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How are those resolutions working for you?

Those well thought out New Year's resolutions will have more than likely fallen by the wayside by no...

 

Dark night before Christmas

It was a dark and gloomy night before Christmas in 1975. This was going to be the first Christmas...

 

Thanksgiving memory

The one thing that was very true about Jennie, my mother-in-law, was that she thought I was laid...

 

The joy of the tease

I confess that when I was young, I was not able to hide my joy at discovering a person who was gulli...

 

A character who enriched my life

I met one of my favorite relatives when we moved to California from Minnesota when I was 6. Audrey,...

 

The Winter War

Growing up Finnish meant hearing the elders talk about every subject around the kitchen table. As a...

 

To text or not to text. Should this really be the question, Joan?

I have a friend who equates texting to a symbol of crassness in our society. Joan and I met in...

 

Innovations, improvements we take for granted

I have often thought about people who contributed to the quality of our everyday lives because of...

 

The kid from Cooley

Both of my grandkids are going to middle school this year and once I was over the shock, I...

 

Happy 4th of July and the miracle of democracy

In the late '50s, the Fourth of July in my hometown in Minnesota was a big deal. The town's...

 

Confessions of a subtitle speed reader

I developed my subtitle speed reading skills when I was trying to find something interesting and...

 

I remember my aiti

Thoughts of my "aiti" (Finnish for mother) are always with me. She was an immense influence on how...

 

The twisting of tongues

I was lucky to have great teachers growing up. My 7th grade English teacher was very remarkable. She...

 

New things to worry about –concrete and sand

It seems I have read more articles about two subjects I never thought I would have to worry about:...

 

Are we part pirate? Yes, we Arrr!

When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of the swash-buckling pirate movies. My favorite Saturday...

 

Love/hate view of New Year's resolutions

I don't know about you but the very thought of making a list of resolutions each year makes me...

 

A Cupie Doll Christmas

I remember how cold and snowy it was the winter before we moved to California from Minnesota. I woul...

 

Humor is conditional

After retiring I got to thinking what is the world missing that I could provide? Well, I do love...

 

So long Pioneer True Value Home Center, thanks for all the memories

I was afraid of retirement. My fear was based on the experience I had when I left my position with...

 

'And, where are you going?'

I decided to hang up my trusty Pioneer True Value apron, after 39 years. As soon as the “For Sale...

 

Pioneer True Value delivers!

Randy Katai is new to Pioneer True Value Home Center but he is not new to the world of lumber and...

 

Sneezing, weeding, and flowers – it's Spring!

It seems every spring I rejoice in the warmer weather, the greening of the hills, the explosion of...

 

Not-so-lazy Days of Summer

When I was young I stayed on my uncle’s farm during the summer. They farmed feed corn, wheat, and...

 

Bad News Bearer

Customers come in to the store seeking help and advice on how to do a home improvement project and...

 

water wise

Years ago my home state of Minnesota was experiencing a drought. Imagine that-a state with 11,842...

 

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