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Sunday Morning, my favorite television news show, featured some great reporting this week.  There was a profile of author and nerd-champion John Green, a segment on the flying-female WASPS of World War II and a lengthy cover story about one-room schoolhouses. The segment on the lessons of one-room schoolhouses really caught my attention. I grew […]

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Last week, I did something stupid.  I had my car washed.  Less than a day later my white Camry hybrid was completely filthy again.  The outside looked as though it hadn’t been cleaned off in many a year.  Inside, the pricey, molded floor mats were again a melty sea of gravel, dirty slush and salt […]

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The White Stuff is Here

by Nancy Wurtzel on November 12, 2012

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Here’s the thing about snow: It’s sneaky. Last night when I went to bed it was misting lightly.  Innocently,  I drifted off into slumberland.  When I opened my bedroom blinds this morning, there it was — a heavy dusting of the white stuff covering my lawn, accenting the trees and swirling in the air. I […]

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Fall in Minnesota

by Nancy Wurtzel on November 1, 2012

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Fall in Minnesota. Don’t blink or you could miss it.  A few weeks ago I was running the air conditioning but overnight it turned chilly. Then the leaves began to fall and fall and fall.  Floating down in a rainbow of colors, they were everywhere. Raking suddenly became a part-time job.  I can’t keep ahead […]

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Mike and The Rambler

by Nancy Wurtzel on October 8, 2012

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Mike is now my main man. Let me explain. Early last summer, when it was warm and lovely and the warm weather seemed as though it would never end, I decided to buy a home.  I found a rambler (what is commonly called a ranch home in many areas of the country) in the twin […]

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California Dreamin’

by Nancy Wurtzel on July 16, 2012

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I am in California, land of the ubiquitous toilet seat protectors.  I’ve been away for almost nine months and it’s good to be back, even though I won’t be staying.  California certainly isn’t perfect but there is much that I miss about my adopted home of 30 plus years. Topping the list, of course, has to […]

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Adjusting to life in a very small, rural town is an ongoing process.  Sure, I was born and raised in this little Minnesota hamlet, but I moved away just after high school graduation and only came back for short visits thereafter. During my time away, I moved to Los Angeles where I lived in a […]

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Summer is here in central Minnesota.  My sister and her husband have returned from their winter home in Florida and we are all living (albeit a bit snugly) in The Little House on the Prairie. My sister loves yard work, so I have been helping her weed, lay down mulch, clean out dead branches and […]

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News from Little House on the Prairie: Nature is noisy. Yesterday was my day to sleep in.  But just as the sun was coming up over the Minnesota horizon, I  was awakened by a cacophony of noise. I’d left the window open the night before, since it was extremely hot and muggy after a big […]

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The Birds Return

by Nancy Wurtzel on April 12, 2012

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They are back.  Returning one-by-one, in small groups and in huge formations that cover the sky.  They fly, squawk, chirp, sing, soar, float on lakes, make family nests, occasionally fight and poop everywhere. They are the Minnesota birds.  And, the ducks.  And, the geese.  And, the loons.  They are everywhere. Yesterday, I came upon two […]

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The feedback on my recent post about dementia, What Makes Me Angry? Dementia., was truly heartwarming.  Quite a few of my friends called and emailed, while others posted on my Facebook page or retweeted the story to their followers.  Thanks to LinkedIn and a few other social media sites, hundreds of new readers visited Dating […]

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