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vl icl l ovember 2 220 H l I can blessings in this trying year This is the week during which we are asked to give thanks and count our blessings. I’m finding that exercise to be a bit weird this year, though I fully realize and appreciate the many blessings life in this community and this nation provides. Perhaps it’s the pandemic, which has both claimed lives and altered life as we know it. Or perhaps it’s the aftermath of a bitterly fought election and a politically divided nation, a situation that has driven a wedge between friends and even family members. Yes, I am indeed thankful — I truly am for my family, my faith community, my friends and co-workers, our medical and educational institutions, our firemen, first responders and law enforcement and the great quality of life that living in this community in this great state provides. Still, I’m kind of weary of all the worry, the drama and the un— certainty. We haven’t seen our daughter in nearly 10 months now, our son-in-law in a full year. Plans to bring Susan’s folks to Lovell for Thanksgiving have fallen through due to COVlD. It’ll just be the two of us this year. But then as I begin to think about it, I realize that I do, indeed, have many blessings to count. 80 here are a few of the small blessings in life that l amcounting this week: . First of all, I am thankful for music, which enriches my life and gives me great pleasure. I have an extensive record and CD col- lection —- yes, I’m showing my age — as well as an iPod packed with my favorites. Lately, I’ve been enjoying music on YouTube. With that wonderful Internet service I can bring a mini-concert into my living room. ~ Live music is the best, and if I can’t be in the concert hall, can at least beam the concert into my home. The other day it was Bob James, Chick Corea, Chuck Mangione, Spyro Gyra, the Police, Peter Gabriel, Philip Bailey with Phil Collins, the cellist Michael Rudiakov (my uncle) and Snarky Puppy. Wonderful stuff. Great variety. Recorded music is great, but there’s nothing like watching a jazz pianist improvise off of a familiar tune or hear the power ,of a rock , bando'nstage- "‘ ' ‘ ‘ ‘ Second, lam thankful for humor. I love a good belly laugh. We laugh a lot at the Chronicle office, and about fell out of my chair watching “The War With Grandpa” at the Hyart the other night. Laughing certainly lifts the spirits during a trying year. Third, I am thankful for Wyoming’s blue skies and sunny days. We've spent a good deal of time hiking in the hills and canyons around Lovell this summer and fall, and l have come to fully appre- ciate what a great place we live in. It may not be the typical alpine beauty of the Tetons, but our area provides a variety of stunning ge- ography thatjust about can’t be matched anywhere, from Big Horn Canyon to the Pryors to the Big Horn Mountains. Above it all, I am thankful for people, the good people of this community and this state. We’re an independent lot in Wyoming, but we’re people of big hearts and great spirit. We may not always agree, but that’s OK. The people here are genuine and giving. Susan grew up in California, and I lived in Colorado for a spell. We could work most anywhere. But we chose to make our life in the great state of Wyoming, a decision we’ve never regretted. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. May you enjoy a wonderful holiday. David Peck Observations , 1%, comes from the two * Niiliille " Reporter: Ryan Fitzmaurice Advertising Sales: Kristin Owens Production: Karlie Hammond Staff: Dorothy Nelson, Teressa Ennis, Sam Smith, Annette Moss In person or by mail 234 E. 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All letters must , conform to the law of libel and be in good taste. They may be mailed to The Lovell Chronicle, Box 787, Lovell, WY 82431, or delivered to our office at 234 E. Main, or emailed to lovelinews@gmail.com. A strict 1 PM Tuesday deadline will be enforced. ‘ song is to sing. CHRONICLE §\\\\\\\\\ Gonhgiflgfig NONTIN' \ --—ANI>, CONSIDERIN" HOW \ RISKY IT ISyITHINK we wee some HUNTER Letter to the Editor Threat of COVID-19 being overblown Dear Editor: I am thankful, like many, for not buying into the panic. Per the CDC death counts, from March 15, 2020, to Sept. 19, 2020, the US. ex— perienced 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and 1.5 million deaths due to other causes. That’s an av— erage of over 60,000 total deaths per week or 9,000 deaths per day, and that is well within the range of weekly/daily deaths numbers experienced from 2014 to 2019. Although no age group es— capes deat , the highest percent- age of weekly death, 30%, comes from the oldest age group, 85 and over, and the lowest percentage, young— est age groups, 0 to 14 and 15—24 years. This is good news. What is puzzling is that the percentage of weekly deaths across age groups would be con— sistent over a period covering pre—COVID—19 death counts, from Jan. 26, 2020 to Sept. 5, 202.0. If el- Think thankful th Here’s a real mind . blower. According to eytmonlinecom, thank is phonetically relat— ed to think. And for all of you who had friends other than fiction- al book characters in high school (they’ll al— ways be non—fiction— al to me!), that means: Thank is to think as So, giving thanks, then, becomes an ex- ercise in thinking. We sing songs unsung and think thanks unthought. Acknowledge— ment of warm thoughts leads to a fullness of thanks. Perhaps that’s why peo— ple recommend counting one’s blessings when feeling down. In most cases, this is good advice, but if your husband recommends