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, a kid who graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1963, had his chauffeur’s license (today’s equivalent would be a CDL). ...

My Perspective: Special letters from a class to a veteran

December 1, 2018
Our newspaper reaches a lot of people. And because it reaches so many, there are a lot of interesting connections that are made. I know of at least two weddings that have happened because of Sr. Perspective, and there are ...

Northern Days Gone By: Oh, you shouldn’t have

December 1, 2018
When Christmas Eve was upon us our family gathered to celebrate with a meal. We exchanged gifts before eating.  Often, as  the gifts were exchanged, someone would exclaim, “Oh, you shouldn’t have.” This troubles me even now as I think ...

Country Views: Polish sub named Orzl

November 1, 2018
There was a grisly righteousness served when the Polish submarine Orzl, under British command, torpedoed and sank the German troop ship Rio de Janeiro off the Norwegian coast on April 8, 1940, at the dawn of Germany’s invasion of Norway. ...

Things I Have Learned: Oh, where did the time go?

November 1, 2018
Today’s Wisdom: “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” Lyndon B. Johnson A while back I was sitting in a comfortable chair watching a baseball game. The score was 3-1. All of a ...

Northern Days Gone By: A foul fowl

November 1, 2018
The management of the company my father worked for made a most surprising announcement. Everyone was going to receive a frozen turkey as a gift. This was a most unusual gesture. We awaited the arrival of the frozen bird.  It ...

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 ...

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 ...