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Pounding waves may look like fun, but ...

July 19, 2015 Head to heels, I’ve been exfoliated by the Atlantic Ocean. Rolling around in sand does that. Let me start at the beginning. Dawn Bliss and her husband Brad have a time share in Cancu. more »»

Favorite movies no match for recliner magic

July 12, 2015 My recliner must go. Every time I sit in that thing, a magic button trips a trigger that pulls my eyelids shut. Has to be that. Even if I'm wide awake and watching a movie I love, that happen. more »»

Those happy hours come back around

July 5, 2015 Nothing will wipe away half a century of living like a dinner cruise on the Mississippi River. Well, I guess you really don’t need the cruise. more »»

A little knowledge can often be a big help

June 28, 2015 Remember a while back when I said I’d try to give you helpful hints occasionally? Seems I’ve forgotten to do that. more »»

Recovering from tooth extraction could go better

June 21, 2015 Here’s a hint that might become important to you some day. If you have doctoring of any kind, and said doctor prescribes a pain killer stronger than Tylenol, do not forget to get it. DO NOT FORGET. more »»

She’s seen the future, and it doesn’t look good

June 14, 2015 No wonder. No wonder what, you ask. Keep in mind, I am NOT of the tech generation. In fact, it's tough for me to even visit there, but here's the dea. more »»

Invitation to dinner at Sandy’s cuts through all the smoke

June 7, 2015 Here’s the deal. I like staying up late, and it doesn’t matter if I’m watching old movies, playing Scrabble on Facebook, reading, sewing or whatever. It just doesn’t matter. I like the night. more »»

New bed means stranger goes to the basement

May 31, 2015 Wish I had a walrus to say “the time has come,” but I don’t. That was a walrus, wasn’t it? “The time has come,” the walrus sai. more »»

Nobody needs to know so much about a fly

May 24, 2015 Once upon a time in Fort Dodge, a woman lived quietly in her home. She liked the quiet. She napped often in her comfy recliner, pleased with the quiet. Quiet makes sleeping easie. more »»

Writers’ conference made solo road trip possible

May 17, 2015 Wild turkeys strutted into the skinny country road, but took off in a flutter when they saw my car. Giant wingspans shadowed everything in sight and took those turkeys into the trees. more »»

Memory sits in what may be revisionist history

May 10, 2015 Well, that was fun. Eating out the other day, I sat not three feet from Wayne McMannus, who sat next to Jimmy McMannus and his wife Pat. more »»

Wig or wigless, point brought home at bar

May 3, 2015 Who knew I’d find Cheers right here in Dodge. One of my dreams, and not the pipe dream my husband called it, had me tending bar in my own little bar. more »»

Praying and a party make life very good

April 26, 2015 If I felt safe standing on the edge of a rooftop, I’d be standing on the highest rooftop I could reach yelling THANK YOU as loudly as I could. Thank you for caring. Thank you for praying. more »»

‘Insanry’ might be the word for forgetfulness

April 19, 2015 So, it’s late. We’re home from the D/SAOC cake auction and ready to laugh. My friends from southern Iowa, Nancy Hamar and Willa Clark, drove to Dodge last weekend so we could play. Play anything. more »»

A person can wish away her life if she’s not careful

April 12, 2015 Not much feels worse than sitting alone in my living room wishing my daughter Dana hadn't had to go back to Denver. No matter how long she's here, we never do all we planned. Neve. more »»

Sweet thoughts of Easter quiet boo-boo

April 5, 2015 I apologize. When I wrote last week’s column, I found myself doing it in such a hurry, I didn't read it through before sending it. When I read it on Sunday morning, I found a boo-boo. more »»

New Bender book offers a fresh look at war

March 29, 2015 How do you know when the cold is gone for certain, that’s what I want to know. I cannot possibly be contagious any longer after the antibiotics I've taken, but that cough persists. more »»

Road trip turns into series of history lessons

March 22, 2015 She plumb wore me out. Dawn loves road trips even more than I. When we go anywhere, we go for all. Few stops, little slowing down unless we’ve slipped past one of those brown signs along the road. more »»

Warm weather memories start with clean car

March 15, 2015 Warming weather must haul out memories as well as sweaters. Finally the weather warmed enough for me to wash my car, so I'm apologizing in advance in case that simple act brings on more snow or rai. more »»

Baking pizza not always the best dinner choice

March 8, 2015 I was wrong. Go figure. Pam Simpson feeds her family every week, not once a month. And I did finagle my way in again last Tuesday. Chicken and dumplings. This could get to be a habit. more »»



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