Bumper sticker of the week: Indecision is the key to flexibility.--

Quote of the week: ''The path of war is one of the most perilous roads for a human being to travel. Even the one who goes to battle for a good cause -- even when that righteous warrior's aim is the slaying of monsters -- will pay a heavy price.'' The Costs of Fighting, Joseph Bruchac--

The Peever' s take on the election: I went 6 for 8. I figured the Risinger-Mangieri race to be close. My own opinion was it was an uphill battle for Mangieri, the district being so Republican. But in the end, I was leaning towards Mangieri. My other defeat came in the Steve Buck vs. Marc Wong race. I had Buck by an antler. It ended up the other way around. Close, but no cigar. I'm sure Wong will do a fine job. I don't anticipate he'll be the clerk for long, I think he is headed up the Republican ladder. He seems to be a very capable and dedicated young man. I wish he were a Democrat. The most satisfaction I felt was the Bonnie Harris win for Regional Superintendent. I thought it would be a closer race than it ended up being, but I was awful glad she won. I hope all the newly elected people do well. We need some miracles!--

Some 50 cent advice:

­­ Now is the time we need some people buying Galesburg stock.

­­ If you're thinking of becoming an attorney, pick another profession. Something more useful, like crow scarer-awayer.

­­ In politics, never make any firm plans until the votes are counted.

­­ Cable TV is worth just about the price of an antenna.

­­ Cell phones have to be the invention of the devil. The only good thing about them is you don't have to have a telephone line. That would be really cumbersome.

­­ Winter. You get to that point in your life when winter gets to be a real pain. I'm there!

­­ Half trees do have a certain charm.

­­ To survive in Galesburg, you got to like trains.

­­ Christmas is rapidly approaching. Don't put yourself in debt buying gifts. Give something simple.

­­ Never underestimate the power of positive doubt.--

I love art. I suppose that's partly due to my complete lack of artistic talent. It's hard for me to understand how people can paint and draw such beautiful things. But I'm glad they can. To all you struggling artists out there, thank you.--

The world is a funny place. Right when you pretty well think you got it licked, along comes a challenge. It might be the loss of a job, the death of a loved one, an argument with a neighbor, an illness. The list is potentially endless. The challenge demonstrates that everything is not perfect, that everything cannot always be good, or settled, or the way we want or think it should be. The challenge seems to be what life is about. It demonstrates to us that we are human, and that healing and forgiveness and hope can occur even under the worst of circumstances.--

People who make the most money are generally the least creative.--

Don't buy any land in Iraq.--

This country is leaning pitifully toward the right, which in my opinion is wrong.--

A peeve a day helps keep the psychiatrist away.--

A thought about Galesburg: When the going gets tough, hopefully not everyone will leave.--

When I was young, riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. Now it's illegal, demonstrating once again just how far we've come as a society.

Uploaded to The Zephyr website November 13, 2002

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