Category Archives: My True Stories

Settlers wanted! Immigrants welcome!

“Settlers wanted!  Immigrants welcome!”  Headlines circulated across the young United States and into Europe, encouraging people to settle in the newly formed state of Wisconsin. The first settlers in Westby arrived in 1848, quickly followed by relatives and neighbors from … Continue reading

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How Danish Aebleskiver Arrived in Norwegian Westby!

When Anna Knutsdatter Hjelstuen was born in 1872 on the family farm near Westby, she entered a family whose roots were already deep there, going back to 1853.  Anna, Knud and Bergine’s firstborn, was destined to inherit the family farm … Continue reading

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Loving to Read

I have loved reading ever since the first moment I unlocked that mysterious miracle of decoding squiggles of ink on paper. But that didn’t happen easily. I started first grade in a little rural one-room school in central Wisconsin.  All … Continue reading

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53 Years of New Year’s Days

January 1, 2013 Fifty-three years ago today, January 1, 1970, I began my tradition of spending New Year’s Day meditating and praying for God’s leading, wisdom and grace.  That day in 1970, my biggest prayer was to meet someone who … Continue reading

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Swirling Starry Awe!

Leaving the darkened barn after chores were finished on Christmas Eve, I held tightly to my Daddy’s hand as we headed toward the house.  Ice crystals were sparkling in the starlight as our boots creaked through the snow.  An icicle … Continue reading

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Watermelon Pickles and Sacred Memories

I arrived in time for supper, late that Wisconsin afternoon.  Auntie Esther asked me to go get a jar of pickles from the root cellar.  Flipping on the light down there, I saw the ribbon of color across the walls … Continue reading

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Renewing the Raspberries

“Why are you cutting down your raspberry bushes?  They look nice the way they are!” my neighbor asked.  “Won’t that hurt them?” My raspberry bushes, once established, have been thriving year after year, producing luscious fruit in season.  Those large … Continue reading

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