A Blonde’s Perspective: My taste of the Big Apple

October 1, 2018
Our snow bird friends are beginning to talk about heading south for the winter. It seems like they just came back! But every year they go south earlier and come back later. We have not yet become snow birds, and ...

My Perspective: A front row seat to watch road construction

October 1, 2018
The old adage goes, in Minnesota, there are two seasons… winter and road construction. Like every year, to stay on top of road and bridge maintenance, there are big road construction projects happening all over the state. This year, I’m ...

From Where I Sit: It’s time to play games

October 1, 2018
As the season’s nights grow longer and darker and the days are crisp, sometimes bone-chilling,  I revert to my old habit of pulling out the jigsaw puzzles I’ve accumulated over numerous years.   For some crazy reason, I really enjoy sorting ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Squirrels and turkeys and bears, oh my

September 1, 2018
Living at the lake during our retirement years is just another day in paradise. We share paradise with critters of all shapes and sizes. We invaded their territory and now we have to get used to sharing the lakes and ...

Boomer’s Journal: Permanent wave solutions and orange concentrate cans

September 1, 2018
Take one look at your high school “senior portrait” and you will immediately remember what “hair era” you either embraced or succumbed to during your formative years, or more specifically, your high school years. You might recall what it took ...

My Perspective: A step back in Colonial times

September 1, 2018
This year’s summer vacation took the Palmer family to Williamsburg, Virginia. It was sort of a random vacation destination. We didn’t know anyone who lives in this part of the country, and we had not talked to anyone who had ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: Girl Scout camp near Ely

August 1, 2018
Sitting around a campfire with family this summer and making s’mores brought back many memories of the days when I was a Girl Scout. Scouting introduced me to the delectable treat of roasted marshmallows and chocolate between two graham crackers. ...

My Perspective: Help us add a little spice to the cookbook

August 1, 2018
If we use one of your photos, we will send you a free cookbook If you are new to our newspaper, you may not know about the Senior Perspective cookbook we print each November. If you have been following us ...

Northern Days Gone By: My Burned Feet

August 1, 2018
Surely you’ve had this experience of being in the doctor’s office and being asked,  “How would you describe your pain level, with 10 being the most severe pain?”  Mine was a 10. We were at the cabin,  north of Duluth. ...

Time Passages: A fire and the lost bound volume

July 1, 2018
Over the years there have been several major downtown district fires in my hometown of Fairfax that have destroyed businesses and buildings. Most notable among them was the St. Valentine’s fire of 1963 that wiped out four businesses, the Corner ...

Things I have learned: Lessons from a bad penny

July 1, 2018
“People show you who they are, not by what they say, but by what they do.” Jane Green I recently spotted a news article about the high value of the 1943 copper penny. As most old folks know, 1943 pennies ...

Northern Days Gone By: The giant anthill

July 1, 2018
As I walked through the forest with my father, we encountered a large column-shaped mound standing by itself, taller than me.  As we got closer we discovered it was an anthill.  We viewed it from several different perspectives and could ...

My Perspective: What does your life smell like?

July 1, 2018
Besides owning the Senior Perspective, I also own a small offset/digital print shop. Both businesses operate from the same building. Because it is a print shop, it has a distinct smell. Typically, people notice the smell when they walk in ...

Things I have learned: The lost adventures of children

June 1, 2018
Today’s Wisdom: “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” Ralph Waldo Emerson When I was a young kid, I grew up in a world of rich experiences. I was a bomber pilot in the war, with a ...

Country Views: When unemployment hit 70%

June 1, 2018
Seventy percent unemployment is not something I can imagine. I’ve been reading some histories of the Civilian Conservation Corps. They say that unemployment on Minnesota’s Iron Range ran that high in the early 1930s when the government started the CCC ...

My Perspective: My very own ‘Giving Tree’

May 1, 2018
When I was young, one of my favorite books was The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. It still ranks up there as one of my top five children’s books. It was different than all the other books I was ...

BOOMER’S JOURNAL: Broom on the back porch

May 1, 2018
The old kitchen broom stood by the screen door on the back porch…tired and worn out. It had graduated to that perch when the new kitchen broom arrived in the spring. The tired, old broom, its life seemingly over as ...