The Changing Season

Spring seems to be coming. It’s not the warmer weather I’m feeling, but the longer days that make it real to me. Living in the northern part of the U.S. means it’s more noticeable here than in the more southern states. The sun sets much later than it did only

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When Getting Older is Okay

When I was growing up, I couldn’t wait for my birthdays. First, I couldn’t wait to be a teenager at 13, not knowing that it would be the most awkward year of my life. Then I counted the years until I turned 16 and could get a car. Then I

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Where Is Home?

Last week, I talked about how making small decisions can have lasting impacts on your life and possibly the lives of your descendants. When Hubby and I decided to sell our house in Boise, Idaho and move to Rapid City, South Dakota, we didn’t realize how much confusion would come

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Ancestral Decisions

At a writers meeting I attended online, the speaker was born in Dresden, East Germany back when the country was divided, and she spoke of her family history. During an Allied bombing raid, her grandmother had to choose between two places to hide for safety. She made her choice, and

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Winter is Here

When Hubby and I were talking about moving back to South Dakota, our number one concern was the winter. It can be brutal here, especially on old folks like us. Our blood had thinned a lot in the mild winters of Boise. Could we stand a bad Dakota winter? Since

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A Round Robin Story

I want to tell you about an amazing round robin. I’m not talking about a bird, person, competitive meet, or petition. This special round robin is a collection of letters, photos, and other items circulated between the Johnson family members for decades. Whoever gets the round robin takes out their

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Buying A Home: The What-Have-We-Dones

Hubby and I closed on a townhouse in Rapid City a couple of weeks ago. It has a million dollar view but didn’t cost anywhere near that much. It didn’t check many of our gotta-have boxes, but it called to us and that’s what persuaded us to write the check.

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Better Phone Manners

In April 2019, I wrote about telephone protocol and how it’s changed over the years. With so many robocalls and telemarketers calling, it’s hard to stay civil. I know for some of them, it’s a job putting food on their tables, and as long as there’s a dollar to be

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Thanks, Granny Slats

It was a rough week last week with lots of anger and hatred flying around on social media and the news. I worried we were watching the end of our nation. Stress, prayers, and doubts have plagued me since then. How do I keep from being led astray by lies

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