St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

August 10 is the day the church honors St. Lawrence, a saint who lived from 225 to 258 AD. I am interested in this little-known saint for a number of reasons. He was originally from Spain, where some of my family lives, he has a fascinating story related to his martyrdom, and both my son-in-law and…

The Holocaust Before the Holocaust

I was at a quilt show admiring the outstanding handiwork of quilters from around the country. The quilting world has gone way beyond piecing together scraps of fabric leftover from making your own clothes to a massive industry led by some highly creative people. Suddenly I came across an area where all the quilts looked…

What to expect when election judges debate selfies

Preparations are under way for a couple of events that will dominate the news in the next few months, Minnesota’s primary election on August 14 and the mid-term general election on November 6. At a recent training session for Steele County’s election judges many routine topics were discussed; how to set up the polling place…