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November 27, 2019

I read an article in the New York Times about the Zen of weight lifting.

I don’t know much about either of those topics.

The article started with a description of the author’s favorite exercise. He picks up two heavy weights and basically just walks around with them for...

November 22, 2019

I’m tearing down my great-grandfather’s barn.

It’s not easy.

I mean that in so many ways.

The barn’s been standing for 122 years. When it was built, a damp pasture spread out to the east – too wet to farm, but good enough for growing grass. Up until a few years ago, some...

November 15, 2019

I’m grumpy, but I’m fighting it, baby, I’m fighting it.

First of all, I started writing this column in a notebook I bought for $1.50, on a sticky table, in a mall food court. 

I approve of nothing in that previous sentence. 

You should know, my life was saved by the inven...

November 8, 2019

Who’d have thunk it.

I watched a new show on Netflix that had a guy I’d never heard of, but who‘s apparently very famous, and Kate Mckinnon, a very funny woman I have heard of. They were in Cambodia, eating odd food and seeing odd sights.

At one point, they talked about...

November 1, 2019

If you should see in the news that I’ve fallen from a roof and been crushed under 100 pounds of dog hair and drool, just take comfort in knowing I went out fulfilling a dream.

I’m a little tired of the squirrel.

I don’t hate all squirrels - that would be the act of a pre...

October 25, 2019

My head is lopsided.

I just noticed it this week and I’m very disappointed in all of you people who’ve known me for years.  You didn’t think this was information I’d want to have?

It makes me wonder what else I’ve been missing.

I was standing under our bathroom light look...

October 11, 2019

It was 1971, and I was leaning over the jukebox in Maury’s pool hall. I had just finished reading Sammy Davis Jr’s autobiography and found it fascinating. Because of that, I was thinking about playing his song, “Candyman.” The problem was, despite Sammy’s talent, I tho...

October 4, 2019

I was reading the news the other day and saw an article about a guy driving a Maserati who came to a railroad crossing with the safety arms down, drove around them, and was killed by an oncoming train.

Okay, first of all, this was a tragedy. I don’t know the guy who was...

September 27, 2019

I brought my wife a latte, extra hot, just the way she wants it.

Because I am a good person.

A few minutes later, she casually said, “How did you like your chocolate croissant?”

“What makes you think I got a chocolate croissant?”

“Because there’s chocolate on the lid of my...

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