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Many of us remember the movie called “The King and I.” The king had a strong feeling for the teacher who had come for the education of his children. He tried to keep up with the things the children were learning but instead, he found himself frequently saying “It’s a puzzlement.” This was when some of the facts the children were learning did not agree with his way of life. .

Children have always found something to play with (2/2/18)

Dorothy was the first baby doll I remember. She was waiting for me in the rocking chair where I soon put her to use. Of course, there were lots of other presents for other family members but this is the one that was just for me and I was proud of her. As the years went on my dolls became fancier and with hair on their heads. But no other doll meant the same to me as my Dorothy.

This January has given us a sizable amount of snow; however, those who are middle age plus can remember much deeper snowfalls. Some of my happiest days occurred when the snow was several inches deep. When I told my mother how much fun it was to play in the snow she replied that when she was a girl in Iowa sometimes for weeks at a time we would walk to school on top of the snow fences that separated the various animals. .

Memories of Great New Year fun celebrations (1/5/18)

Most of us have finished our celebrations for this holiday season. We had about 25 relatives in our dining room but that was for a belated Christmas instead of New Years. When our children were little we would stay up until midnight eating lots of good things, playing games around the table. .

Sing a Song of Christmas (12/22/17)

I have enjoyed every type of music this season. We have heard the Mennonite singers of all ages when they cane to share their talents with us at Morningside. These included infants, young boys and girls, their parents and grandparents. With no accompaniment except a hum from one of the men, they helped us start off the season with their visit.

Remember Christmas without Scotch Tape? (12/15/17)

This year much of my cash will be going to buy pretty wrapping paper and ribbons. But the most important item I will need is an ample roll of Scotch Tape. Remember those nights trying to make a pretty present with ordinary tape, string and GLUE. The glue was the important item, because when we folded the paper at the end, we needed something to hold things in place.

Christmas cards time (12/8/17)

I was looking at the December calendar and suddenly remembered that it was past time to send out my Christmas cards. We had always sent a Christmas letter with perhaps a picture or two. It was too late for that now. It has been so hectic this fall we never even got the letter written. .

Histories keep friendships alive (11/24/17)

One of the disappointing thing about living in Morningside is that most of the residents are at least middle age plus. That means that several are in their nineties. Also since the residence is in Nevada it also means that I have known some for a good many years.

I have always liked to have a cat. Morningside allows pets if they stay in your apartment and you pay a deposit. My niece, Dr. Ruth Massey, DVM works with some animals who need a home and they thought a calico they were caring for would fit in nicely with me. Vernon. Mo. His death left only their sister, Opal, from the Harve and Jenny Thornton family that farmed near Ocie, Mo., in the early 1900s.

The phone is ringing (11/3/17)

We have five phones that sit on stands or can be taken off and used separately. I also have a small phone I can carry. It has a different number and the ring sounds different also. My iPod can be used as a phone as well, if I can ever figure out how to do it.

Morning at Morningside (10/6/17)

For some odd reason, I have been getting up very early lately. I’m often the first one in the dining room for breakfast. I don’t know the reason for this. I suppose it’s partly due to the fact 1 don’t have a partner in the bed with me, but I will wake up and don’t want to go to the dining area before 7 because they’re not ready for me.

This column originally ran in the March 5, 2005 edition of the Daily Mail. There is nothing quite as appealing or cute as a very young animal or fowl. We are blessed with many opportunities this time of year to see this miracle unfold. Each year we enjoy watching our Canada Geese as they fight to maintain our pond for their exclusive nesting spot, and see the alertness with which the gander protects his lady during the incubation period.

Points of interest vary (9/15/17)

The following column originally ran in the April 21, 2005 edition of the Daily Mail. I received a map of Nevada that had been provided by Adams and Associates and printed by Star Business Graphics at El Dorado Springs. It is good to have a map to help find some of those hard to find locations like Hoffman Street that only covers a few blocks and then is seen no more.

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Jan. 27, 2005 edition of the Daily Mail. You should always open your mail. You might be surprised at what is inside. Recently I was in a hurry when the mail was delivered to our house. I glanced through the collection quickly. .

School bus service through the years (8/25/17)

Editor’s note: The following column originally appeared in the Aug. 23, 2002 edition of the Daily Mail. With school starting this week, hundreds of children will be getting on the big yellow buses to take a ride to their school. In the Nevada school system the first school buses were used in 1931. .

Whiling away the hours (8/18/17)

The following column originally ran in the Sept. 16, 2010 edition of the Daily Mail. While I am waiting for my laundry to get done, I thought I would while away the time for a while. Since our society is letting the Internet take over these days, I thought that instead of turning to my trusted dictionary for a while, I would see what the Internet says about a much used word.
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