Great Thoughts and Ideas from Louise Liffengren Hullinger

Sunday, August 08, 2010

A good time was had by all at the Liffengren reunion in Pierre South Dakota in August 2010.

The next reunion is planned for Sioux Falls in July or August 2012. 

Monday, February 14, 2005

Louise is a computer guru. She now has her blog working, and will amaze people with her scintillating prose and brilliant insights

This Blog will be interesting if we can get enough people to post on it

This is my round robin blog. I encourage everyone to participate in blogging.

If you can't figure out how to send a message to your blog, send it to Craig@hullinger.com

He will put it on a blog for you.

Collecting used stamps is an obvious project for LWML ladies who cite Mark 12: 42-44 (KJV)
when collecting mites. LWML began collecting stamps in 1997. In the year of 2004 LWML
raised $563.42. Yet however small the amount obtained for a used stamp, which is often ½ cent, the princely amount of $5,355.21 has been “earned” to date. ( When LWML member Eunice Liere, Zion Lutheran, McHenry, contributed the stamp albums left to her by her late husband Arnold it was certainly appreciated.) Of the total amount raised 90% has been earmarked for Mission Projects..

According to Elvera Ruff, Vice President of Human Care, each LWML society has a receptacle
for stamps, and the stamps can/should be brought to any NID LWML event. The idea of carrying the stamps was seconded by Laura Latzke, Stamps Coordinator, who says, “We encourage ladies to bring the stamps rather than to mail them. The money spent on postage should be put into the mite boxes instead.” Latzke’s group meets monthly to sort stamps according to size, type, and country of origin. She says, “We have never run out of stamps to work on!.”

The most highly prized are foreign stamps, many of which come from countries where LWML
has funded mission projects. These include South Korea, India, Ethiopia, Ghana Liberia, and
others. Finding these stamps is almost like living vicariously and makes for great conversation
starters! Other prized stamps are those which originally sold for $1.00 or more, and/or
commemorative stamps which are often found on “old” letters or post cards!

The collecting of foreign stamps became possible only after The Universal Postal Union (UPI)
was founded in 1875 by Dr Heinrich von Stephan. As the first postmaster of the German Empire he was able to establish a union that would permit the flow of international mail with the same ease that existed for delivery of mail within a single country. For stamp collectors this is one of the greatest achievements in history. (We’d like to say that Stephan is of Lutheran ancestry! But we can’t be sure.)

In 1876 the first Commemorative stamps were issued to mark the US Centennial Exposition.
Years later, when Jim Farley was Postmaster General, under President Franklin Roosevelt, a
stamp series with portraits of the presidents appeared in order of succession. (Washington on the one-cent stamp, John Adams on the two-cent stamp, etc.) And so stamp collecting began!!

Collectors need to note that common stamps (called definitives) are printed in the billions and
are almost worthless to collectors. The following stamps should not be saved: common, air
mail, postage due, pre sorted stamps, torn or creased stamps, those with damaged
perforations, small USA stamps, or stamps on red or green envelopes. None can be sold or

Instructions for collecting stamps: Do not soak, pull, or otherwise remove stamps off paper.
Cut stamps from envelopes, trimming them carefully along the edges, leaving no less than a
margin of 1/4 inch. This provides a “handling edge” for the collector .( If stamps are trimmed
too closely they may be damaged and become worthless.) Nor should stamps be re-glued..
While it is common worldwide to soak off and reuse stamps, it is also illegal, which is why
LWMl members stopped collecting for a while.

The stamps collected by LWML members are handled in various ways, they may be auctioned
at a local stamp club, or sold in bulk to collectors and dealers. Those which cannot be sold for
LWML benefit are donated to not-for-profit charities.

Members of Stamp Clubs bring stamps to auction to one another. A member of the Greater
Naperville Stamp Club, James Garner, says, “It is disappointing to get a stamp which has been
torn or mutilated.” Occasionally he will find a stamp collector out of the area to market our
stamps. He adds, “Stamps haven’t been bringing in much money lately.” The gross amount
realized in Naperville Area Stamp Club is remitted to the LWML and the 10% club
commission is paid by Garner as a free-will gift.

(When buying through dealers normally the minimum cost would be 15-20 cents each. The
highest price stamp was recently auctioned off for $1,500,000 but that is very rare.)

I’ve said what stamps bring the most money, how they must be readied, how they are sold,
what the woman do who sort them, where they came from, how the woman live vicariously
as they find stamps from countries where we have underwritten mission projects.
How to prepare them, where to take them, how much money we have taken in, about the
lady who left her husbands collection, etc, about collecting mites

Thursday, December 16, 2004

We suffered many "Moving" experiences this year. In April, 2004 we signedaway the place which possessed us for 53 years, & moved two miles eastinto a retirement home. Suffice it to say we made several thrift shopsextremely happy, & what we didn't get rid of we still have--stashedbehind bedroom furniture & in our Dogwood closets!

We were welcomed to this block by ambulances enroute to St. FrancesHospital--they honked in a friendly fashion and we assumed they waved,too to show friendliness! We no longer hear them, and we are also notnoticing the dust on Western Avenue as much as we did at first. Could bebecause every morning the road appears to have been mopped by fresh,clean water. Obviously our complaining reached the right number.Or is it Global warming? Or Global warning??

