Mickey Mouse Blues

Okay, I know that the premise of this blog is that my sister Lindy and I grew up “Far From Normal” and that we will be sharing lots of strange memories of our growing up years. I am now (perhaps just for today, but probably for a bit longer) going to write about some contemporary […]

Career Choices

As you already know, my dad completed college and law school after I was born. Once he started practicing law, I observed what he did and decided (at age 7) that being a lawyer was for me. When I informed my dad of my decision, he said: Girls don’t go to law school.  It’s just […]

High School Jobs

Although I never worked during the school year, both my sister Lindy and I had summer jobs. My first summer job was working for my dad.  He was a bankruptcy trustee and he would take over bankrupt businesses and attempt to sell their inventory. This was in the days when businesses that went bankrupt did […]

Chocolate Coke

When my sister and I write about our mother Mary or our stepmother Beatrice, you probably think they were both horrible, selfish women. And you would thikn correctly on that count. But each of them did actually have another side–one they showed on rare occasions to the world and on even rarer occasions to my […]

Too Pretty to Work

When my sister and I were growing up, there was a TV show called “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” This show starred Dwayne Hickman as Dobie Gillis and Tuesday Weld as Thalia Menniger. Bob Denver, who went on to fame and fortune as Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island, played Dobie’s best friend Maynard G. Krebs. […]

Minnesota Winters: Past and Present

  Today when I drove through what appeared to be a sandstorm, sand swirling on the highway and in front of my car, I see the sand as what it really is: snow, and I wonder how people in previous generations managed these blizzards. I am reminded of my grandmother and her life in Southwest Minnesota. Grandma […]