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There comes a time when everything changes

December 14, 2014 Adults tend to forget, I think, what it’s like to be a child. Forget what it’s like to see Christmas decorations filling the house or a trimmed tree standing tall in front of a window. more »»

 
 
 
Heart-to-heart Christmas starts tradition

December 7, 2014 I bought a $10 poinsettia for 97 cents. It must have been imbued with Christmas magic, because it's actually growing. Getting bigger. Staying beautifully red and getting thick. more »»

Highway trip turns into word math problem

November 30, 2014 So, I’m rolling down the highway at 65 miles an hour trying to figure out how come I'm no further along than I am for the hours and speed I’ve been driving. more »»

Cold feet in bed; nothing else must be said

November 23, 2014 You never know just how good you've got it till you ain't got it no more. Hey, don't wag your fingers at such English. Those are song lyrics. Tracy Byrd. "You Never Know Just How Good You've Got I. more »»

It’s beginning to seem a lot like Christmas

November 16, 2014 Look at my picture here. That’s how I normally look, give or take a wrinkle or two. Well, maybe three. more »»

Wobbly problem is lightened with epiphany

November 9, 2014 I have an equilibrium problem, and it’s not a pretty thing. I wanted to say it ain't pretty because that's what first ran through my mind, but I cannot make myself use “ain’. more »»

Impossible to do nothing after hectic weeks

November 2, 2014 Brain power quits working when tired sets in, and it's not a good end to a hectic time. more »»

Quilts offer beauty; Operation Christmas offers help

October 26, 2014 Don’t forget. Today is the last day of the Fort Dodge Area Quilters biennial show, so if you’re up for an overload of color and beauty, stop out at the fairgrounds and look aroun. more »»

Choosing how to start may be the hardest part

October 19, 2014 It's all or nothing. Too much of a good thing. When it rains, it pours. And I'm not talking about salt on a rainy day, either. more »»

Computer glasses won’t keep someone awake

October 12, 2014 Good ideas don’t always work. Regular glasses and computer glasses seem like a good idea, and it may be so. more »»

‘Gone with the Wind’ brings up question of honor

October 5, 2014 Last Monday after watching “Castle,” I flipped aimlessly to TMC and landed squarely at Tara with Scarlet O'Hara. Man, was she beautiful. more »»

Unsettled life floats between writing, quilting

September 28, 2014 Ah, bother. Time seems to be moving impossibly fast. I haven’t even read the comics from last Sunday, and it’s Sunday all over again. more »»

Gifts with consequences give way to binding quilts

September 21, 2014 Gifts sometimes come with consequences. Case in point: When I stayed with my friend in Colorado, she gave me a black shawl. Soft. Very soft. more »»

Memory hauls out the stories of long ago

September 14, 2014 Phil Turner thinks I can't remember longer than a few days. Jane warned him, but he just grinned. This is just to tell everyone that I can, indeed, remember something that happened two weeks before. more »»

Painting gives way to cleaning, remembering

September 7, 2014 Well, that might have been the wrong call. Last fall I decided to paint the outside of my house, but weather interfered, and the painting kept getting postponed. more »»

Vacation fun over, unexpected sights appear

August 31, 2014 So, I’m lying in bed, and scratchy sounds slip into my dream. It’s just past noon. Yes, noon. I like being up in the night. So, I’m lying in bed just past noon. more »»

Lack of skill overtakes will to play the piano

August 24, 2014 I spend way too much time in my bathroom looking at the floor. It’s like looking at puffy white clouds in a bright blue sky. I see things. And these things change with direction. more »»

So much to know about hummingbirds

August 17, 2014 Last week I told you about hummingbird banding in Springfield, Ill. There's so much more to say. Catching a hummingbird in your bare hand has to be amazing. more »»

Hummingbird banding measures nesting success

August 10, 2014 You won’t believe this. I almost don’t, and I was there. I spent an evening in Springfield, Ill., at a hummingbird banding potluck. I took fried chicken. Now that seems wrong. more »»

Reason found for diminishing size of chips

July 27, 2014 Figured it out. Potato chip bags, newly opened, offer big chips, delicately flavored, to assuage that guilty pleasure-seeking hormone that wants nothing more than salty, greasy snacks. more »»

Chilling, glowing and sticking on rotating cycle

July 20, 2014 Sorry about last week, folks. I was sick. more »»

 
 

Sandy Mickelson book signing December 19, 2014

Sandy Mickelson, who writes the “When We’re Together” column for the Lifestyle section of the Sunday Messenger, will have a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Fort Dodge Public Library, 424 Central Ave. more »

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