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May 29, 2004

Hope you make it home soon.
We're starting to see the bottom of the peanut butter jar.
— Bubba

It's Saturday afternoon. You're on your back porch in Hotchkiss, Colorado, and I'm in my kitchen in Philadelphia. We're both listening to the radio, having a beer. Who could ask for more?
— Tim

Happy Birthday to Nancy in Fremont, Michigan from your kids in Washington. Wish we could be there, but Mr. Keillor's coming to Fremont instead!
— Gary

Dear Mr. Keillor,
Please say "Hello" to my sister Pam in Chanhassen, Minnesota. She went to the University of Minnesota when you were there in the 1970's. She said that your jokes were corny back then, too.
Thank you.
John Myers

Have fun in Rome counting heads to be sure you didn't lose a student on the way to the Colosseum.
— Mom & Dad

Fr. Lewis,
We hope your new knee has a 40,000 mile warranty. Good luck with the rehab.
— Nick and Kathy Crettier

Josie Reiman,
Happy Birthday Mom. From the good looking and modest son - the one sitting on your left.
— Phillip

Happy 73rd birthday to my father Perry down in Raleigh! Thanks for letting me move into the basement. I feel a little like Larry down there!
— Don

Ed and Nancy Danganan,
A shout out to my adopted family and good friends Ed and Nancy down in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
Your Prodigal Son, Suha

Patty, from Leesburg,
Happy Birthday! Guess the novena to Our Lady of the Prarie worked! I finally got you tickets, after all these years!
Love, Chris

Karen, my love,
When I bought us tickets I never thought I'd be listening from Baghdad! All my love to you and Allie and Happy 14th Anniversary. Enjoy!
— Hugo
May 28, 2004

Bernard A. Jocuns, Sr.,
Thank you for the life-long encouaragement and counseling, for yet which I am still to receive a bill!

So many things to thanbk you for: Dick Groat, left of center politics and my love for the law. I also forgot our Lutheran friend Mr. Garrison Keillor.

Your beautiful grandaughter also expresses her gratitude for wonderful and loving grandparents and helping her father become his life-long dream, a trial attorney. Maybe she wil follow her father's path and be a Lithuanian advocate, preserving everyone's rights as an American Citizen.

Dad, not to scare you, but I am also going to become a member of the Minnesota Bar, so maybe I can achieve one of my goals of being a guest on the Prairie Home Companion.

One Love,
Your Son on Memorial Day Weekend at the Wolf Trapp,
Bernard Anthony Jocuns, Jr. (Esquire)

Luke and Susan Koon,
Happy 33rd anniversary from your 32 and a half year old son. I've done pretty well for a preemie! (we're in the audience)
— Bryan

Paddy Lynne Steinmetz,
Did I ever tell you that anybody who takes Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry simultaneously is nuts? You are either brilliant or crazy!
Love always, Mom & Dad

To my bud,
I love you, i LOVE you, i love YOU ... Happy Anniversary,
Love, Me
— Susan

To Mango, David & lil' Jonah,
Still smiling thanks to the wonderful music you graced us with for our wedding celebration three years ago in ol' Virginny ... love Joe & Banana
— Casa

Debborah Lynne,
Happy anniversary to "little debbie", the mom, wife and doctor who, like the energizer bunny keeps on giving, and giving and giving!!!
Thanks for 10 wonderful years.
—Carlton the Engineeer

J Otis Smith III,
To our Daddy "J," Happy birthday from Amelie, Magalie,& Gabriela, your adoring family. Wishing you blessings on your new year.
— Gabriela

It seems like just yesterday we were walking back to class from a break and we met and you asked me if I wanted to get married.
Happy 15th anniversary.
— Scott

You swept me away on your horse with your dreams and ambitions. 7 years later, we live in our beautiful castle, with our little Princess Sofia. You are my true Prince Charming. Thank you for my fairy tale life.
Forever Yours,

Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks! Bring your powdermilk biscuits and we'll have a party. Dante and Picasso are so excited! The "Texas Two" await your arrival. We love you!

