Author: Mary Kunkel

DNA Cousins

I am a participant in National Geographic’s Genographic Project, an ongoing study which is collecting samples of DNA worldwide.  National Geographic shares the results of the study with Ancestry.com, and is compiling a huge...

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Deer on the Offensive

Last week there was an attack deer in my back yard.  Apparently she had not read Chapter Four, Section Seven of the Bambi Manual which states, “Thou shalt not run at and try to...

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Your Previous Occupation, Ma’am?

Sometimes when I visit my husband’s mother at her Memory Care facility, she’s in one of the common rooms instead of her bedroom.  I kind of like it when that happens because she has...

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Support

Another cool thing from my day at the Oregon Trail National Interpretive Center:  Later that morning, I stood with the grandmother who had packed the miniature prairie schooner with me, looking at some pretty...

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Packing a Prairie Schooner

I stood on the actual Oregon Trail last week, something that’s been a dream of mine since I-can’t-remember-when.  I spent several hours at the National Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, high on a bluff outside of...

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Schoolhouse

The summer I was nine or ten, my father bought a country schoolhouse.  It wasn’t unusual for my dad to purchase oddball things — a defunct ice cream shop or a stash of World...

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Musgo

The town I grew up in was really small, and it wasn’t unusual to drive twenty, fifty or even ninety miles to shop for certain things.  On one such day-long outing, my mother and...

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Birthdays

I love birthdays, both my own and other people’s.  I think they’re wonderful. Even though I know people who have the same birthday as I do, it’s still my special day.  If I should...

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Margarine

I grew up in Wisconsin, the designated Dairy State, and back in the 1950’s margarine was illegal there. Why it became important to my family that we have margarine, I can’t remember – probably because...

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Being Visual

My husband does not do visual.  His words.  He would not be a good witness at a crime scene, he couldn’t tell you if the perpetrator was young or old or tall or thin,...

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