Sherman County eNews #157


  1. What Do You Expect?

  2. Space Weather News for June 7, 2019: Jupiter

  3. Cascade Singers Concert: “Compositori Femminili,” June 15 & 16

  4. News Bits from Agri-Times Northwest, June 7, 2019

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

“Hold the door, say please, say thank you. Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie. I know how you got mountains to climb, but always stay humble and kind.” ~Tim McGraw

1. What Do You Expect?

How important are beliefs and expectations in determining what happens to us in life? They may be more important than you think.

Have you ever noticed that people who expect the best in life usually seem to get it? And have you noticed that the reverse also seems to be true? Do you think it happens that way due to coincidence or luck? Or is something else going on?

One of The Pacific Institute’s core principles, solidly founded on cognitive research, is that we move toward and become like what we think about. We behave not in accordance with the truth, but with the truth as we perceive and believe it to be. So, it follows that when you expect the best from yourself and others, you behave in ways that almost guarantee you are going to get it.

The same is true when you expect trouble. You set yourself up for trouble in countless little and not so little ways and sure enough, trouble shows up at your door. (Sound familiar?) What do you expect for yourself? Do you expect to do the things you dream about, or do you expect obstacles, opposition and eventual disappointment?

What do you expect from your kids, your spouse, and your co-workers? Do you expect excellence, integrity and respect? Or do you have to keep after them all the time to keep them from messing things up? Why not try expecting the best? It is a valuable leadership habit that can be learned. It is probably the best habit you can get your children into, as well.

If you consistently and lovingly give your children a better, much more positive expectation, they are far more likely to go out and make it happen. And the best part? Once it’s a habit, it is repeated throughout their lives. ~The Pacific Institute

2. Space Weather News for June 7, 2019: Jupiter

MUST-SEE JUPITER MOVIE: Today’s edition of highlights a unique movie of the planet Jupiter. Based on images from nearly a dozen amateur astronomers around the world, it shows the Great Red Spot, a storm system wider than Earth, apparently unraveling. The storm’s sudden decay is happening as Jupiter approaches Earth for a close encounter on June 12th. Visit for observing tips.

3. Cascade Singers Concert: “Compositori Femminili,” June 15 & 16

“Compositori Femminili,” a concert featuring all female composers and arrangers, will be presented by Cascade Singers Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 at Zion Lutheran Church in The Dalles.  Admission is by donation at the door for the Saturday 7 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. performances.

The program will begin and end with works by Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century Benedictine abbess remembered as “a woman for all seasons.”  She was a composer, poet, artist, mystic, scientist and theologian whose works exhibit a deep spirituality.  Her chant “O Ecclesia” will open the concert, and the program ends with “O Holy Spirit, Root of Life” accompanied by Zion’s organ.

Alice Parker, the dean of American female composers, is represented by two pieces: “V’chit’tu” employing the Isaiah text, “They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” in the Hebrew language.  Also “Vive L’Amour,” the French-Canadian voyageurs’ song—one of the many folksongs, hymns and spirituals arranged by Parker and Robert Shaw.  Parker is still turning out memorable music at age 93.

Two Northwest musicians are represented:  Donna Gartman Schultz taught at Evergreen State College in Olympia and now devotes her time to choral and instrumental composition.  She set the Robert Burns poem “The Banks of Doon” to a melody reminiscent of an old Scottish air.  “Lakota Wiyanki” is a beautiful chant and melody created by a member of the Lakota nation and arranged for choir and frame drum by Judith Harrington, director of the Tacoma Youth Chorus

Linda Spevacek is one of the most successful composers in modern choral music.  Her “Fiddlin’ Jamboree” is a great collection of Bluegrass favorites in an energetic piece featuring clapping, thigh slapping, and the art of spoon playing.  The ensemble, a small group within the Singers, will offer another Spevacek extravaganza, “The K.9 Symphony” which is subtitled “A symphony for dogs!”

Gwyneth Walker’s biography claims that she has been a composer since age two!  She was formerly on the faculty of Oberlin College Conservatory and her catalog includes over 350 commissioned works for orchestra, chorus, and solo voice.  Her setting of the African-American spiritual “Peace Like a River” is a celebration of the strength of the soul.  Walker is also represented by “White Horses,” her musical setting of an e.e. cummings poem.

The program also includes several beautiful serenades by the choir and a Kyrie and musical version of the poem “Desiderata” by the ensemble.  Selections were chosen by Director Miles Thoming-Gale and Accompanist Barbara Haren for this global celebration of female composers.  Many styles and different time periods are featured in “Compositori Femminili.”  Come June 15 or 16 and enjoy!

4. News Bits from Agri-Times Northwest, June 7, 2019

  • “Serving Farmers Since 1928… Oregon State University’s Central Basin Agricultural Research Centers near Pendleton and Moro… … The Pendleton Station hosts an annual Field Day. This year it will take place on June 11 from 7:45 – 2:30 and will be the biggest opportunity for people with questions about farming to ask researchers and share success stories and challenges with each other. Topics to be discussed include the latest research results for resilient dryland systems, new variets of wheat, peas and barley, new weed control options, disease control and nanotechnology, healthy soils and cover crops, and disease management in canola…”
  • “Hemp 102 – Locally Grown. Oregon’s industrial hemp crop is booming since its removal as a controlled substance from the 2018 farm bill. It is grown in just about all of Oregon’s 36 counties, with Jackson and Josephine counties in Southwest Oregon leading production. In 2015 there were 13 registered growers in Oregon farming 105 acres. As of March of 2019, there are 615 registered growers and more than 20,000 acres are currently scheduled to be in production… The state requires separate licenses for growing and processing hemp… Oregon hemp is expected to leap ahead of the state’s No. 2 commodity, cattle and calves, which were worth $819.8 million in 2017, according to the most current year data available from Oregon State University’s Crop and Soil Science Department…”
  • Cattle Emissions. “Testifying on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Kansas cattle producer Debbie Lyons-Blythe delivered a clear message at a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on climate change…. The beef cattle industry has a great story to tell in the climate conversation and the facts support that,” Lyons-Blythe testified. “According to the Environmental Protection Agency, direct emissions from beef cattle represent two percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the country… not a significant contribution to long-term global warming…”
  • “New Book Defends Modern Ag. Through logic and personal anecdotes, Jack DeWitt explains in detail why genetically modified plants are both safe and needed, why pesticides are needed and how they are tested to assure safety. He discusses large animal feeding operations and the limits of organic farming. Available on Amazon. Buy one for a city friend.”
  • “Wettest Year on Record… officially the wettest year on record across the Farm Belt… leading to delays in the movement of fertilizer and other agricultural materials. Mississippi River barge traffic was blocked for a time… new flooding concern along the Arkansas River in Little Rock… the river is expected to exceed the level set in the May 1990 flood… water coming from upstream in Oklahoma and Kansas where there were heavy rains and from snowmelt coming out of Colorado…”

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