Catch Of The Day Comes With Proposal And A Ring

Move over Jonah. Make room for a gemstone inside the belly of that fabulous fish. Remember the Biblical story of Jonah, the man who fled when God asked him to go to Ninevah? Thank heavens Lori Peterson Gangle didn’t do that when God beckoned her to Alaska in 2004. Lori, a reading specialist with Grand…
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A Soldiers Muses – Ponderings Of WWII

  We talked about many things, a decade ago, when I interviewed Richard “Dick” Young for my column.  He took me all the way back to the 1940s telling what some people did to avoid the draft during World War II.  Dick, however, was one who willingly served his country. “I stood straight and tall and let…
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Maxine Loved My Rhubarb Jam, I Loved Her Black Eyed Peas

It was the 1970s when my late and very great mother-in-law, Maxine, paid her first visit to us here in the hinterland of Minnesota. At the breakfast table, Maxine spread my homemade rhubarb-strawberry jam on her toast and to this day I see her smiling eyes and hear her sweet Tennessee drawl. “It’s the best…
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Envisioning Bethlehem’s Scene From Our Hayloft

Dad has been gone for 29 years, and the barn even longer than that. But sometimes I still see him milking, and sometimes I still smell the hay. Sweet clover, I believe. The barn and the fragrance of hay is a childhood memory that goes hand-in-hand with Christmas. Its right up there with the aroma…
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Christmas Is!

They’d apparently been cooped up too long because a couple of our Christmas decorations were in the midst of a tiff when I took them down from the shelf. “No young folk ever look at you,” I heard the scarlet-mouthed poinsettia say to the mistletoe. “You’re dull and drab you know.” But the gray-eyed mistletoe…
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