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lasagna is just spaghetti-flavored cake

Next weekend is National Lasagna Day. It happens that recently in our newsroom, ad sales rep Colt said we should have a pasta hot dish cook off, and he would be the judge. At first we weren't so sure, but when LeAnn said, "My lasagna is so good, I'll take it all,"?I had to intervene. Lasagna ...

Be the light

There's a lot of darkness in humanity. I've been covering the court case, and when?I come home at night, I pretty much have been trying to relax, meditating, and either looking at pictures of cats or petting my real one, Flannery O'Connor.There's also a lot of light in humanity, a whole gob of ...

Being Mindful

Mindfulness meditation. The words might make you think of a guru from one of the more contemplative religions leading ohms and aahs to a group of followers dressed in draping fabric. Meditation is not tied to any religion, though it can be part of your chosen religious practice or prayer ...

Happy Father’s Day

In case it snuck up on you, Sunday is Father's Day-a day to celebrate dad's, grandpas and great-grandpas.I personally jumped into fatherhood with both feet in marrying a lovely person with three children of her own-Dillon, Danica and Delaney.It took just a little more than a month when the ...

Love

I was driving around Emmet County early Wednesday morning, making my GMC happy after I had to get it jump-started. I went out by Gruver and around the way where the trees and grasslands are all a deeply cool green that helps me forget how blasting hot it is, and I try to not complain because ...

Time after Time

Here is the latest entry from Failure Club:?remember??Based on the reality series by Morgan Spurlock, we were going to start our own effort to take the plunge and try that thing you always wanted to do.Well, we didn't have any takers, but we can always try again later.Here's what I did: in the ...

The “May I speak to the manager?” haircut

I need a haircut, and I need to find a regular stylist here in Estherville. Now that I no longer live near Spencer nor work in Spirit Lake, it's time to migrate, and before my impossibly fine, chaotically wavy, strawberry blonde tresses take on a life of their own, I should pare them down to ...

Bar-be-cue lifts my spirits; I swear that it never fails

"and the sauce Mama makes just stays there forever if you dare to get it under your nails." If your kids were born in the '90s, maybe you were familiar with a little VHS tape called Billy Bunny's Animal Songs. Billy Bunny was/is a newer addition to The Muppets, and one of his friends is Emmet ...

Getting kids involved in summer activities

As the end of school approaches, many parents are looking for ways to entertain their kids this summer whether it is through vacation, camps or area activities.The great attribute about the area community is that it is family friendly and many local organizations are working to get kids ...

A dead dog, resilience, and the hope of summer

Our dog died. She was thirteen, very old for a black Lab. She did very well until shortly after we moved here. She was done after one or two throws of fetch. Then she didn't want to go outside much at all. Then she seemed to forget what she was doing. We had her on a sickbed made of old ...