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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...