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Columns for 2018

January
01-05-2018 Our “all-American” Christmas
01-12-2018 Feeding bodies and souls
01-19-2018 “You guys are my sisters”
01-26-2018 Embracing my Scandinavian side

February
02-02-2018 "50 years later, progress, or not"
02-09-2018 The cat who thought he was a dog
02-16-2018 Thrifty to nifty
02-23-2018 My last constant

March
03-02-2018 “Anecdotes by me”
03-09-2018 “The Glitter and the Gloom”
03-16-2018 Tinkering with time
03-23-2018 Laughing or snoring?
03-30-2018 Hitting the hay any time of day?

April
04-06-2018 April fool
04-13-2018 Guenther, our friend
04-20-2018 Family matters
04-27-2018 Sowing seeds

May
05-04-2018 William's bench
05-11-2018 Monarchs over Manhattan
05-18-2018 Ione talks to us
05-25-2018 “Some Enchanted Evening”

June
06-01-2018 A need to be needed
06-08-2018 Eighth wonder of Wales
06-15-2018 Big Jim, Sparky and Jan
06-22-2018 No driving ambition
06-29-2018 Where the heart is

July
07-06-2018 Big Apple seeds travel to the Little Apple and return
07-13-2018 Road trip!
07-20-2018 More than a walk in the woods
07-27-2018 It's complicated

August
08-03-2018 Heart of Metz
08-10-2018 The Templar Knights back in the day
08-17-2018 Oso fine!
08-24-2018 The old table
08-31-2018 All grown up

September
09-07-2018 A magical day
09-14-2018 Celebrating each and every day
09-21-2018 Down a rabbit hole
09-28-2018 Glorious autumn

October
10-05-2018 "I’ve got my tree, I’m good here"
10-12-2018 Crush on cranberries
10-19-2018 Meals in Minutes
10-26-2018 All things pumpkin

November
11-02-2018 "Where the Buffalo roam"
11-09-2018 Bells of Peace
11-16-2018 The 45 x 90 Club
11-23-2018 Petroglyphs, Pokémon and painted skies
11-30-2018 The joke's on me!

December
12-07-2018 A bit richer
12-14-2018 It's snow fun!
12-21-2018 Stuffed with memories
12-28-2018 Memories of my hometown grocers

Columns for 2017

January
01-06-2017 Random intersections
01-13-2017 It speaks to me!
01-20-2017 From creepy to intriguing
01-27-2017 Boat, birds, bears and books

February
02-03-2017 “Gloria’s Great Adventure”
02-10-2017 Celebrations, comfort, convenience and cookies
02-17-2017 The right blend
02-24-2017 Tomatoes, pins and memories

March
03-03-2017 Standing here amazed
03-10-2017 I never met a language I didn’t like
03-17-2017 The truth about Ireland
03-24-2017 A magical night
03-31-2017 Strong women

April
04-07-2017 Learning how to see
04-14-2017 What a crock!
04-21-2017 Daffy about daffodils
04-28-2017 A story 100 years in the making

May
05-05-2017 Connected by a thread
05-12-2017 Connected by a thread - Part II
05-19-2017 “What, me worry?”
05-26-2017 Words

June
06-02-2017 A surprising family
06-09-2017 Washington's wonders
06-16-2017 Mom’s Chicago cowboy!
06-23-2017 Lost in translation
06-30-2017 Wildalpen, Wales, weddings and a waterfall

July
07-07-2017 Cornish surprise
07-14-2017 An heirloom shower
07-21-2017 Balancing the familiar with the unexpected
07-28-2017 Nerds on vacation

August
08-04-2017 Moral clarity
08-11-2017 Doing nothing
08-18-2017 WWW - Whirlwind Wyoming Wedding!
08-25-2017 Jack Kirby and Horseshoe Woods

September
09-01-2017 Vive le francais
09-08-2017 Totally worth the effort
09-15-2017 Back then
09-22-2017 Rocks, registers and ruts
09-29-2017 It wasn't crazy at all

October
10-06-2017 Man-made wonders inspire awe - and differing views
10-13-2017 It takes a team
10-20-2017 The way it “waus”
10-27-2017 A great funeral - as in “fun”-eral

November
11-03-2017 Affecting eternity
11-10-2017 The lilting language of lullabies
11-17-2017 “... Smell my feet; give me something good to eat”
11-24-2017 Our neighbor to the south

December
12-01-2017 Friends and family
12-08-2017 Wabi-sabi ... just my style
12-15-2017 Just big kids
12-22-2017 Wishing you a not-quite-perfect Christmas
12-29-2017 One constant in a world of change

Columns for 2016

January
01-01-2016 Hiraeth - all hearts go home for Christmas
01-08-2016 Listening to yourself
01-15-2016 A time for landscapes, portraits and still lifes
01-22-2016 Devoted to "Downton" and hopping with "Hoppy"
01-29-2016 "Measure twice, but cut once"

February
02-05-2016 Lifeline letters from a friend
02-12-2016 History lost
02-19-2016 "...That little candle ..."
02-26-2016 "Don't cry because it's over..."

