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Have you ever heard of the Ten Commandments? You know, those 10 rules that were etched on stone tablets by God on Mount Sinai and given to Moses to carry...
Have you ever volunteered or given of your time for an hour, an afternoon, a day or week and expected nothing in return? I’m sure you have, even if it was just to help a friend, girlfriend, sister or daughter move into a dorm room or out of an old, beat-up house and into a new one.
Do you know the word of the day? If not, there is a website called wordthink.com that will give you a word of the day each day and, in addition to the word, it gives you the definition of that word and an example of how that word might be used in a sentence.
Do you know who first bought North Dakota? No one did. The French got it for free. No licenses, deeds, contracts, real estate agents, bank checks, titles or American Express cards.
Chapter 11 I actually thought that if I wished hard enough, like I'd never wished before, that I might be able to make myself disappear.
Did you dream last night? I did. In fact, I think I dreamed two dreams at one time. Is that possible? Apparently it is. Of course, this was roundup weekend at the Little Missouri Cattle ranch in the middle of the Badlands where, after two full days in the saddle, sleep came easier for me than going through butter is for a hot knife or lifting an ant is for King Kong.
Friday is a big day. Do you know why? Because that's when they will once again announce who will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. What is the Nobel Peace Prize? It's a dead man's will. On Nov. 27, 1895, at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, there was a man sitting by himself in the corner writing away, pausing to think and then writing again. He wrote in the lines, he wrote outside of the lines, he wrote on the side, he wrote upside-down and he added words to sentences here and there and in the end, he completed a pretty amazing will. His name was Alfred Nobel. Who was Al Nobel?
What would we do without signs? There are welcome signs, stop signs, warning signs, billboards, sandwich boards, blinking neon monstrosities and so much more. Most of us would be wandering aimlessly like bison on the prairie or freshman at college were it not for signs. But do you happen to know who invented the first traffic sign? It was the Romans, of course.
Do you know what has become taboo in North Dakota? Risk. Now you might scoff at such a suggestion, especially since we are in the midst of an oil boom. But it's true. North Dakota is a no-risk state and has been since long before the oil boom. It didn't start out that way. I know this because I've heard my grandfather's stories. Nor is it necessarily a bad thing, but it will affect our long-term legacy and it will result in unachieved potential. Of course the media refers to it as "conservatism." But that puts a political spin on it and this is not political.
Do you think you could go through life without ever seeing yourself in a mirror? Noah probably did, and maybe even Adam and Eve. Of course, each of them had the option of looking at their reflections in a quiet pond.