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Journal Writing Project: Eric Leitzen


Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Ah yes, the time is here again. Christmas. Just the mere mention of that word brings thoughts of warmth and love, doesnít it? For me, I see my family at the table for Christmas dinner, all ten of us now. However, there are many people outside my family and some within that I will not be able to see this Holiday Season, so I beg your indulgence as I give out my Christmas wishes.

First off, to my brother, who is a TV reporter in Eureka California. Merry Christmas, and remember to keep your hair all nice for the cameras.

Secondly, To my grandfathers, Melvin and Robert. Merry Christmas. I wish I could have known you two during my lifetime, from what Iíve heard you sound like pretty amazing guys.

To my Maternal Grandmother, Marie Groff. Grandma, this will be my first Christmas without you being here. Hope everything is okay, wherever you are.

To My Paternal Grandmother Doris and her husband Dale. Merry Christmas. I hope you guys are doing all right. And Dale, keep off the roof. For Peteís sake, youíre ninety-two.

To my Uncles and Aunts. Merry Christmas. I know I donít get to see you guys that much, being in Illinois and Wisconsin for the most part, but itís always a joy.

To My Uncle Dave, Happy Hanukkah. Because youíre one of the few Jewish People I know.

To the 2002 Boys State city of Mankato, Merry Christmas. And Happy Hanukkah to Hy. You guys are the coolest Iíve ever met. I consider myself a better person for being there with you. Katos rule.

To the 2002-2003 Minnesota All State Choirs: Mixed, Menís and Womenís. Merry Christmas. Once again, another amazing group of people that showed me it was okay to be me. Thanks a lot.

Also, to my neighbor, Herb Haroldson, who passed away in November. Herb, I wish I would have gotten to know you a little better, you were a good man. Merry Christmas Herb, wherever you may be.

To all the teachers at Mabel-Canton High School, Merry Christmas. I hope youíre feeling the extra Christmas spirit when you correct my papers. But seriously, thanks for being teachers. The World needs more of you.

And finally, to all of those in the world that donít even celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas. No, not the presents and pine tree Christmas, but just the feeling of it all. The warmth, the love, the a .....
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Notes from a country kitchen

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Are you done shopping? I remember years ago it was almost Christmas and I hadn't done any shopping for my kids, so my husband baby-sat and I ran uptown late afternoon and shopped. I got the kids a little gift, my mother some cotton stocking, and my d ..... 
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Another One From Flaherty: Things are different in the country

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

One of the many things that I have learned since moving to the country is that things donít get done in a day and sometimes things donít get done at all. There is an advantage to that in that there is always something to do, even if it doesnít get do ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-By Andy Wolter

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

What mineral used in soap, building materials, glass and fertilizer was mined in Death Valley in the late 1880s?

Two motorcycles simultaneously leave an intersection traveling in opposite directions. They are 360 miles apart in ..... 
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Township Roads: Christmas giftware

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

It is that time of year again. Crowds of people working at their Christmas shopping choke the roads into and out of shopping centers and malls. Our township road has been clogged, too. Iíll bet eight cars went past this last Sunday. Most of the occup ..... 
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At Home in the Woods-What Kind of Truth?

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

My recently published book "At Home in the Big Woods," has taught me the importance of advertising--media coverage, press releases, fliers, book signings and books placed in windows of stores. I enthusiastically joined in the promotion of my book, bu ..... 
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Of People, Places & Things-ďWho is that guy?Ē

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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Like many of you, I have never enjoyed going to the dentist. It probably has something to do with letting another person put metal objects in my mouth.  When I was a kid growing up in Austin, my mom used to have to drag me by ..... 
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Journal Writing Project-Jamie Howe

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
Posted in Columnists

Tis the season

Itís finally here...the church bells ringing triumphantly, the crackling of the fire, the Christmas lights twinkling all around, the stockings hanging, the carolers singing on the snow-covered sidewalks, the chitt ..... 
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