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INDEPENDENTLY SPEAKING

Writer, Public Speaker, Writing Instructor

 

June 5, 2020

Three of my grandchildren are black. One is male. He’s a good-looking kid, still in single-digits, but you can easily see that in less than a decade he’s going to be a burly black man. I think about that all the time.

I think about that all the time.

In our very small pl...

May 29, 2020

We found Aladdin’s Lamp at our house.

Okay, it’s not a lamp, but a teapot.

And we didn’t find it, my aunt gave it to us.

And, the only magic it performs is it can turn back time.  But, that’s not nothing.

We made a sudden trip out of town to visit a relative with health is...

May 22, 2020

I may be a genius.

Not for sure…the votes aren’t all in yet, but I’m feeling pretty good about my chances.

Here’s the story. You be the judge.

I live in western Minnesota. Compared to the rest of the world, our weather here can be interesting. A clear memory from few deca...

May 15, 2020

Last week was Harry Truman’s birthday.

He’s been dead for almost fifty years, so it wasn’t much of a party.

I sure miss him, though.

Oh, Harry. I miss you so much.

What I liked best about him was that he made himself more than he should have been. For instance, he was born...

May 8, 2020

There will be a lot of moms alone this Mother’s Day, what with the coronavirus and all. 

That’s a pity. Tough gig being a mom - they deserve a day.

Although, there are compensations. For one thing, as a mom or grandma, there’s no end to the potential for entertainment wh...

May 1, 2020

Don’t throw your cat.

I know we’re living in difficult times and you have many problems facing you.

None of those problems will be solved by throwing your cat.

The other morning, I was sipping a cup of coffee while reading about six newspapers, which is the way I start my...

April 24, 2020

The magic is still there.

This morning, about 6:00, I was trying to rinse blood out of a pillowcase (using cold water…I’m no rookie).

I had a perfectly good reason. It seems that during the night I had rolled over, looking for a slightly more comfortable position.

That’s...

April 17, 2020

My ceiling has a crack in it.

I noticed it because I put the snowblower away.

It’s funny how small decisions have significant consequences.

Seriously. If you’re deciding who to marry, which career path to follow, or any number of other momentous decisions, you’re apt to p...

April 10, 2020