Category Archives: Musings and Observations

On “A Quiet Passion” Emily Dickinson

Random thoughts after seeing the movie, A Quiet Passion, about the life of Emily Dickinson. Continue reading

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Who is Responsible for this Mess? We the People!

Gentle Reader: We, the people of the United States of America, have an ancestral longing for selfless and competent leadership. Those who carved this country out of the failures they left elsewhere intended that it be so. Here we are today with … Continue reading

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Politics and Religion Today

Gentle Reader: Fair warning: this subject has been brewing for a long time. It is short but not so sweet. To the acquaintance at a small gathering of friends: How dare you preach at me about one political  party’s lack of … Continue reading

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To Write, or Not to Write: That is the Question — Subtitle: Confessions of an Occasional Poet

Gentle Reader: A recent conversation with a fellow writer has prompted me to give thought to what I might do with my time if I were to retire –and that won’t be any time soon! First, I still love what … Continue reading

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U.S. Highway 83: A Plumb Line of Pavement

Gentle Reader: My recent participation in the Facebook Page for Fans of U.S. Route 83 has caused me to reflect on the important touchstone that stretch of road has been for me and its vital role as corridor from North Dakota to … Continue reading

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First Love

For Danny © Bonnie Staiger 2003 We were born one day apart our Moms in labor together we rode bikes in 2nd grade in 6th grade we played kick-the-can As freshman we danced cheek-to-cheek I wore a yellow dress and … Continue reading

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Verbal Abuse of the English Language

Gentle Reader: The annual List of Banished Words— a release by Lake Superior State University—has caught my attention again. Fortunately, normal people can take consolation that much of the blame for this year’s list goes to politicians and the news … Continue reading

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