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Life at a Funeral
Grandma's funeral was Wednesday. When she was being lowered into the ground, I looked over and saw my three brothers and sister standing by. "Gosh", I thought. "This is really happening." We five we...
11/16/12 at 11:01 AM A Generation Back From the Dead 7/23/12 at 11:07 AM
Are Older People Happier? 5/1/12 at 8:28 AM
Three Bridges Gone, Two collapsed, One dead
There is a proverb that was passed down to the author by a friend of mine from Minnesota during a bridgehunting tour a couple years ago: Taking care of a valuable thing in life can prolong its life....
11/6/12 at 9:07 AM The Bridges of Harvey, Iowa 7/30/12 at 5:31 PM
Old-School China = Bone-Breaking Pressure
In China around 1000 years ago, a unique trend began in the area of fashion, custom, and duty. Parents started to tightly wrap the feet of their young daughters so the feet wouldn't grow large. This b...
8/4/12 at 8:29 AM Yangshuo: Earth's Teeth 6/9/12 at 9:09 AM
Missed It By That Much
Now that my thought-life revolves around the question, Can I blog about that? I have gotten in the habit of carrying my camera with me everywhere I go. A lot of people in this day and age have their ...
3/5/12 at 8:11 AM
BUGA- The German Garden and Horticulture Show 2011: Koblenz
(Written as a co-column with sister column The Bridgehunters Chronicles) People take pride in gardening, a pastime where they plant whatever they want, make their houses and apartments attractive e...
10/27/11 at 7:58 AM
Oldie but goodie
A week ago today, Hubby Bryan and I were on our way to Omaha, Neb., to take in that citys first Beerfest. Despite some wet weather, we were able to participate in this outdoor festival, which included...
5/26/11 at 8:23 AM
1960: Old Spice: The Woman Your Woman Could Smell Like
This may come as a surprise to you (it certainly did to me) but Old Spice was first a fragrance for women, Early American Old Spice. What do you think of that, Old Spice Guy?...
12/8/10 at 11:00 AM 1935: Coffee and Bread 4/5/10 at 12:00 AM
1945: Would You Like to Live in the Good Old Days? 3/17/10 at 12:00 AM
Sign me up AARP ... in another decade
It seems like my entire life has been spent wishing I was older. When I was a little kid, I wanted to be older than my brothers so I didnt get picked on. When I was a teenager, I wanted to be older so...
9/27/10 at 4:32 PM
Explosions Up North
Here I sit at the cabin near Brainerd, Minnesota, enjoying the quiet dark, the serene lapping of the lake against the shore, and of course the massive explosions, screaming and screechy laughter carry...
7/3/09 at 5:34 PM