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Small world stories

November 1, 2019

“It’s a small world,” we frequently hear, even when we are not at Disneyland. Many of our small world stories revolve around the military. When my husband, Russ, spent some of his Army duty teaching...


Work planning

October 24, 2019

Planning a work session makes the work go easier. A few ideas on the efficient use of time and organization of supplies will serve you well whether cooking, doing crafts or other projects. The first...


Leadership

October 18, 2019

How do leaders become leaders? Experience such as my generation had back in the dark ages with 4-H and YCL (Young Citizens League, a regional organization) is how we learned. We conducted meetings and thought...


Cooking tips for new or experienced cooks

October 11, 2019

How many times have members of your family mildly bickered over wanting to have the middle piece of cake? You know, the part that has no crust. I solved that for baked goods with a...


Remnants of the CCC

October 4, 2019

The federal government surely does some odd things. No, I’m not talking about the present day, rather back during the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, known to the world as FDR, established a number...


Basic rural etiquette

September 27, 2019

When you move to the country, you will discover new cultures, vocabularies and educational opportunities. As part of the culture, you will discover rules of etiquette that you will need to know, even though they...


Not a problem

September 20, 2019

Each segment of our society has its own language, some of it specialized, some slang, and some just odd. Of course, doctors and lawyers have their languages which can usually be deciphered with some thought....


The yellow plate

September 13, 2019

One of the more thought-provoking classes the extension service did in the past had a title like “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Plate.” Of course, it has to do with inheritances, making life simpler for the...


Scholarship opportunity

September 6, 2019

Now that school is back in session I’m betting there are juniors and seniors who are wondering what they are going to do after graduation. They’ve heard all of the talk about deep student debt...


Summering for a farm wife

August 30, 2019

Farm and ranch wives do all sorts of jobs — being employed in town or staying at home — it’s all work. Gals who stay at home range from working outside all day to being...


Grimsby

August 22, 2019

This is a perfectly Grimsby day, I thought to myself the other morning as I looked out the window. Grimsby? Yes, and there is a tale to go with it. Way back in my college...


Sustainable ag

August 15, 2019

The term “sustainable agriculture” is frequently bantered about. When I first heard it being discussed, it seemed logical to me that “sustainable agriculture” simply meant an agricultural producer who managed to stay in business over...


Organization in cooking

August 2, 2019

A Reader’s Digest article from many years ago struck a chord and stayed with me. It concerned a woman who had been out of the workforce for several years while she raised a family. Once...


Culture gap

July 25, 2019

Arriving at the rural school late to pick up our sons after a farm parts run to the city, I found a note on the schoolhouse door. “I took the boys home with me,” signed,...


Safety ideas

July 19, 2019

I’ve got a question that was prompted after my niece told me about a safe driving course she attended while she was a sales representative for a drug company, a drug pusher if you will....


Young Citizens League

July 11, 2019

For those who went to a rural school in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota or Colorado, you may have gotten your first formal training in citizenship through Youth Citizens League or YCL. Recalling my days...


Gift to the graduates and everyone else

July 5, 2019

Graduation season brings out advice for graduates and the thoughts actually apply to everyone. Local Facebook chat rooms often have posts by people seeking employment. Maybe some of these suggestions will help. When looking for...


Internet discoveries

June 28, 2019

You know those lists that show up while you are on Facebook? I’m talking about the ones that give the safest towns, the most interesting town names, the best just about anything you can think...


Old days meet new ways

June 20, 2019

Although the calendar reminds us we are no longer living in the Old West of the 1800s and early 1900s, vestiges of the past are still in use. The contrasts may not be as vast...


Things we say

June 14, 2019

Nearly every acceptance speech known to recent man includes the words, “I am humbled by this award.” As sometimes happens, the word is incorrectly used, likely for the simple reason that “everyone is doing it.”...