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And the Winner is . . . By: 04/14/2015 @ 7:18am

I see we have another candidate for president.Good thing, too. The election is only about 20 months away . . . we need to get started evaluating if we’re going to know who we…

The First Time By: 04/13/2015 @ 8:44am

I was a late bloomer by today’s standards; my first time was when I was 16.It was a rainy summer Saturday and my buddy Steve and I felt trapped in our farmhouse. Teenage boys…

Becoming Badass By: 04/06/2015 @ 9:12am

I don’t like to brag, but my wife and I are badass.No, I’m not talking about the kind of badass that can be seen on the TV show Vikings. While I do have Norse ancestry…

Kintsugi By: 03/31/2015 @ 8:27am

Let’s talk about my dog.And Hemingway.And Japanese art.No, it’s gonna be great, trust me.The coyotes were very active last night.  I don’t know if it’s the full moon…

Dairy Expo Doings By: 03/30/2015 @ 8:17am

It isn’t often that my wife and I are invited to hang out with nobility. The royalty in this case was a dairy princess named Katelyn. She and her family were attending a concert…

New Orleans By: 03/24/2015 @ 8:02am

My wife and I aren’t very good tourists. We’re always doing stuff like missing the photo op in front of the governor’s palace, because we’re talking to the tour guide…

Easter Bunny Tales By: 03/23/2015 @ 9:49am

It’s almost Easter, which means we must keep a sharp eye out for a fickle furbearer, that remarkable rabbit who sneaks about and hides colorful eggs. Granted, this is much nicer…

Splish Splash By: 03/17/2015 @ 8:36am

We have an old hog lagoon on the corner of our homestead.Some of you may be thinking of Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour in On the Road to Tahiti.Not that kind of lagoon. Not even…

Enduring the Teen Years By: 03/16/2015 @ 8:09am

One of the most vexing things a parent must endure is teenagers.Parenthood starts out easy enough. You bring home that tiny bundle of joy, a little creature that makes weird…

Gravity Falls By: 03/11/2015 @ 10:37am

I have been pursued my entire life by an intractable, insidious, invisible force. It is constantly harassing me and somehow knows where I am at every moment. It has inflicted…

Dare Mighty Things By: 03/11/2015 @ 10:33am

We went to career day at our grandchildren’s school.Since the oldest one is only a second grader, we’re not to the point of helping them polish up their resumes, but their…

Not My Fault By: 03/03/2015 @ 8:31am

What we have here is a failure to communicate.I’m not watching “Cool Hand Luke,” I’m just commenting on a problem facing us all.  For instance, a few days ago I was…

Just in Time By: 03/02/2015 @ 8:13am

The time to think about time has arrived once again.It’s time for that annoying annual activity called “daylight savings time”, the curious cultural custom wherein we all…

Views By: 02/24/2015 @ 7:30am

There are many ways to look at the world, which is something that I find a little puzzling since, clearly, mine is correct.  But, this is a free country so I need to let…

Plumbers By: 02/17/2015 @ 10:05am

I’m on my fifth plumber.Not in my whole lifetime - just two years of it.Here’s the deal.  For the past couple years, I’ve been spending a few hours a day making…

Lessons in Genomics By: 02/16/2015 @ 8:20am

I recently attended a seminar about genomics, which, I assumed, had something to do with garden gnomes. Wrong!Genomics, I learned, is a scientific process that uses DNA analysis…

A Twin Cities Adventure By: 02/02/2015 @ 11:07am

My wife and I recently made a quick business trip to the Twin Cities.She totally hates to drive in any metropolis that’s larger than a dozen structures. This is because we live…

Roundtable By: 01/27/2015 @ 7:26am

I think most of the world’s problems could be solved if everyone, at least once a week, ate breakfast in a diner, seated at a round table with half a dozen people they didn’t…

Downton vs. the Super Bowl By: 01/26/2015 @ 10:30am

Sunday afternoons at our house are spent waiting for Downton Abbey to air. It wasn’t always this way. There once was a time when Sunday afternoon meant anticipating such manly…

Talking Out Loud By: 01/20/2015 @ 6:33am

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.I read this on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and have been…

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