A Grandmother’s Treasure Rediscovered

I’m not sure when I first heard the story — perhaps Mom had shared it with me long ago, perhaps I’d heard it for the first time last month. We were walking through an antique store in Alexandria, killing time when the wind blew too fierce to even think about fishing like we’d planned during…
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Just Call Me Country Bumpkin

“They call us country bumpkins For stickin’ to our roots I’m just glad we’re in a country Where we’re all free to choose ’Cause I was country, when country wasn’t cool…” I was 10 years old when Barbara Mandrell’s hit song, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” hit the top of the country music…
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The Great Fish And Stitch (Not At The Same Time)

After an 18-day vacation (weekends included), I returned to work on Monday unsure if I could still write a story or stare at a computer screen for more than eight hours, but as a co-worker mentioned, returning to work is just like riding a bicycle — there are things you just don’t forget. Riding a…
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The Value In A Hug And A Kiss

I have had a photo on my desk at work for nearly six years now, located just below my computer monitor and a little to the left. Every morning when I come to work I see it, and when I clock out at the end of the day, it’s still there. The photo is of…
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‘Fair’ Thee Well

As I embarked on my annual journey to the Minnesota State Fair last week, I had a bold plan — three fairs in 10 days! Can it be done? Of course! Did I accomplish it? No way. On the drive up to Shoreview last Thursday, I’d suggested to my traveling companion that we follow our…
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