Plain Envelopes

“Great for everyday use” the highlighted box quote stated. And so I thought, “a great name for this column.”

Plain, everyday, and who knows what each could, or does, or has, or might contain! What you fill each with (day, not envelope) is important, because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.’

the Northwoods woman. . .

Once a month I hope to be meeting you in this space—pulling items in from here and there, but never from “a plain brown envelope”.

A little about “I” –I’m not a Bigfork nor Bigfork area native. I’ve lived here about five years so I’m still a newcomer, although many people here have made me feel very welcome. So, thank you! I love living up here except for last week, the week of the northland deepfreeze. But even that wasn’t so awful if you could stay inside.

For the New Year, each new day, etc.

Here’s some excellent words for the New Year, not as a resolution, mind you, but as something to live every day, day by day, one day at a time, or whatever expression you want to use. These words are reputed to have been written by Mother Theresa, however, Sister M. Nirmala M.C. (Missionaries of Charity) in Calcutta wrote: “she did not write this prayer.” Another source said that this poem was found by Mother Teresa’s (which is the correct spelling?) bedside when she died, written in her own handwriting. So, the mystery remains.


People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Funny Bit of info

Remember typing class? You learned to space twice after a period at the end of a sentence? Anyone who’s every typed much will never forget. What is difficult to remember is that with word processing, you don’t space twice after a period, only once.

My intentions. . .

–are never to offend anyone. However, I do think a little radically sometimes. Once, when I was a student at Bemidji State U., I was in the Student Union expounding on something about my beliefs, values, or some such. A meek older woman quietly leaned in my direction and with wide eyes whispered, “Are you a communist?” I leaned her direction and just as quietly whispered back, “No, I’m a Christian!” Only one further comment here and now—I believe true Christians are radical.

–are to get you to send me some email. A favorite poem (and who the author is, and where you got the poem if at all possible); a really good recipe (I’m available for tasting and sampling!); where the fish are biting; what you use to catch them, if you have any extra, etc.

–help me identify trees, bushes (I especially want to know about bushes), flowers, birds, critters (crawling, flying, walking, swimming). . .

–to let you, others, anyone, know about good stuff going on. Did you catch someone doing a good deed? I saw a whole group of folks over at the ambulance garage today donating blood. What I saw was a whole group of heroes. Thank you.

–Who do you “native Bigfork folks” know, who us newcomer’s could benefit from knowing? Like, who’s a good beaver trapper? Who knows how to find their way into lakes with no roads, no access. . . . Does anyone in the area know how to raise (=breed, multiply, sustain a bed of) nightcrawlers? How about wax worms? Does anyone keep dermestid beetles?

Well, you get the idea. Let’s exchange ideas of all kinds, pass on what you know, like, can do, need help with. Plain Envelopes are great for exchanging ideas, passing on good info, helping with tips, bragging on someone behind their back. . . .

Community Education helps with personal growth!

Join a class, give ideas to Joan Lester about a class you’d like to see offered in the area, Teach a class!–share what you know.

A really fun and tasty treat is coming to the Bigfork area (Marcell, Effie, and all you other places—mostly north of the divide, but from anywhere you want to arrive. In March, the 19th to be exact, we’ll be celebrating the First Annual (we hope!) Bigfork Chocolate Challenge! Watch the Watts News, Community Ed. bulletins, etc. Get involved, bake your best chocolate! We hope to have some clever t-shirts, books for sale, a tasting party to help raise funds for the Fine Arts Center. It’s gonna be a great, gooey time!

Well, for now, this envelope’s full! I’d best post it and start on the next. Hope to hear from you, now. Y’all hear?