Mostly amusing, always amazingly true memories: North Dakota seniors tell their stories

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Ninety-six North Dakota seniors 50-something to almost 100-7ears-old responded t0 the Governor's Committee on Aging of North Dakota's Aging Services contest to tell the amusing incidents from the past they most remembered. The memories are illustrated with photos of the authors and historical photographs from the time remembered and illuminated with historical tidbits which give further perspective to times in the past. The authors remember hunting skunks, learning to drive with a Model-T Ford, and Christmas memories among the tales told with such titles as "Honeymooning on the Farm," "Halloween Humor," "Buy Mother's Basket," and "She Thought She Pulled Off Kitty's Tail."

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When ninety-six North Dakotans--a couple of youngsters in their mere fifties, more in their sixties, many in their seventies and eighties, and a few true seniors in their nineties--responded to a statewide invitation to write their most amazing, if possible most amusing, personal stories, they almost always wrote about those memories which reflect their deepest values.

In a sense, each is telling us, "Read this carefully, for I'm telling what is really important in life." They offer their basic philosophies, for the most part, with humor. Mark Twain observed, "Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor. Genuine humor is replete with wisdom."

The wisdom in this collection includes being able to laugh at oneself. Some of the stories have single sentences which have become family legend, repetition of which will always result in the entire family laughing in fond memory. For example, the title of Ethel Moen Digatono's story, "A Special Brew," explains why her little brother's statement "I peed in it!" is so funny.

The large-print, short stories packed with country wisdom delivered with humor has delighted folks of all ages from across the country who are amazed indeed that North Dakotans can find humor in the most trying of circumstances.

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Everett C. Albers, a graduate of Colorado State University, has served as the executive director of the North Dakota Humanities Council since it began in 1973. Creator of the modern Chautauqua movement which travels to six states on the Great Plains, Albers has edited books on North Dakota country schools, early 20th century visions of America, and the stories of the original homesteaders to the state.

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