March
03-04-2016 Caucusing in Kansas
03-11-2016 "An especially appropriate setting"
03-18-2016 For the living
03-25-2016 10,000 steps, 3,000 miles and 8 glasses of water

April
04-01-2016 Surprise
04-08-2016 Another glass of Marsala, please!
04-15-2016 My Fibonacci flowers
04-22-2016 The measure of a man - or a woman
04-29-2016 Getting what we need

May
05-06-2016 Mom's treasure
05-13-2016 Trees of my life
05-20-2013 Promenade
05-27-2016 Cedar snapshots

June
06-03-2016 Remodeling "fun"
06-10-2016 A lively time
06-17-2016 Hopeful chests
06-24-2016 Daft over gardens

July
07-01-2016 Bumps in the road
07-08-2016 A day Mom would have loved
07-15-2016 A bend in the Moselle
07-22-2016 Missing pictures
07-29-2016 Froggy went a courtin'

August
08-05-2016 Not in the guide books
08-12-2016 Clay Center on my mind
08-19-2016 Pizza and pétanque
08-26-2016 Highway 77 adventure

September
09-02-2016 Pen-pal diplomacy
09-09-2016 A roadbed less traveled
09-16-2016 From problem to child's play
09-23-2016 A birthday gift to myself
09-30-2016 Merci, danke, gracias, and tack så mycket

October
10-07-2016 Friends who can't say "au revoir"
10-14-2016 Through new eyes
10-21-2016 Our “Blue Highways”
10-28-2016 Rømmegrøt and figgyhobbin

November
11-04-2016 Ten pounds in 10 days
11-11-2016 The French remember
11-18-2016 A different autumn
11-25-2016 Thankful for the four Es

December
12-02-2016 An important date
12-09-2016 Going down in history
12-16-2016 Special Christmas images
12-23-2016 Christmas and the poinsettia
12-30-2016 Through the years

Columns for 2015

January
01-02-2015 Sunday meandering
01-09-2015 Happy 60, sis!
01-16-2015 A round "tuit"
01-23-2015 "Rosebud"
01-30-2015 Forever 31

February
02-06-2015 Road maps
02-13-2015 Time travel
02-20-2015 What's old is new again
02-27-2015 Art's artistry

March
03-06-2015 "Leg godt" with LEGOs!
03-13-2015 Hell raisers helped pave the way
03-20-2015 Just out of reach
03-27-2015 "I wish it was real!"

April
04-03-2015 Letting go
04-10-2015 Happy Sibs Day!
04-17-2015 For whom the bells tolled
04-24-2015 "I wonder how the folks kept going"

May
05-01-2015 "The hills are alive"
05-08-2015 Opening and closing doors
05-15-2015 Remember "The 101"
05-22-2015 A relaxing day with family and friends
05-29-2015 "I don't even know these people!"

June
06-05-2015 Notes to myself
06-12-2015 Just a Sunday evening in September
06-19-2015 Whirlwind weekend
06-26-2015 Luxembourg to London to Llangollen

July
07-03-2015 The delights of Alsace
07-10-2015 Animal tales
07-17-2015 Letting go feels good!
07-24-2015 Little things
07-31-2015 Taking precedence over presidents

August
08-07-2015 Shooting the family
08-14-2015 Finding Floyd
08-21-2015 Vacation within a vacation
08-28-2015 Losing an old friend

September
09-04-2015 Pantyhose, papers and more
09-11-2015 Awesomesauce
09-18-2015 Oh là là - une aventure!
09-25-2015 "If I don't tell it, who will?"

October
10-02-2015 Supermoon Sunday
10-09-2015 What Brown did for Art
10-16-2015 Patriotism, pep rally and prayer
10-23-2015 "Rich in new experiences"
10-30-2015 Smile!

November
11-06-2015 Merci for the "Friendship"
11-13-2015 A "lovey" to love
11-20-2015 A little bit of Potter's world
11-27-2015 It's their time now

December
12-04-2015 No turbaconducken, piecaken or cherpumple for us!
12-11-2015 The humble, the simple, the understated, and the imperfect
12-18-2015 "The days are long, but the years are short"
12-25-2015 "Not to get it done, but to have fun!"

