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Strange encounters would be fodder for writers’ group

June 23, 2013 Vicki Mashek Bailey grew up in Dodge, but lives in Oregon now. Occasionally she calls. Odd thing is, she almost always calls when I need a good laugh. more »»

Call for new word brings up fairy tale existence

June 16, 2013 Someone should make up a word that means happy and unhappy at the same time. Think about it. Think about the times your family comes home for vacation, then leaves again. more »»

Some ideas can help with the household chores

June 9, 2013 Friends are friends. Emails are emails. And friends with emails produce information you may never have thought of otherwise. more »»

Organization doesn’t make every plan work

May 26, 2013 You’ve got to know by now how much I hate shopping. For anything. Groceries included. But last Monday morning I sat at the kitchen table to make a list. more »»

Another Honor Flight welcomed home by crowd

May 19, 2013 Carol Heatherington is plain crazy. Oh, I said that wrong. It's plane crazy. She's part of that group of crazy people who jump out of airplanes. more »»

Class is in for a sentimental sunroom journey

May 12, 2013 At least two Fort Dodge women didn't need the annual Teacher Appreciation Day last Tuesday to look back at what a former teacher had meant to them. more »»

Book shows ways to cut grocery bill in half

May 5, 2013 Last weekend Jennifer Christenson Wicks and her daughter planned to stay overnight with m. more »»

Questions about plague can plague a person

April 28, 2013 So many questions plague me, but right at the top of that list sits the question of why someone decided the word plague should mean mass destruction AND mere annoyance. more »»

Half a century makes antiques out of anything

April 21, 2013 Remember Perry Como singing “Letters, we get letters, we get stacks and stacks of letters.” It might have been “I get letters,” but that’s beside the point. more »»

Annual auction major fundraiser for D/SAOC

April 14, 2013 Time flies, and you don’t even have to be having fu. more »»

Is this heaven? Baseball coming with a price tag

April 7, 2013 Because newspapers don’t come with sound effects, unless you get a paper cut, let me just tell you I’m gasping for air. It started a few days back when I picked up the sports section of The Messenger. more »»

Hindsight can help with telephone mumblers

March 31, 2013 Somebody dragged my soapbox out of hiding. Not using it would just be rude. People, people, people. Don’t mumble. Especially on the phone, don’t mumble. more »»

Churches are offering more ways to have fun

March 24, 2013 The cowboy way. That’s how Dee Coleman describes the coming church service at Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt. more »»

Remembering past makes death easier to take

March 17, 2013 Clouds are far behind her now, troubles melted like lemon drops. Skies will be blue again. Some day. more »»

Lack of words really can bring on writer’s block

March 10, 2013 For almost a half century, I’ve been writing. Not always for newspapers, but writing, and in all that time I’ve secretly ridiculed people who say they have writer’s block. more »»

Quilt retreat is really a women’s slumber party

March 3, 2013 Two things happened last weekend I never thought to hear. Fellow quilters applauded — not a lot, but enough — my finished quilt and I was told I had very tight abs. Only that wasn’t a good thing. more »»

If only falling apart meant missing pieces

February 24, 2013 If falling apart meant pieces of flesh would inexplicably fall off my body, I’d be skinny. With a capital S. more »»

Hand quilting is a craft that requires real skill

February 17, 2013 Sometimes special jumps on your head and beats you until you can’t take any more of it. That happened to me last week when I joined my friend Sandi Butt at her new home near Ackley. more »»

Valentine’s Day romance shouldn’t be overlooked

February 10, 2013 Interrogation — to interrogate, to scrutinize, to question. Interrogation. Such a harsh word, but the word my family used whenever I talked to my daughter’s friends. more »»

Waiting for something can cause some anxiety

February 3, 2013 I’m just sitting here waiting for a huge snowstorm. Not that I want a huge snowstorm, but doggone it, this waiting is giving me the creeps. more »»



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