Keyword: Remember Your Roots and Keep Them Colored
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Now’s the time when parents are smiling through their tears, bravely dropping first-time college students off — and those moms and dads are so distraught, wondering if they’re going … more
I’m understanding a few things better as time goes by. It takes longer for me because I’m a little hardheaded. If we surveyed my kids, they’d say, “A little?!” … more
Gar and I are still married after 42 years — even after spending two winters in a 30-foot camper. I’m guessing the only thing that keeps us from murdering each other is neither one wants … more
As I reflect on the 4-H pledge — “I pledge … my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living for my club, my … more
Bears are not my favorite animal — in fact, I really dislike bears — but I’ll admit we have a lot in common. Bears’ midsections are round and mine is too. Bears have … more
In case you hadn’t noticed, every year the Eiden’s Christmas letter gets later and later, until this year, it’s an epistle for Christmas in July. Lucky you.  If you give it … more
It was a Monday morning so I naturally didn’t have a joyful spirit — similar to how I am on all the other days of the week. As if getting out the door wasn’t awful enough, as I … more
I told Gar, “Many mammals, birds and fish stay with the same partner till death do they part.” Unsmiling, he deadpanned, “Obviously, monogamous animals don’t know how long … more
Men, you need to realize how precious you are. It doesn’t matter that the media says you aren’t as great as you truly are. Let me assure you, the media’s opinion doesn’t … more
I received an education this summer, somewhat free of charge, and I didn’t even have to go to college. I renovated a 1984 Fleetwood motorhome we got from Gar’s folks, and the first … more
At my and Gar’s age, not to mention our activity level (which is less than any sloth on planet earth), we’re certain we should be moving our joints every day, so I walk and Gar swims. And … more
We try to attend church everywhere we visit, so one Saturday while in Pensacola, Florida, I did bookwork and Gar looked up independent fundamental churches in our vicinity. Sunday found us only a … more
Recently, sleep physiologist Rachel Markwald set out to study fatigue on a Navy warship. She, along with her team, spent two weeks aboard the amphibious assault ship Essex and they found that getting … more
I use a hair product called “Freeze-It” to keep my mop in place and my motto is, “One can never, no not ever, use too much hairspray.” I buy such an abundance, I asked my CPA … more
After arriving in Florida, we stayed with our kids for a few days while setting up the camper. We’d told them early on that we’d be closer to them this year, and they seemed excited, but … more
I’ve often thought what I’d say to my 10-year-old self if I could go back in time. I recently asked Gar what he’d say to 10-year-old him. Quickly, he said, “Ten-year-olds … more
I’m a butter lover and the creamy, slightly salty deliciousness is thickly spread on almost everything I eat and I feel fine about it. I don’t measure it or fret if it’s too much. I … more
We’re often told to follow in someone’s footsteps if we want to succeed. Don’t try that with me. If you’re aiming for any type of victory this side of heaven, I’d … more
This year, when we traveled south for the winter, our daughter, Lunny, came with us. She was training for a summit, happening soon, so she worked out at each sibling’s stop. The first … more
On Gar and I’s anniversary, a friend inquired whether we would ever be interested in giving marital advice to those fresh off the stage of their wedding reception. I thought he was joking, but … more
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