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Last week I had the honor of working with middle school students from several area schools and communities at the Young Writers Conference at Winona State. I am shown above with my first class of the day on Thursday.
Last week I had the honor of working with middle school students from several area schools and communities at the Young Writers Conference at Winona State. I am shown above with my first class of the day on Thursday.
Monday, May 18, 2015 10:42 AM

Last week I took a couple of days off from my newspaper job and participated in the Young Writers Conference at Winona State as one of the guest writers presenting classes for middle school students.

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  • Tonight it was raining and chilly. So I made soup and egg salad for sandwiches—it seemed like a perfect comfort food meal.



     
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  • Life is all changes. To have lived is to have changed often. And sometimes this is hard to accept.

     
  • Last week I took a couple of days off from my newspaper job and participated in the Young Writers Conference at Winona State as one of the guest writers presenting classes for middle school students.

     
  • On a recent, lovely Saturday I debated where I might go to enjoy the outdoors. Two places came to mind, one based on a blooming prairie in spring, and the other on sitting by a lake. Either would take me to the west. I ended up at the lake, but will share both.

     
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  • A few weeks ago, a funny thing happened to me on my way to old age. Actually, it struck me as being not just funny but quite hilarious: I turned 75. It seemed so odd; after all, how in the world did that happen? This has to be a joke, right? But no, it was not April Fools Day and it is not a joke.

     
  • On Thursday and Friday of this week, I will be participating in the Young Writers Conference in Winona. I will be one of 20 presenters holding workshops and classes for middle school students who love to write.

     
  • It sure felt good to drive 70 miles per hour (MPH).

     
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