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Merry Christmas and may your nights sparkle with starlight
Merry Christmas and a happy holiday to everyone! I'm grateful your interest in the blog as well as your many comments and observations. Thank you! I hope Santa brought you a gift certificate for a h...
12/25/12 at 11:30 AM
The Christmas Crock-Pot ... or not
It shouldnt have come as a surprise that Godson Reece grabbed the largest present in his stash to open up first during our family Christmas gathering on Sunday. The surprise for both of us came when ...
12/24/12 at 5:19 PM The many faces for Santa Claus 12/26/11 at 9:40 PM
The holiday house 12/18/11 at 9:40 PM
Bringing the Story of Christ's Birth to Life
Many times during the winter months when we have chores to do at the barn for our heifer calves, my mind is full of wonderment about our barn. It was built by my husbands great grandfather in...
12/23/12 at 8:00 PM Imperfect Christmas Trees 12/20/10 at 8:00 PM
Christmas Time is a New Plateau
For as long as I can remember, the Christmas season has always resonated something deep within me. As a boy in northern Minnesota, it was Christmas programs at school and church, the music on the rad...
12/22/12 at 10:31 AM A New Plateaus Christmas: ) 12/22/11 at 6:15 PM
Rural Reflections Christmas Radio
Here is this week's Rural Reflections Christmas Radio program, Christmas Letter to Dave...
12/20/12 at 8:36 AM Christmas Letter to Dave 12/16/12 at 7:59 AM
Rural Reflections Christmas Radio 12/14/12 at 7:52 AM
A ringing success
Ok, sorry about that. Couldn't resist. Of course, most of you are probably thinking, "Huh?" Except Trevor, who's thinking "Lame!" because he knows what I'm talking about. So now I'm going to enlighte...
12/19/12 at 9:05 AM Amaryllis lineup 12/14/12 at 8:42 AM
Candy-mania 12/5/12 at 8:48 AM
Less Than 100 Days Until Christmas
Yes.I said it, less than 100 days until Christmas. But what if this year we decided to think a little different about holidays? What would happen if we focused less on trying to buy the love of our ...
9/20/12 at 10:22 PM Consider Quality Not Quantity 12/13/11 at 11:57 AM
Give The Gift Of Experiences 11/28/11 at 11:11 AM
Beijing Means Business
Here's a picture book for your eyes and minds highlighting some illegal entrepreneurs, the business district of bustling Beijing and Walmart in China. Enjoy! A common sight in Chinese cities are the...
7/14/12 at 9:03 AM
The real jewels
I was having a green Christmas. Not the evergreen, pine boughs or holly shade of green, but one of a more jealous hue. It was almost 20 years ago, and I was spending Christmas Eve with my husband, my ...
12/21/11 at 9:47 AM
Mocha Kissy Cookies require no kissing before eating
When you work with preschoolers as I did for many years during my career in early childhood education, you learn how to hold in your laughs. From the mouths of those sweet, innocent little children c...
12/4/11 at 10:27 PM Pecan-Topped Gingersnap Cookies 12/11/10 at 7:00 AM
German Springerle-Making Day 12/9/10 at 1:06 AM
Christmas trees pop up at Capitol
12/2/11 at 4:50 PM Minnesota's Jewish Santa organizes Senate gift exchange 11/20/11 at 6:57 PM
Frazzled for the holidays
I enjoy the holiday season as much as the next person, but guess what? It's always a relief when Jan. 2 rolls around and life returns to normal. Talk about irony: This is supposed to be a happy time ...
11/25/11 at 11:17 AM
Far Guy has been building me a coffin. He built it out in the garage, I told him what dimensions I needed and he came up with a design. I helped him seal the outside, but we are leaving the inside ba...
8/5/10 at 5:51 AM The Best Gift Giver Ever 12/29/09 at 4:21 AM
Christmas 2009: Part Two 12/27/09 at 6:24 AM
Russian (Mexican Wedding) Teacakes
This time of the year, my mom is busy in the kitchen making Christmas cookies. Last year, I helped her make the cutouts (Santas, snowmen, stars, etc.). And when we finished, I realized ...
12/8/09 at 2:55 PM
Gifts for birders
It's almost Christmas. OK, thankfully, it's not almost Christmas. But a friend in Indiana is thinking about Christmas gift-giving. She chose her dad's name for their family gift exchange, and it happe...
10/5/09 at 1:05 PM