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INDEPENDENTLY SPEAKING

Writer, Public Speaker, Writing Instructor

 

August 30, 2019

“Can I get eight, 8-foot 1 x 4’s?”

“What you doing now?”

I looked at the lumberyard guy in mild amazement. “I’m doing what I’ve been doing since 1975.  Working on my house.”

I’ve been buying stuff at this lumberyard for five decades, spanning parts of two centuries. I’m o...

August 23, 2019

“Good luck with the pigs.”

It’s funny, the things you remember.

About twenty-five years ago, I took a correspondence writing course at the University of Minnesota. It’s the only writing class I’ve ever taken, and it consisted of writing 500 words or so, mailing them off...

August 16, 2019

I was headed down the road with three grandchildren when we smelled that summertime gift of rural roads, a dead skunk.

Everyone made the appropriate noises, opened windows, and gagged a little. To change the mood I said, “Hey, let’s all sing that dead skunk song.”

“There...

August 9, 2019

It was a perfect summer evening, and if a picture didn’t form in your mind when you read that, I feel sorry for you.

My wife and I spent the evening chaperoning Grandchild Number 5 at a minor league baseball game.

We weren’t originally scheduled to be going, but a stomac...

August 2, 2019

I listened as a man told me a story about hitchhiking across Canada in 1969. He’d caught a ride with a couple of guys from British Columbia to Saskatchewan. One of them suggested they could take him all the way to Montreal. His buddy said, “That’s fine, but we don’t ha...

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