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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 »»

To listen or not to listen: that’s really a conundrum

August 15, 2010 Now I know what conundrum means. Almost. What I think it means is how do I decide what to do with this CD of ’60s music I got at our 45-year school reunio. more »»

Road work sometimes stops a straight shot to food

August 8, 2010 I’m sorry, but it just plain hurts to be talking to you on Aug. 8. August is back-to-school month. more »»

Class reunions can make new, unexpected friendships

August 1, 2010 Class reunions ought to be put in the same categories as birthday parties and New Year’s Eve. They’re inevitable. They’re exciting. They make you wonder why things are as they are. more »»

Point of story is how it makes the reader, listener feel

July 25, 2010 Nothing makes me want to stay in bed in the morning like the sound of a slow, soft rain on the roof. more »»



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