Once we stopped, I had to consciously will myself to let go of the handles. They’d been stretched and mangled beyond their original shape, and even though they were made of rubber, it was unlikely that they’d ever spring back.
Today, July 7, marks the second anniversary of his death. My family misses and loves him, especially my mother. Today is also her birthday — yes, after nearly 66 years together, he died on her birthday. I pray my last “goodbye” to her is years away. I love you, Mom.
“If we find a water body is not as healthy as it should be, we will look at applying for grants to help address any problems,” Bomier said. “Or if we have some really healthy streams or rivers, there may be things we can do to help continue to protect them,” such as assisting landowners to plant trees, protect surface or ground water, reduce pollution, etc.
I frequently hear from people who are exasperated by the obstacles they have to overcome in order to make a difference: fellow citizens who are ignorant of the system, politicians who are too obtuse or self-interested to see the light, incompetence in the bureaucracy, officials protecting turf.... But here’s the thing: those obstacles will always be there.
I was curious about the eggs and thought they might be photo-worthy. I climbed up the second ladder to get a better look. Just as I leaned over to take a peek, there was a rustle in the trees behind me and the adult robin (mama or daddy, who knows?) dived-bombed straight toward yours truly. I felt the whoosh of the bird’s wings and ducked; it must have been inches from my head. The robin was mad.
Our founders knew something that still holds true today: Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. As the 13 colonies discovered, sometimes you end up in a war with one of the most powerful nations on earth. Other times, you end up defending yourself against people who strongly disagree with your views. In either case, it takes commitment, and it takes courage.
In fact, I’d argue that limited government is more often part of the solution than it is a problem. It funds core functions — such as infrastructure, the court system, and national security — that allow the private sector to flourish. It sustains national parks, interstate highways, the air traffic control system and other services that make this a vibrant society. It strives to protect Americans from hazardous food and drugs, unsafe workplaces, and toxic polluters. It has played a key role in asserting fairness for minorities, women and the most vulnerable people in our society.
For one thing, the home team actually won, which meant over 29,000 onlookers could tell their kids they saw a victory in the flesh. The other good thing was the way the Twins looked when they did it.
One of the most important things you can do is recycle at home, work and school. Recycling supports local businesses, such as Cloquet Sanitary Service, and creates 40,000 jobs statewide. When you recycle, you generate profit for your local economy. In 2010, recycling programs in Minnesota collected 2.5 million tons of recyclable materials and raked in a cool $690 million. On the other hand, when recyclable materials are thrown away, Minnesota is robbed of the
Her second car was a little red convertible. We bought it when she wasn’t yet old enough for kindergarten. She saved most of the money for it herself — from birthdays and other gifts. Pretty good for a preschooler. This second gem had an operational foot pedal and was battery-powered — a pretty gutsy parental move on our part. She learned to press the pedal to make the car go. It even had a reverse option and it was amazing how quickly she became proficient at backing up and maneuvering in tight spaces.