Monthly Archives: February 2011

Khruschev Said This About Faith:

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“Mao’s own personality cult is a complicated phenomenon.  A personality cult is a little like a religion.  For centuries people have been droning, ‘Lord have mercy upon us; Lord help us and protect us.’ And have all the prayers helped?  Of course … Continue reading

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Danes Just Don’t Like Fighting

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Palle Lauring has a two-page discussion in A History of Denmark* in which he analyzes the historical reluctance of Danes to spend material, men or money in the interest of a constant state of military defense. This missing piece in the essential business of self-preservation … Continue reading

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Water…..Cool, Cool Water

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In 1925, with his World World I Navy service behind him, our father was beginning to work his own land, thinking about rain and wheat.  He wrote the following to our mother in a letter dated September 14, 1925: Dear … Continue reading

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As I Remember It: Cooking For Dad

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Mom took the bus to California to help my sister when my niece was born when I was in my early teens,  so I was to be responsible for the household for a bit.    It was just Dad and me … Continue reading

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The Bonus Army and the Baby Chicks

  In 1924, Congress authorized payments of $1.25 per-day-of-service for all veterans of The Great War as a bonus for their service in Europe and on the high seas. Dad’s Navy service had been on the USS Plattsburg of the … Continue reading

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Word Picture of King David

David was a musical sheepherder from a dysfunctional family He had  a wife who mocked him,         a son who wanted to kill him,             a baby who died because of him,                 a … Continue reading

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Count Their Legs and Divide by Four

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Branding irons and barbed wire fences were frequently the frame for range wars in the 1800’s.  They were sometimes cause and sometimes consequence of bitter battles between competing ranchers; between those who owned cattle and those who owned sheep; and they … Continue reading

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Others Lived There First

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Some who drive through eastern Montana on I-94 today believe it’s a place you go to only to go through. Even those who love Montana understand that.  One time my Dad said with a chuckle, “I think we should just … Continue reading

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ~~Dietrich Bonhoeffer By age 30, he had made significant theological contributions both inside … Continue reading

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The Yalta Conference: When They Knew

Because of the anger and fear I’ve experienced  as our nation goes through so much upheaval, my thoughts have gone back  to the Yalta Conference of 1945, what my parents knew about Yalta and when they knew it. Here’s why: My brother was … Continue reading

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The Snowflake Falling Ground

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There is a place behind my mind~~a place where snowflakes fall;  a distant forest with no roads, where none but God can call. A place where only God can speak, and it’s a judgment place for me where I pass judgment … Continue reading

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Those Pesky Danes

Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked for s\Six Years at the Top of the World   David Roberts, Simon and Schuster, 2003       “It would not be until 1925, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, that by … Continue reading

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Wash Day on the Farm

Monday actually was always washday on the farm, just like the children’s rhyme indicates it ought to be. All of the clothes would be stacked in rather great heaps in the basement. My remembered washday experiences all anchor in the … Continue reading

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Bad Words I Learned in the 50’s

We weren’t very far into Grade School (1-6) when we heard new words; and our first opportunity to use them in our parents’ presence became their opportunity to quietly inform us why we would never use them again: “Gee” was … Continue reading

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Lake Alice

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I have a photo I love–it’s a “hundreds-of-geese-in-it” photo which was taken at Lake Alice in Fergus Falls in the summer of 2010.   (The photos currently on this post are from there as well…) Grant often visited Lake Alice during his … Continue reading

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