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It was an adventure to make a prosperous country proud - a daring young man bound for Paris in a plane he had helped design. Alone, on a late May day in 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., set out from New York. A little more than 33 hours later, Lindbergh shyly climbed down from the plane at Le Bourget Field in Paris, cheered by 100,000 Europeans. Back in Lindbergh’s hometown, Little Falls, Minnesota, the aviator’s success was every citizen’s triumph. On his victorious return flight to Little Falls, Lindbergh circled his hometown, thrilling the crowd of 50,000 with his favorite stunts. He was carried in one of the largest parades ever seen in Little Falls. However, the Lindy Hop and the hero worship were soon to become memories from a happier past. On October 29, 1929, the inflated stock market, which had camouflaged an unsound economy, plummeted. Between late October and mid November stocks lost more than 40% of their value, resulting in an economic depression that shook up American business from coast to coast. In Minnesota, the effects arrived unforeseen and with unique force. Between 1920 and 1929, Minnesotans, like the rest of the nation, had quintupled their purchasing power through credit. Now jobs were lost as corporations went bankrupt. Banks foreclosed loans. Credit dried up. Banks failed. By 1934 one third of the working people in Hennepin County were unemployed. Minnesota citizens faced additional problems over which they, now, had no control. The timber resources of the state were almost depleted. Minneapolis was losing its leadership position as a flour milling center. Transportation lines were being rerouted, and goods were being shipped through the Panama Canal instead of through the Twin Cities and Chicago. All businesses received rough treatment from the Depression, but well-managed businesses survived in many cases, such as General Mills and Minneapolis Honeywell. Honeywell cut its number of employees in half. It added flour sifters, needed by the Pillsbury company, then bought the Brown Instrument Company of Philadelphia, and, by the end of 1936, its sales and the number of employees tripled. Dayton’s department store made a profit each year of the Depression by promotional advertising and innovative sales events. Wilbur A. Foshay, builder of the tallest office building in Minneapolis, declared bankruptcy. He also was heavily invested in the stock market. Many of the businesses tried hard to help those who had lost jobs, The Association of Commerce in St. Paul, 3M, Citizens Alliance in Minneapolis, Churches and community groups did what they could. Newspapers tried to persuade firms to keep people employed, but it was not long before it was evident that these valiant local efforts along would not be sufficient. Confidence in the buoyancy of private enterprise crumbled, and citizens turned to government at all levels for solutions to their economic problems. (Sound familiar?)

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■ On Feb. 7, 1812, the most violent of a series of earthquakes near Missouri causes a so-called fluvial tsunami in the Mississippi River, making the river run backward for several hours. The strongest of the aftershocks, an 8.8-magnitude, caused church bells to ring in Boston, more than a thousand miles away. ■ On Feb. 11, 1937, after a six-week sitdown strike by General Motors autoworkers in Flint, Mich., GM president Alfred P. Sloan signs the first union contract in the history of the American auto industry. Today, the UAW has more than 390,000 active members and more than a 600,000 retired members.

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■ On Feb. 16, 1848, romantic composer Frederic Chopin plays his final concert in his adopted city of Paris, 18 months before his death from tuberculosis at the age of 39. After fleeing his native Poland, he spent the rest of his life amid the high society of France.

■ On Feb. 14, 1929, Sir Alexander Fleming, a bacteriologist, discovers penicillin. Having left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered, Fleming noticed that a mold, similar to the kind found on bread, had fallen on the culture and had killed many of the ■ On Feb. 18, 1885, Mark Twain publishes his famous and controversial novel “The bacteria. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” At the ■ On Feb. 17, 1966, Brian Wilson of the book’s heart is the journey of Huck and Beach Boys rolls tape on the first take of his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the “Good Vibrations.” Six months, four studios Mississippi River on a raft. and $50,000 later, he finally completed his 3 ■ On Feb. 13, 1915, The American Society minute, 39 second symphony, pieced together of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is formed. ASCAP collects from more than 90 hours of tape recorded and distributes royalties for copyrighted during literally hundreds of sessions. musical works. Today, ASCAP reports that it distributes more than $800 million (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. in royalties annually to its members.

