Bursting With Loyalty

By some standards, I am a very loyal person. Namely, judging by the number of “loyalty cards” causing my so-called slimfold (now more “jumbo-sized”) wallet to nearly burst at its seams, or by the quantity of conveniently sized rectangular plastic doo-hickeys affixed to my keychain (it would be more accurate to call it a “card…
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The Christmas Clarinet

Have you ever felt like one of the unwanted playthings from the Island of Misfit Toys?  You know, that sad, rather mystical place where Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer lands for a time and discovers a troupe of dispirited toys–a spotted elephant, a “Charlie-in-the box,” a choo-choo train with square wheels and a bird that swims,…
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Come “nigh” To The Manger

If it’s December, you know what’s going on (besides frenzied shopping, frantic Christmas card writing, loads of baking and “cleaning for company”)–Sunday School Christmas pageants in churches of all denominations.  Although I lack a teacher’s temperament, some years ago I nevertheless landed an unlooked-for gig as a piano accompanist and assistant with our church’s children’s…
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The Carnival Barker

As a girl growing up in lower North Mankato, the annual community celebration dubbed “North Mankato Fun Days” was a highlight of my childhood summers. Watching the crowds throng to the usually quiet Wheeler Park, now aglow with the Trabant, a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and the predictable selection of small-town carnival rides, was far more…
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A Bloody Good Cause

The blessing of good health can never be overestimated.  How fortunate those of us are who can wake up each morning, lift our own bodies out of bed and go about our daily endeavors unaided by multiple medications or other humans!  It’s more than easy to take mobility and a general sense of well-being for…
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