Rapt — It Means Captivated, Gripped

Dear Rapt Readers: Thank you for letting me know how moved you were (even to tears) by the column I wrote last Mother’s Day on the one who gave birth to me. You know who you are and I will never forget your phone calls. My mom, Freda, was a hard working God-fearing devoted farm wife…
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Cousin To Cousin We’ll Always Be – Friends From The Same Family Tree

Anamoose, N.D. – It was long overdue and then too soon over – that short-but-sweet girl cousin retreat of mine. Of course we’ve had family reunions, but this was the first ever all-girl get-together for Gloria Bethke, Idamae Hauf, Carole Borchers, Lois Niewoehner and me. Dearly missed was my late sister Lori.   Organizer Idamae,…
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Kermit, Clouds And My Trek – A Few Of My Favorite Things

Most likely it’s only a meteorologist or a hydrologist who would know that technically they’re referred to as “udometers,” or “pluviometers,” or “ombrometers.” We know them as “rain gauges,” and ever since I can remember I’ve been obsessed with them. I need to know how much or how little rain we’ve received, not only for…
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Frost Fire Is A Slice Of Heaven

WALHALLA, N.D. – Whether we’re talking heaven or its next of kin, the entire Frost Fire setting in the beautiful Pembina River Gorge, this is the gospel truth – those who go will have a “Wonderful Time Up There.” Obviously, Jim and I haven’t encountered heaven, but we can speak of Frost Fire from experience.…
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A Joyful And Inspirational Journey

    Jim and I usually do a summer trip or two and this last one had been in the plans and on the calendar since February. That’s when our pastor, Craig Fenske, first sought the commitment of 52 people to motor more than a thousand miles southeast on a bus. When I told our…
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