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My granddaughters are enjoying a swing in the sculpture park, with a fifth girl swinging with them.
My granddaughters are enjoying a swing in the sculpture park, with a fifth girl swinging with them.
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Friday, August 11, 2017 3:24 PM
My fridge contains an odd variety of garden vegetables, which for one reason or another, don't get sold at the farmers market or given to CSA (community supported agriculture) customers. They would not win a beauty contest, but they are still good food.
  • I didn’t get out to the Division II State Legion Tournament in Spicer, but I did manage a day at the Division I Tournament in St. Paul. I went to the games up at CHS Field, where the St. Paul Saints play. Wow, what a nice ballpark.
  • Journey vs. Destination: Workshop locally brings together native culture, peoples and the land
    Back a few months ago, I was able to hear a program by Lyla June, a young Navajo woman with ties to the Lakota and the Standing Rock Reservation. She spoke on the trials and tribulations of Native American life today and people coming together globally, as well as the ancient and continued ties to Mother Earth – the source of all we are.
  • Never wish a day away, cherish each one
    Here are a couple of stories I told while speaking at a Relay for Life.
  • Food for the Neighborhood: Summer Roasted Vegetables and a birthday surprise
    My fridge contains an odd variety of garden vegetables, which for one reason or another, don't get sold at the farmers market or given to CSA (community supported agriculture) customers. They would not win a beauty contest, but they are still good food.
  • Recently I picked up a book and one of the blurbs on its cover, by a well-known author, read, “If you haven’t read (this author) yet, you have been missing one of the great summer-read novelists of all time.” That blurb generated some thoughts on my part: does that blurb mean that this author is only good for summertime reading? And that thought led to another: is summertime reading so different from what or how we read at other times of the year?
  • One last diary page before tossing notes from trip
    Before I “eighty-sixed” the notes from our recent European trip, I glanced through the collection and realized there were a few additional items to record about our wonderful late spring journey.

  • Readers will love charming travelogue
    The car’s all packed with your gear.

  • Chigger bites from Iowa not a pleasant surprise
    I brought back a surprise for myself from Ames. Chigger bites. Chiggers are the larval stage of mites. 

  • Third LutherCountry Exhibit equally impressive
    The third exhibit in the Motherland of the Reformation with which we were so impressed was housed in the Wartburg Castle situated right outside the town of Eisenach, Germany. The first of the exhibits, “The Luther Effect,” traced the impact of the Reformation around the world. The second, “Luther: 95 Treasures, 95 People” was in Wittenburg, the town where he lived for most of his adult life. This third one, titled “Luther and the Germans,” centered on the impact of Luther on Germany itself.

  • Changes looming for National Park Service’s Senior Pass
    I was all set and ready to complete a column today that I’d started on another topic – but then this time-sensitive material came out in a press release from the National Park Service (NPS). If you’re 62 and – even if you don’t know when you might ever visit a national park unit – it will save you significant money to get a lifetime senior pass NOW.

  • Great county fair, then its off to baseball tourney
    Last week I was busy with the Winona County Fair in St. Charles. Always a fun fair to go to…lots of energy there and a good population base. When I do my “radio thing,” Cindy Timm is always one of my guests. She’s the CEO/president of the Winona County Fair Board. She really puts a lot of time into the fair, and it shows. You always see her “out and about” at the fair, and seems to have a genuine concern for the welfare of the fair.

  • Red-headed woodpecker brings blessings  
    Our yard has a certain wildness. It’s an uninhibited landscape. Such a yard and dead limbs make our place the occasional nesting site for red-headed woodpeckers. Our rural neighborhood is blessed by the presence of these lovely birds each year.

  • Journey vs. Destination: Changes looming for National Park Service’s Senior Pass
    I was all set and ready to complete a column today that I’d started on another topic – but then this time-sensitive material came out in a press release from the National Park Service (NPS). If you’re 62 and – even if you don’t know when you might ever visit a national park unit – it will save you significant money to get a lifetime senior pass NOW.
  • Who needs Fitbit when natural  step motivator is by your side?
    I’ve found something that motivates me more than a Fitbit to get my recommended steps in each day. It’s all natural, provides forceful reminders to get moving and even adds emotional benefits to daily walks.

  • In our recent journey through Germany’s Luther Country, we found the second of the three major displays in Wittenburg. We had so enjoyed the first one in Berlin that we were determined to see all three of them.

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