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Raising money for the Honor Flight was a fun affair

August 14, 2011 You knew this was coming. I’m going to gush about how much fun I had at last Sunday’s benefit for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight and how good the entertainment was. I’ve got to do i. more »»

Family fun, Honor Flight benefit make this a good day

August 7, 2011 If it’s seemed uncommonly loud in the Friendship Haven area this weekend, it’s the fault of sweet, little Marjorie Dannenbring. more »»

Do-overs can take a person back to World War II history

July 31, 2011 Do-overs should be available to anyone. I need do-overs big time. With a do-over, I wouldn’t cry my heart dry when my boyfriend broke up with me, no matter how blonde his next girlfriend was. more »»

Proud momma is always ready to talk about her son

July 24, 2011 Proud mommas are proud mommas no matter how old the kids are. Dee Johnson, a resident at Friendship Haven, called Monday just bursting with news. more »»

Scam artists, annoying snail mail need to be stopped

July 17, 2011 Being gone for a while mellowed my mind, but it took me no time at all to grab my soapbox once I got back to work. An email did it. An email came in from a Col. Brian Dennison Kent, a U.S. more »»

Friends move along, but their memories live on

July 10, 2011 Just so you know, birds can’t fly 60 mph, and I’ve got a starling imprint on my front bumper to prove it. more »»

Diane Happel goes back to the Mayflower Pilgrims

July 3, 2011 Diane Happel doesn’t look old, but, man, she goes way back. To the May-flower way back. This is the part I love. more »»

Thoreau had right idea about listening to own drums

June 26, 2011 A person’s head can go totally blank when there’s too much input. Just ask me. I know. I can’t remember a thing. more »»

Summer fun will get a boost with benefit, vets’ day

June 19, 2011 Keep the day open Aug. 7. That’s a Sunday, and a bunch of us are working together to offer you a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. more »»

Oleson Park brings thoughts of Mom at band concert

June 12, 2011 Every time I hear the words Oleson Park or bandshell, I think of my mother. Her family lived in the Oleson Park area when she went to junior high — the Fair Oaks building. more »»

There’s arrogance in making others think as you do

June 5, 2011 Not a lot of things dig into my mind like people trying to change the world to make themselves happy at the expense of others. Like Madalyn Murray O’Hair and the no-prayer-in-school thing. more »»

Giving locally is sure way to keep donation at home

May 29, 2011 Oprah Winfrey’s show is done, and I’ve never seen an episode. Too late no. more »»

Thinking about sewage really isn’t on any do-now list

May 22, 2011 Did you ever have those days when everything seems to be in good shape, but there’s no visible bottom to your pile of stuff? If there’s no visible bottom, things fall out. And it did. more »»

Veterans become friends on the Honor Flight

May 15, 2011 I deserve a Purple Heart. That’s what wounded soldiers get. And I was wounded during the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight on May 7. I got a big blister on my bunion. more »»

Mother’s Day thoughts blend past with the present

May 8, 2011 Today is Mother’s Day, and even though my mother has been dead for more than five years, I’ve only to look in the mirror to see her. That’s downright spooky. more »»

Families needn’t be royal to have exceptional people

May 1, 2011 Two days ago the royal wedding of Prince William and his lady, Kate Middleton, enthralled television viewers worldwide, but it was a different royal wedding that caught Gene Person’s attention almos... more »»

Happy and sad come from the same emotional spot

April 24, 2011 Sometimes happy just falls out of your heart and you don’t even know it’s missing because there’s so much more to us. more »»

Clare native back in Iowa reworking‘Farmer’ script

April 17, 2011 Stacia Allen is back in Iowa, and if you want her, there’s a good chance you’ll find her behind her computer at Central Perk. She sits there, drinks tea and writes all day. That’s what she said. more »»

Octopus cake could be worse than online lottery win

April 10, 2011 That’s it. Next year I’m making book on it — on my ability to bake a cake. Or, the inability to do so. more »»

Grandpa would have turned around for a good show

April 3, 2011 Honestly, I don’t ask for this stuff — it just falls into my hand. more »»



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