Justice …and Pizza is Served

Every citizen has the privilege and responsibility to participate directly in our judicial system as a member of a jury, it is an important part of our democracy. But somehow, in the 40 odd years that I’ve been a licensed driver and registered voter, I was never summoned for jury duty. That is until a couple of…

That Time I Was Featured on Derfwad Manor

Slow Cook Thursday…Brought to You by Linda Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 5:20AM Mrs. G.   Linda describes herself as chief cook and bottle washer at Lalaland. She’s a Boomer-age ex-pat California Girl, in a constant state of adapting to life in the upper Midwestern Plains. She’s married to Downtown Dad, and together they have three kids in various stages…

a tribute to my genealogy-obsessed husband

Inheritance Stoic and straight-backed as the chairs they carried into their bare yard, your ancestors sat for this photograph. I have seen them staring at me through years and glass. And I have seen you stare at them, looking for the trickle that will distill you from their sepia world. I can feel the determination…

A Link To My Past

Here in Lala Land, we like to be aware of not only where we’re going, but where we’ve come from. To that end, Downtown Dad and I spend more time than we’d like to admit researching genealogy.  While I’m rather new to this pursuit of dusty dead people, DD has been at it for most of…

How Politics in America Operates

I’ve written about my Speech Communications class, one of the two I’m taking this semester as I dip my toe into college life after my 35 year hiatus. But, I’ve been hesitant to write about the other one – Minnesota State and Local Government. Not because it is boring – no, in fact it’s fascinating! Not…

Achieving Placement

I’m a word oriented person. I write. Using characters that are easily found on the lower three rows of a keyboard. Oh, my fingers may venture up to the top row now and then, if I mention an address, or a price, or even in conjunction with the Shift Key when I need to change…

Too Much Alone, Yet Not Alone

The title, words to Rainier Maria Rilke’s poem, came up coincidentally in my news feed today as I was writing this blog post.  The poem, (Read it here if you like) is about loneliness and the difficulty of getting what we want, whatever that might be.  In my case, what I want is a college…

I Decided to Finish My College Education

I’ve made some crazy decisions in my life. In the late 1970s, 1 month after graduating from high school, I made the brilliant decision to use what little money my parents had put aside for my college education, to get married. Brilliant. That decision alone should have made it clear to me that I needed more education,…

First World Problems

You’ve heard the term, “first world problems” right? You use it when you complain about something that in reality is quite a luxury… theoretically, anything that wouldn’t be considered a problem at all in say a third world country… something inconsequential, that doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, is not worth writing home about……