Year One in South Dakota

It’s been a year since we packed up our Boise house and came to South Dakota. Our original intent was to help take care of Hubby’s mother, but she passed a few weeks before we moved. Things such as working with realtors and storage unit rentals were already in motion

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2021 Reading Retreat

In spite of the uncertainty of flying, Daughter and I flew to Florida for three day of reading on the beach. Our fights out were all on time and very smooth. Our rented condo on the beach was exactly what we wanted and very comfortable. What we didn’t expect was

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Schools in My Day…

This past week, a friend and I were discussing how much schools have changed since we started elementary school.  She was in rural South Dakota and went to a one-room school. I started school in Tyler, Texas at a school called Dixie. My grandfather told me he loved going to

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Dear 17-Year-Old Me:

You don’t know me. You haven’t even imagined me. I’m your future you. I remember you well. You’re a timid, uncertain, self-conscious girl who thinks everyone else is better than she is. School is easy for you, yet you think you’re not very smart. Consequently, you have no ambition or

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Trip to Gettysburg, Part II

Of the three battlefields my sister and I visited, the battle of Gettysburg occurred last. It marked Robert E. Lee’s second invasion of the North. He wanted to take the war there with the hope it would speed its end. The cavalries of the two sides had skirmishes miles away

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Trip to Gettysburg, Part I

I tagged along with my sister on a trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She is an avid history reader, focusing mostly on Civil War history. It was her dream to visit the biggest battlefield of them all, Gettysburg. When she said she was going, I asked if I could tag along.

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Unplugged for a Day

I must confess that I’ve become addicted to electronics. I’m on my computer every day for several hours, longer when I’m writing and editing. Additionally, I’m on my phone more than I should be. It’s really nice for keeping in touch with friends and family, but spending hours on it

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A Tour of South Dakota

If you read my blog about Make a Map showing where you’ve traveled, then you’ll be happy to hear that I’m adding more lines to my map. Last week, Hubby decided he’s ready to sell the motorhome we named RUFINIT. He spent several days emptying it out and cleaning it

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Words that Say I Love You

There are many ways to say the words I love you that don’t necessarily use those words. Sadly, we sometimes misinterpret the words said, hearing them as admonitions or distrust. Then it starts, the grumbling, the bickering. The one who said the words ends up defending themselves, and it escalates.

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