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 […]

Clotheslines: Rules, Social Norms, and a Poem

Clotheslines: Rules, Social Norms, and a Poem

Hanging clothes on a clothesline. Simple, yes. Not always. Rules in each neighborhood and cultural region meant hanging had dos and don’ts. For us living in the country, it wasn’t so rigorous and rigid because neighbors were far away. Keillor and Bachelor Farmers First of all, one reference to hanging clothes and items son the […]

The Mile High Club in 7th Grade–Final

The Mile High Club in 7th Grade–Final

East of Amery a group of pre-7th graders gathered bravely to test weapons. We started a Mile High Club, not knowing that in the world outside of Amery it had a completely different meaning. Ours had nothing to do with airplanes or jets. The summer before our 7th grade year at Amery, a few of us […]

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 […]

Lepers for the Lord Cult at the Blalock Mansion

Lepers for the Lord Cult at the Blalock Mansion

The leper cult occupied the Blalock Mansion in the mid-1920s. Digging out the background from unreliable sources and circulating rumors, here’s the best I can do to learn the background of this unique branch of Christianity. (To find other stories about the Blalock Mansion and its background, type Blalock into the search line at the […]

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 […]

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. […]