Confessions of a potluck failure

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” The term “potluck” was coined more than 500 years ago, putting a label on the concept of a communal meal where each guest brings a dish to share. The idea was that, if everyone brought a little something, there’d be a little something for everyone. The practice caught on and…

North to Alaska

I recently made my first trip to Alaska. I will say right now that it will not be my last. I loved it! We started in Anchorage visiting my cousin Justin and his family. Justin moved to Alaska about 30 years ago and never looked back. His wife Evelyn is from there and they are…

Week two, the ‘we’ of compassion

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” Merriam Webster definition: “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Previously, I’ve postulated an idea related to the vastness of life’s purpose – an idea so wide- reaching it can be summed up in seven words. Can a mere seven words help us establish a…

Words to live by, part one – kindness

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” Seven months ago I started a journey I never thought I’d experience. My husband left this world after a brief and unexpected illness, and I found myself drowning in grief. I’m still surrounded by water, but I’ve gradually pulled myself to the surface; most days, I can keep my head…

Married forever (or 60 years!)

How flattered would you be if someone drove 200 miles just to meet you on a Friday afternoon? Would you fall in love and drive to Duluth on Monday morning to buy a marriage license? And would you marry that man just four days after your high school graduation? This, my friends, is the love…

More gratitude – even and especially during the tough times

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” Life can seem complicated sometimes. Because it is. There are responsibilities and deadlines. Work is demanding. Home life is demanding. There are never enough hours in the day – or the night for that matter. Sleep deprivation is real. The threat of COVID is real. For more than a year,…

Finding gratitude – more and again

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” In some ways, we are all hurting. We are all grieving. Regular readers of this column know that I’m experiencing grief as a result of the sudden and unexpected passing of my husband, but grief doesn’t have to involve someone dying and leaving this earth. Grief can simply involve a…

A bit of advice to graduates … and everyone else, too

Jean Matua “From the Heart” As the Class of 2021 ventures out to find their way in the world, it seems appropriate and timely to share with them some advice. We have all learned lessons this past year and a half, I hope, and we’re all open to new wisdom. So please indulge me here…

Summer fun!

Summer is almost here, and I love it! Beautiful, warm weather. School is out so kids can relax and be kids again for about 90 days. I have three children of my own, so I know the challenges of keeping young ones occupied. I like to write a column at this time of year to…

Sweet casual conversations

By Sandy Holthaus Last Saturday, I went to the All-City Garage Sale. The weather was gorgeous! It was a perfect day. It was as if everyone wanted to be outside in the sunshine enjoying our “new normal.” All these phrases that we never spoke of just over a year ago. I have to say I…

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