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This week’s column I call “Hopscotch,” in that it jumps all over the place.

I hope Easter was a time of importance in your household as it was in ours. “He is Risen, He is Risen, Indeed.” Hallelujah!

Sometimes the smallest part of the big picture can be one of the most important parts of that picture. For example: we had a contest at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church to guess when the 10-foot snow bank on the west side of the parking lot would be completely gone. (The winner received a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.) The smaller the snow bank, the more the fun, fellowship and talk about the contest. There was talk of adding snow, taking away snow, watering the snow down, all to help one’s chances of winning. The day prior to the snow being gone, Pastor Matt Griggs called one of the contest chairs to inform him at high noon there was very little snow left. That night, members of the Zumba class checked after class at dark and there was a very, very small amount of snow left. One of the class members (Kris Amarosa) ended up a very, very small amount of snow away from a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. We are all hoping that the winner (auctioneer Orville Johnson, with the winning date – the next day – of April 11) will be a sharing, caring person with a certain special lady.

On one of my morning walks, I walked by the skate park at Fountain Lake in Albert Lea. I now know that all my fellow ice fishers don’t remove all their litter; in fact it looked like big hunks of wooden debris were left on the ice. 1-800-652-9093 (TIP) was the next call I made.

We have a pair of red-tailed hawks in our neighborhood area in Albert Lea. I think they have young, as I see then dining out quite often. They like to carry away entrée meals of either snow birds or sparrows.

Central Freeborn Lutheran Church Ladies are sponsoring a bus trip on Sunday, June 22 to the Church Basement Ladies’ musical “The Last Potluck Supper.”

The cost is $51 per person (in advance – no refunds) with the coach bus leaving from behind Slumberland in Albert Lea at 11 a.m. There are center-section reserved seats at the 2 p.m. performance. Buffet supper at KFC in Owatonna is included if the 56-passenger bus is full. Call Genie at 507-788-8655 for reservations.

Something for my fellow older generation (over plenty-nine) to think about:

“’Tis not a problem to forget and leave something – ‘tis a problem when you can’t remember where you left it.” Speaking from experience, this is most certainly true.


Bob is a retired AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) agent, currently working on his master’s degree in Volunteering. His wife, Genie, is a retired RN, currently working on her doctor’s degree in Volunteering. They have two children, Deb in North Carolina, and Dan in Vermont. Bob says if you enjoy his column, let him know. If you don’t enjoy it, keep on reading, it can get worse. Words of wisdom: There is always room for God.

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