The day her Norwegian grandpa met the funniest-looking pig he’d ever seen!

The Permanent Grandfatherly Record

Happy Medium: “My father came to the United States from Tønsberg, Norway, in 1914, at the age of 17. He lived in rural Cushing, Wisconsin, with his sister and her husband, helping them on their dairy farm. His parents and his three younger siblings landed in New York City a year later and settled in the same area.

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How much would Dad have spent for a canvas shotgun case? Does $350 seem a little . . . much?

Then & Now

The Doryman of Prescott, Wisconsin: “I get email notifications from several high-end companies that market on the Internet as well as in their trendy and tony retail locations.

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What was that screeching sound, every Sunday morning?

The Permanent Family Record

The Gram With a Thousand Rules: “As I have mentioned before, I am a Carpenter’s Daughter — although my siblings and I all felt as though we were carpenter apprentices attending a daily lecture, because our dear Daddy shared every aspect of his trade with us every dinner hour. (Heaven help you if you interrupted him to ask someone to pass you the potatoes!)

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Best Thank-you Note of 2017? Here’s a contender!

DebK of Rosemount: “In this, the Summer of Too Many Visitors, I have managed to lose track of the deadline for Pulitzer Prize nominations. That’s a real shame, because I have in my possession a real contender for Best Thank-you Note of 2017.

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“Are you watching and listening” to see and to hear “What a Wonderful World” this can be?

Life as we know it
Personal Theme Song Division

Hindsight reports: “‘What a Wonderful World’ is my theme song. Every one of us, every day, can see something that makes these lyrics sing. Continue reading ““Are you watching and listening” to see and to hear “What a Wonderful World” this can be?”

He said he hated school . . . but he loved buying school supplies!

The Permanent Paternal Record

The Gram With a Thousand Rules: “It happened again. They do it to me every year. Sunday’s newspaper was filled with advertisements for school supplies, and the memories came flooding back. Continue reading “He said he hated school . . . but he loved buying school supplies!”