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A little of this, A little of that. - 3.2.15


By Kathy Little

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
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One of the last remaining phone booths is in Lanesboro, Minn. It was getting quite a lot of attention last summer. Young tourists were snapping “selfies” of themselves standing by it and in it. Laughing loudly and scornfully and exclaiming in mock horror, “Can you imagine having to use one of these things to make a phone call?” Actually I could. I started to feel very old. Feeling old makes me feel crabby. I wanted to self-righteously inform them that just because they owned a “smart phone” didn’t actually make them smart. My husband who can read my mind after 40 some years took my arm and firmly steered me to our car. He prefers my meltdowns to occur in private!

I can remember much about the history of telephones. My mother and her three sisters and two of my sisters and one of my cousins actually worked for the phone company then referred to as “Ma Bell”. It was considered a good job for a woman back in the day. I can remember having a “party line” which was not much of a party. Several people, usually in the country, had to share one line. Yes, people had to wait until someone got off that line before they could place a call. Yes, some people listened in on other people’s conversations. That was before the internet, so people were desperate for entertainment!

Later, when my family had a private line, it wasn’t much better. Five of us had to share that line, and since the one and only phone in the home was in the living room, it wasn’t exactly private. Daily battles were waged over that phone. Hogging the phone was a criminal offense in my mother’s mind. Probably because she had to put up with constant whining about who was actually doing that hogging. If one sister wasn’t hogging, she was listening to the other sister talk to her boyfriend. Of course when confronted by mom, said sister insisted she was just sitting on the couch watching tv, which happened to be in the same room!

LIFE WAS VERY HARD BEFORE CELL PHONES!

Of course, technology has both good and bad points. I love the answering machine and caller ID. It is so much easier to say no to a machine than a person! No, I won’t be able to serve on that committee. No, I can’t make it to the meeting. No, I won’t be able to donate five dozen cookies. No, I won’t be a Girl Scout leader.

Typing on a computer is soooooo much easier. No need for correction fluid or typewriter erasers that eat holes .....
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Country Coffee Talk 2.23.15

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
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Get ready! Here comes that fifth season called March…will it come in like a lion or lamb; do we really have to beware of “The Ides of March”; will your favorite movie win the Academy Awards; will you give up something important for Lent? Or wi ..... 
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A View From the Woods - Enduring trees

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
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The view out my windows is all about trees. This morning bare branches wave and tall trunks sway in he frigid wind. For a brief few moments at sunrise, the sky glows pink behind the black tracery of living wood. Yesterday’s snow clings to horizont ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. 2-2-15

By Kathy Little

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
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I love Minnesota in the spring. I love Minnesota in the summer. I love Minnesota in the fall. I do not love Minnesota in the winter At all! Blizzards, ice storms, wind chills, and slippery roads are not my definition of fun. Getting up at ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Have a bran-tastic day

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
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Those who know me may be aware of the fact that I am not a morning person. Perhaps it is a holdover from years of working night shifts; I do not know. If you call my house before nine a.m., prepare to leave a message. I may be awake, but I am not ..... 
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Working Mom - 12.15.14

By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Who remembers getting apples, nuts, and hard candy in a brown bag after their Sunday School Christmas program? I do and am not sure why, but my parents never seemed to be worried about me choking on the ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that.

By Kathy Little

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
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Once upon a time long, long ago in the small village of Preston; brothers Marshall and Herman Ebert owned a hardware store on the corner across the street from the Park Hotel. It stocked manly man stuff like shovels, hoes, rakes, lawn mowers and whe ..... 
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A View From the Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
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Climate Chaos We shivered through November days colder than ever before in Minnesota. Last spring was extremely wet. Summer was extraordinarily cool and pleasant. I recall the summer before was excruciatingly hot and humid. Rainfalls seem to com ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
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By: Becky Hoff The Plight of the Pumpkin My friends, this is not a good time of year to be a pumpkin. In truth, it’s not a good time to be any sort of squash, but the round orange guys really get it this time of year. In October the frenzy bega ..... 
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