Category Archives: Personal

Dale Haufle of Lake Preston, South Dakota

Dale lived on the farm which was his grandfather’s homestead for 84 years… He farmed that land and also worked for many neighbors… Dale was a kind-hearted and fun-loving soul. He was known as a trickster and always loved a good joke. He looked out for everyone and was always willing to lend a hand wherever he was needed.”


The first e-reader


Something for me to investigate. I love doing research.

“In 1949, Angela Ruiz, a teacher from Spain, created the first e-reader (although it was not technically ‘electronic’). Her e-reader was text printed onto spools that were operated by compressed air.”


Eerie blood red skies

Eerie blood red skies in Salem, Oregon, the city where I grew up. My grandmother lived in this neighborhood for many years.

This is the parking lot of WinCo Foods, near Highway 22. The epicenter of the devastating fires is the highway to the east, as the road gets into the foothills of the Cascades.

I shopped there occasionally, including grocery shopping for her sometimes. Some of the best prices of any grocery store. I highly recommend.


Reuniting with family

This is nice to see. It is personal for me. I am basically alone. Often I feel like an orphan, though my parents are living and I was not adopted.

Some of my family are toxic and abusive. I do not have much contact with my parents and none with my older brother, whose constant snarky attitude I cannot stand. Decades later, I am still coming to terms with years of abuse.

I wish that I had left home as early as possible. But I knew nothing about becoming an emancipated minor.

Perhaps one day we can come together again as a family. I honestly do not know if it is possible.