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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...

Fishy attitudes

Once in a while, we get the perfect answer to what seemed to be an absurd question. This week. I asked the new Okoboji High School Principal about the significance of the colorful paper fish that found a spot behind his desk. I thought maybe it was a gift from a voungster in his life,…

Rules of Paradox

Anytime a book comes across my path that contains the words “Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World,” I automatically cringe and mentally tuck it away in the file called “Self Help Books I’ll Never Read.” Lucky for Kent M. Keith, he titled his book “Anyway.” I sighed, figured I should check it out “anyway,”…

A Deeper Disney

Disney movies are an American staple. All of us have someone in our lives who seems to love Disney movies. Children love Disney for no other reason than because they’re kids. Adults love Disney movies because they get a chance to feel like a kid again. And if having kids or feeling like a kid…

Life Hacks

Inspired by https://guzey.com/lifehacks/?utm_source=convertkit&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5-Bullet+Monday+%23206%3A+Things+I+Found+Cool+this+Week%20-%2012734597

Car Lovin’

I don’t get golf. I can’t fathom fishing. But car shows – I understand. I’ll admit it. I don’t necessarily look like someone who would appreciated a finely tuned 350 engine, a new paint job on a 1963 Corvette, or even the ability to cruise at 120 miles per hour. If you assumed those things…

What kind of bug are you?

When I was in elementary school, I spent every waking hour of my summer at the swimming pool in my hometown. I had enough swim training by the time I was in fifth grade to be a lifeguard, though the rules prohibited the employment of such a young rescuer. Little did they know, I was…

My own dumb fault

I was reminded earlier this week just how much I am an incurable optimist. As I sat on my doorstep Monday morning, locked out of both my house and my car, I smiled, shook my head, and laughed at myself. “It’s my own dumb fault,” I thought as I turned on the water hose and…

Fruitful Friendships

Everybody deserves at least one fruitful friendship. No, I don’t mean the kind of friend that brings you apple crisp or the neighbor who shares his strawberry crop. Although those friendships are well-appreciated and special, I’m talking about fruitful in a different sense. I’m talking about the kind of friend who makes you better, where…

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.…