Columns for 2014

January
01-03-2014 Sledding, shoveling and snowman-making
01-10-2014 "What hath Todd wrought?"
01-17-2014 A different kind of New Year"
01-24-2014 Frozen Charlotte
01-31-2014 Grading the grader

February
02-07-2014 My "beautifully irrational love"
02-14-2014 Good from bad
02-21-2014 Movie magic
02-28-2014 "Graupeling" with the weather

March
03-07-2014 Howard
03-14-2014 Talk to me
03-21-2014 "It's good to be 90!"
03-28-2014 Treasure hunt

April
04-04-2014 Cuckoos aren't so crazy
04-11-2014 Library music
04-18-2014 Playing hooky
04-25-2014 A bite of the Big Apple

May
05-02-2014 Egg-straordinary exhibit
05-09-2014 Sweet compensation
05-16-2014 Cognitive biases
05-23-2014 A perfect day - well, not quite
05-30-2014 From Normandy to Notre Dame

June
06-06-2014 Stories of sacrifice
06-13-2014 French connection
06-20-2014 A quiet beach
06-27-2014 Special among the 28,000

July
07-04-2014 Pardon my French
07-11-2014 Travel technology
07-18-2014 Our German kids
07-25-2014 Ghosts of "The Great War"

August
08-01-2014 A capital affair!
08-08-2014 Road to liberty
08-15-2014 "Fill 'er up?"
08-22-2014 Urban design meets cottage chic
08-29-2014 My trip to Paradise

September
09-05-2014 Skyping, swimming and 7-UP salad
09-12-2014 To shred or not to shred
09-19-2014 Next stop - the nearest Culver's!
09-26-2014 Surprises

October
10-03-2014 May cause brain over-load
10-10-2014 Lemons to lemonade
10-17-2014 Different, yet alike
10-24-2014 An important anniversary
10-31-2014 Eusebia would be proud!

November
11-07-2014 Magnum, monkey, Maleficent, M&M's and more
11-14-2014 And then there was Three
11-21-2014 I can see (almost) clearly now
11-28-2014 "Wir sind ein Volk"

December
12-05-2014 The show must go on
12-12-2014 Swedish food and Swedish memories
12-19-2014 A bit of holiday serendipity
12-26-2014 From beast to beauty

Columns for 2013

January
01-04-2013 Family pfeffernuts - take two!
01-11-2013 Christmas lite
01-18-2013 Ash to ashes
01-25-2013 Close encounters of the bird kind

February
02-01-2013 O, Christmas tree
02-08-2013 140 pounds of words
02-15-2013 "Now I'm glad I came!"
02-22-2013 A Wildcat 150!

March
03-01-2013 "Snowpocalypse"
03-08-2013 Sidetracked in Industry
03-15-2013 "Outside the box"
03-22-2013 This Boulevard’s for you
03-29-2013 My brain on music

April
04-05-2013 "Peeps" for the "Peep"le
04-12-2013 First spring
04-19-2013 Smoot sailing
04-26-2013 A noteworthy day

May
05-03-2013 Kooks to cookies
05-10-2013 The rubber-chicken circuit
05-17-2013 Reports of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated
05-24-2013 Whatever happened to aprons?
05-31-2013 Yikes! So many bikes!

June
06-07-2013 "To travel is to live!"
06-14-2013 Gensler Strasse 66
06-21-2013 A quiet hillside
06-28-2013 Family reunions - the same everywhere

July
07-05-2013 Dad and the aliens
07-12-2013 July surprise
07-19-2013 Quarter of a century
07-26-2013 It's Miller time!

August
08-02-2013 A sense of wonder
08-09-2013 Gymanfa Ganu
08-16-2013 "I want to take the scenic road"
08-23-2013 Tees!
08-30-2013 Cabbage with a connection

September
09-06-2013 Weekend in Shangri-La
09-13-2013 Qualifying for a cheaper meal!
09-20-2013 Treat to trauma
09-27-2013 Routine or rut?

October
10-04-2013 Blue dudes and more!
10-11-2013 Sleep tight!
10-18-2013 No Clue
10-25-2013 "All she wrote" for cursive?

November
11-01-2013 "Misty, water-colored memories"
11-08-2013 A small town; a big story
11-15-2013 William and his oak tree
11-22-2013 Misty water-colored memories - take two
11-29-2013 Cookie!

December
12-06-2013 Moving on
12-13-2013 Behind the scenes at Dealey Plaza
12-20-2013 "A Christmas Story" stories
12-27-2013 "All I want for Christmas ..."

Columns for 2012

January
01-06-2012 New Year's Eve - Little Apple style
01-13-2012 Eight and a half times around the world
01-20-2012 From chilled to toasty
01-27-2012 Enchanted once again

February
02-03-2012 Soup's on!
02-10-2012 Sousa's music again marches into Manhattan
02-17-2012 50 years of pancakes
02-24-2012 A snapshot look at life

March
03-02-2012 Thanks, boss!
03-09-2012 "No way!"
03-16-2012 Here's looking at you, Todd!
03-23-2012 From Salzburg to Stowe!
03-30-2012 "You have arrived"

April
04-06-2012 Average is the enemy
04-13-2012 Shalom, Salaam
04-20-2013 Fishing for the past
04-27-2013 Storm watchers

May
05-04-2012 Leading by example
05-11-2012 "I wonder if I can ..."
05-18-2012 "Bring it forward"
05-25-2012 90 years young

June
06-01-2012 It's up to us
06-08-2012 Memorial Day
06-15-2012 Sharing in the jubilee
06-22-2012 Sometimes magic happens
06-29-2012 "... 82 in position. Only 918 left to go!”

