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 […]

I Love You To The Moon And Back

One of that favorite sayings in our family is: I love you to the moon and back. It is that special, unconditional love that a parent has for their children or how a child who has grown up, especially in a far from normal home, feels for that parent who was always there for them. […]

The Water Torture and the Through Ticket

When my sister and I were learning to read, the Dick and Jane books were popular in schools. Dick and Jane had several relatives like their baby sister Sally and their Grandmother and Grandfather. These last two people were a kindly couple who drove up in their late model car and watched as their three […]

Parenting By Proxy

Our mother missed many important, life-changing events when she moved to California. One particularly momentous occasion that stands out is when my sister Abby gave birth to her baby boy, Mary’s first grandchild. Mary was in California, whooping it up with her new-found freedom and reveling in her “new life” sans family. When she received […]

Dad Takes Us to Minnesota

Every summer after Lindy and I returned from Indiana, it was time for our annual trip with Dad to Minnesota.  Now it may seem somewhat peculiar to other people that our parents took us on separate vacations every summer, but it was all Lindy and I had ever known and so we did not consider […]