No one ever doubts we belong here-gray hair, glasses, hearing aids (or adistinct need for them) & most have lost a few inches in height, though'tis said that it doesn't show on me. We still haunt or old neighborhood,and we've assumed new responsibilities (since city churches need all thehelp they can get) and now we usher, fold & deliver newsletters, andunlock doors to let in the boy scouts who meet there.One of the fun things we do is to "facilitate" classes for theRenaissance (an Elder Hostel program).at St. Xavier U. (Coutnriesfeatured: South Korea, India, Kenya, Israel, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru,Antarctica, Hong Kong, & Craig's "Around the World in 80 days.") Each class lasts anhour + discussion. No tests.

You may have read about Utica, Il which was demolished by a tornado inApril. Craig, a certified city planner, has a government grant to seethat what can be done to bring it back to life, & to try to do it.The Tribune ran a feature on it last week. His friend, Pete Terry, refersto him as a worker for the world's good, or something like that.

Our daughter Ann, works for the government in Sioux Falls, SD.Which is where we honeymooned 57 years ago; Clif always claimed it was"same-as" Niagara Falls!

Our youngest, Scotto, was born 44 years ago today (Dec. 12). With 3 boys(+ 1 girl) it is no wonder he is both coach & scoutmaster, + being achemist in Elkhart, Indiana. their youngest, Shane, will be 5 on NewYear's Day. No one forgets that birthday! On their birthdays we sing"Sto lot" so, since I don't know any Norske songs, I will teach Norskewords. Magne Takk (Many thanks) & Toosen Takk (tousand tanks).

Like Lake Wobegone kids our grand kids are better lookin' & smarter thanaverage. Erik, 13, is in a Legos club which designs 2 ft high robotswhich do mechanical things such as shake hands. Krystina & Erik went toSD last summer & think Uncle Lyle (who has replaced Uncle Red) is thebest attraction SD offers. Bret, Craig's son, bequeathed me a goose downjacket, which, since I am always cold, is the nicest thing anyone coulddo for me. Craig & Beth's daughter, Leish Ann, is researching whether blondes or brunettes have the most fun.

Clif & I fear we have outlived our era--we went into an electronic store& didn't recognize a single thing.Anyhow, may God continue to bless us all, & may we all live a "tousand "years. Magne Takk for listening.

Clif & Louise
11365 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643


This is an e-mail from Norway. I'm currently working on finding family members who left our country and settled down in various places in America.

I searched www.familysearch.org and saw that you had submitted information on Erik Furholmen, Ella Furholmen (Lillegard) and her family. I am amazed and very happy right now. At least now we know when they died, where, and when they got married.

Erik was the son of Georg Furuholmen, one of my great-great grandmother's brothers. We have a family book that was written in 1945 and only have some vague information on those who moved to America and their children, but not much.

Georg Furuholmen had nine children, including Erik that you have submitted in "family search", so I have a lot of work to do trying to find some of them. Some of them also changed their surname Furuholmen to Furholmen and Furnholm.

If you have any other information - at all - that is very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,
Morten Nilsen
email mortnils@broadpark.no

Thursday, December 09, 2004


Glad you have the Blog working. Now we will see if we can get the rest of the family contributing.

This is Louise, writing the Round Robin,, in the month of December, 2004
I'm trying to learn how to blog.

This is Louise, writing the Round Robin,, in the month of December, 2004
I'm trying to learn how to blog.

Friday, October 08, 2004

Glad to join your blog

Look forward to it

Thank you for inviting me to participate in your Blog. We can make this a regular round robin letter if we can get enough people to participate.

Beth and I leave tommorrow Oct 9 to go to San Francisco. Goof off for a couple of days with friends, then drive down the coast to San Diego where we attend the City Mangers Conference

Should be nice. Beats the heck out of working

This is my blog. We went toa wedding in Paynesville, Minnesota, and froze to death.
This should not happenn on October 1, but it did.
The golf game was called off, but the bonfire was not. The I do's were spoken before a crowd of South Dakotans & Minnesotans. Later Dawn Smith sang here version of a congratulatory song.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Louise Liffengren Hullinger

Louise Hullinger is a poet and author, who began late in life to write stories for children. A strength is that she has learned to pare what she writes. ("In every book there is a thin book trying to get out.") Her early writing dealt with learning disabilities (because of a son); she has two published books on LD. She is now concentrating on writing for children.

Recent Credits

Her most recent book, Next Year Country , presents twelve stories, most of which have been awarded prizes by the Chicago Branch of the National League of American Penwomen. The stories are about growing up in South Dakota in the 1930s.

Praise for Next Year Country:

Hullinger, a South Dakota daughter, weaves memories and family stories of the sweeping plains where there was "nothing to see but land," with her own creative flair into a compelling rural pageant made in the 1930s and early 40s. Life was a struggle with prairie fires, grasshoppers and unpredictable weather; brightened by farm sales, baseball rivalry, pie socials and dances. Next Year Country takes you there meeting hardy, one-of-a-kind characters who even after crop failure three years in a row coud say, "Next year will be better." -- Harriet Carlson, Articles Editor, NLAPW

Order your copy of Next Year Country directly by writing Louise at:
10628 S. Lawndale Ave., Chicago, IL 60655. ($15.50 covers book + postage)

The fall 2000 issue of Lutheran Women's Missionary Quarterly features an article written by Louise. Go to www.lwml.org and click on "Bible Studies" to see her page.

In addition, South Dakota Magazine published her article, "The Prairie Fire," about Jones County, South Dakota in the summer of 1930.

Sample of Her Verse
"Mosquitoes bite my nyloned heel
Proof that I have socks appeal."
Favorite Quotes
"He who takes the child by the hand, takes the mother by the heart."
"That which is loved is always beautiful."

"The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected." -- old Scandinavian proverbs

This is my first message on my Blog (Web Log). We will use this like a round robin letter for our family