Laughs After Cancer

Postal Emergency

Postal Emergency

A few years ago, when I was expecting the arrival of my first grandchild, I purchased a sheet of stamps and framed it for the baby’s room.  I told my daughter-in-law that the gift served two purposes.  It was decorative art for the baby’s room and in case of...

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Known Traveler Number

Note: I'm posting this on a Saturday to give myself a head start on evading questioning. Shortly after we moved to rural Benton County, the local newspaper printed a series of articles about disaster preparedness. The premise of the article was that if there was a...

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You Can Write

The first time someone told me I could write I was in 8th grade and my English teacher recommended me for Advanced English. She told me that I had a gift for writing. She also assigned me to be the sports editor for the school newspaper for my 9th grade year.  I was...

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Scotland Revisited

Scotland Revisited

Gene has been posting photos and his travel log from our trip to Scotland a year ago. I decided to revisit my posts and combine them into a single post. Gene has always dreamed of traveling to Scotland and seeing the countryside.  So when he retired a year ago, I...

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The Road to Hana

The Road to Hana

I think I will stick with my theme of travel stories this week, since we are all sheltering at home and dreaming of our next adventure. Once again, my travel enthusiasm got the better of us. Several years ago, my husband and I traded the cold Iowa winter for a week in...

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Hold The Line

Hold The Line

While international travel seems like just a vague memory now that we are in our second month of self isolation due to Covid-19, I know that we will be packing our bags and heading out to explore the world again in time.  Since I won’t be trying to clear customs...

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Mamma Said

Mamma Said

As a child, my mother told us that we could do anything we wanted to do if we made up our mind and tried hard enough.  I have believed that my entire life until recently.  It turns out that Mom was wrong.  I can tell you for a fact that I am NOT capable...

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What Is Your Talent?

What Is Your Talent?

I remember watching the Miss America Pageant with my father when I was a young girl. It was sometime in the mid 1960’s and Miss Kansas won the title.  She lived about 30 miles from where we lived at the time, and I was beside myself.  My dad told me that...

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Off Road

Off Road

Years ago, I remember a conversation in the car with my 4 year old son as he asked his father, “Daddy? How come you don’t drive in the grass like Mommy does?” My husband burst into laughter as I alternately glared at him and then my son. He patiently explained that...

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The Law of Good Intentions

While visiting my family in Texas over Thanksgiving, Gene enjoyed trap shooting one afternoon.  He talked about it for days (Like seriously days! It takes twelve hours to drive from Texas to Iowa and he JUST KEPT TALKING!), so I decided that a great Christmas gift...

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The posts on this page were added at the request of several of my readers who wanted “the fun stories to continue.” Some are dedicated to a friend in her last weeks of life. These posts are a mix of travel adventures and random experiences and are in date order with the newest post on top.

Help Support Breast Cancer Patients

All proceeds from book sales are donated to two local non-profit funds to help breast cancer patients afford diagnosis and care. Virginia Gay Hospital Gifts of Hope provides free mammograms and diagnostic services and is supported by the Benton County Survivors Group; and the Hall-Perrine Hope Fund helps cancer patients pay for emergency needs.