Category Archives: Social commentary

No peace at the pump

George was nearly done pumping gas when I threw open the car and jumped out. “Wait!” I said. “They’re selling frozen treats inside. They just said so. You have to go in and get some!” Not. Didn’t happen. No sudden … Continue reading

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I think I’m a bit of a throwback. In this fast-paced world, I get great pleasure out of the slow, quiet activities that were perhaps more commonplace years ago, in a time when people had less money, fewer gadgets, more … Continue reading

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If that’s bacon, it must be Saturday

Coffee’s brewing. The dog’s been fed and brought out and back in, the birds’ seeds are refilled, and the smell of bacon still lingers in the air. It’s Saturday morning. I’ve been retired for nearly a decade, but the weekend … Continue reading

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Laughing at the errant “r”

(Is it cheating to reprint one of my old newspaper columns as a blog? Although I didn’t save all the things I once wrote for the “Lake County News-Chronicle” (Minnesota) where I worked, my mother did save a few. Every … Continue reading

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What’s your brag?

It’s Labor Day, so I’m not laboring. Such a lame joke that gets repeated every year, and every year someone feels clever for saying it. I suppose somewhere in this country, Labor Day is celebrated the way it once was–with … Continue reading

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Walking in Grandma’s footsteps

Today, without meaning to, I made history repeat itself. I spent the morning weeding some of my gardens, then took care of lunch, walked the dog, did some ironing and finally–FINALLY!–headed to my sewing room. All through the chores, I … Continue reading

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Coffee in any other mug…

This morning I drank my coffee from my Alaska mug. It doesn’t say Alaska anywhere on it, and I didn’t go to Alaska to get it. A friend of mine did, though. During a stint as a dentist in the … Continue reading

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It’s all about the socks

I walk a little more carefully these days, and I’ve been blaming it on my cranky knees. Now I know better. I’m wearing the wrong socks. The revelation came to me during a moment of silence at the vet’s office. … Continue reading

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It’s all Martin’s fault

It’s Martin Luther King Day. I hate Martin Luther King Day. It’s not because I have anything against the man. Him I like, as well as what he said and his valiant efforts to bring some peace and equality–maybe peace … Continue reading

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Confessions of an AWOL writer

I just realized, much to my amazement, that I haven’t written a blog in months. I’ve written letters galore, articles for the newspaper, newsletters for church–but no blog. I’ve had lots of ideas. I’ve tweaked recipes and thought they’d be … Continue reading

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