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...

The most important thing you’ll ever learn…

Repeat after me: “I can really love me… and that’s the most important thing… that I’ll ever learn… in my whole life.”

Shoe full of slush

It’s happening – same as it does every year. Snow is melting, brown weathered grass is creeping into sight, I’ve got a shoe full of slush – and I’m smiling.

Cruising with change

Now that spring has arrived, I’m back to one of my favorite habits – cruising the open road. It’s not in my nature to stay in one place for very long, but winter weather often hinders my travels.

‘You people’

Each time I overhear a heated argument, I’m introduced to this strange group of individuals referred to simply as “you people.”


I was completely an utterly lost and unfocused last Wednesday as I mourned the loss of my most faithful and handy companion – my cell phone.

Killing creativity?

The other day while taking a commercial break from my regularly scheduled programming, I started tuning out the television when I heard a tv parent yelling at their child to “go play video games.”

Looking for inspiration

I’ve got the winter blahs. It’s happened every year for the past five years or so. The anticipation of holidays has past. The glory of Winter Games is over. I’ve been south and back, and now I’m left anxiously awaiting spring.

Project Microchip

They’ve finally done it. There is now a microchip that can be imbedded in people, pets and other misplacables.

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.