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Business is Picking Up

An article's headline is like a carnival barker without the midway. Metaphorically speaking, it calls out to readers as they hurry by. "Read this! You won't win a giant teddy bear, but you won't have...

 

American Life In Poetry

I'm afraid that if I'd asked my grandparents what the past was like they'd say it was "hard," and that would be it. But Megan Arlett is privileged to have a grandmother who knows how to enchant us...

 

American Life In Poetry

Here's a fine poem about a loving, attentive father, by Elise Hempel, who lives in Illinois. Notice how deftly she's placed her rhymes so that we scarcely notice them as the words flow on. Ms....

 

American Life In Poetry

When I was a nasty little kid I once made fun of a girl in my school because her father worked cutting up dead animals at a rendering plant.My mother sat me down and said, "Ted, all work is... Full story

 

Business is Picking Up

The reason people who litter are called litterbugs is because they bug me. Okay, maybe that's not the reason. But they do bug me. Litter ends up in waterways. It makes road ditches and parks look...

 

American Life In Poetry

Austin Smith lives in rural Illinois and is an acute observer of the world at hand.This poem is from his book Flyover Country, published by Princeton University Press. Cat Moving Kittens We must have...

 

Rules of Engagement on Facebook

I've only unfriended one person on Facebook, and he had it coming. It was before the last election, and Misguided Fool (not his real name) posted a steady stream of mean-spirited phooey. I realize tha...

 

American Life in Poetry

I don't suppose there are many of our younger readers who have started to worry about the possibility of memory loss, but I'd guess almost everybody over fifty does. Peter Schneider lives in...

 

American Life in Poetry

Ibbetson Street is a journal that comes out twice a year and does a fine job selecting its poems. I like this one by Kenneth Lee, a gynecological pathologist in Boston, whose most recent book is...

 

His and Hers Sleep Checklists

Women need around 20 minutes more sleep per night than men do. I read it on the internet, so it must be true. Unfortunately, we also suffer from insomnia more often than men do, maybe because we have...

 

American Life In Poetry

How many of our mothers set aside what they wanted to do with their lives and chose instead to make good lives for us? This poem is from Faith Shearin's sixth book, Darwin's Daughter, published in 201... Full story

 

American Life In Poetry

I was very sorry to read that the literary journal Field, with a long history of publishing the finest of American poetry, was ceasing publication. All good things must come to an end. Here's a poem...

 

No Child Left on Their Behind

I haven't told my husband yet, but I've made a unilateral decision. We're going to observe Screen-Free Week April 29-May 5. I don't normally approve of unilateral decisions in marriages, but I'm suppo...

 

American Life in Poetry

There's a lot of very wordy poetry these days, but here is a poem of only around 120 words in which every choice is necessary. I recently accepted another poem by Caitlin Doyle, who lives in Ohio,...

 

American Life In Poetry

There's nothing that can't be a good subject for a poem. The hard part is to capture something in such a way that it becomes engaging and meaningful. Here's a poem from the Summer 2018 issue of...

 

American Life In Poetry

I like this poem for the way it portrays the manner in which we study the behavior of others and project our own experiences onto their lives. It's the second poem we've published by Jeanie...

 

Remain Calm

I don't know how you find a needle in a haystack, but I do know how you find one in a carpet. You walk around in stockinged feet for a while; that's how. We just painted and put in new carpet in our...

 
 By staff    Entertainment    April 11, 2019

O'Brien County Bell Past Files

20 years ago -1999 Primghar Chamber Annual Dinner – The Primghar Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual dinner on Friday, April 16 at t h e Primghar Golf and Country Club . Happy hour is...

 
 By staff    Entertainment    April 11, 2019

The Paullina Times Past Files

20 years ago – 1999 O'Brien County Ag Day welcomes former North Dakota Governor George Skinner - With the theme "Brighten the Picture with Value Added Agriculture", this year's O'Brien County Ag...

 
 By staff    Entertainment    April 11, 2019

Past Files Of The Sutherland Courier

20 years ago – 1999 Local business to reopen April 20 - For someone who always wanted to own their own business, likes to cook, and is a people person, The Den was just the ticket. Cheryl Rickett...

 

Decision Time in Aisle One

I always get my milk last at the grocery store because I don't want it to curdle while I try to choose between whole wheat, crushed wheat, honey wheat, honey bran, sunflower, or twelve grain bread....

 

Seeking long-term relationships

A co-worker once asked me if I grew up during the Depression. "No, I did not," I snapped. "If I'd grown up during the Depression, don't you think I'd be retired by now?" I might have been a little...

 

American Life In Poetry

One of the many challenges in life is in knowing where you’re supposed to sit. I slid into the wrong pew at a funeral forty years ago and still smart from the hard looks I got. Here’s a church pew poem by Bruce Pemberton, who lives in Palouse,... Full story

 

American Life In Poetry

Pauletta Hansel lives in Cincinnati, and today’s poem is from her book Palindrome, from Dos Madres Press in Loveland, Ohio. It’s a collection of poems about her mother’s dementia, and although there have been many individual poems about that...

 

The Coolest Generation

Every generation since Adam and Eve has criticized the next one for their music, fashion, work ethic and inexperience, forgetting that all those same criticisms were once leveled against them. Also...

 

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