Monthly Archives: December 2013

A Walk in the Woods with Dad

ON THE EVE OF THE eve of Christmas eve, we three Mellskog kids usually bundled up to perch in the same place – on the high fenders of Dad’s 1956 WD-45 Allis-Chalmers tractor. Before we left our barnyard in Illinois … Continue reading

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A Skinny Christmas

WHEN SHE BURST INTO TEARS on the third floor tile steps of the downtown Minneapolis YMCA, my first thought was, “Aw, c’mon, girl! Fuhgettabout your checkbook!” The Gulf War broke out in January that year, in 1991, and the recession … Continue reading

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When Enough is Enough

MY FRIEND, ALICE, LOOKS LIKE who she is in her mid-50s – a vaguely glamorous California girl with that wave of blond hair, a Dutch dairyman’s daughter who promptly delivered a hot meal and a simple gift to us when … Continue reading

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