Of Two Minds by Dani Buehler

Left Side Brain:

Name the actor who starred in 142 films including Stagecoach, The Searchers, The Shootist, and The Quiet Man? That’s right folks, it was trivia time again here in Library Land. This year’s 8th Chili Bowl was a success. Twenty-eight teams put on their thinking caps and merrily enjoyed a journey through trivia rounds that included: Potpourri, Aviation, the Deep Sea, Visual Geography, Sports & Leisure, 90’s Popular Music, and Fairy Tales. This fabulous fundraiser’s proceeds come directly back to the Library and help support our Summer Reading Program. I am thankful to be apart of a community so willing to sustain and acknowledge the importance of our Library. In addition to this gratitude, I must step back and acknowledge a few of the moving parts that make the Chili Bowl a success every year: the Library Staff, Library Board, Friends of the Library, Council on Aging, Century Companies, Inc (in particular Jack Morgenstern and Tim Robertson), Butch and Shanna at Jack’s Hangar, Lewistown Rental, Central Feed Grilling Company, Wicks Ranch, Tom Miller Ranch, Casey & KellyAnne Terry Ranch, Tom & Phyllis Smith Ranch and TORCH. And before I give you the answer to the trivia question that started this left-brain exploration, I wanted to take a moment to thank KellyAnne Terry. This fundraiser is her brain-child. She worked hard from many years perfecting it and because of this effort, I was able to confidently continue her hard work. Thank you. Oh, and I am sure you know by now that John Wayne was the actor who starred in 142 films.

Right Side Brain:

My world has suffered a loss. The poet Mary Oliver passed away last week. Mary was one of those treasured confidants that had traveled with me over the years. True, I had never met her, but I found myself often conversing with her. Oliver’s words offer comfort and confidence, all while reminding her readers of this world’s majestic power. Therefore, I urge you to find a moment of calm, an instant removed, and take a few of Mary’s words with you. Read them slowly and allow their profound meaning to move you. I offer but a glimpse into her unending genius:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver.

“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things.” “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver.

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