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Peggy Keener

Prepare to be gobsmacked

Austin, in the year 1945, had a population of roughly 19,000 people. Would you believe it also had a staggering number of grocery stores? Sixty-four ... Read more

1 year ago by Peggy Keener.

Full Circle: You love Josephine Cochran but don’t know why

Privileged women the world over should fall to their knees in obeisance to the obscure Josephine Cochran for who among us would argue that it ... Read more

1 year ago by Peggy Keener.

The window of hope closes

When Nancy Hanks, Abe Lincoln’s beloved mother died, any meager hope within him also died. There was simply no measure for the nine-year-old’s devastating loss ... Read more

1 year ago by Peggy Keener.

Peggy Keener: My angel mother

“All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother.”  These are the words Abraham Lincoln used to describe his ... Read more

1 year ago by Peggy Keener.

Abe … Re-dacted, Re-facted and Re-enacted

Most folks would agree that much of who we are as adults was shaped in us when we were children.  Above all no one kneaded ... Read more

1 year ago by Peggy Keener.

Peggy Keener: The Joylessness of Cooking

In 1930, Irma Rombauer, a St. Louis socialite, found herself an instant widow when her despondent husband committed suicide. In her panic to support her ... Read more

1 year ago by Daily Herald.

Perspicacious intact tact

Diplomacy is the word, the act, the very key to all of us getting along together.  Still, diplomacy is not always easy to accomplish as ... Read more

1 year ago by Peggy Keener.

Who needs water?

(Note: if you live in Miami, Mozambique or Madagascar, ignore this.  But, if you live in Fargo, Faribault or Fergus Falls, pay attention. Strict attention.) ... Read more

2 years ago by Peggy Keener.

Sow now, weep … er … reap later

Once again an e-mail has brought me a life lesson which I’d like to share with you. The story goes like this.  It seems that ... Read more

2 years ago by Peggy Keener.

Full Circle: Remembering the treasured gourmands

Growing up in Austin in the 1940-50s would probably not have been described as a gastronomically exotic experience. Sure, we had lutefisk, church basement hot ... Read more

2 years ago by Peggy Keener.

Full Circle: The signs of the times

It started in 1927, a simpler time when America began its romance with both the automobile and its roadways. Many of us remember the fundamental, ... Read more

2 years ago by Peggy Keener.

Full Circle: A husband proves his mettle

I’ve been married for 60 years. On our second date, Glen and I decided we’d found our matches. It wasn’t as if we hadn’t “been ... Read more

2 years ago by Peggy Keener.

Full Circle: Words, words … but, what do they say?

It’s 3 a.m.  I should be asleep. Instead, I’m lying in bed thinking; not deep thoughts about life and love, but rather quizzical thoughts about ... Read more

2 years ago by Peggy Keener.

A new twist on some old lessons

There is an e-mail making the rounds which never fails to make me chuckle.  Additionally it forces me to think of what’s happening right now—the ... Read more

2 years ago by Peggy Keener.

Practical Peggy plans the perfect party

In a restless ongoing pursuit of the perfect party, I am planning my holiday soiree. Preparations require deep thought.  You see, I have noticed that ... Read more

2 years ago by Peggy Keener.

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