you pen a gratitude journal af— ter you’ve gone on a small ti— INSURANCE... Anna An erson Sidetrached s. derly people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than the rest of the population, as we have been told, shouldn’t we observe the per— ‘centage of total deaths coming from the 85 and over age group increase? If we do not, is it be- cause we’ve done such a great job preventing elderly from passing away? Looking at weekly all deaths and their causes over time out- lines the fact that total death highs and lows are seasonal, oc- curring over the years at the same time interval. It also reveals that total death peaks are consistent- ly accompanied by death peaks from each and every select death cause listed in the CDC datasets consulted. We note that heart diseases are the leading cause of death and that the peak of week— ly total deaths in 2020 is high— er than 2018 by 11,292 deaths. Naturally, the peak of week— ly total deaths in 2020 corre- rade throu h the house muttering oudly about how you can’t under- stand why you are the only one in the whole household who knows how to take out the trash or put away shoes and how you would just start throwing every— body’s stuff in the gar— bage if it didn’t mean more garbage to take out, then it might be a dangerous moment to A grab a pen. I I know the last thing I want to do when I’m in a bad mood is think about reasons why I should not be in a bad mood. Of course, I am grateful for the bounteous blessings I have, like limbs and food and sight, but right now I want to be mad about how much it costs to buy a pack of Oreos and about how we’ll never go to Dis- neyland because we can’t stop \ ABOUT TEN POUNDS [Ill/IJ/II/Illl /, y/ / f/ sponds to the peak of COVID—19 deaths. What doesn’t make sense is that the peak of deaths due to heart diseases is lower in 2020 than in 2018, by 367 deaths. Where have all the heart attacks gone? Finally, we note that the number of COVID—19 deaths is reported to be higher than heart disease deaths in the three weeks of high- est total deaths and COVID—19 deaths by an amount equal to the decrease of deaths caused by heart diseases, chronic lower re— spiratory diseases, flu and pneu- monia and more, over the previ- ous week. I am grateful for friends, fam— ily and neighbors who instinc— tively know to ask: Wait a minute, the data support their assessment that COVID—19 is not alarming. May everyone celebrate life, find peace and be well this Thanksgiv— ing season. ‘ Genevieve Briand ' Byron oughts for Thanksgiving buying Oreos despite the fact that the kids just lick the cookies Clean of icing then throw them on the floor. I’ve found when I’m in a bad mood, it’s best to start small as far as giving thanks goes. For in— stance, one might say, “I’m grate— ful that I woke up today in my own body instead of a gorilla’s body,” or “Boy, am I grateful someone pulled the fire alarm at my kid’s recorder concert,” or “At least I’ll always have you as a friend, Anne of Green Gables." Gradually, grat— itude will come more easily as the bad mood dissipates. Today I’m grateful that: Kanye West is not president. Donald Trump will soon no longer be president. Joe Biden is not president yet. . The election is over. See? There’s so much to be thankful for. Have a wonderful Thanksgiv— ing holiday, everyone! What are the native languages of Switzerland? Test Yourself: Q1. What is the name of the brain chemical that is re- sponsible for the “run— ner’s high?” Q2. If you got in a canoe near Cody and paddled downstream, what rivers would take you to the ocean? Q3. On which con— tinent are the most cacao beans grown for making chocolate? Q4. What three native lan— guages are most spoken by people in Switzerland? Fun Facts: Peter O’Toole was nominat— ed eight times for the best acting Oscar and never won. Some oth— er actors with multiple nomina— tions and no wins: Glenn Close (4 nominations), Warren Beatty (4), Annette Benning (3), Johnny Depp (3), Kirk Douglas (3). The tallest structure in North NON”! or of Benflamin Frank— ,lin. Fran lin County,. Texas, is named af— By John Bemhisel America is the KVLY Radio and TV Tow— er near Fargo, North Dakota. There are 25 Frank— lin counties in the Unit— ed States, and 23 of them are named in hon- ter a Texas judge and Franklin County, Idaho, is named after an early Mormon Church leader. ‘ The original celebration led to a treaty be—' tween the Plymouth Colony and Indian Chief Massasoit. Massa— soit’s son Metacomet was a friend of the colony and given the nick— name Philip. When he became chief he was called King Philip. Several years later when the En- glish colonists broke the treaties, Metacomet went to war against the English. The conflict was called King Philip’s War. Thanksgiving If you drove the speed limit for nine straight days it would be possible to visit 48 US. state capi— tals. The distance would be 13,310 miles. If you want to add Juneau. Alaska, it would take another two days and 1,708 miles. If there was no ocean, a detour to Honolulu would add another 3,300 miles. ‘ According to legend the word Walla means beautiful valley in the language of the Nez Perce In~ dians. Because the area in Eastern Washington was so extra beauti— ful, the English settlers named the area Walla Walla. Answers: A1. Endorphins (The name means morphine from within.) A2. Shoshoni, Big Horn, Yel— lowstone, Missouri, Mississippi, Gulf of Mexico / Atlantic Ocean A3. Africa (The cacao beans are native to the Americas, but the Ivory Coast now grows the most.) A4. German 63%, French 23%, Italian — 8% (English is most learned as a second language.)