ELLSWORTH — There are many things which hold a family together. Faith. Love. Humor. Shared memories. Recipes. Common purpose. Strength of character. Land. For the Klosterbuer family of Ellsworth, it is all of these — plus the memories in a certain book — which have held this warm and friendly family together on the farm for more than 100 years.
Summertime. And yes, the living is easy … most of the time. Well, sometimes. Well, right now, at least. Though I do have a deadline to meet, so that gives the “easy” a little less ease.
WORTHINGTON — When you’re offered $15,000 in matching funds, you take it. Especially when it goes to a great cause. The people of Worthington are going to host a “Better Together” event on July 25, and thanks to an anonymous donor they are already well into their fundraising for this beneficial project.
WORTHINGTON — It’s not every day that sailboards glide along the shores of Lake Okabena, but when they do, the people follow. Especially when the weather is great, the music is cheerful and the activities are engaging.
It’s been a while since I wrote about our cats. (I checked.) So here goes. We have two cats. Two sweet, naughty cats. Here’s how the kitty math adds up: One stray cat (five and a half years ago) plus one neighbor’s cat (five and a half years plus a week or two) equals three kittens, one absentee father, two kittens given to loving families, and one kitten kept to keep his mother company.
Scent. They say that there is no memory-trigger more powerful. While I do not believe everything that “they” say, I do believe this. Have you ever stepped into a store, for example, and smelled something that immediately transported you to a different place?
I really ought to have written about this last week. But I didn’t think of it last week, so I guess this week will have to do. Last Thursday — the day my column was in the paper — was an anniversary. May 18th, 1980. 37 years ago. At 8:32 a.m. Know what I’m talking about?
When you were little did you poke around your parents’ desks, opening drawers and digging around in corners where you had no business digging? I might have done that. OK, I did. No “might have” about it. I remember finding interesting things:
WORTHINGTON — Seven months ago, as the seasons were changing from fall to winter, Joyce Klosterbuer was contacted by Samaritan’s Purse to take the trip of a lifetime. On April 26, as the seasons were changing from winter to spring, her trip came true.
Shall I embark on a topic of conversation I rarely touch upon? Or shall I speak of something less awkward? Oh, OK, I give in. What topic, you ask? The birds and the bees. Or, in this case, the fish and the Victorian novels.