July
07-06-2012 "A nice little distraction from life"
07-13-2012 "Finally got so I could get it off my mind ..."
07-20-2012 "Pass the butter, please"
07-27-2012 Sister Gaila receives the purple

August
08-03-2012 Work that makes us happy
08-10-2012 The Morrill of the story
08-17-2012 "It's just sad"
08-24-2012 Lost in the past
08-31-2012 "A sound of the distant past"

September
09-07-2012 "Kids" in the house
09-14-2012 Forces shape a town, a fort, a university - and an exhibit!
09-21-2012 "Voices" pageant brings history to life
09-28-2012 Business to babies

October
10-05-2012 A story is where you find it
10-12-2012 Kids once again
10-19-2012 "The show of a hundred tricks"
10-26-2012 A "Soap" as a sleep aid

November
11-02-2012 Touching base
11-09-2012 Do I know the way in San Jose?
11-16-2012 The tale of the spotted rooster
11-23-2012 A blanket statement
11-30-2012 Cranberries and chaos – just a typical Thanksgiving Day

December
12-07-2012 "Procrasti-planning" - and other ways to serenity
12-14-2012 Neatniks vs. the clutter-bugs
12-21-2012 Nutcracker "sweet"
12-28-2012 Natalie's gift

Columns for 2011

January
01-07-2011 Travelin' van
01-14-2011 The stockings were all sewn for Christmas with care
01-21-2011 The Goodnow House
01-28-2011 Wheat, wind and a little dust!

February
02-04-2011 "The Dreamer Speaks Again"
02-11-2011 "Lift the notes off the page!"
02-18-2011 Edith Ann and Ernestine stop to visit
02-25-2011 Footnote to history

March
03-04-2011 Loud and strong
03-11-2011 Just do something - even if it's wrong
03-18-2011 "Thank you, Watson"
03-25-2011 I feel your pain!

April
04-01-2011 Good people, good ice cream
04-08-2011 Happy-sad-happy
04-15-2011 Signs of the times
04-22-2011 "As seen on TV"
04-29-2011 The quiet student in the back row

May
05-06-2011 Our baby bird is ready to fly
05-13-2011 2 + 2 = fun
05-20-2011 Airplanes, Amsterdam, Alps - Ahh!
05-27-2011 From our house to their haus

June
06-03-2011 Easier than one might think
06-10-2011 One small sign
06-17-2011 Little things
06-24-2011 Forty years of catching up

July
07-01-2011 Pruning
07-08-2011 Post P.O.
07-15-2011 "Christmas every day"
07-22-2011 All I really needed to know
07-29-2011 A whirlwind tour

August
08-05-2011 The dust hasn't settled yet
08-12-2011 "I'm going to town. Where are my teeth?"
08-19-2011 "Wouldn't be the worst way to go"
08-26-2011 A chain of lakes; a chain of events

September
09-02-2011 Timber!
09-09-2011 Perspective
09-16-2011 Bye, bye, old me ... hello, new me
09-23-2011 To do, or not to do? THAT is the question!

October
10-07-2011 The Land of Enchantment
10-14-2011 Smiley - and the world smiles with you
10-21-2011 Happy birthday, Grandpa!
10-28-2011 The Lady turns 125

November
11-04-2011 A penny's worth of history
11-11-2011 The sun, the moon and half of creation
11-18-2011 Make the person come alive!
11-25-2011 More about Les

December
12-02-2011 Turkey with a 'tude!'
12-09-2011 Senior moments, Swedish meatballs and seasonal songs
12-16-2011 A Celtic Christmas present
12-23-2011 "I woke up alive"

Columns for 2010

January
01-01-2010 I'll be home for Christmas
01-08-2010 Handprints on our hearts
01-15-2010 The making of a holiday tradition
01-22-2010 Stories bring battle closer to home
01-29-2010 Send me to texting sch

February
02-05-2010 Long ago and far away
02-12-2010 Bumps in the road
02-19-2010 Memories still vivid after 65 years
02-26-2010 To talk to a human, please press 5

March
03-05-2010 Landmark connects lives
03-12-2010 We've thanked you less than you deserve
03-19-2010 A season of reflection
03-26-2010 We still have a way to go

April
04-02-2010 Dry history?
04-09-2010 Fidgeting for fitness
04-16-2010 That one was for you!
04-23-2010 It's about the place
04-30-2010 How it should be

May
05-07-2010 Energized and enchanted
05-14-2010 Lili Marlene was waiting
05-21-2010 Not milestones, but moments
05-28-2010 Bittersweet time

June
06-04-2010 "Common" words
06-11-2010 A pack of pachyderms
06-18-2010 Course changes
06-25-2010 Wow!

