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Welcome to my blog

Once upon a time, I was a newspaper columnist with weekly columns in the local newspaper. (I may have even won an award or two for my writing.) Now, more than a decade out of the newspaper industry, those columns were just sitting on a thumb drive in my closet. I'm not sure if anyone wants to read them anymore, but I thought I'd put them out into the world just in case.

On this website, you'll find my favorite columns from my 8 years in the newspaper industry. I'll publish a couple a week to get them out there. If you're lucky (and I'm inspired), I may write something new too! Stay tuned.

All columns were originally published in the Dickinson County News between 2001 and 2009. 

From the column archives...

Small town professionalism

“Are you here professionally or personally?” This wasn’t a new question for me last week. I learned as a child that people’s professions follow them far outside of their offices. My dad is a television technician, and we would constantly be getting repair calls at home. My grandfather was a policeman, and I’m sure his…

Girl Power

An interesting news item found its way to my desk last week. Its title: “1943 Guide to Hiring Women.” Its purpose: to make me laugh. Its result: some laughter, a lot of irony and… well… this column. The “1943 Guide to Hiring Women” originally appeared in the July 1943 issue of “Mass Transportation Magazine” when…

Anitra in Wonderland

I’ve decided my holiday weekend was a blend of the infamous children’s story “Alice in Wonderland” mixed with a twisted version of “Noah’s Ark,” with a small sprinkle of Robin Hood. There were queens and knights and giant chess boards. There were tea parties and fortune tellers and even a wise old turtle. There was…

Just something about the lake

Many Lakes area residents and visitors have chosen this region because of our beautiful lakes. Some have landed here because they love boating. Some because they enjoy the lake views out the windows of their homes. Some because they enjoy sailing or windsurfing or parasailing or diving. I chose the Lakes because of their beaches.…

A selfish virtue

Good news for all of those self- serving, self-centered, self-indul- gent, self-interested people out there. The Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, Calif. has declared selfishness as a virtue. Yes a virtue: “an example or kind of moral excellence,” such as forgiveness, gentleness, kindness, patience, or strength. This comes as wonderful news to me. Today, I…

Keeping my feet on the ground

Airplanes and elevators have several things in common. Probably the most obvious likeness is that they both go up and down, transporting us to destinations that would otherwise take a much greater amount of time. But for me, there is another overpowering similarity – both make me lose track of where I am. When my…

Gone Fishin’

I can still hear the tune every time I hear someone utter those words – “Gone Fishin’.” Hank Parker’s fishing show was a common Sunday afternoon feature at my house while I was growing up – especially this time of year, when the males in the household caught what they’ve called “fishing fever.”

One cabin, one week

One week. Seven adult family members. Four dogs. One cabin. I suppose it sounds like a great premise for a new hit reality television series, but in reality, it was my annual family vacation to a fishing resort in central Minnesota. You don’t need the ugly details, and I love my family – I do.…

Iowans under 30

Republican leaders in Iowa have a new way to try to keep my generation in the state. Along new incentives for the development of new “high-end” jobs for new college graduates, Senate Republicans want to eliminate my state income taxes. Sure, I see the advantages of that namely a few more dollars in my pocket…

Find your beauty

I’ve recently come to realize that life offers many types of beauty.  Yes, there are the stereotypical beauty queens, the wonderfully pretty pieces of art and movie stars that are, of course, drop dead gorgeous. But in a conversation with a good friend lately, I came to see a different kind of beauty. Don’t get…

Unsung heroes

During one of my story interviews a while ago, I talked with a widow of a Vietnam veteran who told me the story of her husband’s life. The story ran in our publication quite a while ago, and readers were introduced to an extraordinary tale of a man who served his country with passion. What…

Getting real

The strangest thing hap- pened while I was watching MTV the other day, I cried. Regretfully, I will admit that I’m a bit of a fan of that television station. I like MTV’s crazy spin on reality tv. Oddly enough, it was reality tv that made me cry. If you aren’t a fan of the…