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small towns

The first time I met Paul Bunyan I wet my pants. In my defense, I was only four years old — a skinny, sickly kid who was scared of most everything.  That summer our family had traveled to Brainerd, Minnesota to spend the day at Paul Bunyan Land, a small amusement park that had recently […]

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I grew up in a small, farming town in central Minnesota.  Our little hamlet had just one stop light and a population of about 3,000 people.  Needless to say, there was not much to do. My sisters and I were mainly left to our own devices.  When the weather was nice, we were expected to […]

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Post image for The Academy Awards and The Movie Decider

A version of this post ran last year, but I think old Mr. Parsons deserves another Oscar bow.  Do you ever feel as though you are moving backward instead of forward?  With all the hoopla leading up to the Oscars telecast this Sunday, backward is exactly what I’m feeling. Let me explain. When I was […]

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Yesterday was a lovely, sunny day.  My Mom and I went to lunch and then we played two games of cards.  Next, I suggested a drive and the two of us toured around town and then out in the country.  There were cows, plowed fields, clusters of trees, more fields and cows, and a lake […]

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Life in my small Minnesota town is markedly different than living in sprawling Los Angeles.  I’ve taken to keeping a journal handy so I can write down some of my experiences that I find amusing, irritating or sometimes just plain startling. Sadly, I’m probably the only one here who thinks these happenings are unusual — […]

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Small town living.  I was terribly worried two months ago when I relocated back to my rural Minnesota hometown.  How would I ever cope with small-town living after calling the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles home for so many years? What about the snow, the epic cold weather and the dearth of natural sunshine — […]

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I’ve been shopping a lot at Walmart lately.  When I lived in the Los Angeles area, there wasn’t one of their huge stores close by.  Even if there had been, I probably wouldn’t have shopped there anyway — since we had plenty of stores of all shapes and sizes to choose from and being a […]

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Since I’m making the long trip home again — this time by car — I thought it would be appropriate for me to share a post from a trip I made to visit my Mom last spring.  This was first published March 10, 2011. Think of me as I wind my way through Utah and […]

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