It never rains, but it pours. And pour it did over the Christmas holiday weekend with Minnesota getting a variety of weather – rain, sleet, snow, fog, freezing temperatures and even a little bit of sunshine.
All in all, we still had it better than some places who experienced blizzard conditions, tornadoes, earthquakes, fire, floods, and terrorists.
Robert Schuller says, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” And we have tough people here in Minnesota. We have for generations.
As I write this, a new year is in sight. It seems like this past year lasted forever. It was full of a great number of things. I suppose that is why it seemed like a long time has passed, but it is time now to put it behind us to serve only as a memory.
Speaking of memories, cousin Jim recently sent me an e-mail that contained pictures that he said, “old people” could associate with and remember. It brought back lots of memories for me and I am guessing it would bring back memories for many of you as well.
There were pictures of a couple different types of Christmas trees. One was covered with silver tinsel, the other was silver and displayed colored bulbs. If memory servers me right, I believe people used to shine a colored light on that type of tree.
There was a picture of the old brown lunch bags, bronzed baby shoes, Smith Brothers cough drops, the alphabet displayed above a blackboard in a classroom, a picture of an aqua “Beacon” camera with the big flash bulb on top, along with a wringer washer, a bottle of LePage’s glue, and old memograph machine.
There was a picture of a baby wearing rubber pants, as well as one of an assortment of diaper pins, “Dippty-Do” styling gel, an old wooden outhouse, a pair of black and white saddle shoes, a transistor radio, “Pic-up Sticks,” a set of jacks, a five-year diary, a picture of a ladies’ head covered in “pin curls” as well as a Toni perm box.
There was a picture of a roll of meat-wrapping paper, an old bank book, an ad about Art Linkletter’s, “Kids Say The Darndest Things,” a “Wooly Willy” board, a row of old wood school desks that were attached together, bottles of Evening In Paris cologne, a picture of a lady wearing a garter belt and nylons, an old metal kitchen table and chairs, old wood movie seats, as well as a picture of a drive-in theater, a picture that had been taken at a sock hop that showed the rows of shoes that had been taken off, as well as one of the line dances that used to take place.
There was a picture of an old canister vacuum cleaner, push button light switch, Maybeline Mascara set, dial telephone, Crayola crayons, a McGuffey spelling book, rows of roller skates people could rent, pinball machines, gummed reinforcements, someone getting their ears pierced, as well as a picture of Ricky Nelson — and I am sure I missed some.
How times have changed. Our kids won’t even remember when ball point pens came into use.
With a new year upon us, it will be time to start writing 2017 on all our correspondence. It is also time to think about our New Year’s resolutions, which could include, “Live for today and not worry about what is ahead.”
May the new year bring only happiness and joy to you and your loved ones.
Our “home town” newspaper features the good people of our area, the things they do and things that take place in our corner of the world. It is what makes our localities what they are. I hope that you will continue to call me and share your news.
From family to family, home to home, one community to another, may it renew your spirits and brighten your day.
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Birthdays and anniversaries:
• Thursday, December 29th: Maxx Greyson Richards, Maya Grace Richards, Gary Hunnicutt, Seth David Petranek, Brent Born, Craig Haberman, Darlene Underland, Benjamin Paulson, Whitey & La June Hagen, Amy & Joe Louks
• Friday, December 30th: Anita Casterton, Matt Christensen, Ryan Schrodt, Jane Simon, Jim Dobberstein, Gladys Peterson, Mark & Gail Skroch, David & Arianna Arends, Kyile & Rachel Aase
• Saturday, December 31st: Bailey Joy Ihrke, Bree Olivia Ihrke, Larry Paulsen, Dean Pospesel, Lynne Flor, Brent Wiersma, Brent Worrell, Isabelle Wayne, Dorothy & Adrian Kilian, Greg & Cindy Oswald, Larry & Elaine Howell
• Sunday, January 1st: Ross Aronson, Jerry Seath, Larry Schwartz, Amanda Beach, Lois & Duane Aitchison
• Monday, January 2nd: Ryan Nappin, Grace Jolie Wangen, Brian Bedney, Jay Crabtree, Mark Dobberstein, David Lageson, Brenda Wayne, Aaron Nelson, John & Lorraine Lent, Kelsey (Wayne) & Matt Duncomb
• Tuesday, January 3rd: Jerret Utpadel, Andrea Avery, Stan Nelson
• Wednesday, January 4th: Sophie Elizabeth Stork, Kelsey Christensen, Delphine Pence, Jeff Cornelius, Dennis Hill, Monty Mrotz, Jeremy Nelson, Corey Johnson, John Butler
• Thursday, January 5th: Olivia Pauline Christopherson, Devon Mark Born, Pat Simon King, Warren Kelly, Randy Paulson, Jay Neitzel, Amy Kasper, Nash Petranek, Melinda & Ray Talamantes
• Friday, January 6th: Mallory Anna Schlinger, Marianne Christensen, Kevin Jensen, Tammy Busho, Todd Nelson
• Saturday, January 7th: Rodney Peterson, Gary Ayers, Stacy Jensen Pirkl, Karina Thompson
• Sunday, January 8th: (Elvis Presley) Cameron Schember, Mike Marcus, Terry Pelzl, Dan Reese, David Jensen, Ryan Benning, Jennifer Rechtzigel, Brandon Borchert, John & Melissa Marlin
• Monday, January 9th: Melinda Hanson Talamanates, Lisa Dunn Wayne, Mark Lee, Adam Deml, Jay Wangsness, Steve Vanden Heuvel, Becky Wayne Clark, Larry Jensen, Allen Dobberstein, Allan Swearingen, Dan & Lavonne Nelson
• Tuesday, January 10th: Sue Hunnicutt, Martha Jacobson, Gary Nelson, Robert & Eleanor Leiser
• Wednesday, January 11th: Melissa Farr, Rick Hanson, Deb Robertson Hare, Brad Nelson, Kelly Reichl, Dennis & Barb Grunwald
With each passing year, grow stronger, grow wiser, and grow richer in spirit. May the year ahead be filled with new discoveries!