I struggled to fall asleep Monday evening.
I place initial blame on Chris Martin — lead singer for the band Coldplay — who got me all fired up earlier in the evening when he made a guest appearance as a mentor on “The Voice.” Martin is one of my favorite songwriters/musical performers of all time.
But, weighing heavier on my mind — as I tussled with our cotton sheets that evening — were all the loose ends that still needed tied on Dorothy Peak’s 100th birthday story before our 11 a.m. deadline Tuesday.
See, Dorothy — like she has on so many other people — made quite an impression on me over the past five days. I spent an upward of five hours at her house since Friday.
Before I left Monday, Dorothy joked: “You can bring your bedroll over if you need to.”
I don’t normally have trouble sleeping at night, but I in no way wanted to disappoint Mrs. Peak. I guess that’s why she was such a good teacher.
I noted on Facebook recently that I’ve had the privilege of interviewing some pretty incredible people in my seven years in the newspaper business — including Pearl Harbor veteran Clarence Pfundheller of Greenfield and Vietnam veteran Larry Nourse of Fontanelle to name a couple — but none better than Dorothy Peak.
There were a couple pieces of information I could not find a spot for in her story, but still wanted to share.
Those include: Dorothy has visited all 50 states in the Union, and also spent significant time in South America. “I don’t have a favorite place. All of it is beautiful. The whole world,” Dorothy said Tuesday.
And, Dorothy was born on April 1, which is recognized as April Fools’ Day. So, I asked her, do you have any April Fools’ Day pranks or jokes?
“No,” she said, “but my mother used to always say she had an April Fool and a Rotten Egg because my brother was born on Easter.”
In other news:
• Last week in the News Advertiser, we brought back an old feature with a new name. In this feature — now called “Throwback Thursday” — our newsroom assistant Courtney Dake will be highlighting news that happened in our area 5, 10 and 20 years ago. We will be running this feature every Thursday in one of two places — page 2A or back page. We hope you enjoy this feature.
• Our 9-month-old daughter Harper now has four teeth — two uppers and two lowers — and can stand unassisted. I know she’s strong enough to walk, but is hesitant to try because crawling is such a safer way to travel.
• Momica was installed as exalted ruler at Creston Elks Lodge #605 on Saturday. See a picture of her and her grandaughters Harper and Adalynn, above. She’s only the fourth woman to be an ER in the 114-year-history of the Creston Elks Lodge. The other three woman are Terri Koets, Melissa Zellmer and Barb Wilmeth.
• Lastly, I have a request. Please send me more letters to the editor. The opinion page is one of my favorite sections of the paper, mostly because I enjoy reading what all of you have to say on certain topics in those letters. Send letters to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.