Monthly Archives: April 2011

Letters to Rosebud: October 19, 1925

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Dear Edith, I rec’d your letter last Saturday and was very glad to get it. So they are doing a little figuring in Sidney: well, they suspect something around here, too. Soon I suppose it will be all over, and … Continue reading

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“Please (don’t) pass the peas.”

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The Frederick Hansen home flourished in Montana, eventually featuring eleven girls and two boys. I have always marveled at the fact that Grandpa Hansen,  by all accounts, just “went on his way rejoicing” even though I’m sure he was hoping … Continue reading

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Driftwood Heart

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Do your careful work, my Lord, O Carpenter of hearts, smoothing out the hardest wood to make the strongest parts. Work with splinters, knots and burls imprisoned long within this tree.  O Carpenter of human hearts, press home your work … Continue reading

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What did the Roman Satirist say about Deception?

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The Roman Satirist, Petronius (first century AD) said this about why deception thrives: Mundus vult decipi; ergo decipiatur* Also in the first century, Paul the Apostle addressed the same issue in his letter to the church at Thessalonica in II … Continue reading

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Remembering When Crocuses Bloomed

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Making something for our mothers for Mother’s Day was a rite of spring in the classrooms of the 1950s. I hated it because I wasn’t good with dainty things and had no patience for tiny handwork.  The worst of all … Continue reading

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Mom’s Trip to the Holy Land

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Early in her planning, we seven children had each been asked by Mom if we thought it was a good idea for her to go on a 1972 trip to the Holy Land. We certainly did and were so glad … Continue reading

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Letters to Rosebud: September 23, 1925

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Sept 23-1925 Dear Friend, I just came home from y.p. meeting “at Hofman’s in McCabe” and will write you a little so you can hear from me this week. When I was ready to start for home last Monday the … Continue reading

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Blessings: The Piano

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Our living room always had a piano in it.  Until I was about six, it was the old classic upright. About 1950 or 1951, our Dad bought a new studio piano for us.  That piano got moved hither and yon … Continue reading

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Destined For The Throne

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Concerning this salvation, the prophets who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was … Continue reading

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Summertime…and the livin’ was easy

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There was something special about the warmth of the car seat covers in spring and summer when the higher sun angle would have the 1953 Ford’s interior pretty toasty when we left to go to town. In preteen years I would instinctively … Continue reading

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Mom Copied This Story In Her Own Hand

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Temple Bailey (1885 – 1953) was an American novelist and short story writer. In the early 1900’s, her writings were published in The Saturday Evening Post, Woman’s Home Companion, Good Housekeeping and McCall’s.   What follows is the text of a handwritten transcription of one of Temple … Continue reading

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Psalm 62:1-7

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Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation.  He is my defense.  I shall not be greatly moved.  How long will you attack a man?  You shall be … Continue reading

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God is the “God of all comfort, who comforts us”

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II Corinthians 1:3-11 is a deep well where God’s comforting can be observed in action. Before I understood the things I worked through in my journaling, I was frustrated by this passage because even though the word “comfort” is repeated several times in the text, I wasn’t actually … Continue reading

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As I Remember It: Games, Play and Toys

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I had equal amounts of farm toys and little girl toys and equal interest in those two areas of play.  The dolls I got for Christmas on two or three occasions were amazing wonders to my eyes and so very … Continue reading

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The Korean War: June, 1950–July 1953

The Korean War is not generally characterized as a war of attrition or as a holding action or as a war we weren’t allowed to win, even though apparently that is exactly what it was, some time before the Vietnam War … Continue reading

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As I Remember It: Birth Days

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Children’s and adults’ birthday celebrations in the 1950s were always full-blown family events and almost identical in their content for child and adult.  There might be five or twenty-five guests. There were no presents, although there were cards.  A child’s … Continue reading

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Boots, Blisters and Locomotives

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Life is a matter of being. It is an ultimately frustrating fallacy to categorize life’s events like so many pieces of clay that must be molded, handled and put away. A locomotive does not get over hills and mountains by … Continue reading

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Transform Me, Lord

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Transform me, Lord, but not just here~~not just that way, not now. Transform me, please, to be like you.  I haven’t worked out how. The present place is far too harsh.  It’s dark and low and dim. But grow me, … Continue reading

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The Farmer’s Wife

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Seven children spread over 17 years required a lot of daily “keeping up with chores.”  There was no such thing as “catching up.”  Moms didn’t get behind in their daily work except for illness or childbirth.  Each day’s work filled that day more than … Continue reading

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Listen, my soul…I’m talking to you

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Psalm 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul?” Places of discouragement and confusion and pain are very dangerous, because in such places the earthbound soul desires to reassert its feelings, its thinking and its will. Psalm 42:5 “Soul…why … Continue reading

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