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Joyce's Journey

  Not My Plan



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Posted on July 11, 2019 at 4:25 PM

     My german great grandmother married on July 1887 in Columbia, SD. She raised eleven children on the Dakota Prairie with cloth diapers, no hot running water, no electric wash machine, no microwave and without Advil. I can’t image the energy required to cook daily meals on a coal burning stove or toilet train a toddler with an outdoor toilet ...

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Carry me

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 11:15 AM


While shopping for a lake retreat, I suddenly noticed store clerks busy stocking shelves with Christmas ornaments and decorations. Staring at a wall adorned with artificial evergreen wreaths and red velvet bows I suddenly realized this year is half over. Where did the year go? Last Christmas my daughter had received her sixth brain surgery a...

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O Christmas Tree - O Tannebaum

Posted on December 24, 2017 at 4:45 PM


The small heels on my Sunday shoes allowed me to peek directly into the grey casket. Inside, my great-grandmother Ida rested on a bed of glossy white satin sheets. At eight years old, I had never seen a deceased person. My eyes examined grandma’...
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Fiery Trials

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Dad burnt our garbage in two old oil barrels. On rural farms in 1960, this was a common practice. We lived too far from the city dump. Burning trash intrigued me. At times, it was a spectacular display. Each burning object exhibited a different hue from yellow, orange, bright red to a deep violet. ...

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The MAN in Manchester By the Sea

Posted on January 16, 2017 at 1:05 PM

The Movie Manchester By the Sea intrigued me. Hopefully, it would be an interesting “chick flick”. Since my husband was on a business trip, I went by myself.


The opening scene began with a group of adult men playing pool, swearing and drunk. Disappointed again.  Why can’t a movie be told without fowl language? Do...

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Posted on June 10, 2016 at 2:45 AM
The Waiting Room

Last night I placed a popcorn bag into the microwave to enjoy a snack while watching my favorite television episode of Downton Abbey. During the commercial break, I usually prepared my popcorn before the commercial concluded. La...

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Good Bye Terry Redlin

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 6:25 PM
Good Bye Terry Redlin

Artist Terry Redlin captured the nostalgia of Midwest living. He painted each outdoor scene with a mystic glow of sun light reflecting across the canvas. Miraculously, he gave us a snap shot of country living including: corn fields, harvest time, winter nature, and Christmas at the white country church. I first discove...

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My Devoted Sister

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 4:00 PM

My Devoted Sister


In November, Mother rested a soft pink bundle on my lap as I sat on the sofa next to my older brother. At the top of the blanket appeared two little eyes crowned with curly dark hair. My baby sister didn’t look like me. After two photographs, mother informed us our sister’s name is Yvonne Rena. It seemed like a lo...

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Stayed Tuned

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Stay Tuned.

What radio station do you listen to? Is it music, news, weather, a talk show or sports? My husband listens to the Love Channel which plays the tops hits from the 1970s and 1980s. Frankly, they are boring to me. Maybe I am not a romantic. ...

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Memories of Little Chick

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Memories of Little Chick

One spring day, Grandma Mae presented three baby chicks to our family. Delighted, I gave her a big hug. Their bright yellow feathers were soft and delicate. My brother Carl located a large cardboard box and found a shallow...

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