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Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Bulletin #400 publishes as Chinese New Year begins.

Updates -

Be My Valentine!

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Ernie Dake
William Richard Dake

UPDATE -- a son is born to Greg and Sonja Dake
by Sonja (Manass) Dake
Durham, NC

William Richard Dake was born at 9:56 PM on Jan 28, 2010. He was 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 18.5 inches long. He has had some feeding issues due to being tongue-tied but we see an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist on Monday and hope to have it clipped. He should be much happier nursing after that.

Photo © Darrel & Jo Droel
News report: all 49 states in the Continental U.S. & the District of Columbia reported snow on the ground on Friday. Only Hawaii missed out. Many were thrilled; others, not so much.

Photos © Darrel & Jo Droel
Picnic table, left; car, right, buried in snow in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Can you imagine it? They hardly ever have any snow. When Darrel got married & was going to move out there, he was so happy ... as he would be away from Minnesota winters.

Photo © Wyatt Johnson
Clockwise from Camryn in the background: Rylie, Carly, Brooklynn,
Octavia, Rachel, Ayana, Bella, Caitlynn, Marissa.

UPDATE -- Saturday sleep-over marks Rylie's 8th birthday
by Wyatt Johnson
Moorhead, MN

Rylie says, "Thank you, Great Grandma Dorothy! That was so funny!"

We're about an hour away this Sunday morning from wrapping up a birthday sleep-over that started with seven friends, and ended with five!

Originally, we somehow agreed to let Rylie have six friends stay overnight for her birthday party. Mostly, this was because of the move to the new school this year, and we wanted to let her blend some of her old and some of her new friends together. Originally, she invited Octavia and Carly from her old school, Ayana, Bella, and Caitlynn from her new school, and Rachel, one of our new neighbors. The day after we sent out the invitations, Rylie came home from school and said that Caitlynn's twin sister, Marissa, was sad, because she wanted to sleep over, too! We couldn't have those hurt feelings on our conscience, so we told Rylie that she could tell Marissa it was OK to come, too.

For those of you not paying attention, that's seven girls, in addition to the other two daughters and one wife who already reside in my house. Fear didn't set in until about 4 p.m. on Saturday, one hour before the girls were to arrive. By that time, I'd endured an entire day of, "Oh, come on, do we really have to wait X hours still?"

The tornado hit at 4:58 p.m. Saturday, February 6th. By 5:05, it hit maximum power. We didn't expect the rain (tears) to start until everyone was overtired, around 10 p.m., but somehow, at supper time we got our first sprinkles. It wasn't a major one, though, and pizza, chips, and Jolene's buster bars seemed to calm everyone back down. After supper, Rylie started opening presents, and then the first REAL waterworks began.

Rylie and Brooklynn LOVE the stuffed animals called Webkinz, as they come with special codes they can use to put their pets online in a game. Rylie obviously told her friends this, because almost every gift bag contained a Webkinz. Brooklynn saw the second one, and began sobbing uncontrollably, not fully understanding why Rylie got all these new Webkinz, while she didn't get any. She's gotten to be such a big girl, we sometimes forget she's only 5 years old and not even in kindergarten yet! This storm, too, passed, and the party continued.

As a time filler, we played a little Bingo, before the girls decided to watch movies. First they watched Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, then Bee Movie, though there was more hide-n-seek than movie watching through most of that. At about 9:30 p.m., we turned off all movies, and told the girls that it was time to start winding down. By 10:04, a new round of tears started, as the twins decided they wanted to go home. Their mom had warned us this was a strong possibility, and said to call at any hour, so we decided that we had to do it. After they left, everyone else amazingly calmed down, and by a little after 11 p.m., everyone in the house but me was asleep.

At 7 a.m., the waking began, so Jolene and I started breakfast -- pancakes, bacon, grapes, and OJ. The first girl left this morning just before 9 a.m., and the rest should be gone by 10. After that, Rylie has a dance recital at 12:30 today, and Brooklynn has one at 4, just before I plop on the couch to watch the Super Bowl!

