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January 18 - 24, 2004
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January 24, 2004

Wendell and Jen,
Really enjoyed vsiting. Thanks for the country ham and eggs and of course those heavenly PowderMilk biscuits. See you again real soon.
- Tim and Jennifer

Larry McGuire,
I love and miss you! See you on the other side.
- Siobhan

Mike in Sarasota,
The skiing was great, but it is nicer to be home with you.
- Lisa, your loving wife

Stan and Irene,
Hi Mom and Dad, hope you are enjoying your winter months in Florida and Happy Groundhog Day Birthday, Mom. I'll be down next week. Laurie
- Laurie, your daughter

Mom & Dad,
We love you...Godspeed as you journey to warmer climates. Can we have your snowblower?
- The Kids

Grandma Marge,
We'll see you in Erie as soon as the weather
gets a little warmer. We LOVE you!
- Shawn & Donna

Sorry to say I'm in jail, because I invented a new pistol made entirely out of jello, and got arrested for carrying a congealed weapon.
- Old Rick

Can't wait to be with you again. I recently found out that Lutherans are pretty lonely without some Episcopalians around. Also, Spam dinners aren't the same without you. Hurry home!
- Tom

Thomas J. Rogers,

Thanks for your emails. Could you make them a little longer and more specific.

- Billy F. Sosebee


Mike and Barb in Burmingham,
Elizabeth laughed her first real giggle today! She'll be walking before she's six months so hope y'all be up to see the baby real soon.
- Rebecca Wright

Hello little sister! Isn't it great that we're sisters now, and for the rest of our lives?:) You're the best!
Your big sister,

- Melissa

Warmest wishes and all my LOVE on your upcoming birthday. You are the apple of my eye.
- Your Dad KDH

martin and elaine,
Amazing how you guys can lift my spirits from so far away. Will bring soap. Kiss the kiddies.
- nancy

The Carey Family,
Greetings from Boston! We sincerely hope
that you're at least a little bit warmer in Erie
than we are here... Go Pats!
- Donna & Shawn

Wishing you a safe trip to the delightfully
Lutheran Scandinavia tomorrow. Drop us a
card, if you meet a bachelor farmer!
- Mikael

Nancy...get well soon - hope the tales from lake woebegone cheer you up!you're in my thoughts...martin
- martin

January 23, 2004

Thanks for the tickets - this may be better than sledding on Peterson road back in Frewsburg on Saturday mornings before the cinder truck messed it up.
- Emerson

Wish you could have made the show, but getting back on your second foot is more important...
- Mark

Sue & Walter,
Sorry we did not make it to the Chritsmas show this year. We had such a wonderful time last year! Hoping to do it again in the near future. BBJ & D
- Besty & Bill

Minnesota Inter Faculty Organization,
Fraternal greetings to the Minnesota IFO from your Pennsylvania brothers and sisters at APSCUF.
Hey, can you send Jim McCormick back to Pennsylvania? We'll give you Judy Hample and any five administrators you care to name.

Amy & Mady Ellingson,
Happy January birthdays to Amy and Mady who make a wonderful life of art and music in Buffalo, MN. Love, your sister and Aunt Anne.
- Anne Lloyd

Mark and Terry,
Greetings from R.I.T. Wish I could be at the show, but I am probably doing work at the C.S. labs. Thanks for the package!
- Rybo

Happy 72nd birthday! Looking forward to a big Swedish dinner with you in New York.
- Celeste, Tycho, Cynthia and Callie

Leslie Richardson,
You have enriched my life in unimaginable ways, every hour spent together feels like a second, and all my worries melt away. Thank You, Love
- Ryan Chylinski

January 22, 2004

Aunt Tricia,
Since you missed the show, we got to come!
- William and Patrick, ages 4 and 1

Mike Dooley,
We all miss your dry humor in Dallas, hope you're enjoying Grand Couteau.
- Shawn and Barbara

Alan Davidson,
(For the show in Erie, PA) Hope the new semester at Harvey Mudd College is fun. Everyone at Temp V.I.P. misses you & wishes you the best. Pam became a grandma on Thursday. Love,
- Mom

Here we are, enjoying our Saturday night ritual by the fire. I know it's been a rough week, but spending nights with you and Garrison make it all seem better! I love you!
- Your Sweetie

Cindy and Cathy,
Greetings to my favorite sisters in Santa Fe from your baby sister in Erie, Pa., the Santa Fe of the North!
- Cheryl

"Happy Birthday To You!" 8 years of pure
joy! There's so much to love 'bout you!!
Roll at your party tonight!
- Tillie, Emma, Ben, Sam and Ted

