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Talking It Over
July 23, 2016
Katie Erdman: Celebrations are fun, but also a lot of work
Summer is a time for a lot of town celebrations. These can be fun and relaxing or lots of hard work, depending on your involvement. For those who are relaxing and enjoying the festivities, be sure to thank and appreciate the other group. I have been on both sides of these scenarios....
July 23, 2016 - 5:05am
June 25, 2016
Katie Erdman: Fun on a dairy farm
Living on a dairy farm is a lot of work but there can also be a lot of fun. I grew up on a dairy farm and know that life was not all work but also a lot of play. I enjoyed going out to the barn whenever my dad and brother were milking. While they were busy doing that, I would play...
June 25, 2016 - 5:51am
April 16, 2016
Katie Erdman: Planes, trains and automobiles
About 50 years ago I took my first and last long distance train ride. It was an experience I will never forget. I traveled with my parents, brother and three sisters, the youngest was just a baby. We were going to Oak Harbor, Washington to see my oldest sister and her new baby who...
April 16, 2016 - 5:19am
March 12, 2016
Katie Erdman: Strange ways of communicating
March 12, 2016 - 5:32am
February 13, 2016
Katie Erdman: Living without the internet
What would we do without the internet? Many of us had to find out recently when we woke up to no internet service. Not just here in Morris, but in a large area surrounding us. Even though the service was down for just a few hours, some of us had to take a hard look at what we would...
February 13, 2016 - 5:59am
January 23, 2016
Katie Erdman: Challenges our children face each day
I thought when my children graduated, I would no longer be affected by what I term loosely as "school politics." These are things that affect our children during everyday school activities. However, I didn't realize what would happen when my grandchildren started school. Now I am...
January 23, 2016 - 5:01am
December 19, 2015
Talking it Over: Growing up too fast
Recently, my five year old granddaughter, Josie, said to me, "I wish I was a grown up." I told her, "No you don't. Kids can have way more fun." She looked at me like I was telling her a terrible lie. After she said that, I started thinking about the big differences between being...
December 19, 2015 - 5:43am
November 21, 2015
Talking it Over: Recalling long lost friends
There are times when a person will come to mind who you haven't seen or heard from for years. It could be someone you were once close to or just a passing acquaintance. So many people come and go in a person's life, and at times you can lose touch with one who was once very important...
November 21, 2015 - 5:56am
August 8, 2015
Talking it Over: Things you should never say out loud
The older a person gets, the more you realize — or learn through experience — to be careful what you say. There are some things that should never be said out loud especially if they are hurtful to others. However, there are also some things that should never be said just...
August 8, 2015 - 5:08am
July 18, 2015
Talking it Over: Religion and school
The first day of school is not too far away. I have seen a lot of postings and articles on social media about keeping religion in our schools. There seems to be a movement to try to keep God out of our school systems. Many people, including myself, feel that it is important to keep...
July 18, 2015 - 5:01am
June 20, 2015
Talking it Over: Pictures can speak volumes
A life can be defined through pictures. Quite often for special events we use pictures to chronicle a life. We start with pictures of a person or couple when they are very young and move through the years with pictures that show some of the highlights of their life. Those pictures...
June 20, 2015 - 5:03am
April 18, 2015
Talking it Over: Always at the end of the line
When I went to school, I was almost always at the end of the line. That is because the first letter of my last name was V for Van Eps, which fell at the end of the alphabet. Nearly everything we did was by alphabet which meant those of us with the last letters were usually last. I...
April 18, 2015 - 5:00am
March 21, 2015
Talking it Over: Powering up the country
It has been nearly 100 years since the rural area of west central Minnesota became electrified. In the early 1900s, poles and lines were put up along country roads to eventually bring electrical power to the rural areas. Power that nearby communities had enjoyed for several years. You...
March 21, 2015 - 6:28am
Talking it Over: The games people play
It was just a year ago that I thought the best part of winter was settling in to work on a jigsaw puzzle, read a good book or watch a movie on television. That was before I discovered a whole new world of games and entertainment. I put in a request before Christmas for an iPad...
February 21, 2015 - 5:52am
January 17, 2015
Talking it Over: Holiday leftovers
The holidays are over and for most of us the leftovers are also gone. However, for some, there may be some leftovers that hang on. I'm not talking about those extra pounds, food, or even lack of sleep. The holidays may leave us with some extra baggage that we didn't expect to take...
January 17, 2015 - 5:01am