Warning: Not For the Faint of Heart!

Dale and Rebecca found Sears Modern Home #174 while out tooling around in Iowa City a few weeks ago. I have nothing more to add. I’ll let the pictures tell the sad story. But I warn you – do NOT scroll down unless you have a strong stomach! Graphic images...

All Things Considered…

Monday evening, a 50-second snippet of my interview with NPR radio host Jon Kalish, was featured on NPR’s program, All Things Considered. I haven’t had the nerve to listen to it yet, but I’m told that the program was well done. If you’d like to...

The Thrift Book of a Nation

Earlier this week, my friend Rachel posted a picture of this 1922 Sears catalog in our Facebook group “Sears Homes.” I found it utterly enchanting. The cover shows a little girl dashing out to the mailbox to retrieve the goodies that just arrived from...

Richard Warren Sears: My Hero

Richard Warren Sears is one of my favorite characters in American history. He truly was a marketing genius, a fascinating entrepreneur and a real family man. Throughout his life, he maintained a deep and profound devotion to his family. Richard Warren Sears was about...

Cooking – Off the Grid!

As has become our annual tradition, hubby cooked our 18-pound turkey on his Weber Charcoal Grill. It was one of the most delicious birds I’ve ever enjoyed. The best part was that it was cooked 100% “off the grid.” The charcoal is a no-brainer. Lots...