Blog Archive

May 3, 2021
No so Ordinary Life

An Average Day in a Not-So-Ordinary Life

Wasteful humans that we are, Rene and I still receive the print edition of the Wall Street Journal Monday through Saturday. I refuse to let go […]
March 31, 2021
Dust Bowl

What’s the Deal with April 14?

This wandering soul, whose roots are deeply fortified in traditional journalism, rarely reads non-fiction. There are too many epic historical events that I find to be […]
March 3, 2021
Limo Ride

Our Unconventionally Perfect Wedding Day

True love. A remarkable concept I assumed was a fantasy I would never experience. Until Rene Joseph Simard. Sound familiar? Are you thinking, “I’ve read that […]
February 1, 2021
Mrs. Fernley

Mrs. Fernley and the “Cranberries” Incident

Fifty (cough-cough) years ago, I began walking two blocks every morning to kindergarten at Cotesfield, Nebraska’s School Dist. 14. When I started my educational career in […]
December 30, 2020
Diane Celebrating

There’s Always Next Year

Well, we did it. We made it to the end of the year that made no sense. Are you giddy? Gloomy? Melancholy? Grateful? Frustrated? Outraged? Me, […]
December 1, 2020
R & B

The Holly-Jolly Year of Me That Wasn’t

What a chaotically complicated, fascinating time to be alive. I keep hearing people say they are glad 2020 will finally be over soon. Are they convinced […]
November 2, 2020

White Pumpkins and Memorable Thanksgivings

November is here. Time to rake up autumn in a cone-shaped mound in the backyard and accept the blah of winter, zone out and barely acknowledge […]
September 29, 2020
Rene and his mom

Lifetime Impact Part III: Rene’s Homecoming

By year’s end, more airplanes and personnel continued to arrive at King Khalid Air Base, preparing for what was assumed would be an eventual invasion. “Everyone […]
September 8, 2020
Rene and Jenn

Lifetime Impact Part II: Rene’s Pen Pals from Desert Shield/Desert Storm

In early October 1990, almost two months after Rene deployed to King Khalid Air Base near Khamis Mushait, a city in southwest Saudi Arabia, U.S. mailbags […]