The History Class Read Nostalgic Writings by Candlelight

The History Class Read Nostalgic Writings by Candlelight

Around Thanksgiving and even more around Christmas, I presented the idea of nostalgia, with examples. We’d look at nostalgic paintings, talk about elements of nostalgia, and even let them know that they could be nostalgic. How? “Remember in the grades when we’d have a Christmas party on the last day before Christmas and also we’d […]

Variations on a Hug

Variations on a Hug

In wishing well to a waitress who just survived a bout with cancer, a full hug meant so much to each of us. Then I realized that hugging can take many forms. Growing up in the Norwegian area of Amery in western Wisconsin, hugs were rare. Maybe at funerals, maybe at weddings, and on occasion […]

Around Amery Lester Was a Fixture: Finished

Around Amery Lester Was a Fixture: Finished

Lester became part of the small town scene, a regular in the real life play that was Amery Wisconsin. He performed jobs for money and praise, ate when diner owners brought him plates of food, and slept at locations known only to a few. As a mute, he understood people talking to him but couldn’t […]

The Lady from Carolina: The Homespun Wife

The Lady from Carolina: The Homespun Wife

As the wife of a Baptist minister, Homespun Wife Sherry found herself committed to supporting her family’s welfare. She felt called to make their home as comfortable and safe as it could be. There. Now you know the origin of that title: The Homespun Wife. Sherry’s Early Years Both Carolinas became Sherry’s stomping grounds as […]

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 […]

Ice Fishing and Everything Ice: Updated

Ice Fishing and Everything Ice: Updated

Icefishing and ice covered lakes in the Midwest provide winter recreation galore. The photo above shows a fishing shack, auger, and a beautiful view of an early December moon. The ice is 2.5 inches thick according to James Church, the photographer. Even to some who live in Wisconsin or Minnesota, that might be iffy for […]