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May 21, 2011
Bernice Volkens

It's that time of the year to look forward to graduations of friends and family. The time when so many plans and goals are made. It has been said that graduation is the ending of a chapter in life, but also a beginning of a new one. At the age of 17 or 18, most young people are ready for that. After years of letting parents and teachers make the rules, suddenly they want to feel grown up and in charge of their own lives.

What many young people don't realize is life is just beginning. Every day is a challenge and just because a person is out of high school you never stop learning. There is something new each day. A lot of that learning has to do with the world as it is in 2011. The world is changing so fast that most of today's grads can look forward to changing careers three or four times because as technology. The changing needs will certainly change the job market. It is very difficult to determine just where the future job possibilities will be.

It is important at this time of life to realize learning is not over. Now is not the time to stop. Whether it's college or a trade school-get all the education you can. This is the time right now to prepare yourself for life's work. And if things don't work out right now, still work hard at something and don't give up your dreams because they really can come true. Experience is still the best teacher. It is what you learn after you know everything that counts.

Good luck, graduates of 2011. Enjoy the years ahead. I know they will be exciting. You will have achievements along the way and also failures, but each of you will have your own unique journey in life.

I recently had a request for some finger foods that a mom wanted to use for her daughter's graduation. Here are two of my favorites:


1 can crescent rolls

8 oz. cream cheese

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons ranch


6 cups raw vegetables

(cauliflower, broccoli,

carrots, green pepper,


Parmesan cheese

Press crescent roll dough into 2 12"x9" pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool crust. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise and ranch dressing together and spread on top of the crust.

Chop vegetables in small pieces and place on top of the dressing mixture and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cut into squares.



8 oz. cream cheese

1/2 pkg. dry salad

dressing mix (garlic,

onion, Italian or Hidden


1 party rye bread

1 cucumber

Combine cheese and dressing mix. Spread on slices of party rye. Then top with cucumber slices. Refrigerate: Can sprinkle with seasoning salt before serving.

"Let Happiness rule your Graduation Day."



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