Perspectives

Bottlebrush grass is an interesting find in a moist, deciduous woods. Grasses generally are not common plant types in forests, however. This plant’s flowering spike it recognizable, with its inch-long spikelets noting the plant’s namesake. So attractive is this display that it is sometimes sought...
Dear Editor, Few would deny the sense of awe evoked when looking up at a gem-filled sky or catching a falling star. Sadly our connection with the stars is limited by light pollution,  major culprits of which are businesses who elect to bathe the night sky with their garish lights and advertisements...
Dear Mount Horeb Area School District residents, The effects of the worldwide pandemic will likely be felt on most every organization for the foreseeable future. The degree to which organizations can successfully overcome the unimaginable obstacles set before us rests, in large measure, to its...
Dear Editor, On behalf of the PFLAG Mt. Horeb Executive Board, I would like to thank the Mt.  Horeb School District, the Mt.  Horeb Public Library, several Mt. Horeb churches and approximately 20 Mt. Horeb businesses for their show of celebration and support during Pride Month. The LGBTQ+ youth and...
The Tooth Fairy...   I remember seeing a trailer 11 years ago for a movie called “The Tooth Fairy.” It was a film in which a wrestler called The Rock played an aging and jaded hockey player who went by the nickname, “The Tooth Fairy” because he knocked out so many players’ teeth. At some point, he...
“I’ve been hearing good things about Taco Bell lately,” my daughter said casually after I asked her what we should get for lunch.  We were driving down a county road. The rusty bed of the truck was filled with chicken feed, fishing poles, a bright red paddle board and the detrital nick-knacks of...
120 Years Ago- June 27, 1901 Stoughton is agog over the production of a mammoth frog. A graphophone will amuse many at the celebration here the 4th. Two of K. Skuldt’s little boys came up Tuesday to visit Grandma Gunhus Tollefson for a while. By patronizing the dinner table at the celebration...
A wild mint family plant with as many names, bee balm, bergamot and Monarda, must be special. The wild variety blooms blue/purple/lilac, rarely white, while cultivars turn more, including a firecracker red. The heads of these blooms is packed with individual flowers, all opening at approximately...
I have been thinking to write about the unbelievable variety of chilies of different origins and flavors are available to us. Most people are familiar with paprika, chili powder and/or cayenne, however, there is an immense number of chilies which we really don’t think about on a daily basis. I...
I had been carrying on a pleasant text message conversation with someone for two years when I finally learned who it was.  On Christmas Eve, I would get a festive note from this mystery texter. On my birthday, and sometimes on a random Friday night, I would get a funny sentence or two about how...

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