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 ...

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. ...

Things I Have Learned: View from my front porch

June 1, 2019
Today’s Wisdom: As for me and my house, we are going to serve iced tea and sit on the porch.  Isn’t it interesting how we often take nouns and turn them into action verbs. The one I hear the most ...

Just a Kid at Heart: A birthday represents…

May 1, 2019
A birthday represents that one very special day each year that should be devoted entirely to you. The younger you happen to be, the more special your birthday is because it means gifts and parties, and gifts and cake, and ...

Things I Have Learned: Just chill

May 1, 2019
Today’s Wisdom: Relax. We’re all crazy. It’s not a competition. The other day my wife and I were driving and suddenly encountered a large white bird glop spread across the windshield, right in front of her. When we got home ...

Things I Have Learned: Give us Elvis

April 1, 2019
Today’s Wisdom: When you start recognizing that you’re having fun, life can be delightful. Jane Birkin My wife and I recently stopped in at a south Texas beach bar. There was live music, dancing, singing, and beverages galore. The place ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: A week away from winter

April 1, 2019
Heat turned down – check! All lights are off – check! Stove and oven are off – check! Plants watered – check! Mail delivery stopped – check! Doors locked – check! Everything we need is packed – hopefully! In February ...

Country Views: Green baked Alaska, for Dad

March 1, 2019
It’s been six decades since my mom, daughter of immigrants from Luxembourg, created a green baked Alaska for my dad in honor of the annual celebration of the passing of St. Patrick. That green ice cream pie was an utter ...