Author Archives: Sharon

Someone Else’s Mailboxes and Old Barns: Introducing Ninety-Two-Year-Old Dan from Beaverton, Oregon

I got acquainted with Dan this past Thursday. I had taken our son and grandson to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum at McMinnville a week ago yesterday and that day I purchased a membership so that I could go again and … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: The Silhouettes, Shadows, and Patterns of Memory

For recent new readers, here’s the how and why that the Mailboxes and Old Barns weekly post got started over three years ago: Mailboxes along the roads and old barns set back in fields overgrown with weeds often served as landmarks … Continue reading

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The Path In The Deep Woods: Cobblestones and White Water

There’s a call to action that thrills the hearts of skilled canoeists and kayakers. It’s the initially distant but distinctive sound of a Class IV or V rapids.  The one who hears it first may call for silence and a momentary … Continue reading

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Dan’s Mailboxes and Old Barns: Good Wood Burns Twice

From a very young age I remember my family heating with wood. Our house had a masonry fireplace. And later a wood-fired boiler.  Early Memories Up through my early grade school years my father owned his own construction company. Business … Continue reading

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From a Path Deep in the Woods: Are We There Yet?

About four weeks ago it occurred to me that my husband and I must sometimes look a bit like those kids tucked into the back seat of the family car heading out to an unfamiliar destination – back in the … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Guest Post by Texan59

Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I didn’t have to undergo the tough times and conditions that my dad did, with no electricity until 1948, and no indoor plumbing until long after he had left home.  I did grow … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Guest Post by ZurichMike

Last week I put out a request for some guest-written MBOBs from our good company who reads here every Sunday, and ZurichMike’s was the first one in over the transom. Thank you, ZM! You’re the best. ;) I grew up … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Good Dirty Fun

Our large tree belt filled about ten acres in a long L-shape around the farmstead and provided some shelter from winter storms. They surely didn’t keep the sub zero temps or winds away but the five and six foot drifts … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns:

Traveling salesmen were some things for sure, but they were not primarily a joke in prairie farm country in Montana in the ’50s. ~They were  mostly unnecessary. Farmers did not plan to buy things from traveling salesmen because if they … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Letters from our Grandfather

Check here for a complete list of previous MBOBs. This is a chapter from the book –  so I’m cheating a little today. ;) Previous MBOBs are provided in the list above in case you are familiar with this story … Continue reading

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