Sherman County eNews #259


  1. Workshop: The Art of Books: Preserving Your Story Through Handmade Books, Sept. 10 & 17

  2. Meeting Notice: North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Sept. 12

  3. Following Our Dreams

  4. Work Share Program Offers Employers Positive Alternative to Layoffs

  5. The Greatest Cure Known is Work

  6. History is Repeating Itself, Tragedy or Farce Unclear So Far

  7. Do the Rich Pay Their Fair Share?

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. ~H.L. Mencken

1. Workshop: The Art of Books: Preserving Your Story Through Handmade Books, Sept. 10 & 17

Sunday, September 10 & Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During this two-day workshop, writer, artist and bookmaker Maureen Lauran will show you how to craft a beautiful handmade book to hold your treasured ideas, art, and artifacts for years to come. Bring your personal content (list provided at registration), and Lauren, who has worked at many great institutions from the Smithsonian to Maryhill, will guide you through each step of the process, from conception and design to completion.

Cost: $60 members / $75 non-members. Supplies, coffee and snacks provided; no-host lunch. To register, call 509.773.3733 ext. 25 by September 7 or email

2. Meeting Notice: North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Sept. 12

The North Central Public Health District Board will be meeting Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Central Public Health District, located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the Main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon. This meeting is open to the general public.

3. Following Our Dreams

Today let’s talk about the best advice you will ever get on how to become financially as well as mentally wealthy.  It is a true story that should interest you if you would like to earn a lot of money or even if you just want to enjoy lots of success.

Some time ago, a random sample of 1500 graduating college seniors were surveyed to find out what they would base their career choice on. 83 percent said that financial gain was the first thing they would base their career choice on and following their dream, or their passion, would come second.  7 percent said that following their dream would be first and financial gain second.

In a follow-up study on actual net worth 20 years later, what do you think they found?  Well, 101 of the 1,500 had become millionaires. But only one of those millionaires had come from the group that put financial gain first, while one hundred of them came from the group that followed their dreams.

Of course, this study doesn’t “prove” anything. Its objective is simply to give us information about ourselves.  The point is that a path with heart, and a goal with passion driving it, is incredibly powerful.  People who do great things have, above everything else, a purpose that stirs their soul. How does that saying go? “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.” If it’s something you love, it’s not work – it is a life-fulfilling joy!

So, follow your dream. Do what you love and what gives you joy, and do it with your whole heart.  And if what you love and dream is also a contribution to the betterment of the world around you, so much the better!

If this survey is any indication, this might be the way to become a millionaire, if that is what we truly want. But more so, it is also the way to become mentally wealthy, because following our passions will make us happy. So where do your passions and goals lay? ~The Pacific Institute

4. Work Share Program Offers Employers Positive Alternative to Layoffs

Oregon.Flat.poleSALEM, OREGON — A combination of a targeted informational campaign and process improvements led to a substantial increase in usage of the Work Share Program by employers in Oregon. That was the findings from a recent study released by Westat and the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and Social Dynamics.

The study showed an increase in use of the program of 58% in the Portland area, and 100% outside of Portland by employers over a 12 month period.

Work Share is a program that gives employers during a time of economic downturn, an alternative to laying off staff. Through Work Share, an employer may reduce staff work hours, saving labor costs, and the affected workers in turn can receive a partial unemployment benefit payment to help cover lost wages. The major barrier for employers using the Work Share Program, the study confirmed, is being unaware of its existence.

More than 8,400 jobs have been saved by the Work Share program since it began in 1983. Many different types of businesses use the program and experience a variety of benefits through their participation, such as the retention of skilled employees, preservation of quality and efficiency, and an ability to go back to full-time operations as soon as the market allows. Since its inception, the Work Share program has helped more than 1,700 employers avoid layoffs in Oregon.

The Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) of the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) contracted with Westat and its subcontractors, the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and Social Dynamics, to evaluate the effectiveness of informational campaigns designed to increase employer awareness and use of the Work Share Program, also known as Short-term Compensation. The study covered the programs in Oregon and Iowa.

