Category Archives: History

Snapshots

Two years ago, my aunt Rosie gave me a cardboard  box of 35 mm slides she’d inherited from her aunt Annie from Germany. there were probably two to three hundred slides.    Most of the slides were taken before I … Continue reading

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Grandpa and The Overton Window

I (DM) became a grandpa twice more in 2014. Inconceivable! How can I, a young man of 27  be a grandpa four times over??? Wife was asked to babysit with Kasen  Saturday night so I tagged along. Sitting on the … Continue reading

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Retooling

Good morning from Middle Earth! 😉 I wanted to write  a quick update and let you know what’s going on around here.  I am retooling the blog.  I   have decided to go back to keeping two  separate active blogs,  a … Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Wake

It happened the  Fall of 2012.  The first time I  read a  poem  that  I instantly connected with. Heck, it was the first time I’d ever connected w/ a poem, period. I mentioned recently, I live in the Hinterlands far … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Machine

We started reading the Little House on the Prairie series together  last week.     I prefer to read a good book instead of watching brain deadening TV.  We just finished the first book Little House In the Big Woods, and came … Continue reading

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Remembering grandma

Grandma came to America in 1929. She was 23 years old. Picture of grandma when she was still single. She came to America with a girl friend. They, like thousands of others, came by ship… Grandma second from the right … Continue reading

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“Iowa Apples The Best”

      I’m  working on a local history project.   Friday I was in the  library looking through old microfilm going back to 1869.  The following article caught my eye:  Iowa Apples The Best         It caught my eye because my wife … Continue reading

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