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Monday, February 01, 2016 9:30 AM

Lately, I’ve had a bad habit of leaving my column writing until the “last minute,” sometimes so late I’m typing words on my opinion page just minutes before I have to send it to press. It’s one of my greatest sources of professional shame. My lack of planning not only stresses me out on production day, but also causes extra stress on other staff members, on one who has to proof my page before it gets sent and on another who is waiting to send it on to our printer.

  • Well, here we go. This is the last WEB column from Texas this year and the last one as a homeowner in the “valley.” As everyone probably knows, we sold our place down here and will be back to being “11/12ths” Minnesotans. We do plan on coming down here again next year, but only for about a month and we’ll be renting.

  • Lately, I’ve had a bad habit of leaving my column writing until the “last minute,” sometimes so late I’m typing words on my opinion page just minutes before I have to send it to press. It’s one of my greatest sources of professional shame. My lack of planning not only stresses me out on production day, but also causes extra stress on other staff members, on one who has to proof my page before it gets sent and on another who is waiting to send it on to our printer.

  • It’s not every day southeastern Minnesota gets exciting news about a potential land acquisition in the area by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

  • Birds fly over with such certainty.

  • My husband's favorite meal is ironically one that's pretty easy to make. I told him it was also “the Logan Meal” because it's generally from ingredients my son, Logan, raises.

  • Bookworm Sez: Savvy preteens, fantasy-loving  adults will love ‘The Night Parade’

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    You’ve grown up hearing that, and it barely makes sense. Two wrongs actually just make things worse and there’s nothing correct about that. In the new book, “The Night Parade” by Kathryn Tanquary, setting things straight might be the hardest thing you’ll ever do, anyway.

  • In a recent issue of Departures magazine, I was reading one of my favorite features. It is always on the last page, and has only a few words and a few large photos of objects. Titled “Necessary Luxury,” every month it is devoted to a celebrity telling what possessions she or he finds both luxurious and necessary.

     
  • Been watching the weather real close these past few days and, of course, for sure, in the next week. Daughter Roberta Jo is on her way to Texas right now with our son Jim’s pickup. She’s going to help us move back to Minnesota and we will be heading out from here on Monday, Jan. 25. 

  • When you think of February, the hearts, cupids and red roses of Valentine’s Day may come to mind. But I’m here to let you know February reaches around and beyond that this year. What? Is that a sigh of relief I’m hearing from those who are not so sentimental? Actually, any of these events that follow might make a nice Valentine’s month gift to a special outdoors person in your life.

  • The January weather was cold, making the terra really firma.

  • Bookworm Sez: New history book may leave readers wanting more

    What’s done is done.

    You can’t go back and erase the past, as much as you might try. You can alter its effects, make excuses for it or pretend it never happened, but what’s done is done. And as you’ll see in the new book “When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain” by Giles Milton, more was done than you think.

  • Now that we are back in Arizona, I am settling in again and re-adjusting to the local norms. One of those is how people drive —or don’t, as the case may be. As I am learning more about the local habits, one of the odd things I have found out is that some people don’t have cars; the expectation is that they can rely on their golf carts for most of their transportation needs.

     
  • I have a confession to make. I gave in to “Lotto Fever” and purchased tickets for the insanely large Powerball jackpots last week. To be honest, I truly never believed I’d win, but you can’t dream about what you’d do with so many millions of dollars if you don’t buy at least one ticket!

  • As we approach the end of January, we also approach the coming of tournaments for dance team, wrestling, boys basketball and girls basketball.

  • Each year, in recent memory, has seen the Minnesota DNR (Department of Natural Resources) and its many lovely state parks hosting numerous programs.

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