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Pondering the things that keep you awake at night

October 23, 2011 My brain must be slowing down. more »»

Enthusiasm patch comes with friend’s book signing

October 16, 2011 Writing is more than a job for me. It’s a passion, and I don’t have many passions. My enthusiasm blew out last Sunday, but I plan to have it patched. I need to have it patched. It must be patched. more »»

From dreams to retirement isn’t a big step, after all

October 9, 2011 In a dream, you can do things you can’t in real life. So, I’m lying in bed waiting for a program to begin. A man stands to talk, but suddenly there’s a raucous noise. more »»

New journal offers way to plan funeral, leave legacy

October 2, 2011 You just never know when you’re knee-deep in your passion that this connection will help you in years to come. Just ask Bruce Reimers, of Humboldt. more »»

Funny how cleaning a drawer brings back memories

September 25, 2011 In two days I’ll be starting my 12th year at The Messenger. In 18 days, I’ll be retired. Hmmm. I’ve started cleaning out drawers here at wor. more »»

Inadvertent running of the red light brings on a Bulit

September 18, 2011 I got stopped by a bullet in Denison last week. R. Bulit, not an exploding bullet, but the result seemed much the same. R. Bulit is a police officer. more »»

Cowboy dreams and grandmother memories

September 11, 2011 I should have been a cowboy. Oh, that falling off every horse I ever got on thing would have hampered my career, but the love of something almost always wins. I do love horse. more »»

Dream gives birth to 9/11 memorial ride of honor

September 4, 2011 Good morning, Woody. I can see by your outfit that you’re not a cowboy. Certainly not the pullstring cowboy of “Toy Story” fame. No, not a cowboy. more »»

Sometimes being first is a continuous state

August 28, 2011 Somebody has to be first. That’s just the way things go. And Svana Lamb, of Fort Dodge, is as close to a historic first as growing up next to it. To him. more »»

Happy might end if a wedding dress goes missing

August 21, 2011 This is shaping up to be a happy week. Happy birthday to my sister, Barbara. Happy anniversary to my sister, Cindy, and her husband, Dwight. Happy birthday to my husband, Walt. more »»

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 »»



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