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Yep, there’s an elephant in every room

January 18, 2015 I have an elephant. It follows me around like the elephant in those breathing commercials on television and often seems to be sitting on my heart. more »»

Dick Dale’s death leaves a whole lot of empty

January 11, 2015 Sad and empty. These two little words can push a contented life right over the edge. So it must be for Marguerite Dale and her family as they fight to get past the death of her husband, Dick Dale. more »»

This year might be the year of the clean basement

January 4, 2015 This new year might be the year I get my basement cleaned. “Might” being the operative word. more »»

There must be trust in natural order of life

December 28, 2014 This year I gave in and watched some of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” People are right; it’s a good movie. I cannot say a great movie. Not at all. more »»

If only the good will and gladness could last

December 21, 2014 Old Father Time has not been doing a good job. He must have dozed off to let the end of the year come so quickly. Oh, I planned so much at the beginning of the year. more »»

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 »»



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