Full Circle

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I listened from the middle of the living room floor, sprawled out like a fallen oak on a mossy knoll, resting a while in the midst of this week of packing up for college the two remaining kids — a task filled with all kinds of emotion. The ol’ push ... Read More

The Golden Years

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I was on my way to my class reunion, a hometown gathering I’ve been unable to attend for all kinds of reasons for three decades, and when the invitation came a year ago, I didn’t hesitate. It was “yes.” I could go, at last, and it was time to go back ... Read More

A Few Golden Hours

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Been a lot going on, yard work and family gatherings and lists all over the place — one for dorm supplies, one for new clothes, and toiletries, school supplies and forms to fill out. Check. Check. Check. Two weeks or so now and all three will be ... Read More

Summer Fever

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I’m still coming down from the great emotional waves of the graduations and the wedding, and if you hear that I ran after the car as my daughter and her new husband drove away for their honeymoon, it’s not true. I stood in the driveway and waved, ... Read More

A Morning Golden and True

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I was feeling a bit odd, our daughter and her new husband off on their honeymoon just that afternoon — a week up in Bayfield, Wisconsin, going to art festivals and beaches and on tours of islands and the lake itself. No computers. Little ... Read More

Funny How Things Work

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I had the good fortune of a last-minute ticket which allowed me to join the crowd at Macalester College, where Mr. Keillor and his friends put on One Fine Show out there on the Great Lawn. So many good people all in one place, and we sang “God Bless ... Read More

The Next Chapter

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad.  I was wrapping gifts all that while, and mixing up and cooking enough food for a few days — twice baked potatoes, and meatloaf, and some pasta salad with bacon and cheddar. Enough for a while. ... Read More

Pass It Along

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Spent a good amount of time going through the kitchen cupboards, cleaning and wiping and pulling out things I haven’t used for years so I might include them in the garage sale I’m having this week. There are a couple dozen homes participating, more ... Read More

One Humdinger of a Summer

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. Been a while now that life has ramped up with both college and high school kids home, and two graduations have come and gone with more-than-adequate celebrations on rain-free days. Not that rain is a bad thing, mind you. I, for one, am a big fan of a ... Read More

Everyone Makes a Mess Now and Then

Listened to the show Saturday and it was not bad. I’d finally given in, and spent most of the show in the chair near the window, sipping iced tea and thinking about what is and what is not important. I’d made a mess, you see, and gave more hours to it that afternoon than I’d care to admit. While ... Read More