Stan Sharko,
To my best friend in the world,
Happy 11th anniverary. Where did the last decade go? Just think, after next year we'll be able to start celebrating wedding anniversaries (finally) and our loved ones will shut up!
Yours always & forever xoxoxo
I love you so much it hurts -

Joe McHale,
Just wanted to wish you an early Happy Father's Day. We're so glad you're coming down to Bawlmer to spend the weekend with us and see Saturday's show at Wolf Trap! Maybe we'll hear Garrison read this if we don't spend too long in the restrooms like we did at Town Hall!
Lots of love from your daughter & Stan

Michael, be safe, come home in one piece form the desert.
lOVE, Dianne

Moogie and Poppy,
We finally made it to the show! The rain has finally stopped and the cicadias haven't carried us away yet! Hope you're enjoying your retirement travels and we wish you were here! —Carrie
May 27, 2004

Keith, I love your top ten lists and being your lil' peanut.
May 26, 2004

hi there remember those lovely drives listening to the program. Now gas is so much forget it! we can stay home. As Garrison has our fav song on the site we can keep hearing it! how much to have him sing at the wedding? I know I know! the keep it simple sweetie policy.
love from your LadyC

Jim McKay,
I know you are sensitive about your age but ... your friends and family from Pittsburgh and elsewhere wish you a happy 71st birtday for the 14th year in a row. I'll let you do the math.

Hey Everyone at home.....
We will have to make a trip back here next year, when JFK is President!!!

See you soon!!
—George & Heidi
May 25, 2004

Hello form London! Hi to Pat and Beth too. I know we have already taken Dave, Jane and Jill, Maybe someday it will be your turn.
—Love Mom

Hello form London! Hi to Pat and Beth too. I know we have already taken Dave, Jane and Jill, Maybe someday it will be your turn.
—Love Mom

Bob & Margaret McMinn,
Happy third anniversary from Altoona Pennsylvania! Sadie is fine, we gave her an extra bone after dinner ! —Mom & Dad McMinn

Bill Fulkerson,
Happy 60th birthday from your daughters; hope you're not disappointed to be here instead of the ball game!

Julie Thatcher,
Greetings to Julie Thatcher, who is celebrating her 13th birthday at Wolf Trap on Saturday, May 29th. Mom, Dad, Jason and Ben send their love, and say "Watch out for the cicadas."

Happy 53rd Birthday Roseanne. . . The National Arboretum called, they've got the case of Pepsi you requested, and are ready for you to start pruning!
Much love, Tod & Monica.

- my love- thanks for running the hills of Wheeling,WV this morning, and thanks for racing across the Alleghenies to see the show with me today.
May 24, 2004

Roy happy 40th birthday, you don't look a day or two past 39. Seventeen years ago it was just you, me and a few million cicadas, now with children look how far we've come!

Terry A (from Iowa),
May Your Journeys always be safe
May the wind always be at your back.

You Are the BEST.


Justin & Nancy,
to my son born 16 years and four surgeries ago, tough guy with a great smile; to my wife elected to Town Council, freed from house work one day a month

Celebrating 50 years of marriage tomorrow, including one year to each other! Thanks for the second chance, but who's counting?
Love, Daniel

Orlando for John Kerry,
Hi Everyone,
Visiting John Kerry's next address, and taking in some Prairie Home Companion!!Be home soon to get back to work!!!
—Heidi & George!!!
May 23, 2004

Happy anniversary. Thanks for twelve wonderful years (or seventeen depending on how you count it).
—Helen Siewers

howdo mama
yalls were lookin real goodt that day i was been seenin you. You had a real nice dress own. Twas reall perty. mighty good of ya to take my invite to the howdown. i waount to say i luv you real goodt. these is my real good words. byebyenow
—billmike hoho

Hi mama in pakistan . Mama dont worry about me I am doing fine and i found man for my immigration problems and iam going to bosten to marry him sorry agin and aim not coming home
—babu lal

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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