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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, May 15, 2013 Page 4 BETWEEN THE LINES By Tom Merchant - Sentinel Tribune -- tmerchant@ Long live bacon? grown and made from scratch though." I don't know too many people "Reporters asked George that don't like bacon. Thick sliced Burns what his doctors said about is probably the best in my estima- his daily cigars and martinis, he tion, but regular bacon is probably replied that his doctors were the most consumed of the prod- dead." ucts. Well I read many other seri- Last week the Huffington ous threads on the subject and Post ran a story about a 105 year found several that were not corn- old or young lady who says the pletely accurate. One stated that key to her longevity is bacon! pork is not a red meat, and thus it 105 year old Pearl Cantrell is good for you. Yes pork is good was quoted saying, "I love bacon, for you like most things in mod- I eat it every day, I don't feel as eration, however, it is a red meat old as I am, that's all I can say." by true definition. Back in the late The central Texas woman still seventies the pork industry had a dances, and her recent birthday problem when government nutri- party was a three-day affair with tionists decided too much red meat more than 200 guests, was bad for you. So the industry You have to give her credit, came up with slogan "Pork - The she's doing something she loves Other White Meat." After that and apparently it is working, pork took a real up-swing in popu- I also am a bacon lover, but I larity and sales. Also the way pork don't eat it every day, I am sure is produced today is much healthi- my doctor is happy to hear that. I er than it was fifty years ago. But also think the medical profession, it still is red meat. as a whole, would probably not Of course quite a few respons- support this diet either. I ~have es talked about the active lifestyles and work done by people 100 heard the saying you can never have too much chocolate or years ago is much different than money, but bacon? I am not so today. This gal worked hard most of her life and still dances. That sure. There were a whole lot" of might have more to do with her comments on the thread related to longevity than eating bacon. the story. Some were serious, My dad probably ate mostly some were tongue in cheek, and the wrong foods most of his life, some in bad taste, pun intended, and lived to 89. But then he was a Here are a few of the cam- pretty active guy too. I can recall ments: him frying eggs in bacon grease, "You will always find that 90 and eating fatty pork back in the year old who smoked every day, day. He ended up dying ofcompli- and the runner that died at 30. Just cations of Alzheimers, so who's to because she eats bacon and lived say what caused that, probably not to 105 it does not mean it is a good bacon. idea." On the same page of the post "This lady is my hero. Got were recipes using bacon grease. bacon grease running through her Several of them sounded pretty veins... Cool!" good, everything from bacon salad dressing to brownies. "I like the way this gal thinks!" iilf'you want to read more of ....... '~So I have crappy DNA and I the responses you can Google 105 don't exercise . . . Should I start year old bacon lover or go to the eating bacon now?" Huffington Post. "My Grandmother lived to Well, I am thinking about 108 back in the fifties and never having a BLT for supper yum watched what she ate. She just did yum! not eat all that much after she got older, most of that was home Have a great week and do good! 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Why do so many jour- the mainstream media to use nalists and news/talk-show facts, not fiction, in their cover- hosts ignore the facts in favor age of these important pro- ofone-sidedpropaganda? Why grams. An online form will won't they allow all sides to also provide an easy way for advocates and citizens nation- weigh on these important wide to submit news stories in issues? Whatever the reasons, the National Committee to which the media got it wrong Preserve Social Security and and NCPSSM will track it Medicare believes the public down to provide thetruth about deserves more balanced Social Security and Medicare. research and discussion. The EQUAL TIME is at www. truth about our nation's most i ii!i ii i iiii!! !if! !ii:ii i!i i iill ii i ii ii i ilil ii;ii /i!! il ! i ;iii i ili! i ii!i iI i i!i i i! i!il iiiiiiiii!i!!ii ii!i!i i i! !i!i ! i! ii;i iil iii iiili!I i! ill ii ii!i ii i ili Great Westbrook tions ASAP. classmates. Get-Together Most have stayed two nights, We have had people attend from some one night, and some have classes 1946 to 1965. Some have just stopped by for a couple of played golf, some have enjoyed As most of you know we have hours, the beauty of the area, some have been having a Great Westbrook We again this year will have played at the casino. We have all Get-together at Jackpot Junction two hospitality rooms. $45.00 per spent a lot of fun time at the has- the past two years .... and we've all night with all of us "chipping in" pitality rooms. had so much fun that we are hope- to cover the cost, with any addi- We appreciate individuals noti- ful this will be an annual event, tional dollars going to the lying members of their own class Again this year, Sept. 25, 26, & Westbrook School Fund. about this event. 