‘Freedom Flight’ by Alan Van Ormer embraces the traditional Western

By Michael Tidemann Have you read a good Western lately? The traditional Western, a genre that saw its height from the 1940s to the 1960s, seemed to go out of disfavor for various reasons. Regionalism, a trademark of many Westerns, somehow took on a bad name. Modern society also seemed to forget the Western, deeming…

True love for a guy named Thom – part 1 of 2

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” “Love is a friendship that has caught fire.” Ann Landers. We met when we were 15, in drivers’ training class. He caught my eye and I his. We’ve been best friends ever since. Somewhere along the way, best friendship turned into something more and, before you can say, “I do,”…

It’s all how you look at it

Jean Matua “From the Heart” There is no question that Thanksgiving and Christmas (and the period from now until after New Year that we collectively refer to as “the Holidays”) will be very different this year from any other year. For nearly 3,000 families in Minnesota (as of Monday this week), a loved one cannot…

Fear

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Fear is in the air. It is in every breath we take. It fills our lungs. It dictates our actions. We dodge an invisible enemy, knowing it is out there, but never sure quite where or when…

What was ‘normal’ anyway?

Jean Matua “From the Heart” Like nearly everyone, I am tired of the words “unprecedented” and “new normal.” We hear them so many times every day, in so many contexts, that they may have lost their meaning. First of all, I am not convinced that what we’re experiencing this year is truly unprecedented. We have…

Social media ‘sniper’ attacks are bad for all

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Social media can be great for connecting with old classmates, family in various parts of the country, remembering birthdays, and even to share conversations with strangers around the world. But there’s a dark – and very hurtful – side of social media as well. People feel free to write horrid…

Let’s come together

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” I’ve never paid much attention to politics – until recently. When I was first eligible to vote at age 18 and even 19, I was too busy having fun. My teenage brain didn’t perceive politics as fun. So I didn’t vote. (Embarrassed to admit that now, but I try to…

We simply must show support

Jean Matua “From the Heart” Depending on how much time you spend watching the news or social media, we are all drowning in thoughts and words and deeds that would separate us far more than unite us. And this will only get worse in the days and weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election.…

Piling it on in 2020

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” The year 2020: Wow, in hindsight, who could have seen this coming? I thought we’d been through it all. A pandemic. The lockdown. The economy suffering because of the lockdown and pandemic. Family members losing jobs. My youngest son missing out on his last semester of high school. Virtual graduation.…

Website, email problems

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor I’m going to count this as just a one of the many surprises of this year. We’ve been experiencing hacks to our website for many months. It got so bad that we were sometimes locked out of updating it, so we changed hosts to improve the situation. After an easy…

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