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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Colonoscopy By: 01/12/2015 @ 7:13am

The twin Pratt & Whitney turbo ramjet engines on the SR-71 Blackbird produce 34,000 pounds of thrust apiece, enabling the spy plane to blast through the sky at speeds in…

Christmas in Kansas City By: 01/05/2015 @ 7:13am

My wife and I recently motored to Kansas City to visit our youngest son and to sample some of the exciting offerings in the City of Fountains. We considered touring the Federal…

Kansas City Coffee By: 12/30/2014 @ 12:45pm

Kansas City is a town that’s often associated with such fearsome forces as the Royals and the Chiefs and Hallmark Greeting Cards. It's also a bustling metropolis where one…

Nobel By: 12/16/2014 @ 10:12am

They handed out the Nobel Prizes last week.I didn’t get one.I wasn’t really expecting a call, but I read up on them, just in case.Alfred Nobel was a Swedish inventor and…

Christmas Gift Panic By: 12/15/2014 @ 8:25am

It’s nearly Christmas, which means that it’s almost time for me to begin thinking about considering the possibility of starting Christmas shopping. I am a die-hard…

Mark Twain By: 12/09/2014 @ 7:35am

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."  Mark Twain.Let’s talk about Mark Twain.  It’s funny how people see…

The Gut Bug By: 12/08/2014 @ 10:10am

An uninvited and unwelcome guest came to our house recently. His stay was short – only about 48 hours – but his visit left us emotionally and physically drained. I am speaking…

60 By: 11/18/2014 @ 7:48am

I’m going to be 60 in a couple of weeks.It’s one of those end-in-zero birthdays that should really provoke some thoughtful reflection about the direction my life has taken.It…

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