Author Archives: Sue Edison-Swift

Sam-the-Dog

Paul and I adopted Sam-the-Dog from the wonderful Human Society of Northeast Iowa (HSNEI) in Decorah, on Saturday, December 2, 2017. He was named Sam at the Shelter, being a “found” dog no one claimed. So, we don’t know a … Continue reading

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“All Anew” is a way of life, not an event

The day before Leymah Gbowee addressed 3,300 participants attending the Tenth Triennial Gathering, July 14, she took time for a conversation over a cup of green tea. Gbowee, a Lutheran from Monrovia, Liberia, led the interfaith movement of prayerful and persistent women … Continue reading

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From your baby book

A MESSAGE FROM MY PARENTS March 28, 1981 (You are 10 weeks old) Dearest Anne, When we look down on your precious face, we are filled with many hopes and dreams for you. We hope you will be a happy … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving present

In her “Pass the Thanksgiving” essay,* the late, great Marj Leegard gave sage advice for enjoying the holiday for what it is, not what it used to be, not what it could be. “Memories have a way of bundling together … Continue reading

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The Straight Scoop on Donating after a Disaster

For some reason you are motivated to help after a disaster, nearby or far away, natural or human caused. Thank you. The need is great. The first thing you need to do, though, is think. Think about how you can … Continue reading

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The Decorah Chapter

On August 17, we’ll move out of our home in Watertown, Wisconsin. On September 1 we’ll take possession of our new home in Decorah, Iowa. The Graebel moving van will pull-up sometime between September 2 and 10. Why are we … Continue reading

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Things: A mother’s lesson

When my mother was young, maybe 11 or 12, her family’s farmhouse burned to the ground. Mom, along with her mom, dad, and baby sister, Sally, got out with their lives and a basket of clean clothes. It was the … Continue reading

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A future with hope

Kagemulo’s smile in this picture is misleading. She smiled upon seeing the video just taken during a visit to her home outside of Bukoba, Tanzania. Kagemulo had never before seen a picture of herself. Indeed, Kagemulo said, “I cry all … Continue reading

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If you’re going to use my name, get it right

The other day, a Ranger Rick subscription offer arrived our mailbox, a print version of a cold sales call. No doubt the National Wildlife Federation, publisher of Ranger Rick magazines, got our name by purchasing a list of recent subscribers … Continue reading

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Remembered Recipe

While Doot-Doot cake is the go-to Edison-Swift family treat when zucchini is abundant, for daughter Annie’s January birthday I remembered “Swiss Chocolate Squares.” I brought the recipe home from my seventh grade home-ec class, and it became an Edison family … Continue reading

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