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Wednesday, March 08, 2017 12:38 PM
More headlines from the Stars & Stripes, dated Nov. 29, 19l8.  “Surpassing all soldier precedent for generous and spontaneous giving, the AEF (Allied Expeditionary Force) this week adopted 294 fatherless little children from France.”  For Christmas giving, the War Orphan Campaign had gone over many, many francs.
  • Health insurance not only complicated, but also personal
    “Now I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” President Donald Trump said at a meeting of governors last month. “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
  • WEB hits the road again as state tournaments begin
    “On the road again, just can’t wait to be on the road again. . .”
  • Developing good listening skills essential
    The examination wasn’t bad. The idea of it, perhaps, was worse.
  • Getting a job during high school can build experience, self-reliance and responsibility early on in life. With the added money, it can make the teen years a lot more affordable with expenses like electronics, clothes or even a car if they save enough. It can teach money management. 
  • Revel with the raven maniacs in Juneau
    I spend time in Juneau, Alaska, every year.
  • Sunshine key in age of shady truth
    Many years ago, I stopped a mayor outside City Hall to get his view on a controversial vote that had just occurred at a council meeting. He wasn’t anxious to answer my questions, and finally a council member/friend who was the only person with him advised the mayor to say whatever he wanted and if it didn’t go over well, he could claim he was misquoted since the comments weren’t being made in a public forum.
  • Oscar buzz is contagious even when schedule prevents watching
    When they roll out the red carpets in Hollywood, I’m usually ready to put on my comfortable pajamas, pop some popcorn and cuddle into my rocking chair to watch the celebrities arrive for the biggest awards ceremony of the year.
  • National parks will feature total solar eclipse
    There are a lot of events going on in our national parks this year. Keeping with the total solar eclipse mentioned in this column a couple weeks ago, we’ll start there.
  • Road trip includes surprise trip to grandson’s game
    I’m on another road trip this weekend. It’s state wrestling weekend, but I am going to throw in a little side trip so I can get a few more miles on my car.
  • American soldiers adopt orphans in France
    More headlines from the Stars & Stripes, dated Nov. 29, 19l8.  “Surpassing all soldier precedent for generous and spontaneous giving, the AEF (Allied Expeditionary Force) this week adopted 294 fatherless little children from France.”  For Christmas giving, the War Orphan Campaign had gone over many, many francs.
  • English can be so confusing but so much fun
    A news item this past week announced that Oxford has revealed its latest additions to the dictionary. Every year, it adds and deletes words, depending largely on current common usage. This year, the list of additions is more than 1,000 words long. It includes terms now important because of recent advances in the sciences, borrowings from foreign languages and words from technical and medicine fields, pop culture and everything in between. 
  • Minnesota weather anything but average, or even predictable at times
    Early last week, we got our first report of a robin when Les Hyland of Spring Valley called in to say he spotted one of the first signs of spring in the form of a bird. Other bird enthusiasts commented on the large number of geese flying north so early in the year.
  • Pets are important part of life
    I have written extensively about having two feline companions in my life, cats who entertain and comfort me when needed. Alice and Jasper have lived with me for several years, having been adopted from the Winona Area Humane Society. 
  • Mother Nature once again looks to impact schedules
    As I’m looking out my office window, the weather seems calm. It is cool, but a nice temperature for this time of the year. There are no birds at my bird feeder. There are no squirrels running around looking for food. Something must be coming. Based on all the weather forecasts, radio and television, there is something coming and that something could be in the form of snow, 4 to18 inches! Are you kidding me?
  • Bemis, bingo are both proof life isn’t fair
    For years, I called bingo. It was an enjoyable task. People were fussy about the cards. They had lucky cards and no one dared tell them they weren’t. Many of the players were older women. They were sweet and kind. I did find a way to make the most pious of ladies swear. It was by letting them hear another player yell, “Bingo!”
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