It was a fun weekend, but it went fast, and I'm already looking forward to relaxing next weekend!


Photo © Wyatt Johnson
Bella, Ayana & Rylie.

Photo © Lori Anderson
Keith, Lori & Steve on vacation in snow country.

UPDATE -- fun in the snow -- in sunny California
by Lori Anderson
Orange County, CA

For the past few months, Keith and I have been wanting to take a short vacation. We thought a trip to the snow would be fun. After all, our snow jackets sit in the closet for a couple years at a time and we thought it was time to put them to use. We also thought it would be nice to invite a few extra people. So this past weekend, we rented a cabin in Big Bear, California, and invited Steven, along with one of my good friends, her husband, and their three-year-old son.

We got to experience a lot -- we actually had to use tire chains, we played bumper cars with a pile of snow on the side of the road (Keith was able to pop the fender back on in a jiffy), and we got to go snow tubing.

Photos © Lori Anderson
Steve, left & Keith, right, try their hands at snow-tubing.

But the best part was seeing my first snowfall! The last morning of our trip, we woke up to snow falling to the ground. All of us were pretty excited so we threw on some jackets and grabbed the camera to get a quick shot.

Photo © Lori Anderson
Keith & Lori enjoying her first snowstorm in sunny California.

UPDATE -- James Dake has relocated
by Earl Stahlecker
Gatesville, TX

I am passing along new contact information for James Dake. He has moved north of Oracle (where he has been for a long time) to Show Low, Arizona.

He is currently unemployed and looking for work. He said he just got tired of the ranch and its long hours and low pay. He is getting older, as we all are, and wants more time for himself and friends.

Telephone: Call (or e-mail) the Matriarch for details.

Address: 30 ACR 3032
Show Low, AZ 85901

Thanks for getting my mystery guess published last week.


Photo © Mavis Morgan
Kayla, Nancy, Bo & Penny.

UPDATE -- visitors arrive on cross-country skis
by Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

Some folks travel these days by cars, SUVs, pickups, buses, trains, planes, horses, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers and the list can go on. However, it was our privilege to entertain cross-country skiers recently.

Our neighbor girls, Nancy and Kayla, who we would like to adopt because they are so good to us, decided to come over on their skis one beautiful day with their dogs, Penny and Bo.

They made the 2-1/2 miles across the fields in about an hour and a half. One of the most difficult issues on the journey was where the snow was still very soft and fluffy and their skis sank in about a foot so they had to "walk" the skis through a lot of the way, so as to make a track for their return. Needless to say they were ready to rest when they got here. Penny and Bo needed a drink, too.

Upon arriving, we had noon dinner together and also our friend Kim Kay Martin, from Valley City, joined us. She brought her pickup for the 50-mile trip here and we don't blame her for that. How long would 50 miles take on skis under normal conditions?

Photo © Mavis Morgan
Kim Kay, Nancy & Kayla.

One would cut off about 10 miles going across the fields but it is hard telling what one would run into. That's not for me.

After a two hour rest and toe warming, our visitors left for home.

Photo © Mavis Morgan
Mavis, Kayla, Nancy & Tom.

After about an hour had passed, the phone rang with the report that they had reached their destination again, so that concluded a wonderful and fulfilling day for all of us.

Kayla and Nancy have been featured in The Bulletin before (in Bulletin 319), with their mules and horses with our grandchildren.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Gert Pettit
Why I've been getting ready to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Tiger, with Miss Kitty & Mai Tai & the Grandkitties -- Oreo, Cheerio & Tabasco. Tigers are just big kitties, so it stands to reason that the little tigers -- that's us -- would be celebrating this year. No firecrackers for us, though. We prefer sushi & catnip for celebrations of all kinds. --Dusty

Day to DayR
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
Linda Zitzmann & daughtersTara Jahnke & Leah Spurzem

A Quick Visit To The Twin Cities

Due to the weather, Caity and I made a rather short trip to the Twin Cities area, last weekend.