July
07-02-2010 Sliding into the past
07-09-2010 Under the spreading ginkgo tree
07-16-2010 From famous to forgotten and back again
07-23-2010 History on the wrist
07-30-2010 Katie knows

August
08-06-2010 Food, falling chairs and family
08-13-2010 Not Aztecs or Anasazi, but ancestral Puebloans
08-20-2010 Viva Veva!
08-27-2010 The "correct" place

September
09-03-2010 The last "first day"
09-10-2010 May I have my attention, please?
09-17-2010 Not a fan
09-24-2010 Mission accomplished ... and more?

October
10-01-2010 Nature's dream solutions
10-08-2010 Ballerinas and buckyballs
10-15-2010 Hodag!
10-22-2010 Serendip to Sleepy Hollow
10-29-2010 Tractors, turkey, tea towels and time

November
11-05-2010 Crane berries!
11-12-2010 Our polluted soundscape
11-19-2010 "Tags of Honor"
11-26-2010 Muggles in a magical world

December
12-03-2010 Tradition, turkey day, and texting
12-10-2010 Once upon a magical musical week
12-17-2010 Sharing Christmas stories
12-24-2010 Surprise!
12-31-2010 Unexpected holiday gifts

Kansas Snapshots Columns for 2009

January
01-02-2009 Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
01-09-2009 Manners of speaking
01-16-2009 A shower head and shoe polish
01-23-2009 The good, the bad and the boring
01-30-2009 Is it spring yet?

February
02-06-2009 One day at a time
02-13-2009 It takes a village - at any age
02-20-2009 Dale the Male
02-27-2009 A memory of Ireland

March
03-06-2009 "I sing, therefore I am"
03-13-2009 No column
03-20-2009 Something gained, something lost
03-27-2009 50 years of Barbies

April
04-03-2009 Red rubber ball
04-10-2009 Memory joggers
04-17-2009 Surprise!
04-24-2009 In the Mood

May
05-01-2009 Christmas in April
05-08-2009 At the Heart of Purple
05-15-2009 Stop and smell the lilacs
05-22-2009 Over there
05-29-2009 No room for angels - but the music was heavenly

June
06-05-2009 99 and counting
06-12-2009 Just the facts
06-19-2009 All aboard to Miniatur Wunderland
06-26-2009 "Well, that's it!"

July
07-03-2009 Good western fellowship
07-10-2009 Get used to it
07-17-2009 The red plaid diary
07-24-2009 A sad chapter to remember
07-31-2009 A treasure trove of memories

August
08-07-2009 A working vacation
08-14-2009 Chance leads to romance
08-21-2009 A gift from Saturn
08-28-2009 The third Saturday in August

September
09-04-2009 A year in the life of a 14-year-old
09-11-2009 Tough being green
09-18-2009 On the road to Paradise
09-25-2009 Love, loss and longing

October
10-02-2009 Berries, bears and bombs
10-09-2009 No column
10-16-2009 Five minutes after ten
10-23-2009 The landscape has changed
10-30-2009 No column

November
11-06-2009 Duck and flounder
11-13-2009 The fall of the wall
11-20-2009 Spectacular Seussical
11-27-2009 School days, school days, good old golden rule days

December
12-04-2009 Two kinds of time
12-11-2009 "Everyday people"
12-18-2009 Heart-felt holiday ornaments
12-25-2009 "Through the years, we all will be together"

Columns for 2008

January
01-04-2008 Six geese-a-flapping
01-11-2008 Let there be light -- and heat!
01-18-2008 "The Game"
01-25-2008 "Green River Ordinance Enforced

February
02-01-2008 From Balquhidder to Burns
02-08-2008 Loose ends
02-15-2008 Dosey do
02-22-2008 Leap frog
02-29-2008 A starring role

March
03-07-2008 World War II mystery
03-14-2008 Health nuts
03-21-2008 Something so simple
03-28-2008 Reading, writing and rigor mortis

April
04-04-2008 Twelfth pounders
04-11-2008 Bibs, blankets and septic tanks
04-18-2008 Let me entertain you
04-25-2008 Three old hens and a spring chicken

May
05-02-2008 These shoes are made for walking
05-09-2008 Let's hear it for crones!
05-16-2008 They call the wind Vestas
05-23-2008 Lessons from one generation to another
05-30-2008 Circles

June
06-06-2008 The seven Cs
06-13-2008 Disconnecting from the past
06-20-2008 Bursting into song
06-27-2008 On a clear day

July
07-04-2008 Cars, vans and trucks - oh my
07-11-2008 Kilkelly, Ireland
07-18-2008 The real jewel
07-25-2008 Omagh

August
08-01-2008 In the blink of an eye
08-08-2008 Windjammer and Pale Daffodil
08-15-2008 Hair today, gone tomorrow
08-22-2008 What's cooking is more than food
08-29-2008 Hallo ... und Tschüss, wieder!

