Fact: Football has the ratings, hockey has the excitement, basketball has the showbiz, soccer has the …. well, I don’t really understand what soccer has…. but nothing can whip up a community like a city in the throes of a World Series.

Not that I would know, mind you.

The Kansas City Symphony, in a bit of bad timing, has concerts scheduled at the same time the Royals are playing World Series games this weekend.

This is how you treat a person who has Ebola.

In this photo provided by the UCLA Health System, doctors and staff participate in a preparadness exercise on diagnosing and treating patients with Ebola virus symptoms, at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The exercise was observed by Los Angeles County health department officials. UCLA’s multi-pronged approach includes protocols for transporting patients through the hospital, disposing of trash and waste, dedicating equipment — such as ventilators and X-ray machines — for Ebola patient use only, setting up a mobile laboratory, acquiring specialized personal protective equipment and staff training. (AP Photo/UCLA Health System, Reed Hutchinson)

This is how you treat a person who had Ebola.

President Barack Obama hugs Ebola survivor Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Washington. Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating an infected man at a Dallas hospital is free of the virus. The 26-year-old Pham arrived last week at the NIH Clinical Center. She had been flown there from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Pham’s mother Diana, center, and sister Cathy watch. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Your daily dose of sweetness comes today from Sam Cook, the columnist for the Duluth News Tribune.

His friend has taken time off from his job in Duluth to head for southwest Minnesota in order to help his brother bring in the harvest. His brother is dying.

My buddy doesn’t take time away from work lightly. His services are needed here in Duluth, too, and I’m sure he is missed at the office, as well as at home. But after helping out at the farm a couple of weekends ago, he knew that’s where he had to be. He stayed.

This is life. No doubt nearly all of us would have made the same decision my friend did. You show up. You pitch in. You put the rest of your life on hold.

He’s right, of course. Most people would put their lives on hold and lend a hand, a fact we don’t consider near often enough.

What’s difficult to imagine is how all of this goes on against the backdrop of a person — a husband, a father, a brother — dying. What does his son think about while watching corn churn out the end of an auger? What does his brother think about under the heavens in the combine at night? What does his wife think about while trying to get another meal to the field?

People will say later, as they always do, “I don’t know how you did it.”

The answer will be the same as it always is. There was no choice.

The corn had to come out.