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FACEBOOK.COM/MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE.COM RANDOM THOUGHTS Each week, Mid Rivers Newsmagazine will ask randomly selected questions – some serious and thought-provoking, others simply for fun – of local leaders and community members. This week, we’re talking with Donna Hearne, executive director of The Constitutional Coalition, a research organization based in Ellisville. Hearne is a former appointee to the U.S. Department of Education under President Ronald Reagan and author of “The Long War & Common Core.” Mark and Donna Hearne What is a small gesture from a stranger that made a big impact on you? This is not the setting that you would normally think of, but many, many years ago, my husband and I were invited to have dinner with some friends of ours. ... There was a special guest there that was extremely interesting and open and wanted to listen to what I had to say. I was a young mother-to-be of 28 years old and expecting my fourth child … it changed my life because that person was Ronald Reagan. He had an incredible depth of wisdom and intelligence and sense of humor. And yet, he wanted to hear what I, and some other people, had to say. It was just a small group of people for about four hours, but we sat down and had dinner and visited in the living room around the sofas and chairs. What is an unusual place you’ve visited? When we had four young children, 10 and under, we took a five-week camping trip west from here, all the way to the Pacific Ocean and back again. I think one of the biggest things that was so astounding to me, and so unusual, was the vastness of the prairie and of the area that we know A Community Conversation our forefathers and the pioneers sacrificed so much to get through, set up and live in. You stand out there in Kansas or Nebraska, or even up in Saskatchewan, which was probably the most profound, and you went hour after hour after hour and all you saw were fields of wheat ... it was just a profound understanding of all the effort that was put into settling North America. What would you show tourists to showcase life where you live? You asked a question close to my heart. I’m involved with something called New France: The Other Colonial America. It’s down in Ste. Genevieve, located about one hour south of here. It is the first town settled west of the Mississippi ... originally settled in the early 1700s. I’m part of a group [that] own and [maintain] five historic homes, three of which ... were built in the 1700s. It’s a story of entrepreneurship and ... of people who were able to take what they had, which was salt and lead, and figure out how to mine it and get it to New Orleans and get the people there to have salt, which was lifesaving. ... These people had nothing to really work with, yet they built magnificent houses in a style that is actually unique ... combining French-Creole porches with the Norman trusses of France. Big, huge oaks timbers are stuck in the ground upright, not crosswise and not horizontal, but vertical and stuck in the ground, and are still standing 260 years later. What would you want to be buried with you so you could use it in the afterlife? Well, my theology is that I basically go to the afterlife with my soul, initially, and then when Christ comes back again after that, with my body. What would I like to take with me? I’d like to take a young body and not an old one, which I probably will! I’m not going to have the aches and pains, and all the stresses of this world. I’ll take with me the promises of a world that is just glorious. When you stop to think, God says He hung the clouds in the sky. Now, how can you not want to stand there and just ask, “Wow, how did you do that?” • • • [Editor’s note: For more with Donna Hearne, visit midriversnewsmagazine.com.] March 7, 2018 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE (At the Big Corner of Hwy 70 & Bryan Road) I OPINION I 3 TREE SERVICE VOTED #1 160 RV's in Stock O’Fallon, MO Travel Trailers as low as $125/month* *10% down, 120 months, with approved credit Stock R00960 Stock #R00747A Stock #R00722 2018 KZ RV Sportsmen 2017 Forest River Salem 2017 Heartland Bighorn LE 240THLE Hemisphere 272RL Traveler 39MB $18,299 $25,995 $45,995 Over $10,600 OFF MSRP Power awning, Outside entertainment, Pwr tongue jack, TOY HAULER!! 20-Year Financing Available Over $10,000 OFF MSRP Pristine condition Rear living, Fireplace, Residential refrigerator, 6'5" slideouts 10% OFF SPRING DISCOUNTED RATES Located in St. Peters • Owner: Greg Jennings Just Reduced WE BUY RV'S Over $22,000 OFF MSRP Bunk house room, Pwr awning, Pwr stabilizers, King bed, Theatre seating, Fire place, 6-pt hydraulic leveling system Complete RV Service & Body Shop too! Service: 314-222-2060 Body Shop: 314-222-2073 www.stlrv.net • 314-222-2068