Creatures Appreciate Our Christmas Lights

Creatures Appreciate Our Christmas Lights

Creatures entered our house and left a reward for aiming our Christmas trees toward the woods and creekbed where they live. As I walked downstairs I detected a new, awful, sickening odor, nearly overpowering me. The door to the back yard, locked last night, was unlocked this morning. Just inside the door, a strange object. […]

Christmas in Our Minds and Our Attics, Plus a Poem

Christmas in Our Minds and Our Attics, Plus a Poem

Christmas memories share a connection to tangible Christmas decorations. Each year at Thanksgiving, or earlier, we hear Christmas music and notice homeowners setting up outdoor displays for the holidays. Several years ago when I thought about those memories, I realized that taking them out of the attic paralleled opening up our mental Christmas vault. The […]

A Teacher You’d Want Your Child to Have

A Teacher You’d Want Your Child to Have

The true measure of a good teacher is when people declare they’d want that instructor teaching their children. There’s a good chance that this woman fits this description, teaching social studies at Cadott High School in Wisconsin. Since the beginning of the school year I’ve meant to feature her or any other teacher as a […]

Salute to the Humble, Yet Noble Sandwich

Salute to the Humble, Yet Noble Sandwich

  The lucious and ubiquitous sandwich with anything you choose to put between two slices of bread, or on one slice if you enjoy open-faced sandwiches as I saw in Norway: nearly all delicious. Britain‘s “biggest contribution to gastronomy” (did you know that?) Sandwiches have been a basic a part of my life, always easy […]

Emergency in the Barn; Nisse Story Concludes

Emergency in the Barn; Nisse Story Concludes

  The kids stared at their aunt. Marianne froze for a few seconds. She positioned herself to reach through the slats to pick up the baby. She unwrapped her, unswaddled her by unwinding the cloth. Marianne knew to hold her upright, facing the nisse family, and reached around the baby so her fingers met at […]

Yule Nisse Gather at a Fjelberg Barn-I

Yule Nisse Gather at a Fjelberg Barn-I

  Five bodies lay on the porch, four of them staring into the field beyond the barn. Emma, the littlest, lay on her back with her mouth open, catching snowflakes. A thick blanket under them kept them warm. The  Nordhus farm on Fjelberg Island. Snowing, barely. Christmas eve. Aunt Marianne, the largest of these humans, […]