Throughout the process, the Oregon Employment Department engaged employers around the state through webinars and in-person presentations.

“We understand that government programs are often seen as cumbersome,” said Salena De La Cruz, Work Share Project Manager. “We’ve reduced the paperwork and made the program very accessible. The enhanced program provides a good option for businesses to consider when facing market fluctuations.”

Partnering with the Oregon Employment Department, a 12-month informational campaign was designed to educate employers in the Portland area and targeted treatment areas around the state. The campaign included informational mailings, presentations, and internet postings. Throughout the campaign, feedback on Work Share was gathered from employers. Incorporating this feedback, the Oregon Employment Department worked to streamline the application process and promote the program statewide.

In addition to an increased use of the Work Share Program, the study found an increased awareness of the program by employers of more than 30%.

Companies interested in the program can contact a program specialist at 503-947-1800, toll free 1-800-436-6191 or by emailing

5. The Greatest Cure Known is Work

garden.shovel.barrowEmotions are sometimes strange, volatile, and unpredictable. They do not always respond to logic and reason. They do, however, respond to action. If you have occasional feelings of loneliness, discouragement, or discontentment, the best way to kill such negative emotions is to work them to death. Almost nothing is as bad as it first seems, and there’s nothing like a hard day’s work to put everything in proper perspective. When you begin to feel negative emotions, dwelling on your misfortunes only makes you feel worse. Do your best to put them out of your mind and think about more positive, constructive things. Physical labor can help. Choose a task that doesn’t require a great deal of concentration, and then focus on accomplishing the task at hand.  ~Napoleon Hill

6. History is Repeating Itself, Tragedy or Farce Unclear So Far

By Andrew Thomas

world.globe.mapIn my younger years, studying world and American history in school, I used to wonder how people of those past times could have been so stupid.  How could people actually believe that Hitler was a righteous man?  How could they be convinced that Jews were evil and Nazism was good?  Germans and Japanese at that time must have been crazy.

Didn’t Americans understand that a civil war between states could lead to incredible bloodshed?  How could people who shared the same heritage and culture go at each other’s throats so readily?  It seemed like fantasy to me.  People must have been completely different back then, much more gullible and ignorant.

How could it have been possible for Josef Stalin to starve tens of millions of Ukrainians to death with no resistance?  How could Mao, as leader of the world’s largest population, starve to death tens of millions of his own people without opposition?  It seemed impossible, almost like fiction.

After 65 years of my existence, I now realize that people have not changed.  The ignorance of man is not a fantasy, it is real and enduring.

It is a different world, yet the same.  We are the same human race that killed six million Jews under the Nazis, slaughtered 620,000 Americans in the Civil War, and murdered tens of millions of Ukrainian and Chinese citizens under Communism.

In our modern, so sophisticated Western world, we welcome the conquerors and assassins of an ancient culture into our society, where they can continue conquering and slaying us with our complete cooperation.

We welcome laws suppressing our freedom to speak, to own property, to operate a small business, and to defend ourselves.  We actively oppose the Constitution that brought us where we are today.

In America, we built a thriving civil society, amazing the world with our wealth, our perseverance, our moral strength, and our positive ideology.  We were the saviors of humanity.

And now, we show that we are truly fallible humans, in the process of destroying it all.  Being in the middle of this history, most of us can’t see it.  Having eliminated slavery and attained social justice, we demand more.  Having achieved racial equality, it is not enough.  Being the wealthiest nation of people in the world does not satisfy us.  We need total global equality and diversity on Earth for every sex, race, and religion, even if that is not rationally possible to achieve… … …

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7. Do the Rich Pay Their Fair Share?

dollarbillTop earners remain targets for tax increases, but the federal income tax system is already highly progressive. In 2013, the latest year with available data, the top 10 percent of income earners earned 45 percent of all income and paid 70 percent of all federal income taxes.  ~ Do the rich pay their fair share?

8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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