The drive in, Friday night, had some slick spots, but not too bad. When we arrived in Rogers, Lori was making us a delicious stir fry. Nice to get out of cooking. Smile.

Lori had needed us to babysit, so shortly after she'd gotten Kierra to bed, she headed out. Caity and I played with McKenna, until she tired out and just cuddled up with me. Must admit, that was a hit! Visiting with her is so much fun; you never know what she will come up with. (Last night she informed Lori, "I have to do my homework," obviously having been listening to the older kids at daycare!)

Saturday we headed out for Linda Zitzmann's home, for her daughter Tara's baby shower. I'd been telling McKenna where we were going and why. I also advised her that she would not be seeing the baby. She immediately figured out the why, asking, "Is it still in her tummy?" Yes, I agreed the baby certainly is, and I got a picture to prove this!

Photos © Donna Johnson
Kierra, left; McKenna, center; Tara, right.

They had a good turnout for the shower and, after eating a delicious lunch, we all watched while Tara opened some lovely gifts. I requested a picture of mother Linda Zitzmann and daughters Tara Jahnke (the mother-to-be) and her sister, Leah Spurzem.

As the girls were getting antsy and Caity had some shopping to do in preparation for her Snow-Queen candidate for the coronation this Thursday, we headed out. Kierra kept us totally entertained in the van, going through most of her words and new sounds for me to video. So cooperative and cute! She still likes having her picture taken, unlike her sister, McKenna. That totally depends on her mood! (I don't blame her!)

At the mall, McKenna did get to try out some rides; that part was a hit! Kierra pointed and wanted to, but immediately wanted off again; she's not so fond of rides yet!

We met Donna Richards at an Oriental restaurant, which was Caity's request. Lori and I chose the one near Knollwood Mall, as we wanted some sushi and plenty of shrimp. I even had frog legs, much to Caity's disgust!

She also did not appreciate the eyes on some of the shrimp I'd taken, which, of course, I enjoyed putting in front of her when she wasn't paying attention. She said she figured I would traumatize McKenna or something. Hmmm, didn't appear it was McKenna that had a problem with the little black eyes!

McKenna DID have a problem with her sister pulling her hair during the group picture, though!

Photo © Donna Johnson
Donna Richards, Caity Chap, Kierra, Lori & McKenna Ostendorf.

While we were at the restaurant, Beaver called and asked if we'd been listening to the weather, which we had not. He informed us we were now in a winter storm warning, no longer just a watch. It was getting dark and I checked the road conditions; it appeared there were icy patches. We weighed the odds and went for driving in the daylight, as early as possible, hoping to beat the brewing storm.

We lucked out and got home with a snowy left lane and snow swirling in our right lane, but not slippery yet. Very fortunate, as later, we heard of many roll overs and bad accidents, one even claiming a young man's life, only a few miles down the road from us. It has been a trying winter!

Photos © Donna Johnson
Fern that belonged to Grandma Dake, left; Christmas cactus blooms, right.

A Green Connection To Family

I am so happy to own a fern that came from Grandma Dake's original plant. It was passed down to Blanche and then to Duane and he was kind and shared with me. It almost died after the last time it was transplanted, but seems to be thriving nicely now, in the sunroom.

My Christmas Cactus has decided to bloom again, too, much to my surprise (or is this normal?). This was a gift from my Aunt Elaine Anderson.

Both plants bring me happiness with the association with the loved ones involved.

Last, but not least; I tip my hat to our Editors and all their hard work! 400 Bulletins -- hard to believe it is possible! Sometimes it seems like "just the other day" my mother started this weekly correspondence!

I also want to extend a special thank you to Betty, for her faithful reviews and her acknowledgements to all the other contributors. I'd like to join her in thanking everyone; it has been an amazing job ... well done!

Happy Valentine's Day to each of you!

The Matriarch Speaks W
by Dorothy (Dake) Anderson
Alexandria, MN

An Upgrade For The Matriarch

Dear Bulletin Subscribers,

The story is too long to tell right now but look for the details in next week's issue. We have had visitors. Richard and Verlaine Weiland arrived with the thought of improving The Bulletin delivery ... and for making it possible for me to control window light and privacy from my desk with a remote control shade.