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• In the 18th-century, some unmarried women pinned five bay leaves to the center and four corners of their pillows on February 13. According to tradition, that night they would dream of their future husband. Some recited a verse before sleep: “Good Valentine, be kind to me, in dreams let me my true love see.” Perhaps this is where we derive the expression “the man of my dreams”! • Another old Valentine custom had men write women’s names on bits of paper and place them in a jar. Each man drew a paper, and that woman was the man’s Valentine. He spent the day paying special attention to her and bestowing small gifts, often a pair of gloves. Some of the men pinned the lady’s name to their shirtsleeve and wore it for several days, literally “wearing their hearts on their sleeves.” • In Victorian days, young women used their fans to convey secret messages to their beaus. Drawing her fan across the cheek meant “I love you,” while twirling it in her right hand gave the warning, “We are being watched.” • Esther A. Howland was the first person to commercially manufacture Valentines, beginning in 1847. Considered the “Mother of the Valentine,” her original creations featured real lace and colorful ribbons. She eventually expanded her business into sales of $100,000 annually. • In the late 1850s came the “penny dreadfuls,” Valentines with insulting and derogatory verses. They were printed on cheap paper and designed to make the recipient feel dreadful, hence their name. They were also known as “vinegar Valentines,” due to their sour or acidic messages. • According to a French tradition, a young woman lets her admirer know whether his affections are welcome by what she feeds him on Valentine’s Day. If she feeds him an egg dish, the answer is definitely “No,” while something with apple or pear signifies “Yes.” • Those colorful little candy conversation hearts have been around since 1866, when they were first manufactured by the New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO, as the company is more commonly known. Originally called “motto hearts,” they contained messages such as “Be Good,” “Be True” and “Kiss Me.” NECCO began updating their phrases in recent years, adding “Call Me,” “Fax Me,” “Email Me” and starting in 2011, one in 80 hearts reads “Tweet Me.” NECCO makes eight billion Sweethearts every year, selling about 100,000 pounds of them every day between January 1 and February 14. • If you plan to give your Valentine a bottle of perfume, you might want to know that one of the ingredients in many perfumes is coal tar. And in order to prolong the fragrance, manufacturers add substances taken from beavers, male musk deer and sperm whales. Still other ingredients are derived from turpentine. Most perfumes

are produced synthetically using chemical substances, and even the best perfumes contain only about 10 percent flower petal oil dissolved in alcohol. It takes about 10 million jasmine flowers to produce only 2.2 pounds of fragrant oil. Although a perfume may smell like one specific fragrance, it can actually be a blend of up to 500 ingredients. • In the 1600s, perfume was made by placing rose petals in white wine, adding fragrant herbs and spices and allowing the mixture to ferment for two weeks. • Thinking about chocolates for your sweetie? You’ll be glad to know that chocolate ranks high in food value and contains several vitamins and minerals. It was also the belief of the ancient Aztec Indians that the cacao bean was a source of wisdom and knowledge because the seeds had been brought to their land from Paradise. • Before it is molded into bars, milk chocolate is stirred by machines for 72 hours to achieve the smoothest chocolate possible. • About 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be given to sweethearts this year. But Valentine’s Day is far from the biggest day of the year for candy purchases. Halloween is first, followed by Easter, then Christmas. • For its first 68 years, the Hershey Chocolate Company operated with no advertising budget. It did not advertise its products until July 1970. • Egyptians were the first candy makers 3,000 years ago when they mixed fruits and nuts with honey. • If your Valentine asks you for a Pascali, a Chrysler Imperial, a Rubaiyat, a Floradora, a Montezuma or an Iceberg, she’s asking for a rose from the list of the more popular varieties. The Society of American Florists estimates the number of roses produced for Valentine’s Day at around 200 million. About 43 percent of flowers given are red roses, and 29 percent are other colors of roses. The remaining gifts are mixed flowers. • Cupid, Roman mythology’s god of love, was the son of the goddess Venus and the god Mars. He’s often depicted with wings, a bow and a quiver of arrows, and one shot is said to cause his “victims” to fall in love. Other legends represent Cupid with two sets of arrows — one gold-tipped set for love and another leadtipped set, which brings about hatred.

