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Operation Christmas looking for donations

November 10, 2013 Some people clean windows each fall. Some clean kitchen cupboards. Some clean closets. Two of these tasks can do more good than you'll ever imagine. more »»

Czech Heritage Dinner is ‘a visiting time’

November 3, 2013 I have a rule. Maybe not so much a rule as an attempt to stretch my culinary imagination. Whenever I'm on a road trip, I want to eat any place I can't eat at home, if at all possible. more »»

Burned fingers don’t stop fun of togetherness

October 27, 2013 So, it's late in the early morning and I'm figuring bed sounds like a good idea, then that little voice in my head said no, read the paper instead. So I did. Then the voice said to figure out bills. more »»

She’s revved up for a rambling road trip

October 20, 2013 Wicked beer and the head lice. So what, you ask, is that? Don’t ask. I wouldn’t be able to tell you. more »»

Little green dots turn conversation to sugar cookies

October 13, 2013 Little green dots are a great invention for late-night Scrabble players. Those green dots mean the person whose name is next to it is on Facebook, and you can strike up a conversation. more »»

Those little-known facts can change your life

October 6, 2013 Life fills itself with little-known facts. For instance, you can feel smug about quoting playwright Eugene O'Neill, but if you don't know what you're saying, you lose the zing. more »»

Dreams tell a story that can be understood

September 29, 2013 A lifetime ago, a co-worker sat beside me in our break room telling about her dream from the night before. We were in Oshkosh, Wis., a college town during the height of the New Age era. more »»

Spot of hidden treasures claims another victim

September 22, 2013 Deja vu all over again. That's what it is, no matter how much it bothers me. We all know I've got a spot in my house where things go to hide. New things bought as gifts. Old things saved. more »»

Playing with phone cord shows a bit of happy

September 15, 2013 Surprises surprise me. Clouds cloud my judgment on a sunny day. Do I need sunblock or go without? That's the question. I need an answer to answer such a question. more »»

List of tips may keep unsuspecting women safe

September 8, 2013 Any person who has email gets missives from friends without any personal chatter. It's more fun to get a personal note, but sometimes those missives are importan. more »»

Weekend full of surprises still a good weekend

September 1, 2013 So, I'm lying in bed and start to roll over when a cramp grabs my right leg and won't let go. more »»

Vacation ruins ability to stay up late, sleep late

August 25, 2013 I'm ruined. Two wonderful weeks with my daughter and friends in Colorado has taken away my ability to stay up late and sleep late. more »»

Getting life together takes hard-fought action

August 18, 2013 Oh, how I relate. In a TV commercial, a young woman is having her nails done when she notices someone eating potato chips. The other woman puts the chip package down to answer a phon. more »»

Vindication doesn’t make needle’s eye any bigger

August 11, 2013 Finally. Payoff time. Last week I used a large padded envelope, circa 1990, that's been stashed in my attic room for the duration. I needed it. I had it. I used it. more »»

Good memories take some of the sting from death

August 4, 2013 Death is a hard master. Forget about your own impending demise, just thinking about death brings on all kinds of thought. more »»

Vacations are meant to make great memories

July 28, 2013 Vacations are easier when you're not the one driving. Got back recently from five days in Wisconsin with family and friends. more »»

Life is all about surprises, dreams and goals

July 21, 2013 Surprises don't always make me happy. Like the time I drove over the Karl King Viaduct and just as I hit the road above the railroad track, a train whistle blew right below me. I nearly wet myself. more »»

Freedom Rock needs to be a community project

July 14, 2013 If man has even one passion in his life, he must consider himself blessed. more »»

Slow-pitch softball tourney in Vincent to help family

July 7, 2013 On Dad's final trip through Vincent, being hauled in the back of a hearse, the procession stopped for a train. Trains rarely stop traffic in Vincent. "It's fitting," Mom said. "He loved this ... more »»

So much to learn, so many ways to learn it

June 30, 2013 If you want a new experience, watch a plumber fix your toilet flushing thingy. My plumber is Brian. He doesn't mind sticking his hand inside the tank. more »»



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