Heaven On Fire

Once when my father (who then lived in Washington state) visited me (in Texas), we sat on the back patio, slurping iced tea on a very hot day. As I refilled our glasses, a tiny bit of tea spilled onto the wooden planking of the patio floor, emitting an audible sssssizzle. My father, mopping his…
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Saturday Starts With Sundae

Last Saturday we headed for the tallgrass prairie, hoping to find morels in the Sheyenne National Grasslands. We made some unexpected stops along the way. The drive is easy. From our place west of Fargo, we take the Kindred road until it meets Highway 46, where we turn west. At County Rd. 23, turn south.…
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Canoeing The Willow

Sometimes the adventure begins in your own backyard.     Here is how the yard appears today, with our poor rose garden and apple tree (where we stood to be married) drowning in Sheyenne waters.     Our Easter started out perhaps differently than yours. We’ve been having some water problems due to overland flooding,…
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Rabbits And Dolphins In A Sunday Service

One of my first subjects for study in New Zealand was the collection of needlepoint kneelers at the Tarras Church, located in Central Otago on the South Island. In 1993, as New Zealand prepared to celebrate its centennial for women’s suffrage (NZ is the first country to have voted in suffrage nationwide rather than piecemeal,…
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Weather In NZ And Other Things Not-ND

We are often asked, What is the weather like in New Zealand? Invariably the conversation takes place from a point where snow-covered scenes surround us. Our research trips to NZ are determined by the spring break calendar for Minnesota State University Moorhead and North Dakota State University, so we land in Auckland in March, as…
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