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Pointing to the sky at the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is the Washington Monument, the tallest structure in our nation’s capital. Read along and discover some enlightening information about this tribute to America’s first president. • Although George Washington didn’t die until 1799, as early as 1783, Congress proposed a monument to him in the form of an equestrian statue. The site was even selected in the city’s 1791 survey plan. Yet it wasn’t until 1836, after $28,000 in donations had been raised, that a competition for architectural designs was announced. • Robert Mills’ design was chosen for the monument, which featured an obelisk surrounded by a colonnade on which a statue of Washington would stand. Inside the colonnade, the statues of 30 other Revolutionary War heroes were to be included. • Mills’ design was criticized because it would cost more than $1 million to build, over $21 million in today’s dollars. In addition, the selected location was deemed not stable enough to support such a heavy structure. The location was changed and the design altered to an Egyptian obelisk, reduced from a height of 600 feet (183 m) to 555 feet (169 m). The cornerstone wasn’t laid for another 12 years. • Construction got underway in 1848 using primarily white marble blocks from Maryland. The underlayment was Maryland blue gneiss and Maine granite. The work continued for six years; then the donations ran out. Each state of the Union was urged to contribute a commemorative stone to be included in the interior walls in an effort to help cut costs and allow construction to continue. But the expenses of the Civil


War finally brought the construction to a halt. • The Monument sat for over 20 years until the federal government took over, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the project. An obvious sign of the time difference can be seen on the lower 150 feet (46 m) of the obelisk. The builders were unable to find a match for the color of the marble used during the early construction, which is why the bottom 27 percent is a lighter color. • The Monument was completed in 1884, towering to a height of 555 feet and 5 1/8 inches (169.3 m) and weighing more than 80,000 tons. At its base, the walls are 15 feet (4.6 m) thick, tapering to 18 inches (460 mm) in the upper shaft. The interior walls contain 193 contributed memorial stones. The final cost was $1,187,710. It was officially dedicated in February of 1885, and within the first six months, 10,041 people had climbed the Monument’s 897 steps to the top. Shortly afterward, a steam elevator was installed, providing a 20-minute ride to the top, complete with a snack of wine and cheese during the trip. However, only men were allowed to ride the elevator, as it was considered unsafe for women and children! By 1888, an average of 55,000 people were making the trip to the top every month. Today, about 800,000 visitors make the trip annually, and the elevator ride takes just 70 seconds. • At its completion, the Washington Monument became the world’s tallest structure, an honor it held until 1889, when Paris’ Eiffel Tower surpassed it. It remains not only Washington, D.C.’s tallest structure, but the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk as well.

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Located less than 25 miles north of the Las Vegas airport, the Clark County Shooting Park is not your normal gun range. The 2,900- acre facility has an archery range,a building with a 30- seat classroom,a rifle and pistol range, and 24 trap and skeet fields In the future, the range will have another 700 developed acres that will also include an area for horsebackmounted shooting. The gun range was built because of federal legislation that procured the land and allocated more than $64 million in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) funds to plan and build the gun range,including $15.6 million this year alone. The shooting park is being billed as a huge tourist attraction. The park, however, has been losing money. This year, the park had $430,000 in revenues, but cost $1.3 million to operate. In response, Clark County sent a million dollars of local funds to make up the difference. The county funds directed to the shooting range came from an account that paid for maintenance of local public pools. The result was at least one pool had to close its doors during the summer.

