The Permanent Family Record
Kid In a Mirror: “I grew up in a small Minnesota town. The town is on a hill overlooking the Minnesota River.
“One Christmas, in the early 1950s, my older brother received a new sled with a steel frame and runners and wooden slats. He willingly shared it with my younger sister and me.
Continue reading “Life on the hill: not-so-tough (maybe not-so-safe) sledding!”
Writes Chris, “formerly of Falcon Heights, now from beautiful White Bear Lake”: “Feeling sad today about the passing of Bud Grant. Reminds me of this entry to BB I made in 2019:
Continue reading “Today’s starting picture: the late, great Brave Bud Grant!”
Then & Now
The “Jeopardy!”/Tom Swift Connection
GREGORY J. of Dayton’s Bluff writes: “‘Jeopardy!’ is an interesting show. It can make you feel like a genius one moment and a total idiot the next. And every once in a while, something comes up that demands more information than a simple answer and question. That happened to me recently.
Continue reading “Did Tom Swift have a middle name (we ask, initially)?”
Where we live
Including: Our neighbors, ourselves — and: Our community of strangers
The Astronomer of Nininger: “Subject: Those Icicles of Winter.
“It was, for January, a warm and pleasant day — temperature near the thaw point and no wind blowing. Who could ask for more?
Continue reading “On the menu for the BK coffee klatch: Icicles!”
Then & Now
Funny (?) Business Division — including: Know thyself! (responsorial) — plus: Joy of Juxtaposition
Gregory J. of Dayton’s Bluff writes: “Subject: Why Clowns Got Scary in America (responsorial).
“First of all, I would like to thank Tim Torkildson for his many stories of what it was like being a clown. Having never had much contact with clowns myself, I find his tales of clownhood to be fascinating, funny and sometimes frightening, but always interesting.
“His latest entry, about how clowns were scary long before Stephen King’s ‘IT,’ got me thinking about why I was never afraid of clowns as a child even though I grew up at the same time as Tim. I came up with a few reasons.
Continue reading “Clowns — scary? They weren’t always! Clarabell wasn’t. Bozo wasn’t. T.N. Tatters wasn’t.”