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The Montana Rural Home
Amy Martin Household Editor Starting the New Year . . . ft n F ALL sounds of all bells, the '-"'most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the old year. I never hear it without a gathering up of my mind to a con centration of all the images that have been diffused over the past 12 months; all I have done or suffered, performed or neglected, in that re gretted time. I begin to know its worth, as when a person dies. It takes on a personal color; nor was it a poetical flight when a contem porary exclaimed, 'I saw the skirts of the departing year.' "—Charles Lamb. 4 » Let's all make the beginning of this new year a resting place for thought and meditation, and a start ing point for fresh exertion in com pleting our journey of human life. An Editorial " Daily Strength for Daily Needs TT WAS during the little volume with the above title came to me from i. good friend. A middle-aged woman, she had had a full life, having experienced much of joy and happiness as well as sorrow and disappointments. war that the On the fly leaf she had written, I hope this little book will give you the inspiration and solace it has It has indeed fulfilled K given me. that hope. According to the date on the title page, the book was published first , in 1884, and during the 63 years since there have been five editions with 112 printings and reprintings, a total of almost 500,000 copies. The author, Mary Wilder Tileston, was born in 1843 in Massachusetts. She was therefore a middle-aged woman when the volume was first published. She was a writer of some note. Among her works are several children's books, "Sugar and Spice and All That's Nice Harvest of Verse," in 1900, and many of the inspirational variety, such as "Sunshine in the Soul" and "Pray ers, Ancient and Modern. Who of us does not need a daily inspirational message? The messages are not dated as to the year, but one is impressed with the fact that they answered the heart longing of our grandmothers and our mothers in their daily needs. One which any homemaker will read and re-read not only each year but many times during the year is dated September, the Fifth. O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me.—Isa. xxxviii. 14. 'The Child's ■ y Being -perplexed, I say. Lord, make it right! Night is as day to Thee, Darkness is light. I am afraid to touch Things that involve so much;—. My trembling hand may shake. My skill-less hand may break; Thine can make no mistake. —ANNA B. WARNER. This is a volume which transcends creeds. It expresses the universal desire for that reaching up which is inarticulate in the soul of each one of us. Wishing you all of the gladness the New Year can hold and joys that will deepen as new days un fold—AMY MARTIN. ft I Haven't Got Time J 7 Meagher County By JUNE BERG , assistance only to be given this pat excuse. It is a quick answer, it takes no thinking, it is always on the tip of the tongue and it allows no room for argument, 'T'HAT'S what I say. What I really -*■ mean is that I don't want to take time. There is no officer of any club, business, social or religious, who has not asked someone for committee If you are president of a group, you are naturally careful to pass out all appointive jobs fairly. You do not let any person monopolize the offices, and you do not let any one be stuck with a chore duty year after year. If the organization is big enough to provide both "front door" and "kitchen" type duties, you pass these around. Some women prefer the behind-the-scenes activ ities, while others are more socially assured and enjoy the reception type of duty. So Many Groups There are so many groups these days to which a woman can belong. Frequently they duplicate activities, but each believes in its own presen tation, and for any organization to hold its members, its mental bill of fare must be exciting and satisfying. Is yours? Mrs. Black says she hasn't time. She has had that alibi since the be ginning of your association. Do you really need her? If you don't, why bother to put up with her laziness or selfishness? Lazy members are like a school boy's thumb tack. You contact them in unexpected places. Lazy or selfish, they are just spoiled ■M ill m , 1 & i M iH :: a : :• 4, m t'. \ mm Doris Elaine Hinkle, 18, of Worland, Wyo„ a national 4-H clothing achievement winner, is shown here (left) with Jean Kinmand from Glasgow, Scotland. Miss Kinmand is making a study of the 4-H Clothing Achievement program and here admires an aqua wool dress that helped Miss Hinkle win a scholarship. 1 children grown up spoiled. If you need them, you have to manage them, and it is to your glory that you are able to do so. Does She Have Time? But there is the other side of the picture. You ask Mrs. Gray to be on the poster committee and she says, haven't got time." Well, before you asked her did you stop to think she might be? Are you asking Mrs. Gray to stop in the midst of harvest cooking, spring planting, preparation for a gradua tion or a wedding to take three days or a week off to sponsor or join a campaign that could wait? Do you know that she is in the midst of a campaign for another club to which she belongs and which spoke for her services first? Are you attempting to work a willing horse to death? Are you saying, "Oh, I can't get or don't want to bother to look up anyone else. Mrs. Gray will do it, I know. i* Consider Ability And before you invite any person to fill a post do you consider before hand just how able she is and how much opportunity she may have to comply? We all know women like Grace and Rose. Grace rises at 5:30 a. m. and is still cleaning, mending and not dressed for the day at 5:30 p. m. Rose sleeps till 9:30 (after getting up to get her husband's breakfast at 5). By 11:30 she has her dishes washed, house cleaned, an appetiz ing lunch prepared and herself and daughter dressed to please hubby and daddy at noon. In the after noon she is free to go up town. When anyone refuses me with the "I haven't got time" alibi, I always think of Grace and Rose. Grace will never have the time or ability to do what is needed. She can't manage her own business and should not be expected to do much for the club. If you can set a pacemaker with her, she is willing, often more willing than Rose. ''I haven't got time." You can't very well go digging into a person's private life to prove she is mistaken. It is an alibi that is quick and air tight. But it might be possible tact fully to suggest that a person can make time. Some persons might welcome an outside pressure to set their schedules more in order. "I haven't got time." It can be an irritating phrase, but it should be examined to see if it is the truth or merely an alibi. New Look, Scholarship for Only $3*26 HE new look for only $3.26? Yes, it can be done, says 18-year old Doris Elaine Hinkle of Route 2, Worland, Wyo., whose $3.26 wool dress suit has helped her win a col lege scholarship in the national 4-H clothing achievement program. The suit is only one of the 57 garments she has made in her six year record of sewing her own clothes, and it went with her to school when she enrolled this fall at Wyoming State university. Other school clothes in keeping with the new fashion changes include a $15 tailored dress of aqua wool flannel, a gray wool flannel casual jacket which cost only $2.32, and an inex pensive gray pin-striped jumper. Outstanding in her own state as T a clothing champion and junior leader and active in all 4-H Club activities, Doris has won many honors. Her record book is colorful with blue ribbons awarded for su periority in home improvement, food, garden and livestock projects. She has completed 28 separate proj ects (14 of clothing) during her 4-H career with a total cash value of $1,785.75. Last year she was honored by the State Woolgrowers' for her prize wininng sheep flock from which she has earned $1,090. Many of the younger girls whom she has led in clothing projects have already earned blue ribbons in state com petition. Doris will use the scholarship to continue her home economics edu cation at the State university. With clothing champions from 44 other states and from Alaska, Doris en joyed an educational trip to the na tional 4-H club congress in Chicago. "/~\N a certain occasion, Ralph Wal do Emerson dropped in on a Sunday morning at a little country village church. It was only sparsley occupied, the people did not look brilliant, and the preacher was rather dull. At first he felt some thing akin to contempt for this ap parently commonplace group. Sud denly it came over him that these people were assembled exclusively for the most important purpose that can inspire the human mind—the individual's personal relation to Almighty God. Then the little group took on an air of the sub lime."—From "Marriage," by Wil liam Lyon Phelps.