Don served us all a noon dinner of pork chops, baked potatoes, and salad.

And after another session for teaching the Matriarch the intricacies of running some new equipment, the Weilands have loaded up their equipment and headed out for home.

I do love my new program. My address stays the same, as Juno still sends, but all of the preparation is now done in Microsoft Office!

Photo © Donald W. Anderson
The Matriarch's new computer, ready to send out The Bulletin.

400 Bulletins -- And Counting

It seemed too bad that two of my grandsons were going to college in the same city but when I asked one -- and then the other -- for news of their cousin's college experiences, their answers were so vague that I knew it was time to do something if I was to keep my family connected.

I thought the thing over and then asked my daughter Donna if she thought the kids would be interested in reading about one another's doings. She encouraged me to try it -- and so the idea produced a hand copy that my son Doug helped me design in September 2002. We created names for the various features and put them in the e-mail package that we named The Bulletin, using varied colors and fonts to make the paper attractive.

At first, the kids wrote to me and I wrote up the news garnered from their e-mails to me. And then we learned about "cut and paste" and other neat things, and we were on our way.

One day I saw pictures that Wyatt had learned to put into his e-mail and he promised to do some for us to use. It was touch and go -- sometimes we even attached the pictures to the paper ... but that made some people's copies "get nervous."

It was not long until the parents of the families wanted copies, too. The next thing the cousins heard about the paper and began to ask to be included. About that time it was decided that anyone who was a friend of the family, and was willing to do his or her share of things for publishing, would be welcome to receive a copy of the e-mail.

I know you all have noticed over the years since that our family has lots of talented authors ... but the first author to produce a new type of paper is not even a person. Back in the early days, there was a stray kitten that a couple of Alaska ladies rescued and, after due consideration, named Miss Kitty. Soon she was writing The Miss Kitty Letters for our paper.

When her mistress proved to be an photographer by trade, with lots of experience in editing newspapers and magazines, I offered her a position at several times the standard wage of my regular employees and she joined the crew -- who are paid 0 dollars a month. Since then, she and I have taken several pay raises, until we are now making 100 times their salary. ;)

Really, I haven't room to name the people who have written such an interesting and varied number of contributions for our paper. There were Updates, Memoirs, Travelogues, Photos, Illustrations, Recipes, Short Stories, Historical Novels, Foto Funnies, Chuckles, a weekly Review -- and these last few months we have even featured CrossWord puzzles, and Funnnies ... yes, the funny spelling of Funnnies for Doug's comic strips is intentional. And remember, there are countless other things to enjoy from the searchable archives that Jerrianne and I have posted on a web site with all 400 Bulletins.

What are our plans now that we have reached number 400? We editors have discussed that! We have decided that we will keep on as long as we are able, and as long as all of our splendid reporters, photographers and other contributors keep producing interesting things to read, view, and yes ... even sometimes to listen to.

For family history information, check the About pages and Who's Who. Who's Where tells you where The Bulletin subscribers live. Web galleries contain hundreds of interesting pictures ... and a special gallery feature from 2005 called The Matriarch's Valentines -- dozens of handmade creations, secretly made with lots and lots of love -- is five years old today!

Who Is This?

Let's Play a Guessing Game: Whenever it is handy to do so, we will run a picture of someone of the subscribers or staff members of our e-magazine. Tell us who you think it is -- we will let you know who was the first to guess it right -- and the correct guess -- in the following week's Bulletin.

(Send us some to run; we will line them up in our staging area to take their turn. Gina Henderson and The Matriarch supplied last week's mystery photos.

How many can you identify? What's going on?

Answers to last week's mystery pictures (click here to review them):

Editors' Note: Correct guesses appear in bold face type and incorrect guesses in normal type ... generally in the order we receive them, so the first guess received is on top.

