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Fond du Lac Follies…Changes to tribal laws inspire mixed feelings

December 14, 2013 in Pine Journal

What a move the voters from White Earth made. I think the future of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, which is a federal corporation, is in jeopardy. Continue Reading

Slices of Life….Hot mama versus cool daddy

December 14, 2013 in Pine Journal

I am a hot mama although not in the way you might be thinking. I am hot, but I’m not referring to a trendy or hip sort of fashion, which, ironically, might also be thought of as cool. I am hot as in Hades hot. Temperature hot. My husband is not. (Hot in a temperature sort of way, that is.)
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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

Slices of Life…Pillow talk

November 29, 2013 in Pine Journal

It’s human nature. We want what we don’t have. It’s a condition that often follows us through life.
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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

From the Catbird Seat…Sports fans, let’s be thankful

November 27, 2013 in Pine Journal

It’s the time of year to be thankful. And if you’re a Minnesota sports fan, that means you really haven’t had a whole lot of cheer this year.
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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

Slices of Life…Living in the moment

November 2, 2013 in Pine Journal

“You don’t really appreciate what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
These wise words came out of the mouth of my 16-year-old son; surprisingly, he wasn’t referring to a Snicker’s bar. Continue Reading