Greetings, readers. Is everyone liking the weather? I can remember we had the same weather conditions as last year. And there wasn’t any snow for Thanksgiving, either. I remember we used to get lots of snow; the drifts were at least 5 feet high in some places.

I attended the National Indian Education Conference at Shooting Star Casino Nov. 4-6. I took Apache and Monica with me. We had a wonderful time. The break-out sessions we attended were the Star Lab, Mike and Patty’s meth presentation and the seven-teachings. The conference is always well attended by educators and Local Indian Education Committee members.

There is still a problem with some of the youths who are missing way too much school Is this a truancy issue or a parent issue? We as parents need to make sure our children attend school regularly. I am in four different classrooms, and they learn something new every day. When students do not attend, they are going to be behind their classmates. I cannot stress it enough that children need to attend school! Parents, guardians, please do your best to make sure they get up and board the bus. I like to see youth succeed, and so should everyone else. Also helping youth with homework really helps them in the long run. For instance, my own son was getting 11 out of 20 spelling words correct; but now that we spend four evenings a week with his words, he is getting 18, 19 and even 20 out of 20! It takes less than 15 minutes of your time. Please help them out.

To the “Twelve Ordinary Women” who took me by surprise with a very beautiful bouquet of pink flowers — thank you so much! It really made my day much better and even brought a tear to my eye! It feels wonderful to know that people notice when you do  good things.

I would like to say “Congratulations” to my sister Jean and hubby Owen. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November. That’s a lot of memories to share. I love you!

I enjoy listening to what students at school say about certain things. They are so honest and don’t even know how silly they are. On the Tooth Fairy: What if she forgets where I put my tooth? How does she know where I live? And I already have enough money!

I would like to say welcome to the new employees at the Boys and Girls Club, Cindi Walhof and Jacinta Morrison. Things are changing for the better. I am still going there on a regular basis.

Here’s hoping that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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