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INDEPENDENTLY SPEAKING

Writer, Public Speaker, Writing Instructor

 

February 28, 2020

Perhaps I just don’t have enough people who dislike me. I’m working harder at that.

I’ve been feeling a little down lately. It was another bad year for the Sexiest Man Alive contest.

I didn’t win.

Again.

I realize the award is announced in November, but it takes a while to...

February 21, 2020

We had a house full of grandchildren, and when I went to make supper, I pulled a package of what I thought was barbecued pork out of the freezer. It turned out to be pureed roasted tomatoes.

Which is different.

Sometimes in life, you have to be flexible.

So, the menu went...

February 14, 2020

There a lot of days when I feel like my life gets worse as soon as I go past my mailbox and enter the larger world.

Many, many days.

It makes me not want to go any further than our local diner, or talk to anyone I wouldn’t ordinarily meet there.

It’s not just seeing peopl...

February 7, 2020

I’m exhausted.

We spent the weekend with two thirteen-year old girls, having big city adventures. Two lovely, well behaved young women, but never the less…exhausted.

Granddaughter One just had a birthday and for her gift, my wife and I took her and a buddy to the Twin Ci...

January 31, 2020

I need to get some cabinets painted.

So, I spent a week taking a propane furnace apart and putting it back together. 

Many, many times.

Don’t worry, I was careful. This project involved propane gas, electricity, and fire. I’m not a fan of explosions, particularly if I’m p...

January 24, 2020

I am a remarkable man.

During last Friday’s blizzard, I hit myself in the face. With a garden spade.

Not everyone could do that.

Here’s the story. One of my outbuildings has a bifold door that we made ourselves. It doesn’t have an automatic opener – just a counterweight t...

January 17, 2020

I had a bad toothache last week and it made me think of Ulysses S. Grant.

Like it does.

My tooth started to ache a little just before Christmas. I tried to ignore it, because it was Christmas and then New Year’s, and, you know, it’s pretty easy to avoid going to the dent...

January 10, 2020

I was in the middle of an embarrassing situation last week, and I wasn’t the one embarrassed.

Man, that felt good.

I was headed to a meeting about 80 miles from home and stopped for a cup of coffee. I spend a lot of time on the road and I keep track of the places to get...