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Sue's Muse - 3.7.16


By Sue Ommen

Mon, Mar 7th, 2016
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Easter eggs

This column is a reenactment of one of our favorite family holiday traditions, dyeing Easter eggs. The evening is planned after checking everyone’s schedules to make sure the night is free. Then there are the usual hasty preparations; boiling the eggs, lining the table with newspaper to catch the blobs of bright food coloring that are sure to be spilled, and searching for all of the accoutrements of the event upstairs, a murky no-mans-land of saved stuff.

The kids and Grands soon pop in, daughter Gina, trailing with all the missing egg paraphernalia, and son-in-law Mike, carrying baby Hunter. Almost 4-year-old Oliver is about jumping out of his skin, ready to color the eggs hours ago.

It is time for the evening’s festivities to commence. Boppa and Oliver soon finger the freshly cooked eggs, popping them into brightly colored vats. They take turns spinning and dropping food coloring onto the already bright orbs, creating artful and sometimes questionable combinations. Oliver works at lightning speed crafting eggs, sometimes dropping and having to eat the cracked eggs, keeping Boppa on his toes.

All the while, Natalie is dyeing her own eggs, adept from many Easter get-togethers, spinning the treats on a special holder into colorful creations. She has an artistic bent, but is soon pressed into service to help Hunter, 20 months. He is ensconced in a high chair, an egg sitting in front of him on the tray, feeling left out of the action as liquid pools of color are safely set out of reach. Natalie helps him turn eggs with splots of color and after a couple of dubious designs; he throws an egg in the middle of the table, wanting another to paint. Eventually, he is as colorful as the eggs, the color of the night festooned across his face, along with dabs of an egg he has munched on.

Gilbert watches the action with bright eyes, alert for the escapee egg landing within his reach. You never know as a dog when opportunity might strike the ready retriever. He licks his lips in anticipation. Unlike his human counterparts, he wouldn’t mind a little egg on his face.

It is a joyous celebration; organized chaos with shouts of glee at crafty conglomerations and shouts of alarm as the dye cups almost topple over countless times.

Son-in-law Michael, like a catcher behind the plate at a baseball game, is dodging left and right, fielding eggs, signaling spills, .....
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
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Help! I am surrounded by descendants of the Vikings. No, they are not looting and pillaging. Before the recent thaw, these hardy, healthy people persisted in skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice fishing. Obviously, their genes ma ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Desperately seeking spring

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
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Finally, a couple of sunny February days arrive to let the passive solar rays stream through our southern windows and warm up the house. As outdoor temperatures rise toward the freezing point, a day or two without lighting the wood stove allows me t ..... 
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The Working Mom - 2.15.16

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
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A wife and supper—the saga continues Warning: All of the good wives reading this column may gasp or be shaking their heads in disbelief after getting through the first few paragraphs of this column. However, the truth shall set me free---just k ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
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Let’s play a word association game. I’ll type a word and you say the first word or phrase that comes to mind. FEBRUARY. I’m guessing that men probably thought “super bowl”. I’m guessing that women thought “Valentines Day”. Some ..... 
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A View from the Woods 1.25.16

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
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Winter withdrawal After the flurry of holiday gatherings and celebrations comes a welcome few days of bringing life back down to earth. While I love traditions and connecting with my friends and relatives, I am somewhat of an introvert too. I linge ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that...1.11.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
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I wish all those old sayings were really true. Ben Franklin said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Well, if you have to get up early to go to work; you probably have to go to bed early. This keeps you gai ..... 
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Sue's Muse 1.4.16

By Sue Ommen

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
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Gilbert, the food addict Gilbert is a food addict. I thought this comment a comical assessment, as all dogs seem to be obsessed by food. An image comes to mind of my childhood black lab, Scout, gobbling the grilled hamburgers resting on a plate on ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales: A simple soup to start the new year

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
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The week after Christmas often leaves folks feeling a bit full and fuzzy headed. The combination of holiday travel, weather, winter colds and a series of rich holiday meals tends to leave us in a funk that can be hard to shake. I know for a fa ..... 
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