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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Boomer’s Journal: The annual ‘changing of the clock’

February 28, 2019
We didn’t have many clocks in the house when I was growing up. It might have been because there was only one clock that was needed. It was our kitchen clock, the official time piece in our home. It hung ...

My Perspective: School closed! Snow day!

February 27, 2019
This year’s wild winter weather has brought back some fun memories of my childhood. I was born in the 1970s and a consider myself a “child of the 1980s.” There were some cold and snowy winters back in those days, ...

Things I Have Learned: What are we saving the china for?

February 1, 2019
Today’s Wisdom: Good attitudes are like fine china. They are nice to have but pointless unless used. Travis Hedrick My wife and I recently went garage saleing. At one stop we found a beautiful set of fine china dishes. There ...

Just a Kid at Heart: Battling age — shear power

February 1, 2019
When did it all change? To my generation “spam” was an inexpensive sandwich meat; now it’s unwanted e-mails. To my generation a “curser” was someone who had a limited vocabulary; now it’s a little arrow that moves around on my ...

From Where I Sit: My funny valentine

February 1, 2019
Back in the 1950s, my grade school classmates at Glenwood, Minnesota. would spend several days in February constructing memorable valentine boxes crafted from toss-away shoe boxes. On our flip top wooden desks, our little fingers would smear Elmer’s glue or ...

Boomer’s Journal: The yard light

February 1, 2019
I have always taken electricity for granted. When mom and dad would reminisce about the old days of the kerosene lantern, I could only imagine. The Rural Electrification Administration was created in 1935 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued the ...

Boomer’s Journal: A night of cards

January 1, 2019
The long, cold winter months usually meant some welcome nights of the only card game mom and dad played: whist.* Card parties were my folk’s way of enjoying an evening with friends…Eddie and Ione, Sanford and Valerie, Clifford and Eleanor, ...

My Perspective: New edition coming in February!

January 1, 2019
A few months ago, the Senior Perspective entered its 26th year.  Each year, we have added new readers. In 2019, we will not only be looking to add more readers, we are also adding a whole new edition. The new ...

‘God laid these people on my heart’

January 1, 2019
Volunteers minister in senior living facilities and jails
Pastor Jerry leads singing at a senior living facility. Contributed photo
“Some of the loneliest and most forgotten people are residents in senior care facilities and inmates in jails,” said Pastor Jerry ...

Boomer’s Journal: The milkman cometh

December 1, 2018
Picture it. A 17-year-old, 185-pound farm boy at 7 a.m. on Christmas Day, 1962. The milkman cometh.
Truman Hanson, in his younger years. Contributed photo
Truman Hanson, a kid who graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1963, had his ...