From a lazy afternoon to spirit of kindness, summer’s here [UPDATED]Published 8:45am Monday, June 25, 2012 Updated 1:50pm Monday, June 25, 2012
It’s a lazy Saturday afternoon. You’re floating in a tube on the Otter Tail River, beverage in hand, friends nearby, enjoying the day, no worries in the world, having a good time, letting the current take you wherever it leads.
Then you spot something odd in the water. You call your friends over, and you realize …it’s a dead body. And not only is it a dead body, the likelihood is that the person has been dead for nearly a month.
A fun day of tubing has suddenly turned into a tragic afternoon.
Make no mistake, I feel bad for the family of Scott Burris, the man who was likely found in the river.
But you have to feel for the tubers as well.
No one wants to spend what should have been a fun Saturday afternoon that way.
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It was hard to see a cute German Shephard mix dog with a bad foot walking around and not want to help him.
Clearly, many people did.
Bear, the 10-month-old dog with a deformed left foot, had a successful surgery that will allow him to live a relatively normal life after a six- to eight-week recovery.
In addition, he will soon have a home outside of the Otter Tail County Humane Society, as several have applied to adopt him.
It warms the heart to see that people stepped up and helped an animal who could not help himself, who would have otherwise suffered from his condition for the rest of his life.
I wish I wasn’t allergic to dogs. I’d certainly take the big lug home with me.
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Considering Bluebird Gardens has been in the headlines this week for less-than-ideal circumstances, I thought I’d mention that my family and I are thrilled with our first two vegetable boxes.
Between the lettuce, turnips, radishes, green onions and more, it’s been — as it always is — a bit overwhelming to find uses for all of those veggies.
But the bottom line is, they are really tasty, and they’re really good for us.
The way I figure it, one more vegetable I eat means one less Oreo cookie I consume. (OK, maybe not.)
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Following up on a column a couple weeks ago on my less-than-ideal golf game, I have made the determination that, considering all of the things I have to spend my time on that I’d rather not be doing (work, mowing lawn and laundry, for example) it’s a bit ridiculous to make a game I’m supposed to be enjoying so torturous.
As both my wife and Lee Westwood say, you have to give yourself a break.
So from now on, my mission is to make sure I’m having fun playing golf — no matter how badly I’m playing. I even went online to find an article “10 tips on making golf more fun.”
Of course, I realize this is easier said than done. But at least my intentions are good…
Joel Myhre is The Journal’s publisher. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org