September
09-05-2008 Time capsule
09-12-2008 Back in time to the five-and-dime
09-19-2008 Double Nickels
09-26-2008 What not to buy

October
10-03-2008 One at a time
10-10-2008 Wiskansas Alpaulivia
10-17-2008 Between two hot mamas
10-24-2008 Cynicism meets the Dragon
10-31-2008 No column

November
11-07-2008 A real chorus
11-14-2008 Earth to earth
11-21-2008 "The rest of the story"
11-28-2008 Trivia and tradition

December
12-05-2008 Emily Post, Edmund Hoyle, Albert Hollander and others roll snake eyes
12-12-2008 Holiday hype
12-19-2008 A work in progress
12-26-2008 "Holiday adventures with Art - part 22

Columns for 2007

January
01-05-2007 Curious!
01-12-2007 Family Pfeffernuts
01-19-2007 Wrap it up!
01-26-2007 It raises us up

February
02-02-2007 The little state that could
02-09-2007 Music, cops and cousin Pete
02-16-2007 Who's there!
02-23-2007 The pig - a lovely and genuine animal

March
03-02-2007 Thanks for coming our way
03-09-2007 Zzzzzz
03-16-2007 Alfred and Tony
03-23-2007 A new home
03-30-2007 Seuss on the loose

April
04-06-2007 My April awakening
04-13-2007 Hungry for Hungary
04-20-2007 Letters from home
04-27-2007 For the birds

May
05-04-2007 No column
05-11-2007 Grandmothers Day
05-18-2007 Good feelings
05-25-2007 Building character from A to Z

June
06-01-2007 Those rowdy teachers
06-08-2007 Falcon Daze
06-15-2007 Reconnecting with relatives
06-22-2007 "Number 5"
06-29-2007 Show and tell

July
07-06-2007 A letter to Dad J
07-13-2007 "Vive la Différence"
07-20-2007 My friend - the whirlwind
07-27-2007 Kiss me!

August
08-03-2007 Invest in family
08-10-2007 No rhyme to chores in modern times
08-17-2007 Six-year quest
08-24-2007 Vaya con Dios
08-31-2007 Bear with me - NOT!

September
09-07-2007 "The way of kicking and punching"
09-14-2007 "Struck down, but not destroyed"
09-21-2007 Goodbye, Alex!
09-28-2007 The last lightning bug

October
10-05-2007 "Don't you think we'll make it?"
10-12-2007 The hassles are worth it
10-19-2007 The old garden hose
10-26-2007 Homes, sweet homes

November
11-02-2007 Make life worthwhile
11-09-2007 Sentimental journey
11-16-2007 Thankful for memories
11-23-2007 The sea, the sand and the sky
11-30-2007 Sounds of Gold

December
12-07-2007 Preparing for winter
12-14-2007 No column
12-21-2007 "Fire up" the Christmas tree!
12-28-2007 The enduring gift of the Christmas tree

Columns for 2006

January
01-06-2006 Small choices, big impact
01-13-2006 Invisipod
01-20-2006 From newsletters to no letters
01-27-2006 Each of us can make a difference

February
02-03-2006 Something beautiful remains
02-10-2006 A death in the family
02-17-2006 Six degrees of connection
02-24-2006 Bagpipes, drums, pomp and fun

March
03-03-2006 "Man, Mom, you were a giant!"
03-10-2006 Enjoy the moment before it's swept away
03-17-2006 Twelve O'Clock High
03-24-2006 More behind than ever
03-31-2006 ICU - or do I?

April
04-07-2006 Inquiring minds don't want to know
04-14-2006 Sweet 15
04-21-2006 Storm warning system
04-28-2006 Parkway 6-3055

May
05-05-2006 Pet-scapades
05-12-2006 Mother's Day advice
05-19-2006 The past meets the future
05-26-2006 Here's to you - for all you do

June
06-02-2006 A thrill a minute
06-09-2006 No ordinary Memorial Day
06-16-2006 Auf Wiedersehen, Smitty!
06-23-2006 From corn tassels to motarboard tassels
06-30-2006 Never look up

July
07-07-2006 Memories of the traveling playhouse
07-14-2006 Food for thought
07-21-2006 Musical cars
07-28-2006 No column

August
08-04-2006 In all his glory
08-11-2006 Trip to the past - and back!
08-18-2006 A cross word - and a down one too!
08-25-2006 "It's gotta be in ya to do it"

September
09-01-2006 Easing in
09-08-2006 Making the connection
09-15-2006 Happy faces
09-22-2006 Moving on
09-29-2006 E pluribus unum

October
10-06-2006 The Great Colorful North
10-13-2006 My favorite season, times two
10-20-2006 No column
10-27-2006 Tribute to Marie

November
11-03-2006 The ultimate Packers fan
11-10-2006 A place of memories and hope
11-17-2006 Thankfulness as a habit
11-24-2006 "We can do it!"

