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Remembering past makes death easier to take

March 17, 2013 Clouds are far behind her now, troubles melted like lemon drops. Skies will be blue again. Some day. more »»

Lack of words really can bring on writer’s block

March 10, 2013 For almost a half century, I’ve been writing. Not always for newspapers, but writing, and in all that time I’ve secretly ridiculed people who say they have writer’s block. more »»

Quilt retreat is really a women’s slumber party

March 3, 2013 Two things happened last weekend I never thought to hear. Fellow quilters applauded — not a lot, but enough — my finished quilt and I was told I had very tight abs. Only that wasn’t a good thing. more »»

If only falling apart meant missing pieces

February 24, 2013 If falling apart meant pieces of flesh would inexplicably fall off my body, I’d be skinny. With a capital S. more »»

Hand quilting is a craft that requires real skill

February 17, 2013 Sometimes special jumps on your head and beats you until you can’t take any more of it. That happened to me last week when I joined my friend Sandi Butt at her new home near Ackley. more »»

Valentine’s Day romance shouldn’t be overlooked

February 10, 2013 Interrogation — to interrogate, to scrutinize, to question. Interrogation. Such a harsh word, but the word my family used whenever I talked to my daughter’s friends. more »»

Waiting for something can cause some anxiety

February 3, 2013 I’m just sitting here waiting for a huge snowstorm. Not that I want a huge snowstorm, but doggone it, this waiting is giving me the creeps. more »»

Found paper proves collection mess is getting better

January 27, 2013 OK, put your thumbs together so the knuckle lines match up. Now look at your thumbnails, which should be side by side. One’s bigger than the other, right? Please say it is. If not, I’m weird. more »»

No matter when the mind stops, help is a good thing

January 20, 2013 He was born on my birthday, so I call him Sandy. This perfect little bull calf, a purebred polled Hereford, is part of Leland Dencklau’s newest venture of raising beef near Vincent. more »»

Oh, for the love of memories and baseball

January 13, 2013 A person just can’t know when she’s in sixth grade what some kid in fourth grade will do when he grows up. Heck, he probably doesn’t even know. more »»

If wishes were fishes, we’d all have a fry

January 6, 2013 Holidays on a Tuesday will wreck a mind. Well, my mind. It doesn’t seem like Monday until Wednesday and if it’s Wednesday I’m way late with things. more »»

Beauty of Christmas gives way to fight for plans

December 30, 2012 Few things could be as beautiful as the darkened sanctuary at Grace Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve when candles are lit and held by every member of the congregation and “Silent Night” is sung. more »»

Christmas magic brings happiness and hugs

December 23, 2012 Christmas magic fills my home today. I continue to bask in the happiness of having our daughter home for several days last week. more »»

Ringing bells is a good way to warm your heart

December 16, 2012 Supper often sounds like standing outside in the cold ringing bells for the Salvation Army. It’s just warmer. My husband is still at Tompkins Center, and I almost always eat supper with him. more »»

Imagination goes a long way at Christmastime

December 9, 2012 Two weeks and two days from now it’s Christmas. You might be done getting the perfect gifts for people you love, but if not, I’ve got two great idea. more »»

Shopping locally beats the heck out of ‘But wait’

December 2, 2012 But wait. Regrettably I’ve succumbed to a few of those admonitions, and both times they turned out to be exactly what my husband always warned me they would be. Not worth the trouble. more »»

Scientific breakthrough hinges on fear, dreams

November 25, 2012 Hold the phone, kids, I’ve made a major scientific breakthrough. With seven small words, I can make time stand stil. more »»

Dishonest phone calls can bring instant dislike

November 18, 2012 Whatever happened to that do-not-call deal, that’s what I want to know. It’s as if people feel free to call just because they know your number and want to call. more »»

Veterans Day is a good time to remember

November 11, 2012 Today is special. Veterans Day. Last Sunday was special, too, but I forgot to tell you it was Loree Clarken’s birthday. Likely you don’t need help remembering today as Veterans Day. Today, a 10:15 a. more »»

Sleep and quilting are not always compatible

November 4, 2012 Just give me three weeks to sleep and I might be whole again. Recently I got up about 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday and that next Sunday sat down to watch television through shut eyelids at 3:30 p.m. more »»



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