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The idea of a ‘big crush’ adds a grin to reality

June 22, 2014 Not even the blues can hold up against the out-loud declaration “I had a big crush on you when I was young.” Nor can the quick addition of “I’m over it now” stop the grin. more »»

A crosstown drive at sunrise brings a big grin

June 15, 2014 Dawn makes me happy. Not my friend Dawn Bliss, though she has tickled my funny bone a time or two. No, I'm talking break-of-day stuff here. Dawn. more »»

Thoughts can too quickly go from happy to sad

June 8, 2014 OK, so I had a baby heart attack last week. Nothing serious, but still. Nearing midnight, I was in the bathroom and heard a knock at the front door. more »»

On minor callouses, mice hunts and losing a friend

June 1, 2014 Light callouses showed up on my right-click finger a while back. Dismayed, and within ear shot of my sister, I mumbled, “that's the hand I use to grab the mouse. more »»

It’s not often a 21-gun salute, Manson man says

May 25, 2014 Memorial Day. Bittersweet, to say the least. more »»

Cataract surgery offers varied look at the world

May 18, 2014 Decisions, decisions. What eye should I use? How best to see? I'm halfway home, folks, to seeing agai. more »»

Lots of stuff comes under heading of ‘Who knew?’

May 11, 2014 Just six people away from knowing everyone. That's what people in the know say. What "know" I don't know, but I do know I think they're right. more »»

Hunger turns TV commercials to iffy messages

May 4, 2014 Maybe hunger sparks distaste for TV commercials. When a person's hungry, nothing is good. But really, who writes these things? Oh, I've got plenty of for instances. Like the constipation medication. more »»

Soapbox built with missing check of each book

April 27, 2014 A soapbox popped up in my kitchen when I wasn't looking. There's nothing to do but stand on it and complain about feeling cheated almost every time I buy something I haven't bought in a while. more »»

Phone scam artist catches sleeper unguarded

April 20, 2014 Suddenly it's not a story any more. It's reality. We all know how early morning phone calls drive me crazy, but I try to remain at least cordial when I answer. more »»

Young 4-H’er is taking her cause to the people

April 13, 2014 I remember sixth grade. The first year of school reorganization took me out of my one-room country school where I was alone in my class into Vincent Elementary and a class of 12. I remember 4-H. more »»

Cleaning half the attic room can cause problems

April 6, 2014 Word of warning: never run out of everything all at once. Toothpaste, Efferdent, Vitamin C. Fish oil. And I would have been out of eye drops, too, except I keep forgetting to use them. more »»

Doo-wop test brings back musical memories

March 30, 2014 Last week I told you I never lacked for something to say. This week, there's not a thing in my min. more »»

When the end of time comes, tears will follow

March 23, 2014 Readers often ask how hard it is to find something to talk about every week. Not hard at all, really. Today I have much to talk about; it just breaks my heart to do so. more »»

Woman on medical mission learned to care

March 16, 2014 While I worked full time at The Messenger, I wanted to interview Marguerite Wagner for something. She lived in the country between Eagle Grove and Clarion at the time, and I'd talked to her before. more »»

Twine calls travelers south to ice, snow storm

March 9, 2014 If I had a bucket list, seeing Chillicothe, Mo., would be on it. It's a great name, so I wanted to see the town. Last weekend my friend Dawn needed to escape, so we headed south. more »»

Sleepy nights might be down side of pendulum

March 2, 2014 Oh, this is weird. As soon as I discover my nyctophilia tendencies and know there's a name for my love of the night, I can't stay awake at night. Or day, eithe. more »»

Comfort comes in darkness, information in book

February 23, 2014 Holy cow, there's a word for it, and I never knew. Nyctophilia. Noun. Love of darkness or night. Finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness. Or, as my daughter says: vampire. more »»

Coffee chat might have gone to the Olympics

February 16, 2014 Vacations offer the chance to see and do all things new, but my favorite part of vacation put us in small-town cafes at breakfast. more »»

Watching ‘Little Women’ dredges up urge to publish

February 9, 2014 Some day I'll stop watching late-night movies and save the cost of extra boxes of tissues. The old movies channel is deep into its 31 Days of Oscar, so it's a good time to watch. more »»

 
 
 

 

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