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1611pd_tenney_1When I was about 11 years old, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews came to the Snowflake Show House.

We had to drive from Heber, 30 miles away, to see the movie. We had to stand in line, but it was worth it.

From the moment the lights in the theater dimmed, I was enthralled with the grandeur and magnificence of the cinematography.

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Ahhh, a new year. A time to write a new chapter in our businesses and lives. A moment when the phrase “tomorrow is another day” takes on an extended meaning.

At this juncture, we look forward to 365 tomorrows. It is a time to start fresh, to write resolutions and to believe this year will be better than the last. A time when you pack up the past and move those lessons learned into the future.

As I write this I couldn’t be more enthused about all those tomorrows in this New Year. Because for me, this could be my year to join in your ranks, to become one of you, to be a farmer.

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0611ca_lee_editorial_1It is hard to believe this is our final issue of 2011. Last year, we introduced our plans for a new Canadian edition at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario.

One year later, we returned to celebrate accomplishments made thus far and announce bigger plans for the future.

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My family has been reading about prayer for a month. Every morning we take a new scripture verse and discuss the power of prayer and the significance it plays in our lives.

I thought I was well-versed in the scriptures and the lessons were just for my teenagers who are discovering their place in society, but I learned some things about prayer that I did not really understand.

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(Setting: Church basement with congregation members sitting around in a circle waiting. Enter ACTRESS playing the part of the never-prepared, always-too-busy person we know in all of our lives. She rushes in and begins to address the group.)

ACTRESS: Hi, I am Sally Put Off A Lot. I have a confession to make. The church preparedness committee asked me six months ago to have a skit for the activity tomorrow, and I said I would, but these last three weeks have been so hectic. I mean with the wind and everything, and the shopping, and summer break, and my schedule being disrupted at every turn.

Every single one of my 250 friends contacted me 45 times on Facebook and I had to send them all a gift. You know how that is, and the wind ... wasn’t that just terrible. I thought the whole town was going to blow away, then I had to sweep dust a foot deep out of my basement!

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