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6/14/2013 11:00:00 AM
View from the Valley

Here I am again. I cannot believe that we are into June already. All we have seen is rain, clouds, cool temps, and depressing cloud formations. For this we raced across the states to enjoy the good Minnesota climate? My newly purchased plants are rotting in the pots for lack of sun and warmth. The grass is growing at an alarming rate. You can almost see it grow. The deer are enjoying the pretty hosta and the bunnies make fast work of anything edible in the yard. Oh well, next week should bring relief.

This is the time of the year that we tap into our grandchildren's DVD supply. All the shows on TV are repeats and the new filler shows are horrible. What has happened to the quality of our TV shows? Thank goodness for public television and all the great mysteries. They are proposed to be all new for the summer. Anyway, our grown grandchildren shield us from "R" rated movies as we did when they were growing up. For some reason they feel they must guard our selections. I guess we should be grateful for their caring. Funny how the tables have turned.

Driving home from Arizona we made an observation. And here it is. Almost no one minds the speed limit signs. It is appalling. And the biggest offenders are the folks who have bought energy efficient vehicles like the Prius and the various hybrids. We own and drive two small SUVs. To make our world a little greener we try very hard to obey the posted speed signs, keep our tires at the suggested tire pressures, and make an effort to not be cowboys on the road. Just to prove my point, the other day driving down 52, I was passed by three Prius going at least 80 miles an hour to be followed by three government vehicles going at 80 or more. What is wrong with this picture? I drive a small Lexus SUV and was chastised for having it. I was told to buy a Prius or some other so called green car. This remark offended me and that is why I have this little bee in my bonnet. Let us all try to save the planet by obeying the rules and not feel that the rules and regulations are for everyone else.

There are two excellent books on my bedside table these days. The first one is titled "The Kitchen House" by Kathleen Grissom. If you liked "The Help," you will enjoy this book. It is about tobacco farming in the 19th century in Virginia. It is a story of class, race, dignity, deep buried secrets and familial bonds. It is available in paperback. The other book is "And The Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini, author of the "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns." It is an emotional, provocative and unforgettable novel about how we love, how we take care of one another and how the choices we make resonate through generations. I see where there is a resurgence of independent book sellers again and I could not be happier.


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