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Monday, January 19, 2015 8:48 AM

I finally gave up my old LG cell phone when it no longer kept a charge in the battery. It worked just fine as long as I was “plugged in” to the charger, but that kind of defeated the purpose of having a “mobile” phone. I had that phone for many years, resisting the urge to upgrade to a smart phone.

  • I finally gave up my old LG cell phone when it no longer kept a charge in the battery. It worked just fine as long as I was “plugged in” to the charger, but that kind of defeated the purpose of having a “mobile” phone. I had that phone for many years, resisting the urge to upgrade to a smart phone.

     
  • You know it’s trouble when the online blog is titled “No run should ever end with an air-lift.”

     
  • I heard the faint sounds of birds coming from the depths of an arborvitae, a favorite hideout of house sparrows.

     
  • One of my husband's favorite fish fries in Wisconsin serves clam chowder as part of the meal. It wasn't until I was poring through a new cookbook, while attending a school dance invitational in Winona, that I realized creating chowder is not very difficult.

     
  • Bookworm Sez: Young adult book provides  unique look at family dynamics
    You might not be related by blood or ceremony, but you belong to them and they to you. They are your family but, as you’ll see in the new book “A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me” by Jason Schmidt, they won’t always catch you when you fall.  
  • Winter is definitely upon Minnesota. We spent a short three weeks or so in Arizona at our soon-to-be winter home, and from the distance watched the weather up here with no envy whatsoever. However, now we are back at the St. Paul condo for some appointments and meetings before we leave for Thailand; on Saturday we landed right into the middle of minus-zero weather. Out of self-preservation, cabin fever has set right in.

     
  • Make 2015 YOUR year! It’s time to start by believing in yourself and your own abilities. Truth be told, you can’t berate yourself into a better version of yourself. Even though I know this, sometimes I still fall victim to my own negative thinking. Sometimes I’m downright rude to myself. I make a mistake, or fall short of my own expectations, and instead of treating it as a learning opportunity, I beat myself up about it.

     
  • I guess we typically have the much-welcomed tradeoff of brilliant, mood enhancing sunshine when it’s bitterly cold. If you can stay inside and sit by a warm window to soak it up, that’s great. If you’re outside dealing with it . . . well . . . not so much. But you know that.

     
  • It was cold. I could tell because the rabbits were wearing earmuffs.

     
  • Bookworm Sez: Meet Rags, a hero from WWI

    Ask your family, your friends, and they’ll tell you that your dog is pretty wonderful. They’ve seen his tricks. They know how well-behaved he is, how he protects you and how he makes you laugh. Your lives are richer because of your dog.

     
  • The other morning I was at the hardware store in Arizona, the old-fashioned kind where a customer can buy one screw or five, or any number without having to buy a whole box. The helpful hardware man was digging into those tiny little bins to get what I needed, and he apologized because he was wearing gloves. He said he has to because it is so cold in the store in the mornings.

     
  • I have a special visitor this week as my nephew, Joshua, has entrusted his “Flat Stanley” to me. The small paper boy arrived in the mail just before the holidays and I’ve had the pleasure of showing him around Harmony and entertaining him with visits to local businesses and parties.



     
  • It’s a brilliantly sunny, yet bitterly cold day between Christmas and New Year’s as I’m writing this column. I’m deciding to focus on the sun to set my disposition today… well, that and something else. Inexplicably and with great amazement I find myself the thankful recipient of a gift from someone who wants to “pay it forward,” as it’s known.

     
  • My wife and I were in Israel. It was hotter than a dollar store frying pan on the desert. We encountered Bedouins there. The nomadic Bedouins have become experts in desert survival during their long tenure in the desert. I wondered about their expertise as I watched Bedouins wearing black robes while they herded goats. Do black robes help Bedouins minimize heat loads?

     
  • It was at a grocery store sample day where I discovered dark chocolate-laced popcorn. It tasted so good that I looped back and picked up a chunk of dark dipping chocolate, intending to go home and make my own.

     
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