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Sure signs of fall: Budding mums, migrating butterflies

October 10, 2010 A sure sign of fall. Big mum plants are budding out, teasing owners with the possibility of a cushion of color. In this case, purple. more »»

Greeting the Sept. 25 Honor Flight was good to do

October 3, 2010 For pity sake, I keep forgetting to remind you that dolls and toys are still available at Wells Fargo Bank for the annual Dress-A-Doll/Design-A-Toy project. This year I’m dressing a dol. more »»

Books, cookbooks blend together in struggling mind

September 26, 2010 Ten years make four heartbeats. Six, at the most. Anyway, that’s how the last 10 years feel to me. Today is the last day of my first 10 years writing for The Messenger. Ten years. more »»

Whether rides or reunions, family togetherness counts

September 19, 2010 My sister went on a vacation and she took an asp. Odd as that is, that’s what she said. more »»

Grandparent’s Day brings back some crazy memories

September 12, 2010 Today is Grandparent’s Day, and much like Mother’s Day the first few years we were married, I get nothing. No card. No flowers. No diamonds. Nothing. Not even chocolate. more »»

Good times lead to depression just like bad times do

September 5, 2010 How’s it come that depression sets in after almost every wonderful event in your life, that’s what I want to know. more »»

War memorial taken from junk pile finds its way home

August 29, 2010 Every time I dig through a pile of boxes in the basement I’m surprised at what I find. That’s natural. more »»

How sweet State Fair is for cinnamon roll winner

August 22, 2010 How sweet it is. Out of 132 entrants in the Tones Cinnamon Rolls class at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12, Janice Nostrom, of Humboldt, entered the best rolls. more »»

To listen or not to listen: that’s really a conundrum

August 15, 2010 Now I know what conundrum means. Almost. What I think it means is how do I decide what to do with this CD of ’60s music I got at our 45-year school reunio. more »»

Road work sometimes stops a straight shot to food

August 8, 2010 I’m sorry, but it just plain hurts to be talking to you on Aug. 8. August is back-to-school month. more »»

Class reunions can make new, unexpected friendships

August 1, 2010 Class reunions ought to be put in the same categories as birthday parties and New Year’s Eve. They’re inevitable. They’re exciting. They make you wonder why things are as they are. more »»

Point of story is how it makes the reader, listener feel

July 25, 2010 Nothing makes me want to stay in bed in the morning like the sound of a slow, soft rain on the roof. more »»

‘The question is’ applies in so many circumstances

July 18, 2010 Sitting on my dining room table is a box of erasable ceramic accent labels — six mint green leaves a little larger than a business card. They’re name cards for when you entertain. more »»

Life can be affected in so many unexpected ways

July 11, 2010 You just never know how things are going to affect you. For example, in the June 27 Lifestyle section, we told about Paul M. more »»

So many thoughts can drive a person so many places

July 4, 2010 They — whoever they are — say you can find anything you want to know on the Internet. Maybe they can. I’m a little wary of getting involved, but I do have a questio. more »»

A person can love horses, but have no operating skills

June 27, 2010 I love horses, and I love writing about them. Basically because to write about a horse, you have to be with the horse, to pet him and get to know him. more »»

Fathers have reason to be proud, no matter the date

June 20, 2010 Father’s Day just makes a person think. Most people spend the day honoring their fathers, but sometimes fathers have things to be thankful for, too, things to think about and talk about. more »»

Fathers have lasting impression on kids, good or bad

June 13, 2010 Something deep inside keeps me from waiting under an awning in the rain while my husband gets the car. I’m not just being nice. It’s self preservation at its most poten. more »»

It’s all about water that won’t whistle and other stuff

June 6, 2010 Water won’t whistle. It may whet your whistle, but it won’t actually whistle. At least, I couldn’t make it whistle. more »»

Memorial Day could be just a memory of past times

May 30, 2010 I love walking through cemeteries, so Memorial Day and all that entails really makes me happ. more »»



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