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4/4/2014 9:22:00 AM
View from the Valley

Sunny and warm, ho hum. I know that all of you are waiting to say that and it won't be long now. Got a call from friends in Holland, Michigan where it was 50 degrees and they were elated. What can we say about the brutal weather pattern that hasn't already been verbalized? Enough is enough!

I saw the most amazing movie the other day that was beyond great. The movie title was "God Is Not Dead." The theater was sold out and people of all ages were in attendance. It takes place on a college campus that looked like Stanford University where a philosophy professor starts out his class with distributing blank papers on which the class must write God is Dead. One freshman male student will not sign it. The rest of the story is in your hands. Go as fast as you can to this movie. Another great movie was "The Book Thief." It has been out for a while so it might be hard to locate. No fear it will soon be out in DVD.

Spring training is in full swing and out of state visitors are in abundance. So many people come just for that event. Eateries love the business and desert Jeep tours are sold out for two weeks. The home next to us was just just bought by a Wisconsin couple who are headed home to sell their home. They want to buy a condo in Stillwater and live here almost all year. The brutal weather could have been a big reason for their move. It seems all roads lead to Arizona or Florida.

We are known for the world's largest fountain and it is indeed a thing to see. It goes off every hour on the hour and stays up for 15 minutes. It is a great tourist attraction. We can enjoy it from our home. We walk out of our place climb the desert trail behind our house and we are in the park.There are all sorts of functions there and last week we had a Chinese festival. Then the Pakistani Kite Festival followed. This week it is the bicycle festival and then the Disc Golf Tournament comes. The Community Easter service is held in the park at sunrise and almost the entire community turns out. But after lauding all the wonderful things about our town I have sad news to report. A medical marijuana store has opened up. Granted it is hidden in the industrial area of the town, but it still affects the quality of life as we knew it. Already, it has petitioned for longer hours. They want to be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday day but Sunday. I realize that some people who are ill need the drug, but we all know that a store of this nature draws the unsavory section of society. Only time will tell if this store was a big mistake, and then what? I am not as proud of my town as I once was and that makes me profoundly sad. The people did not want the business, but small town politics won out. It is all about the bottom line.

May I suggest a new read to you. The book was published in 2009, but it just recently came to my attention. The title is "Beach Music" written by Pat Conroy who definitely has a following. It is over 700 pages long, so it will take time to digest it but it is worth the effort.

I will end with this quote by John Lubbock; "Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." SHALOM

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