Here is an article I wrote for the Beltrami County Historical Society a few months ago. It is timely due to the recent burning of the church on Saturday, Dec. 2. The arrival of Fathers Francis Xavier Pierz and Rev. Lawrence Lautischar in 1858 marked the beginning of St. Mary's Mission on the Red Lake Reservation in north central Minnesota.
Kathy and I just joined an elite group. The group is called "grandparents." The reason why it is an elite group is because grandparents can do no wrong. Just ask their grandchildren. Grandparents sit at the head table with God Almighty. Yup, we're grandparents. I'm sure our lives will never be the same. To celebrate the special occasion, I wore blue jeans for the first time in probably 50 years. See, my life has changed already.
No figurine exists that is as charming and warm as a Hummel depicting an innocent looking child smelling a dandelion. Those of you who own one or two or more would agree. "Are they still worth anything?" "Should you give Hummels for Christmas presents?"
Where have all the bookstores gone? I have never met a bookstore that I didn't like. With more books being purchased on line, the need for bookstores is nearly history. How sad it is to know that our young children may never experience what it is like to browse in a bookstore. There is warmth about bookstores that can't be duplicated in other stores. Bookstores make you feel as if you are sitting around a fireplace on a snowy evening drinking hot chocolate.
It looks like the Vikings are going to make a good run for the playoffs, which means there will be more interest in pro football, at least in Minnesota. No doubt, the opposite will be true in Wisconsin. Well, that's just the way the football bounces or doesn't bounce. Here is a test on how well you know your NFL teams. It's a good fun test for families, students and for those deer hunters who are still sitting in their stands waiting for that big buck to pass.
It's that time of year. The deer are supposed to be plentiful so you will probably get your deer early and have lots of time to sit around and tell jokes. I hope you do. Here is a good sampling of some of the most stupid jokes you can "impress" the gang with. Some are actually kind of funny, too. A deer hunter asked his Pastor if it was a sin to hunt on Sunday. "From what I hear about your aim," said the Pastor, "it's a sin for you to hunt any time." What is orange and sounds like a carrot? (A parrot.)
Can you imagine yourself having to spend 30 years in a Tijuana prison -- voluntarily? If you were a member of the Nazi party and very wealthy during World War II, how would you feel about giving away everything you have to save 1,100 Jews? Sister Antonia Brenner was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 1926, and came from a wealthy family. She grew up as Mary Clarke in ritzy Beverly Hills and was the mother of seven children. She divorced twice but in later life became a Roman Catholic nun.
Some of the best ideas in the world have passed us by and they were right in front of our noses. That doesn't mean we can't use them. How about a staircase that is made into drawers? You can put your socks in the first step, keys in the second step and boxer shorts in the third step and so on up the stairs. Then there is the built in wall extension cord. How ingenious! Perhaps it is not as ingenious as a dustpan that cleans off the bristles of the broom. We could use that with all of the dog hair on our floors.
When the leaves have mostly fallen and Jack Frost has put a white coating on your roof, you know that summer is bidding you farewell. It may linger for a day or two now and then, but the sun has said its goodbye and is on its way south to find a new home below the equator.
Think how boring life would be if we didn't have bumper stickers? They didn't appear until 1927 when the Model A introduced bumpers as a safety measure. Forest Gill, a silkscreen printer from Kansas City, gets credit for the first bumper sticker when he pioneered the use of adhesive to stick them to vehicles. I'm not sure what the first bumper sticker said but it was probably something like: IF THE WORDS ON THIS STICKER ARE GETTING BIGGER, YOU ARE PROBABLY GETTING TOO CLOSE. Whenever we see a bumper sticker, it's a teachable moment.