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- Gideon Bible:
- The truth of it is, I stole the bible. That a woman gave it to me, means nothing...
- Old Earth:
- Once upon a time the earth was young, the sea new and water fresh. It rained upon...
- Cut this, my mother said when I was small, teaching me both proportion and perspective...
- Reader Wonderland:
- The first book I ever owned was Anderson's Fairy Tales...
- Different Experience:
- As relatives and neighbors book themselves onto cruise ships we forget...
- Steerage Regulations:
- The Navigation Laws of the United States did not apply to the Titanic...
- Jury Duty:
- It wasn't until we children had all left home that my father was called for jury duty...
- Canadian Mountie:
- We had a foreign visitor speak to our elementary school class. A tall, spare man...
- The Old Baron:
- John Langenbach was a judge for many years. My father intimidated him...
- Long Lost Uncle
- We knew mother's siblings and tried to keep in touch with survivors of father's...
- Tidal Power:
- Bonneville Dam, first of BPA on the Columbia, was selling electricity
in early 1939...
- Universe Music:
- Small fleas have smaller fleas/upon their backs to bite 'em/large fleas, still larger...
- The Home Comfort cookbook with mother's stove, had a baking powder biscuit recipe...
- Radio and TV:
- Uncle John bought used radios early during the Depression and repaired them for sale...
- The guardia nacional bought themselves a country last night,
he said, calling from work.
- When I went to Seattle in 1947, Uncle John and Aunt Edna subscribed
to three daily newspapers...
- Fighting Back:
- Nowhere has anyone anything good to say about our present mail
- Most of us belonged to one or more parent-sanctioned gangs as
- Grandfather Richter
- No one buried at Fern Hill Cemetery was more formally attired than my
- Local Purchasing:
- When they married, each of my parents owned a Model T Ford, and kept
one of them...
- Menlo Origins:
- Menlo's beginning is traced to a burial on a knoll about a mile from
the county fairgrounds.
- Painless Dentist:
- Lester H. Owens, a veteran of World War I and a dentist, had his office upstairs on Duryea.
- Severe Winter:
- The severe winter of 1946/47, rare in the Pacific Northwest, changed my life.
- Mr & Mrs Brigham:
- The old fashioned chain grocery, a Red & White store, has been in Menlo all my life...
- Kenneth Bullard, our first male teacher, taught Fifth Grade at Sylvandale...
- Newcomers to Western Washington don't remember sawmills with smoking wigwam burners.
- Water District:
- With establishment of the water district, my parents filled the well...
- Historic Courthouse:
- For generations we've visited the Pacific County courthouse with interior glass dome.
- Independence Day:
- The 4th of July was celebrated in Raymond until 1942 with fireworks, carnival, parade.
- Reading Magic:
- Skidmore Slough, at the Raymond/South Bend shared boundary, was named after a pioneer.
- Swimming Hole:
- There wasn't a public pool, so we went to the swimming hole in the river...
- Unnecessary Surgery:
- Our parents paid in money; we children bled upon the sacrificial table.
- Amateur Radio:
- A cereal premium signal light let my little brother and me practice Morse Code.
- Eleanor Committed:
- Born in 1884, and in 1936 already over the age of 50, she began writing a column, My Day...
- Old Blizzard:
- It was Blizzard's own doing, that he wound up in the stew pot...
- Northwest of Menlo is Willie Keil's grave, Southeast a bridge crosses the Willapa River...
- Sir Names:
- A surname should be spelled sir name, as no woman has one,
- Benign Wilderness:
- We cousins earned money going into the wilds to harvest leaves, bark
- A teenager, I awoke to my little brother's yell from his bedroom, Mama, earthquake!
- Ring of Fire:
- The most beautiful, distant view of Mt. Rainier was from Uncle Otto's home atop Richter hill.
- My Aunt Marie:
- Ann Margaret Elizabeth Grimm was born in 1905, sixth of seven children, and adopted.
- Soda Counter:
- Davis Drug was open on Water Street in South Bend--now Robert Bush Drive--in late 1946.
- Penny Dreadfuls:
- My parents' among other books had a few Penny Dreadfuls --Rauber Pistole in German...
- Stump Ranch:
- My Uncle Oswin had a stump ranch out on Rue Creek, a half mile over a hill from Menlo.
- Safety Attainable:
- Complacent Democrats might any election year have rued their appetite for crab...
- Power Outages:
- My father helped build the Bonneville Substation on Highway 101 near Raymond.
- Spiral Lightning:
- Along the property line a gravel road climbed steeply west, and north was a large fir tree.
- Alien Mother:
- My mother was an alien. No, not an extra-terrestrial the way people joke now.
- Tree Churches:
- My logger father found God in forest cathedrals of the Pacific Northwest.
- Career Military 1:
- During my high school years, classmates and relatives were enlisting...
- Career Military 2:
- In October 1979 Panama Canal Treaties were signed, and our lives changed.
- Understanding Taxes:
- Preparing tax forms is more angering, when taxing evolvement is best understood...
- National Passage:
- The current 300,000 Grange members, have always been mostly Republicans...
- Big Waste:
- We waste fossil fuels by getting lost because of bad signage on world highways...
- Ramage Press:
- Seattle, the largest city in the smallest of the eleven western states...
- Moving Experience:
- We've moved a lot. That has its disadvantages...but many more advantages too.
- Offensive Name:
- In unincorporated Skamokawa, in tiny Wahkiakum County, stands a public building...
- We were there the first five years during the Panama Canal Treaties transition...
- Press Freedom:
- There is a little more press freedom in the world now, after determination in Costa Rica.
- NOAA Radio:
- All it takes is one person with a good idea, and an organization for backup...
- Right as Wrong:
- He died at 20, needlessly in peacetime, in a foreign land as might have happened here.
- Everywhere on highways of The Americas 20 years ago, I met unrecognized Germans...
- Flight of Fancy:
- Come fly with me in fancy if you please, to build strange castles in the air...
- Plant Quarantine:
- Signs along state highways proclaim an apple maggot quarantine and fruit is confiscated.
- Horror Stories:
- The school horror stories in my own family encompass now, five generations...
- Name Trade:
- Consider the complications if brothers traded given names. My mother and her sister did.
- Highway Robbery:
- We came upon a band of highway robbers, near Veracruz, Mexico and kept going.
- Make this public before I retire, he told me, and I'll kneecap you.
- Not Kidding:
- You can't get there from here, was true in many places in Mid-winter 1996.
- The Internet is more of a map of the world, not just a highway...
Grimmly Once, A Column
Compilation: essay selections from the above, © Copyright 2009
AuthorHouse, Hard cover 978-4389-4077-9
A little extra Free sample column, trying to laugh through the tears and anger of domestic violence...
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