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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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July 24, 2013 11:43 a.m.



My sister enjoys writing as much as I do.  I am writing this blog today because she encouraged me to put my proverbial pen to paper and enjoy myself!  However, when i first considered the blog, what I really wanted was an advice column.  For the most part, I give really good advice.  Sometimes it is cut-throat, sometimes it is filled with compassion, but mostly it is stable and safe advice.  I was envisioning it as an Ann Landers/Dear Abby thing.  It hasn't happened yet, but that is because, dear readers, my sister and I need people with problems to write in to us and ask us to solve your problems!  We could be the Midwestern version of Dr. Phil, without a tv show, lost of money or any education.  What we have is pure wit and humor and a little common sense.  

What I find fascinating about this idea, is that my sister and I have very different views on things.  We haven't always gotten along in life, but find ourselves now reaching out to each other, wanting to reconnect and rediscover the joys of family!  Our lives have taken different paths which give us our different spicy view points.  Both are valid, both are logical, but sometimes they just don't work together! Growing older has its advantages because I can recognize her viewpoint without my head wanting to pop right off my body out of anger and frustration.  It is a power-source that should be harnassed!

I love my sister.  She is an amazing person.  You should get to know her too.  If you have any issues you want us to "solve", leave a comment on this blog and we will get back to you immediately.  (In Midwestern talk, that could be up to a week.)

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