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Invitation to dinner at Sandy’s cuts through all the smoke

June 7, 2015 Here’s the deal. I like staying up late, and it doesn’t matter if I’m watching old movies, playing Scrabble on Facebook, reading, sewing or whatever. It just doesn’t matter. I like the night. more »»

New bed means stranger goes to the basement

May 31, 2015 Wish I had a walrus to say “the time has come,” but I don’t. That was a walrus, wasn’t it? “The time has come,” the walrus sai. more »»

Nobody needs to know so much about a fly

May 24, 2015 Once upon a time in Fort Dodge, a woman lived quietly in her home. She liked the quiet. She napped often in her comfy recliner, pleased with the quiet. Quiet makes sleeping easie. more »»

Writers’ conference made solo road trip possible

May 17, 2015 Wild turkeys strutted into the skinny country road, but took off in a flutter when they saw my car. Giant wingspans shadowed everything in sight and took those turkeys into the trees. more »»

Memory sits in what may be revisionist history

May 10, 2015 Well, that was fun. Eating out the other day, I sat not three feet from Wayne McMannus, who sat next to Jimmy McMannus and his wife Pat. more »»

Wig or wigless, point brought home at bar

May 3, 2015 Who knew I’d find Cheers right here in Dodge. One of my dreams, and not the pipe dream my husband called it, had me tending bar in my own little bar. more »»

Praying and a party make life very good

April 26, 2015 If I felt safe standing on the edge of a rooftop, I’d be standing on the highest rooftop I could reach yelling THANK YOU as loudly as I could. Thank you for caring. Thank you for praying. more »»

‘Insanry’ might be the word for forgetfulness

April 19, 2015 So, it’s late. We’re home from the D/SAOC cake auction and ready to laugh. My friends from southern Iowa, Nancy Hamar and Willa Clark, drove to Dodge last weekend so we could play. Play anything. more »»

A person can wish away her life if she’s not careful

April 12, 2015 Not much feels worse than sitting alone in my living room wishing my daughter Dana hadn't had to go back to Denver. No matter how long she's here, we never do all we planned. Neve. more »»

Sweet thoughts of Easter quiet boo-boo

April 5, 2015 I apologize. When I wrote last week’s column, I found myself doing it in such a hurry, I didn't read it through before sending it. When I read it on Sunday morning, I found a boo-boo. more »»

New Bender book offers a fresh look at war

March 29, 2015 How do you know when the cold is gone for certain, that’s what I want to know. I cannot possibly be contagious any longer after the antibiotics I've taken, but that cough persists. more »»

Road trip turns into series of history lessons

March 22, 2015 She plumb wore me out. Dawn loves road trips even more than I. When we go anywhere, we go for all. Few stops, little slowing down unless we’ve slipped past one of those brown signs along the road. more »»

Warm weather memories start with clean car

March 15, 2015 Warming weather must haul out memories as well as sweaters. Finally the weather warmed enough for me to wash my car, so I'm apologizing in advance in case that simple act brings on more snow or rai. more »»

Baking pizza not always the best dinner choice

March 8, 2015 I was wrong. Go figure. Pam Simpson feeds her family every week, not once a month. And I did finagle my way in again last Tuesday. Chicken and dumplings. This could get to be a habit. more »»

A lack of patience leads to an Italian meal

March 1, 2015 I need patience. And I need it right now. Waiting for anything makes me nuts. You can imagine, then, how glad I was when Dana was born six weeks early. more »»

Sometimes, every cat just loses her mouse

February 22, 2015 Oh, for heaven sake, when a normal person gets tired, she should be able to sleep and sleep well. Maybe that’s my problem. more »»

Such are the ways of sisters, sewing and love

February 15, 2015 Sometimes so much goes on around me my head doesn’t even have time to spin. My sister Barbara got into town on a Saturday and barely had her coat off before she started decluttering. more »»

For want of comfort, the wig may be lost

February 8, 2015 Some truths are self-evident. Not the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness thing, but a truth that's much more down to earth. Much more tied to home and memory and feeling good about yourself. more »»

Algona mayor hopes to start Dale scholarship

February 1, 2015 Heart memories never end. When you hold someone in your heart forever, even if that person has died, his or her memory will always be with you. more »»

Smooth skin can take away unhappy feelings

January 25, 2015 Who knew? Chemo may make me sick, but my skin is as smooth as a baby's butt. At least, what I remember a baby's butt feeling like. It’s one of the side effects no one mentioned. more »»



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