Northern Exposure

Today when I left my house it was 12 degrees below zero. That got me thinking about our dad’s mother (my grandmother) and her life out on the Minnesota prairie. When our father talked about his time growing up in Minnesota, it was to tell about something humorous or interesting.  Seldom did Dad go into detail […]

An Attitude of Gratitude

My sister Sissy and I were speaking on the phone this morning, and she said something about Dad that made me stop and think. She remarked on how grateful he was. That’s right: he was always grateful. He lived his whole life with an attitude of gratitude. He was brought up on a farm during […]


Our dad considered himself a lucky person. Oh yes, he had gone through the Great Depression, and he had fought in the Second World War. He was married to my mother, the unpredictable Mary and later he found and married the sarcastic and difficult Beatrice;  however, he still considered his life a lucky one. He […]