Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CST
Cloudy
Temperature
40°F
Dew Point
40°F
Humidity
100%
Wind
WNW at 9 mph
Barometer
29.08 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
07:03 a.m.
Sunset
04:23 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 40 to 34 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 15 miles per hour from the northwest. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is predicted.
7-Day Forecast
Monday
40°F / 23°F
Rain
Tuesday
26°F / 17°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
31°F / 9°F
Mostly Cloudy
Thursday
14°F / 1°F
Mostly Cloudy
Friday
35°F / 11°F
Light Snow
Saturday
35°F / 4°F
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
12°F / 4°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CST
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 40 to a low of 23 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 12 and 18 miles per hour from the westnorthwest. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible. 3.50 inches of snow are expected.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 34 to 29 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 17 miles per hour from the west. Anticipate snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 27 to 24 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 16 miles per hour from the northwest. Expect snow accumulation of less than one inch.
Overnight ...Temperatures will remain steady at 24 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 13 miles per hour from the northwest.
Tuesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 26 to a low of 17 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 14 miles per hour from the southsouthwest. Less than 1 inch of snow is possible.

Count your blessings instead of sheep

Nov. 22, 2012 | 0 comments

A commentary by Sen. Kathleen Vinehout.

"Count your blessings instead of sheep, I tell my clients," my sister, the psychologist, told me. "New research shows we can actually reprogram the brain by focusing on the positive."

The cutting edge research is known as "neuroplasticity." Researchers found the brain actually sets up new ways for impulses to travel.

When we learn a new activity or a new way of thinking or speaking, neurons housed in that area of the brain sends impulses to the nerve cell's fibers or dendrites that secrete chemicals to create a new route connecting nerve cells in a different way. This research is known as the development of "neuro-pathways."

Taking up a new activity - golfing or learning a new language - and practicing it again and again, creates a well-defined pathway for the brain to follow.

The same is true for developing a more positive focus on life; hence my sister's advice to her depressed clients to count blessings not sheep.

My conversations with constituents over the past few weeks led me to think ways to heal the state from the onslaught of negative ads, mailings and campaign rhetoric.

Republicans and Democrats alike feel anxiety about the election results.

Let us take Thanksgiving to count our blessings.

Everywhere I go people tell me they are relieved Election Day has passed.

Democrats are thankful for winning the presidential race and adding more U.S. Senators including Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin.

Republicans are thrilled they again have complete control in the Wisconsin statehouse. They are picking out more spacious offices and dividing up committee chairmanships.

So to count our blessings: Election Day is over. Both sides can declare victory.

Now begins the hard work of governing. My sister's advice to her clients may be good advice to my colleagues.

If we all try new cooperative behaviors and, with time and practice, develop a well-worn pathway to repeating that behavior, perhaps we can start with the work of governing.

We can be thankful all of the candidates talked of compromise and bi-partisanship and hopeful they will remember the will of the electorate as elected officials.

We can be thankful the attention of the state has turned from politics to deer hunting.

In my world the deer grew fat and tall eating my alfalfa. State-wide populations seem to rebounding. George Meyer, executive director of Wisconsin Wildlife Federation told a local NBC news affiliate: "My prediction is the deer harvest will be up."

Meyer said gun hunters should be ready for a "good hunt".

DNR officials touted a mild winter, good fawn survival and a reduction in antlerless deer permits as reasons to expect good results in the field.

DNR expects more than 600,000 hunters in the woods - about 10 percent of Wisconsin's population.

We can be thankful for the 80,000 deer donated by Wisconsin hunters over the last 12 years. These deer amounted to more than 3.6 million pounds of ground venison for Wisconsin food pantries statewide.

The numbers come from the Wisconsin Venison Donation Program and its affiliates Hunt for the Hungry and Target Hunger.

More than 120 meat processors are ready to accept donations and distribute the venison. You can get more information about this program at the DNR website: dnr.wi.gov (keyword, "Deer Donation").

Hunters who donate their deer remind us of the importance of looking out for those less fortunate as we enjoy the bounty of our state. Victims of Hurricane Sandy are still cleaning up and putting their lives back together.

Hurricane Sandy reminds us to be thankful for the simple things in life; turning on the lights, a warm house, a comfortable bed, clean clothes, food in the kitchen and nearby family and friends.

As we bow our heads to give thanks, let us remember the victims of Hurricane Sandy and give them assistance through a donation to the Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate

Remembering our blessings need not end after Thanksgiving.

As psychologists tell us, taking time on a regular basis to remember and see the good around us actually helps us improve our own mental health. Something we can all do; including those of us who work in the statehouse.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Page Tools

Search

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement