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Looking for the silver lining


By Tammy Danielson

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
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When I think back to when my son was younger, there were many times that he would be upset with me because I would share the “silver lining” amongst the clouds. He would want to be mad about something and I would flip the conversation to a learning experience or trying to figure out a way to see the good in what happened. Granted, that conversation may seem a little deep to be sharing with a 5-year-old (at the time) but think of this example. As he would get angry and stomp his way to his room, I would always shout his direction, “hey—you are marching really well bud! You could be leading the band one day!” Of course, his response would be that he was not “marching” and that he was mad and I should know that. Oh, we laugh about that now. There was also the time when he cooked a cup of macaroni in the microwave but forgot to add the water—what was the silver lining you ask? Well, although the black smoke hung in the air for the day and the smell for a few more days than that, we were thankful that he wasn’t hurt and the house didn’t burn down. Now that one was a struggle because the microwave was new. I had to put on my best mom smile, think about the lesson learned, talk about being more responsible and then tell him how grateful I was that he was not injured. Then, I went into my bedroom and said a swear word (or two). Ha.

My silver lining ideology has definitely ticked off my son and my husband on multiple occasions, but I do not let it get me down or sway me to a path of frustration and dwelling on the negative. There was the time when the water line on our refrigerator broke and water was gushing from beneath the wood planks. This was definitely a tough one….how could I spin this? There was an option---thank goodness that the water barrier helped save the floorboards from needing to be replaced and it the water did not spread to the basement! I was careful not to talk about the positives as my husband was on his hands and knees ripping up soggy flooring and pad or when he was straining his back for days while installing new flooring. Being sensitive to the receiving end of my silver lining speeches is my niche.

But some situations deserve a silent reflection on the silver lining that might be found in each situation. When the outcome favors you over someone else, knowing when not to speak might be the most important lesson of all.

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Sue's Muse - Gilbert, a lovable, playful friend

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
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Gilbert loves people, especially children, and they love him. Why wouldn’t they? Gilbert is a fine specimen of a dog with a shiny black coat and a quirky, fun personality. His intelligence shines through his bright eyes. People are drawn to Gilber ..... 
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Wykoff news

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Columnists

John Rezarch resigned recently as Public Works Director/head waste water supervisor for the City of Wykoff. Misty Heusinkveld and Cindy Erding spent the weekend visiting Bethany Erding in Washington, D.C. Some have tulips in bloom and others hav ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that. - 3.28.16

By Kathy Little

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
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A little bit of magic happens in Houston, Minn., every Tuesday and Thursday. Mature women wearing street clothes converge on the community center. They climb the stairs to the second floor and begin placing folding chairs in a semi-circle. Then t ..... 
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A View From The Woods

By Loni Kemp

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
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Marker tree On a warm, sunny March afternoon my daughter and I decide to sneak in a walk back through the woods to check on the maple syrup taps. We slide into rubber boots because the ground is beginning to get soft. We head off down the trail, en ..... 
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The Working Mom 3.14.16

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Mar 11th, 2016
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Butter, bread, and gadgets As a good Norwegian girl, my menu often consists of something with bread and butter and my hips have said “thank you” for many years. We moms are always hearing about what food is good for our family, bad for our f ..... 
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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; ..... 
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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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