27, Jackpot will give us special If your class wants a special Hopefully again this year, we'll rates, if you just tell them you time, that's great. I think the class have a great attendance. want the "Westbrook Rate." You of '58 will have a noon luncheon Hope to see you in September! can call them toll free at on Thursday at Jackpot just offthe Grant Peterson 1-800-win-cash. They have a main dining room. Class of'56 very liberal cancellation policy Again - no banquets, nothing should you change your mind structured, just a time to get later. Please call in your reserva- together with old friends and "Stories from the BaH Cave" m, A gradvation gnomology Congratulations. Your days of avoiding real life are finally over. You have graduated. Thank you for attending some- thing that you want to end as soon, as possible. "Commencement" is an old Norwegian word meaning, "my butt is asleep." I see tears. Dr. Seuss said, "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." I apologize for calling your school by the wrong name. That's what happens when you don't pay the graduation speaker enough. Rutgers University paid former Jersey Shore reality TV series star Snooki $32,000 for speaking and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison $30,000 for a commence- ment speech. Snooki covered the three things that most speakers do- -her hair, fist pumps, and GTL (gym, tan, laundry). She offered bits of wisdom such as, "When you're tan, you feel better ab6ut ? : yourself," and "Study hard, but party harder." It was suggested that an earth- quake in California on that same day was caused by shudders run- ning up and down spines. You would be better served by heeding Emily Dickinson's state- ment, "Girls rule, boys drool." She might have thought that, but what she actually wrote was, "I dwell in possibility." I can't top Snooki's advice or paycheck, but I have a few things to tell you. I won't say many worthwhile things, because you won't remember them anyway. That's because you are having a senior moment. I offer less wisdom than a canoe paddle could slap into the rear end of a gnat, but lean in close and listen to what one wise in Be nice. Do the right thing at the ways that only he understands has right time in the right way for the to say. right reason. You. Yes, you wearing the cap Keep a pen or pencil handy. and gown. At the appointed time, There will be times when you'll you will move your tassel from need to write things down. right to left. Or from left to right.Eat your vegetables. Especially Or from front to back. Or maybe the ones you don't like. you'll have it detasseled. Then You'll always have homework. what? Not everything needs to change. For starters, put that bumper There is fine print in everything. sticker reading "Yeah, I know" on You'll never be able to afford your car. Place it over the "How is everything you want. my texting?" bumper sticker. Thank people often. Send thank- It's time to stop spreading the you notes or get a thank-you tattoo. rumor that the valedictorian is the Take a jacket. It will please your valedictorian because she was the mother. only one in the class who could A new cellphone may have spell it. Some of you will fall vic- memory, but it'sup to you to make tim to higher learning. You will fig- memories. ure things out or you won't. Some There are no magic clothes. of your wisdom will be delayed. Clothes don't make pounds disap- There's a lot of traffic out there, pear. You might feel that you aren't Blinkers tie. prepared for real life. You're right. Clean your room before leaving You aren't the only apple on that home. tree. John Wooden said, "Don't let We didn't have so many vam- what you cannot do interfere with pires when I was your age. We had what you can do." hickeys. Despite that, Fve !earn e~l The world is round, but you still some ,things during my timeon the' ~ must be careful going around the "planet. Here areat~w iAfth~6:. ' " comers. You have graduated. That means I was in the bowels 0f'ah airport that, on average, you'll make more money than someone who didn't graduate. You may still cling to an elusive dream, but you'll have bet- ter jobs, homes, cars, cellphones, vacations, insurance, etc. That's worth thanking a teacher. It's a small price to pay for all that you'll have. After all, your teachers squeezed blood out of turnips. Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. Then criticize him. It will be safer. You'll have his shoes and you'll be a mile away. A University of Maryland study found that if you want to be happi- er, you should read a newspaper. Little things are the big things. one day when I saw a caged Vietnamese pot-bellied pig being loaded into an airplane. Things happen when pigs fly. Pigs are flying and you've grad- uated. In the movie "The Graduate," his father's business associate gave the new graduate a single word of career advice, "Plastics." My one word of advice to you is, "Fiber." You'll see. AI Batt 2013 71622 325 St. 1-1, MN 56042 Re (ISSN 8750-3905) Thomas Merchant Managing Editor Junette Merchant Office & Production Joan Spielman Ad Representative & Office Published every Wednesday at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 Periodicals Postage Paid at Westbrook, Minnesota 56183 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE FOR THE SENTINEL TRIBUNE WILL BE: In the following counties: Cottonwood, Redwood, and Murray $42.00 per year. Elsewhere in Minnesota $46.00 per year. Out of the state $52.00 per year. Canada and foreign countries inquire at the Sentinel Tribune Office. If wrong amount is submitted subscrip- tion will be pro rated accordingly. "Snowbirds" may put their paper on hold at no extra charge while they are gone, or pay $5.00 extra to have it mailed out of state. Missed copies cannot be furnished because the cost of mailing single copies is about $2.00. Any request for a back copy must include $3.00. Newstand price is $1.00 per copy. 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