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Time for a Break

I’m taking a few weeks off, to take care of some business and do a bit of traveling. My blog will be back online sometime after the 4th of July. Whatever you’re doing this summer, whether venturing off to places near and far, or staying closer to home, I hope you have a safe and wonderful summer! June 18, 2021 ©Betty Liedtke, 2021 I welcome your comments, but please be aware that all comments will be moderated and approved before appearing on this blog. This [...]

By |June 18th, 2021|Columns, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is it live?

“Okay, I’m leaving now,” I told my husband. He glanced up, with a momentarily confused look on his face. “Oh, you’re going there. I thought it was here,” he said, nodding toward the room where I usually “attend” meetings and events, sitting in front of the computer and logging in via Zoom. An understandable mistake, even though I had told him I would be going to the Writers Museum for a workshop. For a second, an old television commercial popped into my head, the one [...]

By |June 13th, 2021|Columns, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Getting a Fresh Start

No one has ever accused me of having a green thumb. Yet I’ve enjoyed herb gardening ever since the day, years ago, that I read an article claiming that most herbs thrive on neglect. The more you ignore them, the better they grow. I try not to neglect them, but knowing they’re very forgiving – and that most of them aren’t finicky about growing conditions or treatment – gave me the confidence to try growing them. I’ve had an herb garden ever since. They’re pretty, [...]

By |June 6th, 2021|Columns, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Traffic Jam

The monthly book club I belong to meets on Wednesday afternoon, and is usually over by 4:00. A special, one-time event at Georgia Writers Museum, where I serve on the Board and am an active volunteer, was originally scheduled from 5:00 to 7:00 on the Wednesday before Book Club, but suddenly had to be postponed a week – which gave me a bit of a scheduling conflict. “Not a problem,” was my first thought, since a Zoom meeting that ends at 4:00, and another one [...]

By |May 16th, 2021|Columns, Uncategorized|0 Comments

No blog today

We are still without power after the storm. I am sending this from a remote location. I will post as soon as I can.  

By |September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Georgia, not Minnesota!

My favorite frozen fountain!

By |March 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Piecing together the puzzle of life

I am currently in Uganda. While I am gone, the Villager is rerunning some of my early favorites. The following column was first published on December 2, 2004. People can really be a puzzle. By that I don’t mean they’re confusing, although they can be that, too – especially if they’re teenagers or members of the opposite sex. What I’m talking about is more like a jigsaw puzzle, where every piece is a little different from every other one, even though they all have the same basic structure. [...]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Columns, Uncategorized|0 Comments

No column this week

The column I write, which appears in the newspaper every Thursday and here on my blog every Friday, was inadvertently left out of this week's paper due to an oversight at the newspaper office. It will appear next week, so please check back then. Thank you!

By |May 9th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

That’s Entertainment!

Note: While I am in Uganda, the Chanhassen Villager is publishing excerpts from my upcoming book about my first trip to Uganda, in October, 2011. Sunday, October 16, 2011 5:45 p.m. I wish I could capture the sound of the music and the feel of this moment. There’s a light, cool breeze. It’s early evening, and we’re in a lovely outdoor arena, seated at colorfully-covered tables nestled up into the hills like seats in a theatre. Which is exactly what this is. Tribal drums are [...]

By |July 28th, 2013|Columns, Music/Singing, Uganda, Uncategorized, Writing|0 Comments

Landing in Africa

Editor’s Note: Betty Liedtke is in Uganda. While she is gone, we are publishing excerpts from her upcoming book about her first trip to Uganda, in October, 2011. Tuesday Evening, October 11, 2011 I am in Africa! It doesn’t quite feel like it yet, because I haven’t actually gotten off the plane. Our Amsterdam to Entebbe flight included another stop – in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. That’s where we are now. It’s just a short stop, under an hour, and those of us going [...]

By |July 21st, 2013|Columns, Travel, Uganda, Uncategorized|0 Comments