Siri is slowly doing away with recipe books, how-to manuals and other tried and true handy references.
Our old backyard apple tree has been busy bearing fruit, and we’ve been busy harvesting.
Since our McIntosh apples are somewhat “vintage” I consulted my 1950s-era community cookbooks for old-...
My friend, Carrie, and I recently took advantage of cheap airfare and an invitation to stay in her family’s Las Vegas timeshare.
I wouldn’t describe either of us as impulsive, but sometimes good deals are too good to pass up, and sometimes spur-of-the moment plans actually work.
Within days of...
My kids tell me I worry too much.
They’re probably right. They should know. My worries are mostly due to them.
I didn’t used to worry.
I used to live a worry-free, carefree — even careless — life.
I grew up on farm where we roamed, sometimes barefoot. And we sometimes stepped on rusty nails that...
Weed or flower?
Lawn beauty is in
the eye of the beholder
I can’t help but notice a sea of flowering clovers across our lawn this summer.
The blossoms smell sweet and the white petals create a pleasant contrast against the green backdrop.
That’s what I see.
The lawn snob in our house sees an...
God makes promises;
It’s up to us to
discover the pots of gold
A Yosemite National Park visitor in 2010 recorded his reaction to a double rainbow in a goofy YouTube video that went viral.
“Whoa, man! … It’s a double rainbow … all the way ... That’s intense,” he says while panning the horizon in...
Stumping the word expert at her own game
Online quiz offers lessons in words and humility
As children of an editor, my sons grew up with impeccable grammar and a solid command of the English language.
I was surprised then to find the ninth-grader struggling with sentence homework earlier this...
When our beloved golden retriever died two years ago, we were heartbroken.
Ginger’s absence in our home left a hole in our hearts in more ways than we could have imagined.
We missed all the things that dog companions often take for granted — a wagging tail to greet us at the door, a wet tongue to “...
I’m not planning to die (soon) but I can plan today how I’d like to die in the end
My mom and I attended “The Convenings” Thursday in Luverne, and after covering the topic in the Star Herald, I was looking forward to the event.
Cathy Wurzer’s discussion with local experts shed light on what it...
While interviewing Sewing Basket owner Barb Bork and employee Barb Sandbulte last week, I was struck by their enthusiasm for all things crafty and creative. To the non-crafty person (me), their world is a strange new territory.
However, a faint wave of nostalgia came over me when I stepped into...
We’re almost at year’s end and by now most of us have already been to our share of Christmas parties and family gatherings.
It’s no wonder that the holiday season and cold and flu season often become one and the same, what with all the handshaking and coughing into hands going on all at once.