The Decorah Nespapers
August 16, 2017
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  • Learned to accept a lot of things ... but not hummus
         Despite my growth and “maturity’ (okay, gimme a break) I still despise the sight, texture and taste of lima beans, I’d probably starve to death if I had to eat coconut to survive, and don’t even bring up the subject of hummus. The mere thought of that pureed tree bark is enough to make me gag.
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  • July is packed with fun

    With apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein:


    “Our county fair is a great

    county fair, don’t miss

    it don’t even be late.”


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  • Each Memorial Day I return to Pearl Harbor

        We lived at the entrance to Pearl Harbor – the most famous shipyard in the world – not more than 60 yards from the ocean. My dad, LCDR George Fromm, had been transferred to Barbers Point Naval Air Station on the island of Oahu in the new state of Hawaii. It was truly paradise and a magical three years in my life.

    The housing provided to military personnel stationed on Oahu in 1963 was perfect. Since the weather in Hawaii is pretty-much ideal every single day – not too hot and not too cold – no air-conditioning was required and the need for additional heat was a rare event indeed. Our ranch-style home was bright, airy and cheerful.

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  • If you had to pick final meal, what would it be?
        I'll be the first to admit – actually my wife, Sarah, would probably be the first – my mind often doesn’t work like most. While I’m fairly “normal” most of the time, there are definitely instances when I drift off into “Rickiland” and ponder things that have absolutely no significance to man and womankind at all, or are downright weird.
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  • Keeping the faith can be a real challenge at times

       Make no mistake -- I believe. It’s how I was raised. However, the decision to embrace the thought we exist for eternity after our time in the physical world is over came about of my own volition.

    No matter what you want to call it, whether it’s heaven or the spirit world or an endless state of blissful consciousness, I firmly believe when our bodies are worn out and no longer able to cope, we transition to a state of existence that allows our spirit to remain active for all time.

    Although we can’t actually see these spirits, examples of their actual presence are offered to us daily if we’re just perceptive enough to recognize and acknowledge them. It happens to me all the time. 

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  • Facebook posts should be about good, not ‘evil’

        I’m not a huge social media devotee, but I dabble to be sure. I don’t have a Facebook page account, but I’m certainly aware of what’s going on and keep close track of the posts I can relate to.

    I guess they call that a Facebook “creeper.” So be it – I’ve been called creepy a time or three before. Doesn’t really faze me.

    The more up-to-date social-media phenomena still leave me coughing in the dust, but I’m sure I’ll get there eventually. You know, about the time new technology makes what I’ve just learned obsolete. And so it goes.

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  • Put away your troubles and go turkey hunting

         It was about 10 years ago and it had been a rather “bleh” turkey-hunting season. I’d taken a friend from Wisconsin out on a glorious sunny spring afternoon and hopes were high as we settled into our secluded spot.

    I knew turkeys frequented the area, but wasn’t overly optimistic that our desire to down a long-beard would be satiated. But as the old saying goes, you never know what’s going to happen when you venture forth in search of a mighty gobbler. This day would confirm that statement.

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  • Decatur Runnin’ Reds taught me to love the game

        Sports have always been a major factor in my life, and although I appreciate and like just about every sport known to man and woman – from tournament bass fishing to the luge – it’s basketball that holds a special place in my being.

    For my money, basketball players rank among the finest all-around athletes in the world. Despite their impressive size and stature (yes, I know there are smaller cagers, too), hoopsters like LeBron James, Dr. J. Julius Erving, Magic Johnson and countless others too numerous to mention, display an eye-popping level of coordination and quickness that is hard to imagine on a 6-8, 250-pound frame. 

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  • We supported Penney’s big time, but it didn’t matter

        Nothing ever stays the same.

    If I’ve learned anything during my 66 years in the physical world, it’s definitely the fact that, no matter how much you don’t want them to, things are going to change. And when I say things, I mean just about everything. So if you haven’t accepted that “truism,” it’s time you wake up and smell the transition.

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  • Only logical for city to sell land to the District

        What I’m about to write is so blatantly obvious, I will almost come across as an idiot for repeating it. Regardless, I’m going to state it anyway (besides I’ve been called a lot worse than an idiot).

    As just about everyone in the state and entire Midwest region knows by now, Decorah has one of the most respected, even admired, school systems in existence. And that’s not just my idiotic opinion. It’s been stated repeatedly by experts who know what they’re talking about when it comes to quality school districts.

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  • She wasn’t very big, but she was our dream maker

        She was one of the most loving, generous beings I’ve ever been around and I still miss her with every beat of my broken heart – I’m sure I always will.

    After all, she was the one who made my dream come true.

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  • Dumbing down of America has repercussions
        I’ll admit that prejudice and, as a result, inaccuracies in reporting, do affect much of the main-stream media’s coverage of local, national and world events, but blaming that in general for all of America’s problems is irrational and just plain wrong.
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  • Not going to miss 2016; so long Mr. Noble

         Talk about a long, strange trip -- 2016 will rank right up there with the strangest of all time.

    Besides your average, run-of-the-mill (not hardly) natural disasters, terrorist attacks and rampant violence in general, in America we managed to elect a reality TV star to the highest position in the land in a political (or non-political, depending on your point of view) upset that is still being felt throughout the nation and world.

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  • Commend School District for stance on bullying

        Bullying, harassment, downright mean-spiritedness and just-not-nice behavior have been around since man first walked upright. It’s been part of our daily existence since Gorb first made fun of Tago for throwing his spear like a girl (oh, lighten up).

    Will it always be so? Let’s hope not, but the answer to that question is probably an emphatic “yes.”

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  • Hillary supporters thought it was over; rock on Josey
        After months – make that years – of constant campaigning, the election is finally over. Regardless of your opinion on the outcome(s), there is definitely one thing we can all agree on: The seemingly endless barrage of television commercials about the election have finally been taken off the air. And that’s a good thing. A very good thing. Besides, I knew them all by heart anyway.
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