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Visitation pinpoints six degrees of separation theory

January 9, 2011 I don’t care what you say, it’s not at all ghoulish to spend more than an hour at a wake, though I must admit it does sound odd, especially since I’d met the man just once. more »»

Too much of something can be a good thing or bad

January 2, 2011 When it rains, it pours. Not heavy rain, mind you, but a lot of everything at one time. more »»

Doing something nice for others may become habit

December 26, 2010 Just pretend this is last Sunday, so when I say I hope you have a very merry Christmas you won’t roll your eyes and wonder what’s in my eggnog. more »»

Enjoy the blessings of this holiday season

December 19, 2010 Family traditions vary during the holidays. Most involve gift exchanges or attending religious services and traveling. Sean Grady’s holiday trip was longer than most. The U.S. more »»

Christmas art, Christmas gifts: It’s a festive season

December 12, 2010 The family of the late Marion Gunderson, of Rolfe, is selling prints of her art work to benefit the Rolfe library. more »»

It’s all about being tired and raising a real TSA ruckus

November 28, 2010 Now, this is just wrong. The bags under my eyes have bags under them. My mirror mocks me when I’m too tired to fight back. Maybe I’m not re-rested since my daughter and her husband went home. more »»

Symphony concert, Yule Walk go ‘Home for the Holidays’

November 21, 2010 You’ve heard me say, there’s no place like home for the holidays. Well, you’ve read me saying it, and that’s just the same. There is no place like hom. more »»

From shrimp to dogs with Duncombe firefighters

November 14, 2010 If today is Sunday, and it is, then my daughter and her husband should be in Dodge. And, as I write this, I’m assuming that will be true. more »»

Forgetfulness conjures up all sorts of crazy memories

November 7, 2010 Sometimes I just need to be smacked upside the head. And, no, you can’t do it. That was rhetorical. more »»

Trading can get a person what she wants or good ideas

October 31, 2010 There’s a woman in Iowa City who has a 20-gallon crock with “Manufactured in Fort Dodge” stamped on the front of it that she wants to trade for a laptop compute. more »»

YWCA needs cribs; one black cat needs its owner

October 24, 2010 Finally, our daughter and her husband get to come home for almost a week. It’s time. Every time my husband sees a young woman with long hair, he says she looks like Dana. more »»

Character Counts pushes ‘Pay It Forward’ program

October 17, 2010 Sometimes a movie you’re really enjoying kicks you in the heart at the end. more »»

Sure signs of fall: Budding mums, migrating butterflies

October 10, 2010 A sure sign of fall. Big mum plants are budding out, teasing owners with the possibility of a cushion of color. In this case, purple. more »»

Greeting the Sept. 25 Honor Flight was good to do

October 3, 2010 For pity sake, I keep forgetting to remind you that dolls and toys are still available at Wells Fargo Bank for the annual Dress-A-Doll/Design-A-Toy project. This year I’m dressing a dol. more »»

Books, cookbooks blend together in struggling mind

September 26, 2010 Ten years make four heartbeats. Six, at the most. Anyway, that’s how the last 10 years feel to me. Today is the last day of my first 10 years writing for The Messenger. Ten years. more »»

Whether rides or reunions, family togetherness counts

September 19, 2010 My sister went on a vacation and she took an asp. Odd as that is, that’s what she said. more »»

Grandparent’s Day brings back some crazy memories

September 12, 2010 Today is Grandparent’s Day, and much like Mother’s Day the first few years we were married, I get nothing. No card. No flowers. No diamonds. Nothing. Not even chocolate. more »»

Good times lead to depression just like bad times do

September 5, 2010 How’s it come that depression sets in after almost every wonderful event in your life, that’s what I want to know. more »»

War memorial taken from junk pile finds its way home

August 29, 2010 Every time I dig through a pile of boxes in the basement I’m surprised at what I find. That’s natural. more »»

How sweet State Fair is for cinnamon roll winner

August 22, 2010 How sweet it is. Out of 132 entrants in the Tones Cinnamon Rolls class at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12, Janice Nostrom, of Humboldt, entered the best rolls. more »»



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