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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.

From the column archives...

Dot to dot dilemma

Not long ago, I was sitting in the back seat of an SUV between two young sisters for a seven-hour road trip to the beach. About two hours into the trip, a new activity book came out of the backpacks, and I watched as my young friends started doing the dot to dot puzzles.

Asking questions

I’m a naturally curious human being.

I see a police car and I wonder who is being chased. I hear that someone got engaged and I’m curious about how he proposed. In general, I like to know what’s going on and why.

Contents under pressure

This is the time of year when everything gets busy, 13 things are scheduled at the same time on a Saturday afternoon and the contents of this body are a tiny bit under pressure. But I remain as good humored as I can, and I had to smile when my aunt sent me the following parable about the carrot, the egg and the coffee.

Celebrating the Environment

Last week, I made my third visit to the Orphaned and Injured Wildlife Refuge in Spirit Lake. Not only did I get to watch our beloved trumpeter swan Clyde healed and back on his feet, but I also encountered some of the most adorable “babies” I’ve ever seen.

Star Light, Star Bright

Too often, I think I’ve got this whole world figured out. I think I know where I’m going, what I’m doing and where I’m supposed to be. And then, I sit outside on a a star-filled night and realize that I’ve ventured off base – again.

Dance with me

Ever notice how the really good speakers take a simple term, give the Webster’s dictionary definition of it, and leave you with a completely new outlook on that word after their speech?

Wake up

Over the past several years, I have found that getting involved in a social project helps wake me from my dormant winter mood. While I’d often like to sleep away the winter months as a grumpy cave-confined grizzly bear, this isn’t what I mean when I say I’m awake. I’m talking the kind of awake that heightens your emotions, your soul, your spirit.

Are we windows?

I was reading an excerpt from a Dale Carnegie book the other night that shed new light on a familiar idea. It was, as usual, one particular quote that caught my attention: “A good window does not call attention to itself. It merely lets in the light. A good speaker is like that.”

Outside life’s lines

Remember how hard you tried to follow those instructions to “stay inside the lines” when you sat down with those childhood coloring books? It’s one of the first things we teach kids when they pick up a crayon: “Try to stay in the lines.”

The way it’s been done…

I’m going to tell you a story about five monkeys. If you enjoy monkeys and their habits – that’s great. If not, bear with me. There’s a point.