I know the guess who's this week, too! The first is Abby Henderson, looking cute in her tutu. And the next picture is my brother Mark and sis Whitney and it seems to me that they are in your house in Glencoe. From the T-shirt Mark is wearing, I'd guess that it was basketball season!

Heidi Henderson
Albuquerque, NM

Editor's comment: Yes, it is our house, but not in Glencoe ... and that might be Whitney; I had thought it might be Caity ... but I am not sure. The Johnsons were visiting us at our home in Briarwood Park, which is just outside Springfield, Missouri, and I would think Becky and Caity came along. I'm not 100% sure of that, but it is Mark and it is our house down there. He is honoring his cousins (the Henderson boys) by wearing their school shirt. --DMA

My guesses on the guessing photos are Abby Henderson on the left and Mark Johnson on the right.

Last week, where Charlie Quick was sending Don Anderson in for a cooling off, seems to me the picture could have been taken in about 1991, but maybe 1984 is correct.

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

Editor's comment: We are quite sure of the date ... by the size of Heidi, for one thing. --DMA

I was very moved by Weston's profound observations concerning last week's guessing photo. Charlie Quick did resemble that Zach fellow quite a bit, although one bearded guy tends to look a lot like another.

My father's penchant for jumpsuits began in the early 80's, when it was "anything goes," at least as far as fashion went. You don't see many people wearing orange jumpsuits these days, probably for fear of being shot as an escaped convict. Still, I think he carried it off well.

Doug Anderson
St. Cloud, MN

A too late guess from last week:

Uncle Don Anderson and my brother-in-law Charlie Quick. My guess is the location was Blanche and Jim's cabin? The little girl on the raft is maybe one of Duane's girls? Can't see the other people well enough to guess.

Melanie Lehtola
Howard Lake, MN

The guesses vary on the lake pictures regarding the "Don Dunking." I recall that time and I hope I will keep in good physical condition so I can return the favor to Chuck. HA.

The time has to be before 1986. Let's wait and see how other onlookers reply with the correct date. My, we had fun back then!

Don Anderson
Alexandria, MN

Memory Lane

A series of recollections, of the five years when Bill and Lois Dake and their family lived in Minnesota, began with the episode in Bulletin 343. It's too soon to tell just how many parts there will be in this series, just after World War II. In Bulletin 349, I told more about polio (once called Infantile Paralysis) via two links, Polio and Sister Kenny, to minimize disruption of the narrative flow. Both documents are posted as a series of scanned images. We can't edit them or correct typos and they will not respond to font changes or printer settings as regular Bulletin pages do.

Dorothy Dake, 20, hand tinted portrait, 1946.

Winter In Bemidji
by Dorothy Dake
Howard Lake, MN

I Do Some Make-Up And We Do Some Planning

A good teacher is careful to be sure that those who miss a class are required to do the missing work. It would not be wise to allow a student to omit part of the important subject matter that they have missed.

I was reminded of that fact when Belle and I were talking about the necessity of "regrouping" at 1217 Beltrami Street. The conversation went something like this:

Belle: Did you notice what has been happening on the city building projects?

Me: Just what building projects do you mean?

Belle: Dorothy Dake, don't tell me you haven't read about the college expansion and the nurses' dorm ... and you a teacher! (Oh, I know you say you are through ... but you don't fool me!) It is time you got caught up on current events!

Belle sorted out several of the papers from the stack on the hall shelf. She gave them to me and told me I was to read the headlined article of every one of them and then come back for a visit.

And so began my attempt to get caught up with the "social sciences" of the day.

I had become so used to our world being at war, with the lack of national production of goods, the low attendance of college by graduates of high schools, and slow changes -- for instance, I do not believe that I had seen a single building being erected during the war years. And now I started to read about some amazing changes that were happening.

Education was becoming much more important. This is how it was going to affect those of us who were living on this street. Starting at the present point in time, and working on a "10-year-plan," the State of Minnesota is planning to change the "Teacher's Colleges" of the state to "Universities." The educators here in Bemidji Teacher's College are busy setting up curriculums for many types of education.

