Archive for December, 2012

Trouble with a capital “T” that rhymes with “D” …

December 18, 2012

Just today I ran across this article my dad (Deane Gunderson) had saved from 2000 until when he passed away in 2010. While I know what his general views on politics were, I am curious as to what specifically triggered him to clip and save this.

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Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.


Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas! Smile, Smile. Chuckle, Chuckle. Smile, Smile!!!!!

December 18, 2012

North of Lohrville, Iowa


Today I saw this holly, jolly Santa in the middle of nowhere. I was on my way from Lohrville, Iowa, to Rolfe when I just couldn’t help but smile when I saw this Santa…and the car and other decor. My, my … unusual. And, entertaining!

Clicking on the image will enlarge it.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

Clarence Pfundheller — Freedom Rock — Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2012

To see the Freedom Rock painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorensen, about a mile south of I-80 in Iowa, take the Greenfield/Guthrie Center exit.

IMG_5814_Lev_1600Ray paints the rock every year with new images, except (according to a WHO TV report) the painting of the Huey helicopter (seen in some of the photos in this post) stays the same. Ray said, “It always stays because it has the ashes of 30 different Vietnam veterans mixed into the paint and I add more ashes every year.”

Bill and I stopped to see the Freedom Rock one Sunday last summer. Bill had seen the Freedom Rock before; I never had. What we both experienced for the first time was the treat of having Pearl Harbor survivor Clarence Pfundheller there to tell us of his Pearl Harbor experience. What a classy, friendly gentleman.

I’m posting on the fly. For more information I’ll let you peruse the photos I took in July and the web sites to which I’ve linked in this post. There you’ll find more information about Clarence, the Freedom Rock and Ray.

The Freedom Rock web site:

Information about Clarence (same as linked to above):

Information about Ray Sorensen and the Freedom Rock:

To view the photos below in larger sizes, first click on any of the thumbnail images. Then, at the lower right, click on “View full size.” From there, because when the mouse hovers over the image it shows as “+” sign, if you click on the image again, it will enlarge even further.



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Pictures of Clarence are posted with his permission.

(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)