Principally Speaking 11-08-19

The year before my dad died, out of the blue, he would often say to us, “Have you ever heard this one? ‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ‘To talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing-wax – Of cabbages — and kings —’” As a family, we really did not know […]


Principally Speaking 11-01-19

For as long as I can remember, my dad would say periodically, “Do you know what I was thinking about this morning?” I knew exactly where he was when he was “thinking.” He was in bed, laying there, pondering the thoughts of life before he would get up and tend to the needs of the […]

Let it go

Principally Speaking

When in a group of people, there are two questions that I love to pose to anyone willing to venture into a discussion. One of the questions is, “What book are you reading right now?” This question can lead to a lively discussion about topical information, fiction or non-fiction. However, the other question I love […]

passing judgement

Principally Speaking

My Grandma Myhrwold used to say, “There is so much good in the worst of us and so much bad in the best of us, it behooves us all not to talk about the rest of us.” That repeated phrase made a lasting impression on me that continues to guide my way. To me it […]

Principally Speaking

“You can tell more about someone, not by what others say about them, but by what they say about others.” This is one so worth repeating. As Francis Hodson Burnett said, “You learn things by saying them over and over and thinking about them until they stay in your mind forever.” In our society of […]


Principally Speaking

I used to teach with Sonja Tiedman in Forest City. Sonja recently retired, but I remember her as such a vivacious teacher, always showing such love and care to her students. She also had a great sense of humor and found joy so easily. One winter morning she listened as one of her students described […]

Principally Speaking

Our daughter, Maria, is a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City. This congregation often holds church gatherings at the homes of various members. A recent get together was held at the farm of the parish nurse. Because Maria is plagued with migraine headaches, most often triggered by smoke, scents, and weather changes, she […]

Dr. Hixon and Principal Meyer at her graduation ceremony.

Experiencing Life’s Joys

I listened to the Writer’s Almanac on May 7 while driving to school and learned that Beethoven’s 9th Symphony premiered on that date in 1824. It was his last symphony. According to historical reports, the hall was sold out and Beethoven himself dramatically conducted the orchestra. As he conducted, he stretched to his full height, […]


Fundraising Efforts are Underway!

The St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School Playground has been a home for fun, learning, and play to our school students as well as community members after school and every weekend. To meet the needs of children who are unable to play easily on pea gravel due to physical challenges, we are raising money to […]