ FU I. www.tricou ntyn ews. M N we are thankful for pens, grati- tude lists and paper. Others are of the expected sort: school, friends, family, God and sunshine. Finally, there's the more unexpected: bleach (my entry after a day spent cleaning), air "condishinging," (misspelled by my 9-year-old on a hot summer day), yard work, when it's done (my husband's contribu- tion) and driving (courtesy of one of the teenagers). Some days we don't write any- thing down. That's okay. The exercise is meant to get us think- ing about our attitudes. Cheesy, I know, but there are substantive and scientific reasons to practice gratitude. Psychologists and other brain experts say gratitude increases our happiness and general satis- faction with life. Compound that with the fact that happy people tend to be healthier. In addition, expressions of gratitude motivate others to express their own thank- fulness, sort of like a pay-it-for- ward gratitude grapevine. Gratitude grows and brings positive outcomes when it does. In a society where people are often focused on their individual sat- isfaction and happiness, it seems like gratitude works to provide us with exactly that, and more. Best of all, we can try gratitude for our- selves anytime, anywhere, with no strings attached, because it's free. So, whether you're having tur- key dinner on a Thursday in November, or spaghetti and meat- balls on a Monday in February, you might want to take a moment to pass gratitude around the table. It compliments a variety of meals, and in addition to its other ben- efits, gratitude has no calories. (Thank goodness for that.) Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-lt-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. 5570 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. 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