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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:40 AM
Rain, rain, go away.
That never worked, did it? You could chant those four words endlessly, trying to keep your picnic, reunion or party from being ruined, but the sky opened up and there you were. Rain, rain, go away — unless, as in the new novel “I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows, that’s the kind of storm you really need. 
  • Some things are just a joy to behold
    Seeing an organized and efficient operation in action makes my heart sing. But, being organized and being efficient are not the same things. Being organized typically means “having a place for everything and everything in its place.” Being efficient includes and is dependent on having things in the right place.
  • School yourself to see a ‘new’ outdoors
    With summer around the corner (at least I figure we’re all pretty much thinking that right here and now – and impatiently drumming our fingers), maybe this is the year you’d like to learn a new skill or try a new activity. One of the easiest ways to do that is with the “I Can!” program offered by the Minnesota DNR (Department of Natural Resources).
  • Summer sports ending, high school athletics set to begin
    Sounds like all the fall sports teams in the area have all gotten off to a good start. I’ve taken a few team pictures and those coaches I’ve talked to are all really fired up.
  • Stridulation produces unique kind of music
    A brown thrasher moved across the lawn like a tiny velociraptor.
  • New novel will leave readers in a puddle
    Rain, rain, go away.
    That never worked, did it? You could chant those four words endlessly, trying to keep your picnic, reunion or party from being ruined, but the sky opened up and there you were. Rain, rain, go away — unless, as in the new novel “I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows, that’s the kind of storm you really need. 
  • Some days are spent focusing on mish-mash
    Every once in awhile, it is necessary to clean out Fibber McGee’s Closet. I don’t really have one, but my grandmother did. Back then, I was led to believe that everyone did. If they didn’t, they should have.
  • Olympic stories, events create emotional evenings
    It seems to be a common theme with me. I don’t know where time goes! Wasn’t it just last week that NBC was running ads that the Olympics were only 100 days away? Now, there is only a week left of the festivities and the past week has been filled with record-breaking events, outstanding athletic performances and emotional stories.
  • Pepper, green bean crops are prolific this year
    This is the year of peppers and green beans. 
  • Do you hear it?

    Elk provide ‘boogie-woogie bugling’ in Wisconsin land



  • Take a look back as fall sports get ready to start
    After a week off, it’s time to get back to work. Soon the fall schedule is going to be playing out and we’ll have plenty of football, volleyball and cross-country. Some of the area schools will also be playing soccer, but I don’t think any of our Reader-area schools have soccer, so I get to concentrate on just the three sports.
  • Author explores the art of ‘Playing Dead’
    Your wallet is genuine, original faux-leather from faux-Venezuela.
  • Blessings realized during visit to ‘the home’
    “How are you doing?” I asked.
    That’s what we often ask. It’s a default question usually asked as a politeness. I asked because I wanted to know.
  • Good customer service requires myopia
    When good customer service was first taking such a significant downturn, its decline seemed most obvious in increasingly slower service. But it seems to me lately that more and more it means not only slow service, but also a total lack of friendliness and even common courtesies, including knowledge of the value of customers.
  • So, this is summer, is it?
    It’s funny, I saw this “leftover” headline on my computer screen and it gave me some inspiration for this week’s column. I am returning after a few weeks away from this space, with apologies and not too many excuses. 
  • Future trip planning will include a visit to Aztalan
    Last week I promised to take a look at two driving trips I was considering. I used to live an adventure-filled life – and like to think I still can, despite current physical limitations. To that end, let’s take a good, in-depth look at how things have been going for me recently.
State Fair

Are you going to attend the Minnesota State Fair this year?


 

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