If you’re seeking dead trees, join the club

Well, it’s official. We’re wood people. Over the holidays we acquired a wood-burning stove, the kind found in cozy cabins and ’70s sunken living rooms.

What makes us happy? Shhh, it’s a secret

You know as well as I do that the materialistic side of Christmas seems to balloon a little more each year. There’s no end to the stuff that can go on a wish list.

A house in a tree? That’s fine with me

For the record, I was against building the tree house from day one. My husband had been hatching a plan for a while, and pitched the idea for an amazing tree house when he felt the time was right. It was a warm June day when there wasn’t much going on and the yard work was finished. He said the big tree in the yard would be perfect for a tree house. It would be a fun project for him and our 7-year-old to do together, he said, and it would be so much fun for the kids to play in.

Gonna party like it’s $19.99 pizza special

Pizza, pizza.

Don’t eat the coffee cake and other truisms

Dale Curtis doesn’t know if he’ll ever live down his peach coffee cake. Last Tuesday he brought a pan of it to share with his fellow supervisors on the Adams County Board. They all grabbed a piece. They nibbled on it as the meeting commenced.

Humiliations of a four-eyed fourth-grader

Editor’s note: This column originally ran Sept. 3, 2011.

Time flies when you’re next to one you love

It was a love story that started when he sat down beside her at an early-risers’ Bible study at a church camp 55 years ago. Elmer Schmidt had been preparing to go to the mission field in a faraway land, but first, he had some business to take care of. The Canadian national wanted to find his aunt and uncle in central Nebraska, so he hopped a bus and headed to the plains. He met up with the family just in time to help them with the wheat harvest.

Amy Palser

Amy Palser writes personal stories readers can relate to: tales of family and friends, of childhood and rites of passage, of fantastic people and ordinary things. Her column appears each Saturday. She is the Tribune's managing editor.

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