Boomer’s Journal: Old talking points

March 1, 2020
One of my mother’s favorite expressions for denoting surprise, shock, disbelief, humor or concern was “Holy-moly.” Well, actually, she used that talking point for pretty much everything. I can still hear her saying it. It got me thinking. There are ...

Things I Have Learned: She chose wisely

March 1, 2020
Today’s wisdom: “You have chosen wisely.” – The Grail Knight in Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade A while back a young gal had a bad accident. She had fallen out of a moving boat and gotten her leg entangled ...

My Perspective: Our first date

March 1, 2020
Everyone has big life milestones along the way — big birthdays, big wedding anniversaries, big work anniversaries and so on. A few weeks ago, on Valentine’s Day, I got a chance celebrate a “softer” milestone with my wife, Karna. On ...

Just a Kid at Heart: The nature of love…it’s a heart act to follow

February 1, 2020
The two swans in the photo below remind us that love is in the air. Nature has a magical way of bringing people together. Forty-seven years ago, Deb and I were married under a large white pine in Itasca State ...

From Where I Sit: Mom’s cold remedies

February 1, 2020
Early morning quiet is marred only by outside sounds of cracking ice on the lake and shivers of shingles on my roof. This weather is Siberian deep freeze weather in Minnesota.  It’s wool socks, hat and gloves weather. Flannel pajamas ...

Woods & Water: Gift of the pileated

January 1, 2020
The first gift of the pileated woodpecker was offered to me one morning as I was seeking alone time from Easter visitors. I sneaked out and parked my van next to a slough to write, and see wildlife. Opening the ...

My Perspective: Growth in ‘19… looking forward to ‘20

January 1, 2020
I would like to wish each and everyone reading this a happy new year. Like most businesses, this is the time of year when I take a quick look back at the last year and focus on what is coming ...

My Perspective: Could your story truly impact others?

December 1, 2019
When people think of the Senior Perspective, one thing that likely comes to  mind is usually our articles. We have had a wide variety of stories. Some are historical. Some are heart warming. Some are informative. And some are just ...

Country Views: To build a fire

December 1, 2019
At this time of year I light a fire in the stove every day. To light those fires, and others, I’ve made firewood most every year of my life, excluding infancy and a few years while residing in a downtown ...

A Blonde’s Perspective: The magic of holiday traditions

December 1, 2019
It’s become a tradition for the retail world that by October, Christmas décor is seen in many stores, including holiday music in the background. I chuckled at a cute cartoon of the Thanksgiving turkey scolding Santa by saying, “November is ...

Just a Kid at Heart: Taking deer hunting to new heights

November 1, 2019
Since when did deer hunting become synonymous with comfort? I had always felt deer hunting was another word for suffering. When each November deer season rolls around, I become a tree dweller – living on portable stands and ladder stands ...

Northern Days Gone By: Do si do

November 1, 2019
What a shock!  The Eighth Avenue East boys in Duluth were surprised.  Entering grade 6 in Grant School we learned that we would be attending the 6th Grade Party in the spring.   Having a party was one thing but our ...

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 ...

Aging with Purpose: Man’s search for meaning

October 1, 2019
Recently, I was reminded by one of our readers that to really understand about aging with purpose we need to examine the work and real life story of Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist and Jew in the 1940s. Frankl ...

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 ...