A Modern-Day Scrooge Strikes Again!

“PLEASE CLEAR THE SCENE!” the police officer barked over the loudspeaker. Dick hopped to the ground. Will, however, stuck stubbornly to the pedestal and probed through the branches.  He knew exactly what he was looking for. “NICKERSON!” the officer shouted.  “GET OUTTA THERE!” Again he feigned deafness.  He continued to feel along the underside of…
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The One-Room School

About a twenty-minute drive south of town, at the intersection of the New Oslo Road and State Highway 1804–just two miles east of the Ranch Park–stood a relic from a bygone era.  A plain white clapboard one-room schoolhouse.  Not an abandoned one, at that.  Westwind School had not been converted into a museum or someone’s…
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A Norwegian Cowboy Santa

If he had been fat–rather than tall and lanky–Ragnvald ‘Raggy’ Haakonson could have almost passed for Santa Claus himself.  With his full white beard and weatherbeaten complexion he did in fact bear a resemblance to an Old World conception of St. Nicholas, in times past, when the Jolly Old Elf was pictured as having a…
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A Scandinavian Touch To Your Christmas

“Gledelig Jul!” Lisa Garborg greeted the Young Couple as they entered the festively-decorated classroom.  Lisa, a pert blonde in her early thirties, was dressed in a colorful bunad, a traditional folk costume of Norway, with its long striped skirt and flowery blouse.  With a warm and inviting smile lighting up her doll-like face she ushered…
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No Holiday Shopping For Me

“Sensationalism!” Lisa exclaimed angrily.  “That’s all it was.  A clear case of sensationalism on the part of the media.” “So there’s no plan for a Christmas festival?” Will said. “Nope.  That’s the city media for ya.  Ten years in Boston–workin’ for a big city paper–and being married to that slimeball of a banker all that…
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