Here is a trivia question for you. What youth organization is known for its blue corduroy jacket? If you said Future Farmers of America or the National Future Farmers of America Organization, you can be first to drive the tractor or sheer the sheep. The blue jacket became the official dress of FFA in 1933.
On snowy cold days, like we've been having, we catch ourselves looking out the window and wondering, "What in the world am I doing living in Bemidji." Then I take a snooze, dream some dreams about spring and wake up with the realization that I am very lucky. You might feel the same way. I think we are put on earth for two reasons. First, we are put on earth to appreciate and care for what the Creator has created for us. If we don't, who will? There is no better place to appreciate what the Creator has done than in Beltrami County, Minnesota.
If you could increase our chances by 25 to 30 percent to find a cure for MS (multiple sclerosis), eliminate Alzheimer's, eradicate cancer, knock out heart disease, wouldn't you do it? And if I told you that we could do it by not spending another dime, would you be even more inclined to do it? We would be fools not to at least consider it.
It's time to face the music on your iPhone. You may be addicted to it. These are the symptoms: 1. If, after reading the title of the column, you paused and thought about it even for a nano second, you have a problem. 2. If you place as much importance on carrying your iPhone with you as you do your keys and wallet or purse, you have a problem. 3. If you have your iPhone in your hand and are reading or texting or talking while waiting to get served in a restaurant or using it while listening to a talk at a meeting or conference, you have a problem.
Have you ever wanted to know where the bathrooms were located? Sure you have, and so has everyone else. I try to tell my students when I meet them for the first time is the location of the bathrooms. Bathroom stress can be stressful for some.
I recently gave some students I am working with a school interest survey and one of the questions was, "Do I feel challenged at school?" Two of the students who do not do well in school both said they felt they were not challenged. Interesting, right? You might think they would say that school was too challenging and this is why they didn't like it. A similar result was found in a Bill Gates study of high school dropouts who also found that a reason for some students to leave school early was that they also felt the school they attended didn't challenge them.
We were going to name our dogs Simon and Schuster but then we had second thoughts. We could hear them tell us, "We don't want to be named after a couple of nerdy book publishers."
What would be better in an office, a desk or a kitchen table? What would be better in a classroom, a bunch of desks or some kitchen tables? All of the kitchen tables would have an apple shaped cookie jar in the center. I vote for the kitchen tables. I think students would, too. Kitchen tables are cozier.
If your kids wish to go to one of those superhero, sci-fi, incredibly make believe movies during the holidays, offer them an alternative. Read them "The Christmas Story." It contains a host of supernatural events that the best Hollywood screenwriters could not ever imagine.
Do you have trouble buying gifts for kids? They already have everything. Let's hark back to those glorious days of yesteryear when few gifts were given but when they were given, they were gifts that kept on giving year after year. You might want to consider giving to your children or grandchildren or great grandchildren those same kinds of gifts this year. How about a piggy bank?