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Parting Thoughts: January/February 2013

Jan 14, 2013 03:22PM ● Published by Emma Dittmann

By: Jim Dittmann

Well here we are...

One year and a thousand fleeting thoughts later, we begin our second year.

The real Leben stories our readers enjoy come from the hearts of our neighbors - our friends and all the wonderful people we have met along the way - truly amazing people we might not have met if it were not for our little magazine - my special thanks to all of you! 

I was invited to coffee a couple weeks before Christmas and introduced to a darling woman named Lena.  Now into her 90s - born in Yugoslavia just after the First World War, she grew up through depression and a second world war.  Winters of her youth she would hike railroad tracks in hopes of finding a few spilled pieces of coal to warm their home - she labored in camps and went eyeball to eyeball with death squads.  Lena fills the kitchen with energy - discipline - grace and a marvelous sense of humor.  As tears well - she asks if it’s all right to weep when recalling her late husband - after 75 years of marriage - I suggest it is ok...  Lena has made available her complete memoirs - look for installments in upcoming issues.  Thanks Lena - and the coffee cake (original family recipe), some of the best I have ever known!

Many of you have asked about LocaLeben and its business model.  It is pretty straightforward and no big secret - Local advertisers foot the bill.  I’ll bet you know many of these business owners by their first name - they bring you quality goods and services everyday.  If you enjoy the unique content found only in LocaLeben - thank our advertisers - tell them you saw their ad - do business with them.  They will stay in town - and you will be better off because of it - Locally owned business is good for our economy.

Our little town, its history - people - all the important events - past and present - defines who we are.  LocaLeben is dedicated to sharing your accomplishments - we enjoy compiling these pages and look forward to learning a whole lot more along the way... 

Remember the “Welcome” sign mentioned in our first issue and what a good new years resolution it would be to “turn on the Welcome sign” - I noticed some of the same twigs still hanging on it :(  Sometimes resolutions don’t always stick on the first attempt.  That may be why there is always a New Year - perhaps in 2013 we will - “Light ‘er up.”

There’s a few shacks on the lake - and I asked about the fishin’ - lot of walleye but still under limit.  I wonder how well those caught and released really fare?  Big one’s up on Fox Lake they say.  But please - no matter where you go - be careful - ice always scares me and especially with this years’ snow - it could be very inconsistent.  Stay safe - not a statistic - life is precious and way too short... 

Cheers -  

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