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INDEPENDENTLY SPEAKING

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July 10, 2020

I have a great new career opportunity.

Seriously. I’m pretty sure I have a knack for wedding planning.

In my lifetime, I’ve played a role in three weddings. My own wedding was great, but that was a few decades ago and I recognize times change. I didn’t have much to do wi...

July 3, 2020

I’m not good with lawns.

I don’t understand why.

For thirty years, I managed to raise crops on 1,200 acres to help feed a hungry world, so you’d think that an acre of grass would be easy.

You’d be wrong.

We’re having a wedding here on the farm in October. It’s pretty excit...

June 26, 2020

I’m a normal person.

Okay, maybe a couple quirks, but all in all, sort of a regular guy.

So why do I have such strange dogs?

We had a storm over the weekend. Thunder, lightning, and a quick, hard rain. I looked through the hall window into the porch and found that the out...

June 19, 2020

Do you know the tv show “Naked and Afraid?”

If not, please, let me enlighten you.

I used to think it wasn’t an actual show, I thought I was seeing bogus commercials that advertised the craziest idea ever. It seemed like a concept that network executives come up with at 3...

June 12, 2020

A while ago a friend called and said she needed to talk to both my wife and me. We listened together on speakerphone as she told us that one of her friends had stated it was common knowledge that I was having an affair with someone who works at the courthouse.

Stop laug...

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...

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