My Perspective: Could your story truly impact others?

December 1, 2019
When people think of the Senior Perspective, one thing that likely comes to  mind is usually our articles. We have had a wide variety of stories. Some are historical. Some are heart warming. Some are informative. And some are just ...

Country Views: To build a fire

December 1, 2019
At this time of year I light a fire in the stove every day. To light those fires, and others, I’ve made firewood most every year of my life, excluding infancy and a few years while residing in a downtown ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: The magic of holiday traditions

December 1, 2019
It’s become a tradition for the retail world that by October, Christmas décor is seen in many stores, including holiday music in the background. I chuckled at a cute cartoon of the Thanksgiving turkey scolding Santa by saying, “November is ...

Just a Kid at Heart: Taking deer hunting to new heights

November 1, 2019
Since when did deer hunting become synonymous with comfort? I had always felt deer hunting was another word for suffering. When each November deer season rolls around, I become a tree dweller – living on portable stands and ladder stands ...

Northern Days Gone By: Do si do

November 1, 2019
What a shock!  The Eighth Avenue East boys in Duluth were surprised.  Entering grade 6 in Grant School we learned that we would be attending the 6th Grade Party in the spring.   Having a party was one thing but our ...

Northern Days Gone By: Picking apples can be hazardous

October 1, 2019
You may be surprised to learn that bears and apples go together. Grandma anticipated her apple crop and she was impressed with the quality of the apples.  Every Sunday we were at our grandparent’s home and enjoyed grandma’s cooking.  We ...

Aging with Purpose: Man’s search for meaning

October 1, 2019
Recently, I was reminded by one of our readers that to really understand about aging with purpose we need to examine the work and real life story of Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and Jew in the 1940s. Frankl ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Drivers training didn’t end in high school

September 1, 2019
I’m feeling old again. My oldest grandchild is 15 and has his drivers’ permit. It seems like Jordan was just a baby a few years ago! … sigh I remember when my three children took drivers’ training from a private ...

The Postscript: Second sunset

September 1, 2019
I spent the last couple weeks visiting my parents. I’ve been lucky in the parent department. It’s fashionable to recall some pivotal incident that occurred when we were eight and extrapolate how every difficulty experienced in our life since is ...

My Perspective: Wristband day! (for adults?)

August 30, 2019
We hit the “fair scene” pretty hard this year. As a family we have been to two county fairs and two of my boys also went to another county fair with some friends. In addition, as this newspaper is going ...

My Perspective: ‘Someone had to teach me once’

August 1, 2019
Last month, my wife and I loaded up our three boys and headed west. Our family’s summer vacation took us all the way into the mountains, to the city of Steamboat Springs, Colorado (and a few other places along the ...

Just a Kid at Heart: Take a stab at embarrassment

August 1, 2019
What in the world was I thinking? I should have known my older sister would do anything she could to ruin my vacation. When I was very young, Karen pulled me aside and clearly announced that I was her little ...

Boomer’s Journal: A better home and garden

August 1, 2019
Gardening and the word “hobby” were not synonymous in my world when I grew up on the farm. I don’t think it was in mother’s world either. Oh, she wanted a beautiful garden alright, and I think she might have ...

Boomer’s Journal: The man on the moon

July 1, 2019
Our black and white television crackled and sputtered as a static-like image came upon the screen. We held our breath and sat glued to history in the making. Here we were, on a hot summer day in July, the one ...

My Perspective: Keep those great stories coming!

July 1, 2019
Since the first copies of the Senior Perspective were delivered 26 years ago, it has included contributed stories from our readers. And as the newspaper has grown over the years,  the number of these contributed stories has also grown. Today, ...

From Where I Sit: Campfire evenings of wonder

July 1, 2019
I wonder if campfires still provide evenings of wonder and treasured memories for kids of today.  Remember campfires out at Halvorson’s Point with guitars strumming and classmates tasting their first sips of beer or choking on an unfiltered cigarette?  We ...

My Perspective: My (first) hole in one

June 1, 2019
It was one of the first 60+ degree days in April. The golf course near me had just opened up, and my youngest son, Easton (age 8), and I were thinking about things to do. I mentioned a few options. ...