Corrine Egan both Aunts Dorothy Aunt Del,
[for the show on 1/24 in Erie, PA] Hope you're staying warm. Alan left just before the deep freeze set in. Take care of yourself. Love,
- Shelly & Bob, Alan & Marc

A.P., Beth & the Boyz,
Hope all is well in Gig Harbor, come on down in the spring for a crawfish boil & we'll pass a good time 'cher
- Terry & Ann

Polly and Dave Reuter,
Hello from your grandson Noah, who says
"Thanks for the sled I can't wait to see
you at Easter!"
- Noah Gushow

Please come home from nowhere Fla.
you are dearly missed.
your life long friend,
- Will

Miguel Germain,
Honey, I love you more everyday. You are the best husband any woman could have. I am truly blessed. Remember February 14th is Valentines Day and I would really love to see Garrsion Keillor at
Mizner Park on February 10th. Tickets are on sale now. Your loving wife.
- Sue Germain

January 21, 2004

Dr. Stetzer,
Thanks for all the help you gave our daughter "Bitsy". She is happy and healthy again.
- Brenda and Joe Bender

Martha Ballard,
To my goddaughter in Minneapolis from
Maine, where the women have to be strong
to survive cold that easily equals yours!
- Ellen Wells

phil king,
And you thought going the speed limit was exciting! Can't wait for you to be 56! Happy Birthday Phil
Your Loving wife,
- aiden king

Dr. Ledtke (led key),
Thanks for figuring out it was Lyme Disease. You're a life saver.
- Kim

It's been only a month, and this is my first weekend away from you.... I miss you already.
- Dave

January 20, 2004

All North Carolinians ,
Oh, things have never been so hot
as they are currently in North Carolina's
'Queen City' - known as Charlotte.
Long will the victory bell toll,
when the Panthers win the 2004 Super Bowl!
- Amy

Hoopie Shoopie Sarah,
How is the new year treating you?
It's just as good as we can stand it back in Franklin! Good Luck & God Bless.
- Howie

Peg and Gene Lenz (mom and dad),
Have fun in Nawlins! We'll be thinking of you while we freeze in Utah and Wisconsin. Mom, if anyone offers you beads, say "No thanks!"
- Offspring and respective families

Remember. Most of life's ills can be cured either by rhubarb or by catchup. I will be happy to bake you a pie for the first cure and meatloaf for the second. Come over for the full treatment?
- Diane

Happy 29th Birthday to Nebraska (and Indiana's) own Wobegon Boy! You're almost to the point where this stuff is age appropriate...
- Carrie

January 18, 2004

Bud Graffius,
Happy Anniversary from your wife.Youv'e developed such character being married to a Swede for 27 years!
- Linda Graffius

Grandaddy Eagle,
Happy 69th birthday!
- All your Eagelets

Clay Aiken,
Sure would love to hear you on this show!!!!
- Ruthie

From A PRARIE HOME COMPANION to future companion...
- JV

Mom ,
I hope you are recovering just fine from your surgery. Don't worry, I will be home soon. I am writing this from my tent. Isn't modern technology great!
Love you,
- Joni in Kuwait

Joshua Graffius,
Happy 16th Birthday. Wer'e proud of our Star Boy at the Lucia Fest at Bethany Lutheran Church!
- Linda Graffius

Marilyn Eelman,
Happy 65th birthday to Bethany Lutheran Church's first Lucia!
- Your sister Linda

Bill and Arleta in Houston,
The boys love the snowboard that plugs into the TV. We've had no show and warm temps the last week, so it's nice they can stay inside to play.
- Carrie and Chad in Iowa

Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance

In Garrison Keillor's latest book, Lake Wobegon native Margie Krebsbach dreams up the idea of a trip to Rome, hoping to get her husband Carl to make love to her — he's been sleeping across the hall and she has no idea why. She finds a patriotic purpose for the journey. A Lake Wobegon boy, Gussie Norlander, died in the liberation of Rome, 1944, and his grave, according to his elderly brother, Norbert, is in a neglected weed patch near the Colosseum...

It's a story of Wobegonians in a strange land, telling stories of kinship and self-revelation — all delivered with Keillor's trademark humor.

77 Love Sonnets by Garrison Keillor

77 Love Sonnets From Garrison Keillor:
“When I was 16, Helen Fleischman assigned me to memorize Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 29, ‘When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state’ for English class, and fifty years later, that poem is still in my head. Algebra got washed away, and geometry and most of biology, but those lines about the redemptive power of love in the face of shame are still here behind my eyeballs, more permanent than my own teeth. The sonnet is a durable good. These 77 of mine include sonnets of praise, some erotic, some lamentations, some street sonnets and a 12-sonnet cycle of months. If anything here offends, I beg your pardon, I come in peace, I depart in gratitude.”

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