April May June 2015

Just Finish

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One of my dad’s favorite stories is of his days as a runner for Westmar College.  His most famous track meet was held at the University of South Dakota where he ran the two-mile race.  At the sound of the gun, he got out to a fast start and even led the race for the […]

April May June 2015

Not Always What They Seem

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My sister had an Easy-Bake Oven that could make miniature cakes.  It was the coolest invention ever.  Small silver cake pans were placed on a rack, pushed into the oven, and in a matter of minutes there was a cake.  It could be decorated with icing, but my preference was taking it out of the […]

April May June 2015

Drives Me Crazy

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There is something that drives me crazy about my father.  He doesn’t finish sentences when he is speaking – especially when he has a lot on his mind or is in a hurry.  He will say most of a sentence, maybe mumble the last word or two, then move to the next sentence.  Drives me […]

April May June 2015

Lost

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I’m pretty sure that the sense of direction is innate.  It is always important for me to have my bearings and to know which direction I’m headed.  I can remember places and streets and landmarks from places that I traveled many years earlier.  My sister can’t find her way out of a shoebox. As a […]

April May June 2015

It’s Tough Being Three

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There are a couple phrases I’ve used.  The first is what I’ve been telling my three year old granddaughter – “It’s tough being three.”  For those that think it’s the “Terrible Two’s” haven’t had a three year old.  They are much more independent, have better language skills, know exactly what they want and don’t want, […]

April May June 2015

Bike Trip

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My brother and I bought road bikes that were our main transportation in high school.  But we also put on a bunch of trip miles one summer.  We biked to a church camp and were too tired to bike all the way home.   I remember that Dad was busy and wasn’t very pleased about having to pick us […]

April May June 2015

Elementary School Days

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My education doesn’t actually stretch back to a sod building or a one-room schoolhouse but it seems long ago. Here are a few random memories of my Elementary School Days: It was a privilege to smack the chalkboard erasers after school. The long ones made a lot more noise than the small black ones. I […]

April May June 2015

Pickup Lines

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Now that I have your attention.  On our recent trip to Haiti we spent a lot of time in the back of a pickup.  We did mobile clinics in three small villages and we got to the villages in the back of a pickup.  The roads are indescribable, but I’m going to try to describe […]

April May June 2015

Dementia & Caring

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Before our trip to Haiti, I went to the bank to withdraw a fairly large sum of cash to bring along for our projects and accommodations.  So it took a while for the banker to put the withdrawal together.  As I was waiting a women came to talk about her bank account.  She obviously was […]