December
12-01-2006 Big brother
12-08-2006 Columns for desperate times
12-15-2006 The sword and the pen
12-22-2006 No column
12-29-2006 And a child shall lead us

Columns for 2005

January
01-06-2005 50 years of memories
01-13-2005 Soaring with eagles
01-20-2005 Gadgets, gizmos and me
01-27-2005 Roman god sidetracked in Sweden

February
02-03-2005 "Live like you were dying"
02-10-2005 Thanks, Jane!
02-17-2005 Let's celebrate!
02-24-2005 Mazel tov!

March
03-03-2005 I need some spring!
03-10-2005 A silver anniversary with a tropical touch
03-17-2005 "Gloria Freeland, San José News"
03-24-2005 "Today tennis, tomorrow the world!"
03-31-2005 A 95-year-old "million dollar baby"

April
04-07-2005 A trip to Country Gardens
04-14-2005 The son of a teacher
04-21-2005 "A little song, a little dance"
04-28-2005 Blest be the tie that binds

May
05-06-2005 Changing of the moms
05-13-2005 We won't forget
05-20-2005 Itchy feet, white water and snakes
05-27-2005 Change of time

June
06-03-2005 Cymru am byth
06-10-2005 Why the Brits don't comb their hair
06-17-2005 Quilts as memory makers
06-24-2005 "I'm tired of my clothes!"

July
07-01-2005 What will they remember?
07-08-2005 What's in a name?
07-15-2005 Magnificent Midsummer
07-22-2005 Girls' night out
07-29-2005 No column

August
08-05-2005 50 years of magic
08-12-2005 Art in the veins
08-19-2005 Little Grandmother
08-26-2005 Wedding cake in western Kansas

September
09-02-2005 Lucky 13
09-09-2005 5-H ... 4-H plus Hilarity!
09-16-2005 Midnattsol
09-23-2005 Time to flea!
09-30-2005 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

October
10-07-2005 Gloriar
10-14-2005 Back in time
10-21-2005 Nadja
10-28-2005 Just a matter of time

November
11-04-2005 Countantowit
11-11-2005 And the Wall came tumbling down
11-18-2005 A village makes a quilt
11-25-2005 King for a day

December
12-02-2005 Abundance: it isn't just about food
12-09-2005 Kaffe och lutfisk
12-16-2005 Almost skinned in the "Big Easy"
12-23-2005 Inspiration or insulation?
12-30-2005 Dream house

Columns for 2004

January
01-01-2004 Sweet holiday memories
01-08-2004 Mr. Fix-It Man
01-15-2004 A different sort of holiday
01-22-2004 Shopping, Bolivian-style
01-29-2004 The sunflower state

February
02-05-2004 Snow foolin'
02-12-2004 Here comes the cheese box!
02-19-2004 Used car lot
02-26-2004 Leap before you look

March
03-04-2004 Hypothesis: this year's science fair would be better than ever!
03-11-2004 The wearin' o' the green and other customs
03-18-2004 One red cent
03-25-2004 Dat be all right

April
04-01-2004 Countdown to commencement
04-08-2004 A night in Paris
04-15-2004 PJ days
04-22-2004 The Three Rs
04-29-2004 First draft of history

May
05-06-2004 Like mother, like daughter
05-13-2004 Live in the present
05-20-2004 Fathers' Day
05-27-2004 Rural school days

June
06-03-2004 A tribute long overdue
06-10-2004 Wedding wishes and memories
06-17-2004 Something to crow about
06-24-2004 Letting go

July
07-01-2004 The Ritchie reunion
07-08-2004 Parade, picnic and pyrotechnics
07-15-2004 Memories of cedar
07-22-2004 Happy anniversary, hubby!
07-29-2004 Three-ring circus

August
08-05-2004 Heart throb
08-12-2004 Remodeling fun?
08-19-2004 "Did you run out of gas money?"
08-26-2004 Ready or not, there she goes!

September
09-02-2004 Art and Smokey turn 60
09-09-2004 September thoughts
09-16-2004 Eat the biggest frog first
09-23-2004 Western Kansas wind
09-30-2004 Fossil hunters

October
10-07-2004 Get me out of here!
10-14-2004 Luck of the draw
10-21-2004 Your knees smell like Bolivia
10-28-2004 Scary, scary night

November
11-04-2004 Shopping in the sky
11-11-2004 A time to remember
11-18-2004 Another time and place
11-25-2004 Keepunumuk

December
12-02-2004 My international country town
12-09-2004 Rediscovering Christmas
12-16-2004 Oh, fudge!
12-23-2004 The gifts that keep on giving
12-30-2004 Face to face with Grandpa

Columns for 2003

January
01-02-2003 My New Year's resolution
01-09-2003 Snowless in Wisconsin
01-16-2003 It changes, but it never changes
01-23-2003 Dad's diaries
01-30-2003 Gender bending

February
02-06-2003 Here's some spam, ma'am
02-13-2003 Adiós, Cecilia
02-20-2003 From the heart
02-27-2003 Hi, Homer, hi, Gloria!