For a beginning, next fall they are opening a business education department ... and perhaps in the second semester, several aspects of science training would begin ... perhaps a pre-med program.

So then, to make room for all the additional students to be attending, things were going to have to get on a roll. And so I began to read faster and faster ... no longer bored, but seeing how relevant this all is to me. You see, the City is buying up this whole section of Bemidji to build better roads, parks, entertainment, housing, and -- of course -- the college itself has to be expanded.

It is no wonder my friends see the changes ahead for them. I suppose Belle has been wondering just how she can watch Bertha and Dorothy get kicked out on the street and considering how to deal with selling her home. It is certainly a time of change.

The next day, I went calling on Belle so we could talk about it sensibly. We do need to be here in this house until spring, so we began planning just how it could be done.

First, it was necessary to understand just what our options were. Belle leveled with me. (I do not know just how much of this she has told Bertha ... as Bertha is not very well and we are afraid to upset her.) So, of necessity, this has become a project between the two of us.

Belle tells me that she has hired a lawyer she has known all her life and knows to be honest. He is acting for her right now, getting the arrangements made with the City, as to the business agreement with them.

She says he has suggested that we have a telephone system put in so that there is a phone in the hall sitting area by my door, upstairs. It will have a three-way connection so whoever takes the call can direct it to the right phone. That should make life much easier.

I wondered why we couldn't just sort of "batch it" and let things get dusty, but oh, no, there is a great need that the house be kept spotless and shiny. Mr. Graham, the lawyer, has opened negotiations with some people and is having an appraiser inspect the lovely furniture pieces that have been handed down from a lumber baron ancestor or two. (They are even looking over the woodwork and some of the windows.)

I certainly understand how, when her knees gave out, my friend was nervous, too. We have it all evened out and we are not getting put out on the street! But I will have to report on the details at a later time ... AS I AM TIRED!

Photo © Dorothy Dake Anderson
The house where I lived in Bemidji, Minnesota, in 1949.

Travelogue t

Photo © Kjirsten Swenson
Night Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Southeast Asia Extravaganza 2009
by Kjirsten Swenson
Albuquerque, NM

That evening we spent hours exploring the best market I've been to anywhere in the world. It was the Sunday walking market, in which an entire downtown street was closed to traffic and lined with hundreds and hundreds of stalls selling beautiful crafts and clothing.

The amount of street food was overwhelming. In an epic effort to eat it all, we tried several delights, including fresh milk ice cream, steamed buns with peanut filling, roasted corn, an omelet cooked in a banana leaf on the grill, sweet corn served with salt, sugar, and evaporated milk, mango sticky rice, and probably more things I'm forgetting now.

Jeff and I agreed that neither of us has visited such a great market anywhere, and between the two of us we've probably visited dozens and dozens (maybe more than a hundred?) markets on five continents.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Special Days
February 14---Valentine's Day
February 14---Chinese New Year's Day

February 15---Presidents' Day

This Week's Birthdays
February 14---Bulletin #400 Day
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
February 18---Roy and Betty Weiland Droel (17 years)


More February Birthdays
February 1---Kathlyn Johnson Anderson
February 3---Penny Miller Kramer
February 4---Cameron Birkholz
February 6---Melody Printz
February 6---Kelli Nicole Mellon (11 years old)
February 7---Rylie Johnson (8 years old)
February 11---Alexander James Indermark (2 years old)

February 27---Bonnie Anderson
February 28---Eric Anderson

More February Anniversaries
February 4---Jim and Jan Smith (49 years)
February 6---Russ and Judy Miller Riesenberg (29 years)

February 24---Jess and Louise Cloyd (65 years)
February 26---Tim and Char Morgan Myron (27 years)
February 28---Junior and Doris Anderson (48 years)

February Special Days

February 2---Groundhog Day
February 12---Abraham Lincoln's Birthday
February 14---Valentine's Day
February 15---Presidents' Day
February 22---George Washington's Birthday

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

Thanks so much for the anniversary e-card. No celebration that evening. The next evening we were at our daughter's home for a fish-fry dinner with other family members. Maybe next year we'll visit The Golden Arches or The B K for our 50th.

