September Blog

My sister Ronda, her family, and I just visited the reconstructed village of New Salem, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln spent six years as a young man, arriving when he was 22, with no clear plan for his life.  Then we went to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Illinois, the state capital where Lincoln practiced law, served in the Illinois House of Representatives, and where he lived when he was elected President of the United States.  Last summer, we had visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. – that huge figure of the seated Lincoln, the somber right side of his face reflecting all the burdens he carried, the left showing a slight smile revealing his humor...

Terry Sims


September Blog

SEPTEMBER!  For most of my life this has been my favorite month.  Crisp mornings, the Minnesota State Fair (the best in the country), the start of a new school year.  My favorite September was 1959.  I was starting the 10th grade in a new school, West High in Minneapolis.  This was not a new experience for me, I started in a new school in first, second, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grades as well (the blessings of a military family).  Starting something new is exciting, frightening and challenging all at the same time.  This time it turned out to be my favorite school. It is September again and the start of a new church year.  No crisp mornings yet (not for a least six weeks), no...

Pat Lindgren