Boomer’s Journal: We’re taking the Greyhound

April 1, 2018
It was 1963 when I joined the ranks of hundreds of thousands of other Americans and took the Greyhound bus for the first time. It was a pretty big deal. You see, I had noticed the colorful advertisements in LIFE ...

Country Views: Pepper’s spicy history

March 1, 2018
Some people like black pepper. They even seem to enjoy getting a nose tickle and sneeze as they sprinkle the pungent gray dust over their potatoes, sweet corn and just about everything else that lands on their plate, excluding ice ...

In Your Garden: Should I Start Planting Soon?

March 1, 2018
Bunkey was having coffee with his next-door neighbor George when he mentioned that he was going to start his own plants this year. “When?” “Oh, about March 1, I guess.” There was some discussion about what Bunkey was starting: snapdragons, ...

My Perspective: Sr. Perspective celebrates 25 years

March 1, 2018
Unless you were very observant and happened to notice the volume numbers on the front page of the paper, you may not have realized that Senior Perspective is now in its 25th year. I am more of a looking forward ...

Boomer’s Journal: Release time

March 1, 2018
When you see the words, “release time” it’s likely that one thing will come to mind.  It most likely needs no explanation, and it may bring back some fond memories. Release time*…that one day per week that our class was ...

It takes a village

March 1, 2018
Parents, volunteers come together to form children’s museum While the weather outside is frightful, being inside The Village can be so delightful.
Cindy Furr, of Bird Island, uses colored paint markers on the Plexiglas wall with her grandson Dominick at
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Things I have learned: Lost in the crowd

February 1, 2018
Today’s Wisdom: Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. Rollo May
Here was the perfect community connection setting, yet no one was talking except those few who entered together.
I recently spent a few days ...

Boomers Journal: A Drawer Full of …

February 1, 2018
In the early 1960s, more S&H Green Stamps were printed annually than postage stamps. Contributed photo
Every kitchen has one…that notorious junk drawer filled with dead AA batteries, pencils with broken lead, pens with no ink, scribbled notes that have ...

My Perspective: Opportunity knocked… and I answered

February 1, 2018
Old Times, an antiques newspaper, joins our stable of publications There are times when opportunity has knocked, and I have not answered the door. Maybe it was the wrong timing or just the wrong fit. But I recently had ...

‘I just kept doing my job’

February 1, 2018
Springfield editor has been a fixture at newspaper for 60 years
Doris Weber interviews someone outside the Advance-Press office in Springfield. Weber has been working at the newspaper since 1958. Photo by Scott Thoma
The Advance-Press of Springfield is now ...

Boomer’s Journal: Sixty years ago

January 1, 2018
Sixty years ago on Jan. 1, 1958, my family watched the Rose Bowl parade and the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl on TV. Not a big deal when you’re looking at the big picture of what was happening in history ...

Northern Days Gone By: Clinkers couldn’t corrupt our sledding

January 1, 2018
An elderly lady was seen lugging a bucket of clinkers down her stairs to the sidewalk. She tossed the clinkers onto the sidewalk and then right onto the avenue. Clinkers are the residue after coal has burned in a furnace, ...

Time Passages: The scariest sign of all

January 1, 2018
No matter where you go or look there is a sign telling you what to do or not do. Think about it.  There are signs everywhere.  From the most isolated rural country road to shopping malls and sports stadiums to ...

My Perspective: Our first deer hunting experience

December 1, 2017
It was  6 a.m. on a cold Saturday morning in November. I woke up my oldest son, Noah, and grabbed some breakfast. For the first time in his life, Noah was excited to get up at 6 a.m. And for ...

Time Passages: Doughboy statue proudly stands at New Ulm cemetery

November 1, 2017
While the purpose of some Civil War military statues in several southern states has caused controversies in recent months, there is one statue from another period of history which stands high and strong to honor soldiers from WWI at a ...

Northern Days Gone By: Always buy some lemonade, but never drink it

August 1, 2017
We boys in 1953 were broke. Not one of us had an allowance. We did not consider ourselves poor, but we had no discretionary money unless our parents or grandparents gave us a few nickels. The nickels we were given ...

Country Views: Growing Potatoes

August 1, 2017
We planted potatoes in early May. My Irish ancestors may well have planted about the same time of year that we did. They would have planted a variety with the unappealing name of Irish Lumper. But it fit their needs ...