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.

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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.

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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.

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Gonna party like it’s $19.99 pizza special


Pizza, pizza.

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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.

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Humiliations of a four-eyed fourth-grader


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

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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.

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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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