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Simply knowing some women brings admiration

March 14, 2010
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

My daughter and her husband are making lemonade in Denver. He was downsized, but they're dealing with it.

She never complained or begged him to find another job quickly. She merely looked for a way to turn those lemons into lemonade. She is one of the strongest women I know.

I used to figure I admired her because she was my child, but it's more than that. This proves it. And when I'm thinking about such things, other women flit through my mind.

Like Diane Messerly Dencklau. She's gone through so much heartache in the past two years, burying her husband, her mother, one of her brothers and on Friday, her father. In private she may have broken down, but in public she remains the same sweet, contented woman she's always been.

She is one of God's greatest ideas.

She merely shakes her head and says, "You don't know me."

I can't think of any case where she could be anything other than the wonderful woman I love.

And speaking of women I know and love, today is my friend Paulette's birthday. Paulette Soppeland. We went to school together in Eagle Grove, and she's part of a bunch of us who eat dinner together once a month. Except this winter, we skipped January and February, figuring weather could be bad. We figured correctly. But we're gathering again on March 24, and I can hardly wait.

I've gotten e-mails through the years talking about how women should admire themselves and their friends, but never paid any attention until now when I'm thinking of my daughter and Paulette, who manages Rieman Music, by the way. And I spent a good share of Wednesday with Paddy Solberg, of Cylinder, so I've been thinking of her a lot, too.

Don't you sometimes meet people you'd just love to know better? Someone you feel so good with, you want to keep feeling that way. That's how I feel about her.

Jeanine Nemitz at RSVP is another woman I'm proud to know. She recently worked with a bunch of seniors - congregate meal diners and Citizens Central users - to get them walking more by having a Snowbird Contest during February, when 26 people wore pedometers, provided by United Way.

Every day during February they recorded their daily steps, with the goal for each team to walk enough steps to get to either Florida or Texas. Two thousand steps is a mile.

Marge Danner walked the most steps with 286,107 to lead Team Texas to a win over Team Florida. Texas team members walked 1,575,483 steps or about 787 miles. "Not quite to Texas," Nemitz said, "but to a warmer place, in theory."

Team Florida took 1,299,772 steps - about 650 miles - with team member Richard Osborne walking 143,721 steps.

Heck, I could walk 143,721 steps. It would take me two lifetimes, but I could do it.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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