Boo-zhoo, readers!

I think it’s safe to say that warm weather is here to stay; I hope! It is a little dry, but Mother Nature will take care of that.

I am still doing the transport for Targeted Services. I think we have just a few weeks left.

We have gone to several movies lately. Cinderella was very entertaining. McFarland U.S.A. is a must-see for anyone who enjoys a great Kevin Costner movie. I enjoy a movie when it is based on actual events. It is family-friendly.

On March 19-20 I attended the Evergreen Conference at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. I usually go to the training every year. This year was no exception on great topics.

One of the presenters was Dr. Terrance Hitchcock. In 2009 to honor kids and single parents, he ran the equivalent of 75 marathons in 75 days, over 2,100 miles. He arrived at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. And in 2014, he ran the Mojave Desert to honor our veterans. He helped establish Grandparents Day as a national holiday. His story was very real, and I enjoyed listening to him. He is a motivational speaker, author, teacher and activist. He said that “Nothing is impossible.” He did his running when he was age 57, had a heart attack, fractured bones but made it to his destination. He has a feature-length film called “Pushing Life.” I will be looking for it to come to our area.

One of the sessions I attended was “Self-Injury.” The signs of a “cutter” are compulsive disorders, suffering from depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and borderline personality disorder. These individuals usually avoid being with people, [but try] to get attention, although it is negative. Lighters, razor blades, scratching, cutting, erasers and chemical burns are used by these individuals who are usually age 12-15 and females; but there are males, too.

At the end of the session, two brave young ladies got in front of the room and told their stories. They also mentioned a “cutter kit” that was a box of supplies such as antiseptics and Band-Aids. I never knew there was such a thing. Thanks to this session, I can understand what these young people are going through. A lot of physical and sexual abuse, violence, hopelessness and poverty are all factors.

Winona LaDuke was another presenter. She held a captive audience. She is very outspoken concerning the proposed pipeline, clean water and prejudice, to name a few issues. She is the founding director of the White Earth Band Recovery Project and a former board member of Greenpeace USA.

The conference was very well-attended, and I am looking forward to next year.

On March 21 I took a few youth to a dance at Sugar Point (aka Battle Point). It was fun. The music was a little too loud for these old ears, but the kids like that eardrum-busting level.

Until next time, take care!

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