Now that you have the song from Fiddler on the Roof going through your head I will give you a few moments to clear it out……..there….that ought to do it. Let me tell you what has me thinking of traditions today. Every year my family has a week that is designated as Lakeside week. Lakeside on Lake Erie is the home of the East (and West) Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. My family has a long history of being a part of the United Methodist Church because both my father and … [Read more...]

Signs on the Pavement of Things to Come

When I came home from Minneapolis on Wednesday I had to dodge orange cones or witches hats as they call them in Australia. The road that goes in front of our house was littered with them --carefully protecting the newly painted signs on the pavement that signaled to me that something big is going to be passing through Mason City in July. RAGBRAI is a big deal. When we first moved here I heard talk of RAGBRAI but had absolutely no idea what it was.  It is a non competitive bicycle race across … [Read more...]

Freedom Rocks

Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.  THANK YOU to all who have served! Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II is on a quest.  To honor our veterans. This likable young man has a gift and a passion to honor every veteran who has served and who has made a difference.  He watched the movie "Saving Private Ryan" and was inspired to do something that would be a unique way of acknowledging their service. His … [Read more...]

To Market We Go!

Did you ever find a business that drew you in and invited you to become part of their family?   I feel that way about Market 124 located at 124 North Delaware in Mason City, Iowa.   Katie Wold and her husband, Dave, bought the former Olde Central Antique Mall and renovated the space to highlight the original space that boasts exposed concrete columns and the original concrete and tile floor. Those coupled with the  high ceilings and blocked glass windows lend to a welcoming area for local … [Read more...]

I <3 NYC

Our weekend in NYC started off with a bang! Right after we settled into our apartment we headed to meet Micah and then a quick jaunt to Jacob's Pickles for a  nice lunch before we started our fun tourist life.   We grabbed the subway to head down to the site of the 9/11 Memorial.  I was thrilled to ride the subway and had visions of seeing all kinds of great people on our trips since I had read Jackie Cangro's book The Subway Chronicles: More Scenes from Life in New York.  Much to my sadness I … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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Glimpses of Vacation—Brown Family Style

Glimpses from vacation.....Brown family style....... Family time in a well loved place with memories galore---it does not get much better than this.  I am blessed.  Hope your day is, too. … [Read more...]

River City Sculptures on Parade—Part 2

As promised today I will give you more of the sculptures from our wonderful traveling exhibition that is located in downtown Mason City.  To see the first selections click on this link and it will open a new window with my post featuring the first 8 sculptures. Carlton loved Huckleberry Daze and I managed to get a smile AND eyes open on this picture!!!             I think the artist got this one perfectly!!!!  Doesn't he look … [Read more...]

Global Warming in Iowa

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BOATLIFT: An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

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