European Junket - (Vienna, Austria) $465,000 In July, nearly half a million dollars in taxpayer money went to the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, where wine tasting and castle tours were among the events planned for the conference participants. Speaking at the conference, former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined the chorus of those criticizing the cost to human lives of wasting AIDS funds on junkets and conferences. “In too many countries, too much money goes to pay for too many people to go to too many meetings, get on too many airplanes,” Clinton said. “Keep in mind that every dollar we waste today puts a life at risk.” While the International AIDS Conference can provide a unique forum for networking, reviewing scientific developments, and sharing information for many stakeholders, modern technology allows us to accomplish these goals for relatively little cost. There are, however, no lifesaving alternatives to medicine. The money spent on the conference could have paid for doctors, nurses, prevention services, and treatment for those afflicted by the virus. Wastebook 2010 by Senator Tom Coburn

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Nearly any time of the day on any day of the week you can find a television show on about the paranormal. Some are ghost hunting shows where they walk quietly through dark places whispering to each other and jumping and gasping at small noises. Some have the stars of the show attempting to provoke ghosts by yelling at them and asking them to attack or prove they are there. Other shows are fiction with actors pretending to be psychics or mediums. There are major differences between those television shows and what life in the paranormal world is really like. I live a life surrounded by the paranormal. I talk to spirits, connect people with loved ones on the other side and interpret information about peoples lives given by their guides. I have also been on many ghost hunts. Sometimes the lights are on and sometimes it’s dark and the middle of the night. There is never creepy music playing in the background to add tension. We don’t whisper and we don’t attempt to antagonize. We also don’t have a film crew following us around. You don’t need to walk around in the dark to experience paranormal events. It’s just as easy for a spirit to make a sound to get your attention with the lights on as it is for them make that same sound with the lights off. The TV shows film in the dark because it’s more theatrical. It makes a better television show. And it appears that they are walking around all alone, but keep in mind, they have a camera man with them. They typically stop after every sound they hear or thing they see and give an interview for the camera. Again, this makes a better television show. There are times when I wake in the night suddenly because I’ve heard something or I’ve had a vivid dream about something. And when that happens, I usually do gasp and sit up in bed trying to figure out what just happened. Once I have my bearings again, I lay back down and go to sleep. I’m not scared. I don’t lay there wide awake waiting for something else to happen. I go right back to sleep. Sometimes I wake up again with another experience. If it’s repeatedly happening, I will turn a light on and write down my experience, then I will go back to sleep. And, those times are few and far between. I readily admit to enjoying the ghost hunting shows on television. They are entertaining, but I see them for what they are. Reality television. We get to know the team members. We enjoy the interaction of the teams. I personally look forward to certain shows and record them when I’m not home. I watch them for the entertainment value. It’s important to understand that these shows are set up to be overly dramatic and at times scary. They have suspenseful


music. There are gasps and sometimes screams, yelling and running. Lots of running. There is also very little ghostly evidence ever caught. And the evidence that is caught is usually a voice or a sound. A knock or a light turning on or off. All of those things are paranormal happenings. There is nothing truly scary about it though. We scare ourselves by walking around in the dark. I watched one show where they had one of the investigators lay on a slab in the morgue. They pushed him inside and closed the door. That is frightening, not because it’s paranormal, but because they are laying on a slab in the morgue, in the dark, all alone. Again, they do it for the excitement. They do it for the same reason others ride roller coasters. They like to be scared. In a nutshell - what you see on television is entertainment. 100% of it has been edited to give you the creepy, hair standing on end feeling. The places they are investigating are very real and have a history of paranormal stories surrounding them. The more dramatic the stories, the better the television show. Typically what they find when they do some investigating at the local library is that the stories have been greatly exaggerated. The reason I picked this topic is because I am asked often if those shows are real. If that’s what my life is really like. The answer is yes and no. I see dead people. There is nothing scary about that. I talk to dead people. There is nothing scary about that. If we could be harmed by those who have passed on, no one would ever question the existence of the paranormal. It would be on every news station in the world. I have been touched and pushed. I’ve never been injured and no spirit has ever jumped out at me and yelled Boo! Watch these shows for their entertainment value. I certainly do. However, if you would like to learn what it’s really like and perhaps experience it all for yourself, sign up for a spiritual development class. Learn to understand the terms and meanings of paranormal things. Discover what gifts you might possibly have and learn how to expand them. You will probably be surprised by how gifted you are. Thank you for your interest and attention. If you’d like to have a reading or take a class, please contact me. Till next time, stay in touch with yourself, your life, and with those loved ones who have moved on.

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