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 ...

Boomer’s Journal: We’re taking the Greyhound

April 1, 2018
It was 1963 when I joined the ranks of hundreds of thousands of other Americans and took the Greyhound bus for the first time. It was a pretty big deal. You see, I had noticed the colorful advertisements in LIFE ...

Country Views: Pepper’s spicy history

March 1, 2018
Some people like black pepper. They even seem to enjoy getting a nose tickle and sneeze as they sprinkle the pungent gray dust over their potatoes, sweet corn and just about everything else that lands on their plate, excluding ice ...

In Your Garden: Should I Start Planting Soon?

March 1, 2018
Bunkey was having coffee with his next-door neighbor George when he mentioned that he was going to start his own plants this year. “When?” “Oh, about March 1, I guess.” There was some discussion about what Bunkey was starting: snapdragons, ...

My Perspective: Sr. Perspective celebrates 25 years

March 1, 2018
Unless you were very observant and happened to notice the volume numbers on the front page of the paper, you may not have realized that Senior Perspective is now in its 25th year. I am more of a looking forward ...

Boomer’s Journal: Release time

March 1, 2018
When you see the words, “release time” it’s likely that one thing will come to mind.  It most likely needs no explanation, and it may bring back some fond memories. Release time*…that one day per week that our class was ...

It takes a village

March 1, 2018
Parents, volunteers come together to form children’s museum While the weather outside is frightful, being inside The Village can be so delightful.
Cindy Furr, of Bird Island, uses colored paint markers on the Plexiglas wall with her grandson Dominick at
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Things I have learned: Lost in the crowd

February 1, 2018
Today’s Wisdom: Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing. Rollo May
Here was the perfect community connection setting, yet no one was talking except those few who entered together.
I recently spent a few days ...

Boomers Journal: A Drawer Full of …

February 1, 2018
In the early 1960s, more S&H Green Stamps were printed annually than postage stamps. Contributed photo
Every kitchen has one…that notorious junk drawer filled with dead AA batteries, pencils with broken lead, pens with no ink, scribbled notes that have ...

My Perspective: Opportunity knocked… and I answered

February 1, 2018
Old Times, an antiques newspaper, joins our stable of publications There are times when opportunity has knocked, and I have not answered the door. Maybe it was the wrong timing or just the wrong fit. But I recently had ...

‘I just kept doing my job’

February 1, 2018
Springfield editor has been a fixture at newspaper for 60 years
Doris Weber interviews someone outside the Advance-Press office in Springfield. Weber has been working at the newspaper since 1958. Photo by Scott Thoma
The Advance-Press of Springfield is now ...

Boomer’s Journal: Sixty years ago

January 1, 2018
Sixty years ago on Jan. 1, 1958, my family watched the Rose Bowl parade and the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl on TV. Not a big deal when you’re looking at the big picture of what was happening in history ...