There must be dancing

I just returned yesterday from our annual Women’s Wellness Weekend. This has been a tradition for more than 18 years. It started with a woman’s retreat at the Audubon Society Retreat Center in Sandstone. That was nice, but then we decided we could organize a retreat ourselves and customize it to our liking. This year…

When life makes other plans, find harmony

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” Several weeks ago, I started writing about a series of seven words that I thought would help each of us on our paths forward, whatever direction that might be. Seven words that, when embraced, could help us all in times of joy as well as times of trouble. Seven words…

The business of busyness

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” “If you don’t have time for things that matter, stop doing things that don’t.” Courtney Carver. This column is dedicated to busy, and those of us who might describe ourselves as such. We’ve all been there. Most of us are probably there right now. As far as busy goes, those…

Burnt Chili

By Sandy Holthaus I read this story the other day from my Facebook friend Tom Palen. He is an excellent writer who lives on the North Shore in Silver Bay. You should check out his posts every Wednesday for his invaluable insights. I am sharing Burnt Chili with you with his permission. My mom LaVonne…

Judgment

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” We make instant judgments about so many things, dozens, even hundreds of times each day – what we approve of and like but, more often, what we disapprove of and dislike. These can be time-honored judgments – things we’ve lived with for years, if not a lifetime. I’m not sure…

Watkins seeks resolution to trailer park blight

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor At the Sept. 9 regular Watkins City Council meeting, a neighbor expressed concern about several abandoned trailers in the Watkins Trailer Park. Not only are there 10 non-livable trailers there, but another was brought in a year ago that is now falling apart. Nothing has been done to remedy the…

Remember unity, resolve, hope

Jean Matua “From the Heart” While some groups use the memory of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on U.S. targets to incite hatred and division – particularly against any and all immigrants – I suggest we remember what happened immediately afterward. In the minutes, hours, and days following the attacks, Americans pulled together as…

Oh, my mayo

There has been a long debate between family and friends over which there can only be one side. Mayo, not Miracle Whip. It actually shouldn’t even be a question. One is an ingredient and the other is merely a sandwich spread. -Miracle Whip does have its place in the bologna white-bread lunch-box sandwich of the…

Zoom with me

By Sandy Holthaus I recently met a dynamic woman living on the shore of Pleasant Lake. We started discussing how nice it was to be out and about and visiting again after the pandemic. She explained to me how the neighborhood ladies had learned to use Zoom in the last 18 months to get together…

Choose a better perspective

By Sandy Holthaus Have you ever had a day when you felt overwhelmed by everything? Too much on the to-do list? Drained by lack of self-care? If you say no, I feel you are either a saint or a fibber as I’m not one to call anyone a liar. We recently had a month-long remodel…