The Past Should Be Forever

Prehistoric Indian Village is nestled between trees growing tall on a bluff above what is now Lake Mitchell.  Before the dam was built, Firesteel Creek fed the area.  It’s not difficult to find, if you pay attention to the signs leading you there (I didn’t).  Jerry and I eventually found our way, but …

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Sweet Dream

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Dreams are strange constructs of the human mind.  They can impel us to the peak of happiness and satisfaction or they can crush us into the abyss of despair.  The difference lies in what we’re willing to do to achieve our dreams:  How hard we’re willing to work; how long we’re willing …

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Randolph Railroad Days; the Cabin Fever Cure of Imagination

It’s late March, and it’s still winter in south-eastern Minnesota.  Monochrome snow, dormant trees and salt-crusted roads greet the eye every time you’re forced to go outdoors.  A person longs for warm sun, the varied shades of green in grass and healthy leaves, and the vivid colors of spring flowers, …

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Fit for Kings

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  “…So we’re getting together at Kings about three o’clock. Come if you can, we’d all love to see you.” “What’s Kings?” I ask. And my former supervisor Jon just stares at me.  After a few second he says, “You know where Wiederholt’s is?”  I nod; I’ve been there many …

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Y? Because.

Appearing on the National Register of Historic Places, this Y-shaped bridge has spanned the Licking and Muskingum Rivers in Ohio since 1814.  The first bridge (wooden trestle and stone piers) across the two spans was a toll bridge, with the toll house on the center pier – foot traffic 3 …

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Peace and Joy? Maybe next year…

It’s tradition – a present earnestly desired. It’s absurd – a tacky lamp won as an award which becomes a point of contention and embarrassment. It’s hauntingly familiar – have you ever been Triple-dog Dared? It’s an icon of childhood:  It’s A Christmas Story.  And Ralphie’s house in Cleveland, Ohio, has …

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Dashing down the slopes

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From high on the hill you look down on the scarred expanse of snow; a breeze bites at your cheeks, nose and ears, and you breathe deep of air made crisp with the dry cold of winter.  Lean forward now, weight balanced over the boots holding your ankles rigid, and begin …

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Breakfast at the Robin’s Nest

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Robin’s Nest Café Where: 11014 County Hwy. B, Hayward, Wisconsin When: Winter hours, open from 7am to 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday Contact information: Phone (715) 462-3132 Website: www.robinsnest-hayward.com  They also have a Facebook page We get up to Hayward, WI, twice a year; once in the summer for vacation, …

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Getting Lost – and loving it

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We’ve all been there. That moment during the vacation when maybe someone reads a map wrong, or maybe someone doesn’t hear the information the way they expected to hear it.  Suddenly a wrong turning is taken, maybe in heavy traffic, or an exit is missed, you’re getting lost in swarms of …

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Hoppin’ in Hayward

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[slideshow_deploy id=’2321′] Jerry and I get together with a group of friends in Hayward, WI every Thanksgiving weekend.  One of the activities is bar hopping; the biggest reason why it’s an adults-only time.  Me, since I don’t drink, I get to be sober cab, listen to increasingly-taller tales told by our …

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