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 By Dick Schuller    Features    May 27, 2015

Officer, I think I may have misplaced my husband

I climbed down the steep incline after relieving myself and then gasped at what I saw. Expecting to see my car parked on Highway 97, between Goldendale and Toppenish my eyes stared at a vacant spot. M...

 

A carpenter can't get bored with old give-away boards

The scene: The day after I was retired as a carpenter-builder now at coffee with my dear wife. Me: Look honey, I desperately need a bigger shop now. At last I can forget deadlines on the job and...

 

A fond week teaching in a cold Alaskan classroom

Once upon a time before we had cell phones, IPods, and texting, my wife and I slept in a log cabin. Along with our three small children, Ricky, Linda, and Annette, our lives were riveted to the task...

 

Homespun Yarns

Yep! It’s cool livin’ in a small town! Yes, living in a small town can present challenges and benefits untold. My son in Houston, Texas tells of standing in line at the post office normally for...

 

Homespun Yarns

My old World War II Dodge Power Wagon sat there, fender kinked in and defiant. Its defiance was to start it and keep it running. My family had just finished a government homestead in Kenai, Alaska....

 

Homespun Yarns

Click! Click! It's early morning, and I spot the problem. My bedside clock is blinking tell me we now have an electrical outage. Oh, great! It's not surprising, with 50 mile-an-hour winds, that some...

 

Two ways to stay warm: lessons learned from logs

My introduction to heating our home by burning wood started on a homestead in Kenai, Alaska...a long time ago. Our remote land claim was 160-acre government site with four lakes. When finished with...

 

A moose smooch, too close for comfort

A walk in the dark led to a too-close encounter. In 1954, my husband and I were living in the tiny farming town of Palmer, Alaska. Alaska was still just a territory of the United States in those days....

 
 By Dick Schuller    Humor    October 1, 2014

What to do when the rest of the world is fast asleep

When I was a little boy, my mother would put me to bed for the night and bang—the next thing I knew it was morning. Well, things change a little over the years, and when you get older the eight hour...

 

The Lord leaves a $20 tip for someone in dire need of food

It was a gray November day in Cleveland, Ohio. The year was 1937, in the dismal days of the national Depression. Stephen Eckhardt, a recent German immigrant, had just been laid off from his tool and...

 

No room at the inn for family and Jeep

It was 59 below on the Alcan Highway, and they had no choice but to drive on. Our three tots—Ricky, Linda, and Annette—were smothered in snowsuits in the backseat of our green 1957 Jeep station...

 
 By Dick Schuller    Humor    July 16, 2014

Sometimes a suit doesn't suit, but another suit will

This father of the bride wasn’t about to break the bank to replace his gold standard. It all started with a call from my younger daughter, Annette. “Dad!” she yelled into the phone. “I’m...

 
 By Dick Schuller    Opinion    June 4, 2014

The joy of subject-changing

To the Editor: What do young boys like to talk about? • Motor bikes • Dislike of school • Mysterious creatures called girls What do young girls like to talk about? • Clothing • Hairstyles ...

 
 By Dick Schuller    Opinion    May 14, 2014

What? You never worry?

To the Editor: So… what do you worry about? Is it the Russian situation, dandelions all over the lawn, cyber bullies, health, or your spouse? I have a friend who has an unusual worry. He thinks we...

 
 By Dick Schuller    Opinion    April 2, 2014

No, really, how are you?

To the Editor: A few weeks ago, I visited a friend who was seriously ill. I was more surprised when he met me at the door. Then…out it came. “How are you?” I asked. For a moment he didn’t...

 

Cheering of others is a welcome task

To the Editor: If you stacked all of your birthday cards that you have received in your life time, how many inches high would it be? For some of us, the pile is so high, it’s even tipping over....

 

So how do you make oatmeal?

To the Editor: The other day I said to no one in particular, “You know it takes a lot of work to keep a household going!” Being a spanking new widower, the load of doing all the chores around the...

 

A little child shall lead them

To the Editor: Before the election my five year old great grandson was listening to his animated mom arguing with another lady about the election. Our barely five year old great grandson watched then...

 

Make do with what’s there

To the Editor: You folks who have been around Goldendale a few years may recall a scare regarding our beloved court house. The architects decreed it had to be torn down and a new one built. It...

 

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