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Peggy Keener, Author at Austin Daily Herald

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Peggy Keener: Marriage saved by doughnuts

I married Glen 63.5 years ago. The setting for our wedding was a December fairyland of deep fresh snow ablaze with sparkling glints that perfectly ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, September 4, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: Trial by tumbleweed

I was 10 years old … and in love. Yes, I had given my heart and soul completely to Leonard Franklin Slye. Friday night movies ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, August 21, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: Attitude smatitude

Tell me I’m wrong, but didn’t the word “attitude” used to have a different meaning? I remember my parents and teachers using it in a ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Wednesday, August 11, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: Numbers, the tally of my life

On the occasion of my 83rd birthday, I am updating a column I wrote five years ago. It’s my favorite. Unquestionably my most notable number ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, July 24, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: A proboscis perspective

We all have them—those fleshy twin-channeled things that stick out on our faces and arrive wherever we go before the rest of our bodies get ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, June 26, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: A woman for her time

Was she a businesswoman? A scientist? An inventor? Or a downright disreputable quack? Yes to all. A marvel in her day, her homemade herbal compound ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, June 12, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: High tech meets the dinner table

It is 1953, one week after Thanksgiving. Panic has set in at the Swanson Food Company. This is no small matter as two hundred and ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: How’s this for an opener?

It’s the 1950s. You’re holding a can with a key soldered to its underside. With your strongest fingernail, you bend the key upward, twist if ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, May 15, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: The gentle woman who quietly roared

After a failed five-year marriage, this First Lady worked as a fashion coordinator in a local Grand Rapids women’s store. There she met a 35-year-old ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, April 17, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: Wisdom from our elders

From time to time I find myself reviving the things we learned as children. These important lessons came from excellent teachers whose talent in life ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, April 3, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: Oh Words, wonderful words

How utterly amazing is the word. When spoken it is intangible as we cannot hold it in our hands, buy it, or keep it in ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, March 20, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: Eating with wild abandon

Where has my brain been? Here I’ve been spending hard earned dollars on super market meat when all along I could have been eating it ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:30 pm

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Peggy Keener: Mao, the ruler

As a young teen, Mao enjoyed nothing more that joining in discussions with his friends.  On one occasion, after spending a night in a monastery, ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, February 20, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: Son of stone

As a young student, Mao was out of control. After being expelled from his fourth school, his father realized that the only power he had ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, February 6, 2021 6:30 am

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Peggy Keener: Son of the seventh sister

He was born in 1893 into a peasant family whose ancestors had lived in the area for more than 500 years. Forests surrounded their village ... Read more

by Peggy Keener, Saturday, January 23, 2021 6:30 am

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