The Luck of the Irish (or in this case, a Scot)

              I’m not Irish as far as I know, but I do consider myself lucky. After all, I’m still here at 95! And as luck would have it, my granddaughter Monica was born on St. Patrick’s Day. Monica has always been feisty, and now she’s an aeronautical engineer and…

A Streetcar Named Trouble

Story time! When I was about a year old, my parents packed our little family up and moved us to a house on Fourth Street on the east side of St. Paul. (This would hardly be the last move, but more about that another time.) A streetcar ran on tracks right outside the house, and…

The Truth About Senior Living

When you think of senior living, do you envision quiet, lonely people just sitting around talking about the good old days? We’re actually a bit rowdier than that. We still love having fun, and still know how to have a good time. There’s always a new hobby to be tried, a game of poker to…

Memories for Memorial Day Weekend

I’m a WAC gal (Woman Army Corps) through and through, and still have many memories from my time stationed in England during WWII. There’s a documentary if you’re interested called Woman Serving in War. I’m sure I’ve bragged just a little bit about this Emmy Award-winning project, and made my family watch it a few times.…

The Importance of Travel in My Life

I’ve been fortunate enough to have done quite a bit of traveling in my life. This love all started when I was in the service. Before being stationed in Britain, the farthest I’d traveled from home was exotic South Dakota. I didn’t do much exploring my first time in England, but I made quite a…

A True Fish Story

I’ve loved fishing all my life. When I was a little kid my dad would take us fishing for Bullheads. No one really catches them anymore, but we used to do it a lot. The process was pretty unusual, but fun. You’d wade into the lake with your fishbowl and pull up the fish. We…

A Limerick about Limerick

Some years back, my second husband and I decided to travel to England and retrace my steps from WWII. Besides visiting the area where I was stationed, we journeyed throughout the United Kingdom. We had a lovely time, and sharing that part of my life with my husband brought us closer together and helped bring…

Helping Minnesota’s Seniors

It’s time to say the two words our legislators rarely hear: “Thank you.” When you see your lawmakers around your community, you may want to offer them your gratitude. A bipartisan group of 148 lawmakers came together in 2015 to pass reforms that help ensure that Minnesota seniors will get high quality care in a…