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Good morning! Patrick is home today with a sick kiddo… so you get me today. Doesn’t it look beautiful outside? If only it didn’t feel like you are opening the door of a freezer when you step out the front door. I am ready for some warmer temperatures. Come on spring!

This morning something on Facebook caught my attention. A lot of my friends have been posting things that relate to the shooting of Osama Bin Laden. Between the U.S. flags as profile pictures and the “I love USA” status updates, there’s certainly a sense of patriotism and pride. On the other hand, I see people expressing a little restraint in the idea of “celebrating” what happened. And that leads me to a quote a friend of mine put up yesterday. It read, “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the loss of one, not even the enemy. Returning hate for hate, multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Not only did my friend post this, but some of her friends commented and ended up in a conversation about the greatness of King and his eloquence. Well, guess what? It’s fake. King didn’t say it. The Atlantic noticed the trend and researched it. The writer couldn’t come up with a publication that attributed this quote to King. Just another reminder that social media is a fun tool… but you can’t believe everything you read. My wise friend Diane said this will no doubt be a part of some library professor’s lecture about why books are still important in the digital age. Well said Diane!

Certainly one of the great upsides of Facebook is getting some good ideas from people in a short amount of time. This morning, Megan Reuther did a story about a program called I Dig Iowa. It’s a contest in which you tell the state tourism office what you like best about our state for a chance to win a vacation. So, my question on Facebook this morning was, “What’s your favorite spot in Iowa?” We got a lot of great responses. And I have to admit, there were a few spots I had never heard of. Here are a few that caught my attention mainly because these are places I didn’t know existed.

Balltown (did know we had a Balltown) It’s in northeast Iowa and home to the famous Breitback Restaurant.

Maquoketa Caves in eastern Iowa.

Lost Island Lake in Northern Iowa.

Pilot Knob State Park.

Onawa. It’s where you can take the old tow bridge to cross the river to get to Nebraska. The person who suggested this says it’s like driving on lace over the beautiful river.

I wrote that I love Keosaqua in southern Iowa. And, it reminded me of a few others. I love Honey Creek resort near Moravia. Amd, ff you ever get the chance, I highly recommend Cantril in Van Buren county. It has a store called Dutchman’s. There’s nothing quite like it. It sells everything from spices to baked goods and is a foodie’s dream come true. The best part is that the prices are very reasonable. Here’s a link to the town.

Have a great day everyone!

1 Comment

  • Jay Simser

    I was one of those who posted the fake comment. Then I was told that at least part of it came from this:
    The actual quote is “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

    Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.

    Perhaps the person who invented the fake quote thought that they would gain more acceptance by attributing it to King.

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