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Retirement

I sent the manuscript of our next book, Country School Days: True Tales of a Wisconsin One-Room School, to the publisher last week. It will hopefully be out by early Fall. Ann and I are in the 11th year of … Continue reading

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Beautiful Time of the Year

A most beautiful time of the year. The whole countryside is greening up, trees are in the “leafing out” process, geese are honking their way north, and farmers are set to plant soybeans and corn. Our big maple tree (Acer) … Continue reading

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Restoring a Church

Spring is a season of renewal and restoration. So, it is fitting that St. Michael’s Indian Creek Catholic Church, a few miles south of Oakdale, Wisconsin is receiving a complete interior renovation. Each day a dozen parishioners and Tomah Knights … Continue reading

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            Good friends presented us with a hyacinth plant, and it is now blooming. The pleasant fragrance fills the living room. The six sedum plants along the north side of the house are poking through the ground and are about … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring

Good friends presented us with a hyacinth plant, and it is now blooming. The pleasant fragrance fills the living room. The six sedum plants along the north side of the house are poking through the ground and are about 2 … Continue reading

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Easter at Oak Grove School

Easter at Oak Grove School was celebrated in a quiet way. The week before Easter, Holy Week in the Catholic Church, the Teacher ran off sheets of Easter eggs and Easter bunnies from the hectograph machine. The lower grades could … Continue reading

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring is here. The ice went out of Lake Tomah on Sunday morning, March 21, close to the official start of Spring. Early Sunday morning witnessed about 30 acres of ice, but the wind was out of the SSW, blowing … Continue reading

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Crows will eat your guts out.

We heard a Red-winged Blackbird this morning, a most beautiful bird, and first of the Spring season. I harken back to September 6, 1948 describing our walk to the Crawford County one-room Oak Grove School. Red-winged blackbirds, with a conk-la-ree … Continue reading

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First Robin in Tomah 2021

We saw our first robin on Thursday March 11, 2021. She was strutting around in the back yard, picking at the dead grass, and no doubt getting ready to build a nest. It is one of the first signs of … Continue reading

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Country School Days 1946

Our newest book, Country School Days: True Tales of a Wisconsin One-Room School is being edited and we hope to publish by late Fall of this year, 2021. The main focus is the one-room Oak Grove School that the Scheckel … Continue reading

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