Sara Freeman

I Felt Like I was 10 Years Old Again . . .

. . . when I visited Decorah, Iowa, as part of a "girls weekend" with some relatives. Part of our weekend plans included a quick drive north of Decorah to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum in Burr Oak. So many memories of reading her books came flooding back. I was fascinated by Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was a young girl. I read, and often re-read, all of her books, and I placed myself in her shoes to get a good idea of how difficult life was back in her day.

My interest in her books predated the premiere of the TV show Little House on The Prairie by only a few months. I used to love to watch the show and exclaim "THAT didn't happen in the book!" or "They skipped over THAT fact from the book!"

If you also are interested in Laura Ingalls Wilder, next time you're in the Decorah area, it's worth the drive north to see the museum. You'll find yourself saying "Ma" and "Pa" for the rest of the day ;-)

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Wishing Joe Perry a Speedy Recovery

The Aerosmith guitarist had a health scare on Sunday, July 10th, during a show with his side band the Hollywood Vampires and was taken to a hospital. This news was extra shocking to me because I had just seen the Hollywood Vampires only five nights earlier at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Joe certainly looked fine during that show, as far as I could see from about 327 rows back from the stage!

Hollywood Vampires do nearly all covers during their concerts, and during the Who's "My Generation" Joe even mimicked Pete Townshend and smashed his guitar on stage. Soon after the show, my husband and I were walking away from the Summerfest grounds and came up to an intersection where we had to stop because a tour bus was turning the corner. Much to our delight, Joe Perry was at the front of this bus near the driver--shirt off!--and was smiling and waving to the crowds as they drove by. That sight tells me he's a guy who still loves his "job" at age 65.

News updates from earlier this week indicate that he's going to be fine. I sure hope so. We've already lost too many great artists in 2016.
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