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A Place That Felt Like Home

By Katherine Becklin-Johnson It rose up like a beacon on the 200 acre dairy farmstead, set in a valley near the wild Pecatonica River in the lush green unglaciated hills of Southwest Wisconsin. This simple wooden and stone structure bore … Continue reading

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Branding Day

By Violet Suta Moran Branding was not a happy time for those on the receiving end but I remember it as an exciting day when I was a child expecting visitors and lots of action on our Montana ranch. First … Continue reading

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Beavers’ Tale

By Faith Ellestad One theory of eternity, my current favorite, involves the ability to return to earth as a different entity.  Given a choice, I think I might like to return as Castor canadensis, a good old North American beaver. … Continue reading

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Governor’s Island Magic

By Ellen Magee If the number and size of the Mendota Mental Health grounds’ effigy mounds are any indication, Governor’s Island and the Mendota lakeshore surrounding it for miles was sacred ground to the early inhabitants of the area. I … Continue reading

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 Only One Shoe

By Patricia LaPointe You awaken to see the alarm clock with its bright red numbers. It’s 2:00 AM. You walk the halls  and check each of your daughters’ rooms to be sure they’ve all returned home. One daughter is missing. … Continue reading

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Wednesdays

By Mona Jean Harley Wednesday, March 17, 2021. I am feeling such nostalgia and wonder today as I reflect on the significance of Wednesday connections today and throughout the years. I’m working from home today, the one day per week … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect

By Faith Ellestad College just wasn’t my thing. Come to think of it, neither was high school. My brother, one year older, was a focused, stellar student and valedictorian of his high school class. An unenthusiastic student and younger sister, … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Rug

By Kaye Ketterer Round and round she walks while saying, “come on Mua Mua, follow me. Stay on the track.” This is often a scene when my granddaughter Elena is at my house. She uses the braided rug in my … Continue reading

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My Father: The Farmer In His Dell

By Kurt Baumann People familiar with Sherlock Holmes stories may not know that he had a brother. Only devoted fans know his brother, Mycroft, seven years older than Sherlock, had superior powers of deduction, but was unsuited for detective work … Continue reading

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Leila, Lost and Found

 By Mary Ellen Gambutti In 1957, at age six, I learned from my adoptive parents about the “lost ones” whom I might never meet. My worry and wondering peaked at forty with anxiety that would only be quelled by knowing.  On … Continue reading

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