Category Archives: Tales from the front lines

We’re planted in low clover

“It’s summertime summertime sum sum summertime Summertime summertime sum sum summertime” — the Jamies, 1958.  Just like that, it’s summer in southern Wisconsin this beautiful Sunday, Memorial Day weekend. A goodly rain Saturday preceded today’s sunshine and temperatures in the … Continue reading

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Letter from mother on Mother’s Day

My brother Richard is the youngest of six siblings. Our mother died March 3, 1981 of a sudden heart attack. Richard writes: Helen and I were pen pals. I think we wrote never less than monthly.  While living alone in San … Continue reading

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No helmets, no masks, no worries?

How much risk for how much reward? Simon and Garfunkel sang about looking for America. Blaska thinks he found it in the unincorporated hamlet of Leland, in northern Sauk County WI. There he found kindred spirits yearning to breathe free … Continue reading

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Is Joe Biden melting in the heat?

It’s all too beautiful, as the Small Faces sang. Rode my Softail Slim into Sauk City from Madison WI and asked attendant at the Kwik Trip if she knew of any speakeasies. “No,” she said. “Everything is closed.” But this old … Continue reading

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Wisconsin is opening up

Experts or no, ultimately the People decide Temperatures this week in the mid-60s. The crop of daffodils is as good as we’ve seen. It is Spring in Madison WI (our shortest season) and people are emerging into the open!  Speaking … Continue reading

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Farms were community (part #3)

Previously, “Chores in a one-room country school (part #2)” Grandpa J.M. Blaska occasionally picked me up after school in his 1950 Ford sedan (“three on the tree”), with which he was known to transport bags of Pioneer seed corn, which … Continue reading

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