Curtis Dahlgren
September 10, 2014
Anniversary special: College Orientation, part 3
By Curtis Dahlgren

"To strip our past of glory is no great loss, but to deny it honor is devastating." – Daniel Patrick Moynihan

SEPTEMBER NINTH is the anniversary of my first column here in 2003. That's eleven years of hard work writing (over 500 columns). Also, it seems like 11 years of Satan winning in the world. But I'm not discouraged – which reminds me of a joke I will conclude this (a re-posting of one of my favorite columns, from August 2013):

"TRUST IN GOD MAKES THE NATION STRONG." That's from a little book, "Swedish Proverbs," by Joanne Asala, 1994 (Penfield Press) – as are most of the following one-liners (they were collected from many other books published years ago, so they should be in the public domain, and in the public eye!).

- A child is a certain worry and an uncertain joy.

- Do not brag of your father's reputation; what you have is your own.

- The mind of the young is like water in a bucket (it's all wet).

- Being young is a fault that improves daily.

- Everyone has his own devil, and some have two.

- A clear conscience is the best pillow.

- Better to suffer for the truth than be praised for a lie.

- If lies were as heavy as stones to carry, people would speak only the truth.

- The rooster often crows without a victory, and he thinks the sun rises to hear him too.

- Empty barrels make the loudest rattle.

- If a fool just kept quiet, he wouldn't be a fool.

- Better to bow than to hit your head on the lintel of the door.

- With wheat as with people, the heaviest heads bow.

- Take hold of God's grace now; younger you will never be.

- Better a good death than an evil life.

- Not all autumns fill granaries.

- The Lord gives every bird its fill, but He does not cast it into the nest.

- If one sheep bleats, the whole barnyard is thirsty.

- The clock must be the master of the house.

- When the cat and mouse agree, the farmer's in trouble.

P.S.
The joke: A man stopped to watch a Little League game and he asked a player what the score was. "Eleven to nothing," said the boy. "We're losing."

The man said, "You don't seem very discouraged." And the boy said:

"Why should I be? We haven't been up to bat yet."

PPS: The moral of the story is – though Satan seems to be winning sometimes, the real Savior of the World hasn't stepped up to the plate yet. Wait and see. Enough said!

© Curtis Dahlgren

 

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Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)

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