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In Our Own Backyard…The weather outside is frightful

December 13, 2013 in Pine Journal

I was all bundled up for the subzero temperatures, but I wasn’t going tobogganing, ice fishing, or snowshoeing I was going Christmas shopping! Continue Reading

In Our Own Backyard…It’s turnin’ me inside out!

November 28, 2013 in Pine Journal

I can’t imagine a man anywhere who would bother putting a duvet cover on a comforter settling instead to just throw the dang thing over the bed and call it a day. Continue Reading

In Our Own Backyard….Going out in a blaze of – orange

November 22, 2013 in Pine Journal

I can still recall lying groggily in bed in the predawn hours, hearing my dad up and about, getting ready to head out to the deer stand. I could hear the cold wind blowing and the frozen tree branches rattling outside my window, and I knew daylight was still hours away. I was only too happy to settle back into my warm covers and go back to sleep.
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In Our Own Backyard: It’s a cat-eat-dog world!

November 14, 2013 in Pine Journal

The yellow dog has come for a visit, and the cats aren’t having any part of it.
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In Our Own Backyard….Friday night lights have a magic all their own

November 8, 2013 in Pine Journal

Somehow, I found myself doing the “YMCA” on the top bleacher behind the Hermantown band.
I’m not quite sure how it happened, but it must have been the magical quality of a late autumn eve under the “Friday night lights” of a high school football game. Continue Reading

In Our Own Backyard…It’s the gift that counts

November 1, 2013 in Pine Journal

As Madeline’s sixth birthday draws nearer this fall, it is tough knowing how difficult it is to get a present to her in India. Continue Reading

In Our Own Backyard….Cooking and cleaning will wait ’til tomorrow

October 25, 2013 in Pine Journal

All it took was for the sun to break through last Friday morning, and I left all my chores behind and headed for the lake. Continue Reading

In Our Own Backyard…Goodbye, old friend

October 18, 2013 in Pine Journal

I walked out of the funeral feeling as though I’d been wrapped in a warm embrace.
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In Our Own Backyard… We’ve got a team, no one’s prouder

September 27, 2013 in Pine Journal

“Go ZACH!” the deep voice shouted. “C’mon, Zach POUND ‘em!”
With my grandmotherly indignity aroused, I stared pointedly at the man seated just down the metal bleachers from us. The look was all for naught, however, since the doting father was so ensconced in his son’s football performance that he didn’t even notice me.
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In Our Own Backyard…Party on!

September 20, 2013 in Pine Journal

When I was little, birthdays were more about the parties and not about the years.
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