March
03-06-2003 Goodbye, dear neighbor
03-13-2003 "Weather or Not"
03-20-2003 March celebrations
03-27-2003 Remembering Logan

April
04-03-2003 The wedding planner
04-10-2003 Rites of spring
04-17-2003 Easter bonnets, baskets and bunnies
04-24-2003 EGG-xtraordinary Omelets

May
05-01-2003 Seeing the past
05-08-2003 Hardest job I've ever loved
05-15-2003 "The station will come soon enough"
05-22-2003 Something beautiful remains
05-29-2003 The bluebird of happiness

June
06-05-2003 Souvenirs
06-12-2003 Imagination
06-19-2003 Windy days are Ione days!
06-26-2003 Trip of a lifetime

July
07-03-2003 Country roads, take me home
07-10-2003 Teddy
07-17-2003 Language as part of the fun
07-24-2003 Swedish Smörgåsbord
07-31-2003 How do you mend a broken heart?

August
08-07-2003 Oh, to be 10 again!
08-14-2003 Roughing it
08-21-2003 Roadside treasures
08-28-2003 New year resolutions

September
09-04-2003 Letters and e-mail
09-11-2003 Variety is the spice of life
09-18-2003 It's all downhill from here - or is it?
09-25-2003 Sunrise, sunset

October
10-02-2003 "Get thee out of the way!"
10-09-2003 One thing always leads to another
10-16-2003 A degrading experience
10-23-2003 "The hills are alive"
10-30-2003 The pull of the landscape

November
11-06-2003 Turn around and they're tiny, turn around and they're grown
11-13-2003 "Merry Thanksgivoween"
11-20-2003 "A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance"
11-27-2003 A Thanksgiving poem

December
12-04-2003 Turkey and cow pies
12-11-2003 Toasting and roasting friends
12-18-2003 Furry, fuzzy, frisky felines
12-25-2003 Wise man from the South

Columns for 2002

January
01-03-2002 Fast away the old year passes
01-10-2002 The best Christmas ever
01-17-2002 Clearing the paper trail
01-24-2002 A life-changing decision
01-31-2002 Prayers and pizza

February
02-07-2002 Remembering Jerome on Feb. 3
02-14-2002 Hearts and bears and flowers, oh my!
02-21-2002 Uncle Stan, World War II and his birthday
02-28-2002 My purr-fect leg warmer

March
03-07-2002 Shades of "Laugh-In"
03-14-2002 Forces of nature
03-21-2002 Spring has sprung (or my crocuses didn't croak)
03-28-2002 Swedish sisters

April
04-04-2002 Numb and Numb-er
04-11-2002 It's now or never
04-18-2002 Stitched together with love
04-25-2002 Have we gone nuts?

May
05-02-2002 Never too old to experience new things
05-09-2002 Hug a teacher today
05-16-2002 Is this what they mean by "blue grass?"
05-23-2002 Mornings and Memorial Day
05-30-2002 Loose ends

June
06-06-2002 The Bolivians are coming!
06-13-2002 Happy Father's Day
06-20-2002 A walk through the prairie
06-27-2002 By the dawn's early light

July
07-04-2002 Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!
07-11-2002 Overjoyed and overwhelmed
07-18-2002 Just a minute while I live in the moment
07-25-2002 The family that can't say "goodbye"

August
08-01-2002 Color my world
08-08-2002 Only the landscape stays the same
08-15-2002 Of bears and berries
08-22-2002 School daze
08-29-2002 "Candles in the wind"

September
09-05-2002 My personal organizer - batteries not needed
09-12-2002 One day at a time
09-19-2002 Fear of flying - who needs it?
09-26-2002 Touched by angels

October
10-03-2002 Just a simple weekend project
10-10-2002 A gift of family stories
10-17-2002 October!
10-24-2002 Mother-in-law stories
10-31-2002 Candy, cats and costumes

November
11-07-2002 Hanging on to autumn - and everything else!
11-14-2002 A Kansas Bienvenida
11-21-2002 Daddy, I'll miss you
11-28-2002 No Column

December
12-05-2002 A time for joy, a time for sorrow
12-12-2002 Mariya had an accident
12-19-2002 The year of unwrapped gifts
12-26-2002 Ghosts of Christmas past

Columns for 2001

November
11-29-2001 A snapshot look at life

December
12-06-2001 Nativity collection
12-13-2001 The family holiday letter
12-20-2001 Oh, Christmas tree
12-27-2001 Undecking the halls