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Odd smells, odd words — all in a memory

October 4, 2015 Little smells better than fields of drying corn on a muggy fall night. It’s indefinable. Not musty, but a little dusty. Not like a yard full of dying leaves, but almos. more »»

Getting old is a bother

September 27, 2015 It’s the realization of aging that’s a bother Someone must be to blame for my aging. Certainly not . more »»

Coming of fall brings back combine memory

September 20, 2015 It’s coming on fall. My favorite season, fall. It reminds me of Dad and working on the combine. Odd, I know. You’d think I’d be remembering colors past, crisp air and strolls through an orchar. more »»

Grandparents Day celebration is today

September 13, 2015 Picture this. I may have been watching too many “Golden Girls” reruns, but do it. Picture this. A farm northeast of Vincent. Sunday afternoon. It’s a sunny day, a fine day in 1957. more »»

No horror film, no matter how good, is good

September 6, 2015 Some things I don’t understand. more »»

Recliner slumber follows fun, hugs

August 30, 2015 Sometimes I get so happy, I sleep in my recliner till the phone rings. That does make sense, if you take it thought by thought. By thought. Take Wednesday, for instance. more »»

Caution: Sitting in the dark causes thinking

August 23, 2015 Sitting in the dark with nothing on my mind makes me happy. A person doesn’t need to think all the time. But. You know there’s always a but. more »»

Eagle Grove reunion brings on fun, hugs

August 16, 2015 Scientists like hugging. They say it takes four hugs a day just to survive, eight for maintenance and 12 for growth. more »»

Memory book work leaves brain on low

August 9, 2015 You know that feeling when your heart stops and your brain beats excessively and you know without fail you've done something wrong. Or haven't done something right. So it was Wednesday at 11 a.m. more »»

So much to remember, the address won’t stick

August 2, 2015 Remember a few weeks back when I gushed about getting to go to the 50-year class reunion of the Central Webster Class of ‘65? Whenever I think of that day, a grin crawls back on my face. more »»

A Daisy will be leader of the state garden club

July 26, 2015 No office in any organization could be more appropriate for Loretta Daisy. She’s new president of the Federated Garden Club of Iowa, Inc., and will be for the next two years. more »»

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 »»


Fort Museum October 4, 2015

The Fort Museum, 1 Museum Road, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and veterans with ID, $3 for children ages 5 to 17 and free for children ages 4 and younger. more »

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