Mark loses 10 pounds, but Sally says it’s just water weight

Here we go again. I used to live in what I have now come to realize was a delusional world. You see, numbskull that I was, I believed that what was discussed with my doctor stayed between my doctor and me. I realized that my wife has a vested interest in what the doctor tells me, so I shared his […]

Out of the Blue

I’ve been saying the line to myself: “Maybe this will be my year” for a long, long time, for at least the last decade. Age 33. Age 37. Ages 40 and 41. But this past birthday, I quit thinking that thought. I was to be married two days later. I was content. God is good. He is gracious. He picked […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) Creating a fuss could get your ideas noticed quickly. But it would be best to present your case, and then wait for a reaction to follow in due course, rather than try to force it to happen. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Unkept promises might cause plans to go awry this week. You […]

The Long Line

Just a short ferry ride from Helsinki, a fairytale visit to Estonia

When I told people I visited Tallinn, Estonia, on my recent trip to Finland, most people responded to me with, “Where?!” Estonia is a small Baltic country in northern Europe that is near Latvia and Lithuania. And it is just 50 miles south of Finland. In recent years, it has become a major tourist destination. After reading about it a […]

Healthy for Life

Autumn season brings sweetness and something to smile about

Hello October and seasonal sweet greetings to everyone! It can be such an amazing time of the year depending on your attitude toward seasonal changes. This time of the year is when the next three holidays approach rapidly before our eyes! And without mentioning their names, they all have at least one thing inevitably and tempting in common and that […]


It’s too thin, it’s too thick, it’s just right! What it takes to make the best soup ever

Greetings and Sallytations! I went to watch the Vikings game at our local resort at Leech Lake and the owner made the best creamy chicken wild soup I’ve ever had. She was pretty busy and I waited patiently for the recipe, which she didn’t have written down. I had a Bloody Mary waiting for her to recite the directions. She’d […]


With massage, consistency is the key

Have you ever noticed when you approach something with consistency, it helps you get close to or actually meet your goal? This thought can be applied to massage. I have seen it, time and time again, where someone has an issue with pain, an injury or their body is not moving correctly for whatever reason. When they have added massage […]

Out of the Blue

It feels like it’s been raining for the past 40 days or so, and some days, I wish I were a duck. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “Ducks just love rain. They are quite happy to stay out in it, and they often preen their feathers and poke around in puddles. (The British refer to a rainy day as […]

The Nature Nerd

Focus on: Fall’s fuzzy caterpillars

Fuzzy caterpillars are a common sight during autumn here in the Northwoods. They come in a variety of colors and patterns. Asking why they are fuzzy seems logical. Fuzz or hair must serve them a purpose. The spotted tiger moth caterpillar is beautiful with a yellow band with back spots and end bands. They use their bristles in an effective […]


LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might be happy about the re-emergence of a longdeferred deal. But don’t pounce on it quite yet. Time can change things. Be sure the values you looked for before are still there. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Try to rein in your super-critical attitude, even if things aren’t being done quite as […]

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