Daily Journal - March 23 & 24, 2006
Joan & Bob (my cousin) at Trevor & Missy's wedding - I love this picture!
Alyssa (Andrew & Jarrett's cousin) at the festivities last month
at the 60th Wedding Anniversary for the Bergs.
My Grandma, Sadie Berg.  Bob (in the picture
at the left with Joan) is her oldest grandchild.
Nick Britz and Jarrett Burkholder planted this golden
delicious apple tree on April 21, 1996
Thursday - March 23, 2006 - I had everything all finished on this
page and then it froze.  Mercy.  Since I had to start all over, I decided
to put in this picture with the cool frame around Grandma Berg's old/
young photo.  Isn't it totally cute?  Yes, I agree.

That Paint Shop program is awesome.  I haven't even scratched the
surface of it yet.  It's SO MUCH fun to work with, and it's quite amazing
what can be done with the old photos.

So by now, I'm sure you know that it's getting late.  I've spent a very
long time working on this today.  I do have some rantings and ravings
to put in here but right now, I have other chores to do.  

I'd certainly rather do this all day.  Play with the pictures.  see ya later,
Friday, March 24, 2006 - See what I mean, I just scroll down here and start writing --- then, I can go on and on for as long as I
want.  That's what I'm talkin' about!  It's totally different than what I've been used to for two years.  Of course, now the website is
much easier to control and that was my main concern.  It just takes a while to get used to it.

I just read a story that knocked me for a loop.  It's something that I've been concerned about for a very long time.  Hopefully,
there will be a link online somewhere that I can put in here (hurray, I found it).  It's about meth use.  For a long time, I've been
saying rather than take the "say no to drugs" approach to the situation, the schools should scare the crap out of the kids.  I
have talked about this with young people, old people, in-between people - anyone who will listen.  

Imagine my complete and total surprise this morning to find that the Daily Herald (link down below) had an article about a
private organization called the Montana Meth Project which is running graphic ads to warn folks about methamphetamine use.   
Kudos to them.  I'll try to find it.  (Found it
but the link is broken.)     

this week, I woke up one morning and had a thought about the Andrew & Jarrett Scholarship for this year.  I was going to
ask the recipients to say that they are DRUG FREE before they accept this scholarship because
Jarrett was totally against
the consumption of illegal drugs
.  Ask any of Andrew's friends who tried to get Jarrett hooked - and it wasn't on phonics!

Apparently, that's a very popular way to get new users - the old users give free drugs to the freshman.  Quite a revelation to
me, very interesting and extremely scary.  Anyone who knows me, knows how I feel about illegal drugs.  Dangerous,
destructive, dumb.....hey, that's why they call it dope!

Jarrett did a research paper at an apparently crucial time in his life  - I'm not sure if it was in eighth grade or when he was a
freshman.  It was about drugs and how they affect a person's entire system.  At the time, he told me that he didn't understand
WHY people would use illegal drugs.  For one thing, they're illegal.

Another concern was that you didn't know what you were putting in your body.  Jarrett's comment was that his body was a
temple so why would he take illegal drugs because they're just going to screw up your body and your mind.  I was impressed by
his thought processes.

I remember when I was growing up (grade school), they scared us about heroin use.  No, I don't remember what context it was
in and I never heard anything about marijuana that I recall except that it was bad.  But heroin - if you took it, you'd go crazy and
never be able to stop using it and you'd end up in an opium den.  Scare tactics - that's the best way.  Just saying no, no hasn't

later, djb