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 […]

How about a lovely revolving red light for Christmas?

After Charles and I had officially become a couple, he came to our family Christmas bearing gifts. Now, our family always enjoyed every aspect of Christmas. From the food to the decorations to the friends and family, we thought Christmas was the best! And we especially enjoyed the exchange 0f special presents. So, when Charles […]

Sit Down and Take Your Coat Off

The words “Sit down and take your coat off” are ones I heard very often growing up and later when I would visit my mother at her home either in Indiana or Iowa. Those words were part of her greeting to anyone who ventured into her abode. I was always puzzled by her insistence on […]

The Shining Star and the Dedicated Daughter

As you have read, my dear sister Abby spent her summers in Illinois taking care of our dad when he got sick. She embodies what it means to be compassionate. Her selfless devotion, her kind heart, and her willingness to endure our stepmother Beatrice’s negativity was a testament to her compassion. Donny Deutsch says: If […]

A Job Record Like No Other

Mother had a sordid past in oh so many ways. One of them was her employment record, a record which was scratched and mostly broken. She stayed at jobs less time than it takes most people to apply. You may remember reading about her less than stellar experience at Marshall Field’s in Chicago. Or about […]

Valley of the Dolls

When Dad moved to Decatur, he had to have realized he was moving into a territory with lots of relatives. Dad’s father (the notorious Charles) was from the area and Charles had sisters (Aunt Bonnie and Aunt Josie) as well as a brother (Uncle Walter) living near-by. Dad should have been aware that he had […]