Answering The Call, I Guess

In a fit of patriotic guilt, I agreed to campaign for a local senator on Saturday. I have met him at a few of his local listening sessions, found him to be a good person, interested in his constituents, and sympathetic to our needs, which is pretty much what I want in a representative. Still,…
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Downgraded Accommodations?

Downgraded accommodations? Our first cat was a stray my future husband found late one night, on a dark street in River Falls. He brought her home, an appeasement gift he hoped would make up for the fact that he’d attended a party without me that night; it worked. We named her Foxy and she was…
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Western Wisconsin Minnesota Election Blues

I live in Western Wisconsin, which means that, although I am not a Minnesota voter, I am uniquely qualified to offer knowledgeable commentary on Minnesota elections. This is because cable, satellite, and antenna-beamed local channels are Minnesota channels. On one hand, it can be frustrating to be subjected to election-year political ads about candidates for…
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Audacity And Tattered Wings

It was Labor Day weekend, and my husband, Chris, and I had decided to treat ourselves to Subway sandwiches for supper. When we parked at the New Richmond Subway restaurant, we noticed a Black Swallowtail butterfly on the ground in front of our vehicle. I poked my cane in its direction, to see if it…
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Dead Mouse Hunting

We hoped that it was a mouse. A larger creature might require an entire kitchen renovation, right down to tearing down walls, and my husband held out hope that a small creature, like a mouse, would decompose too rapidly for that to be necessary. Since Friday, we had been dealing with a really awful smell…
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