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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 8:27 AM
You ran into someone from your past the other day.
  • All good things must come to an end - maybe!
    Another word is being added to my list of favorites: along with joy and awe, I now love “glorious.” A short time ago, a friend exclaimed, “This has been the best summer of my life!” Someone else in the conversation was surprised, so she went on to explain: the flowers have seemed more colorful and bounteous, the sky has been spectacular, the weather about as perfect as it can be, plenty of friends around, visits with family, lots of things to do, and the list, like the beat, goes on.
  • Lack of focus leads to  column full of ‘mishmash’
    mish·mash, noun, a collection or mixture of unrelated things; a hodgepodge.
  • More recipes provide opportunity to celebrate cranberries
    I am grateful for cooking and baking tips folks have given me. 
  • It’s time to prepare for deer hunting season
    Deer hunting season is fast approaching. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently released some information on deer, as well as getting licenses, which I’ll share this week. Then, next week, I plan to give a recap of the fall bus tour of the National Trout Center in Preston, which I attended Oct. 17. Now, however, let’s talk whitetail deer.
  • Area teams ready for playoffs this week
    The playoffs are all set for football, and the sub-section tournament pairings for volleyball are ready to go. 
  • ‘Body Farm’ series continues with thrilling tenth installment
    You ran into someone from your past the other day.
  • Fall season arrives with spectacular views
    I watched a squirrel go from zero to nuts in three seconds. It scurried about madly. It became squirrelly, I suppose.
  • Along with joy, let yourself experience awe
    Quite a few years ago, I wrote a page in this diary about leaping for joy: I said that somewhere along the way, from childhood to adulthood, we quit leaping entirely, much less leaping for or with joy. I mused that it was sad, because joy is such a wonderful thing to experience, and to leap about!
  • Travel bucket list could inspire your own
    Sometimes – when I’m in the right mood for it – I enjoy reading lists of vacation ideas. I recently read online MSN Travel/The Active Times list of 50 things to do in the U.S. before you die, also titled “The Great American Bucket List.” So let’s travel down the list and see how we do.
  • Wheelin’ with WEB marks one-year anniversary
    I wrote my first WEB column for the Reader one year ago on Oct. 15, 2015, so this weekend I’ll be celebrating my one-year anniversary. I think I’ll find a football game on Saturday to honor the occasion. Many, many thanks to all of the sponsors of the page, it is very much appreciated. It sounds like we’re all signed up for another year. Also, a great big thank you to Melissa Vander Plas for all of her work on the article, and her patience. I know it isn’t always easy working with me!
  • Signs of fall include Honeycrisp apples, harvest
    I ate a Honeycrisp as I did some chores. The Honeycrisp is Minnesota’s state apple, appointed to that office in 2006. For years, the University of Minnesota said the Honeycrisp was a cross between a Macoun and a Honeygold. DNA testing has found that it’s actually a cross between a Keepsake and an unknown apple. No matter. It still tastes great.
  • New Picoult novel tackles race issue
    You can’t.

    You’ve been told that before. At age 4, you can’t go outside in your underwear. At 10, you can’t drink that. At 15, you can’t go to the party. You can’t have the job. You can’t live like this. You’ve been told you can’t a thousand times, maybe right, maybe wrong or, as in the new novel, “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult, maybe because of your skin color.
  • Annual Trout Center tour is coming, plus a color update
    With the arrival of fall, it means one of my favorite events of the year is coming up. Best of all, the program is open to the public with an admission fee.

  • Summer full of trail mysteries will soon end
    This week I was reminded of one more thing about camper living that I won’t miss, and that I forgot to add to my last diary page. I guess that’s OK, because I need reminding that it will happen: when I use hair spray in the camper, it usually triggers the fire alarm. 
  • Gratitude grows when shared
    I have written before how much I love the Reader’s Digest. I can’t wait to dig into each issue when I find it in my mailbox. Many times I carry it with me so I can read a snippet here and there throughout my day. I found this month’s issue to be especially entertaining and informative, filled with great stories and humor.

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