Monthly Archives: March 2012


  Muskrat, muskrat candlelight Doin’ the town and doin’ it right In the evenin’, it’s pretty pleasin’   Muskrat Susie, muskrat Sam Do the jitterbug out in muskrat land And they shimmy, and Sammy’s so skinny   And they whirled … Continue reading

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Who is that crazy lady running about her yard, shrieking for her husband to quick, come outside and look, snapping pictures at the sky, north, west, south and east? Oh yes, that’s me. I guess I’m a weather freak now.  … Continue reading

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  I have been scanning the yard for true signs of Spring after my Robin Redbreast discovery. The grass is greening more each day and a true “leafing out” of trees and shrubs, it seems, would seal the promise for … Continue reading

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  Whenever I thought of  Shakespeare’s soothsayer advising Julius Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March,” I hadn’t a clue. Ides could have been, for all I knew, a boogeyman of the nth degree. A hocus-pocus curse. A portent of … Continue reading

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When Kristen Daum, the Fargo Forum reporter, came to Aunt Lil’s in Hickson, North Dakota last week, we didn’t know what to expect.  My cousins – Debbie, Ross and Curt were there, along with Aunt Lil. Kristen  had surprised us … Continue reading

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This is the year that this boy becomes 18. What his grandfather calls – “A Milestone Birthday!” Samuel Aaron Johnson, fittingly, officially moves into adulthood in the year 2012. Sam and I bonded a few years ago on the topic … Continue reading

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  “It sounded like the Gestapo coming for Anne Frank!” he said, as he described the flight of birds he had heard that day, flying directly over our house.  “Like a European siren you hear in foreign films – something … Continue reading

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  There may be wars and threats of wars in our greater world, odious politicians yapping for special interests across our continent, inner city crime and rising gas prices, zero growth jobs, jobs, jobs, hunger and cancer – but all … Continue reading

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  Okay –  Kevin, Steven, Tony and Jenny, Sheila – and all our California friends who now stand poised to marvel, exclaim and covet the following: In the center of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, sits Lake Alice, ringed by a panorama … Continue reading

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