Not much going on here this winter day.

Do not fry any more computers and keep sending The Bulletin.

Jim Smith,
Brooklyn Park, MN

Many thanks to The Bulletin crew for the birthday card that still has me smiling! I had a wonderful birthday evening with Tim and Colette and Ashley and Erik. We played games and enjoyed birthday treats. A huge bouquet of flowers is happily gracing our table and a pot of purple crocuses are adding their breath of "spring will be coming" beauty.

Kathlyn Johnson Anderson
Breezy Point, MN

Photo © Darrel & Jo Droel
Winter jewels in a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Keep Us Posted!

Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?

'Many Thankse

Miss Hetty


Click here to review last week's Bulletin

Every Saturday we look forward to The Bulletin and are never disappointed! I've especially enjoyed reading about your life when you lived in Bemidji, Dorothy. I hope you continue to write for a long time!

Kathlyn Johnson Anderson
Breezy Point, MN

I was very pleased to get news of one of My Favorite Aunties; and if she still hasn't found a home for that lop-sided loaf of bread, I am very open-minded about the shape of food I eat, so send it along, Auntie!

To all at The Bulletin, keep up the quality work!

Doug Anderson
St. Cloud, MN

The fancy temple with the fantastic interior was so interesting, as well as all the photos in Thailand. Places we will never see in real life. Thanks to the Swensons.

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
by Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

While Roy arranges to get his tax information in order to make out his own taxes, I will stay out of his way and try to be quiet, if possible. A perfect time to write my thanks for our Bulletin #399.

I wonder what our Editor would think back then, when number one and two were being made, if she thought ahead to a number 399th one? That is a lot of Bulletins. Each one is unique in itself, and a lifetime keepsake for the subscribers included in the pages throughout the years.

Now this #399 begins with a one of a kind picture that only Kjirsten could supply. To look ahead into the additional Travelogues shows more of her fascinating experience, and thank you for sharing with us in pictures and stories of the faraway places that you have become so familiar with.

Linda Zitzmann's snow pictures would be so interesting to someone who wasn't seeing it, and more, out their own windows. Let's hope our Arizona subscribers, as well as others not buried in snow, are reminded of how fortunate they are not to have to shovel their way to the garage these days.

I really enjoyed Elaine Wold's little update. It was so nice to hear from her again, and that little common-day discussion of her activities gave us all a boost, knowing all that is needed is just to be motivated to write. Nice little story about the bread. The lopsided loaf would taste just as good.

And Jerrianne actually sent us an update, too, so we had to check out the streaming videos. We soon learned why they were called streaming. Kept us fascinated for quite awhile.

Madi, the bubble queen, was quite a photo illustration, Bitzi.

Oreo's eye contact could make anyone think they were being hypnotized. It would make a good picture to try to suggest a caption for. The whole section on cats would be right up the alley of quite a few I know.

Memory Lane is still able to captivate our attention. This time the description of the house buying was like it was just happening this weekend rather than that many years ago. Dorothy refers to the new owners as "the kids," and I got a homesick feeling for a minute, knowing they have both had their lifetimes and were both gone now. Memories remain precious and vivid when it is of someone you love.

We are hoping the Travelogue can be extended for quite a while yet. It is always new and interesting the way our photo editor places the pictures. Quite a challenge when they were probably all in a stack, or one after the other, and then to sort them to their identity and interest.

Good thing the FUNNNIES can be zoomed in so we old folks can read them. That took a lot of time and thought to draw all those details and get expression into the faces. Even glasses!

The Quotation for the day stepped pretty hard on my toes. To leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Maybe we all could identify with that one.

Will make this all for this time. We have special company, but they are gone for the evening so gave me opportunity to finish this thanks for #399. Can't wait for the February 14th issue, which will be our #400. Can you hardly take it in?

Betty Droel


Douglas Anderson-Jordet

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