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INDEPENDENTLY SPEAKING

Writer, Public Speaker, Writing Instructor

 

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...

July 26, 2019

There’s a black walnut tree on the edge of our grove. It’s about 60 feet tall and I can barely wrap my arms around the trunk. The first time I noticed it, the trunk was about as thick as my wrist and the whole tree was about ten feet tall.

It had sprouted from a nut pla...

July 19, 2019

There I was, in a strange place, telling a strange woman all my problems.

Perhaps it’s not what you’re thinking. I wasn’t in a dive bar drowning my sorrows, I was in a pleasant office talking to a therapist.

This was a first for me. I was relieved to be sitting in a chai...

July 12, 2019

Operation Snowplow has begun!

Here’s the deal. One of the dubious pleasures of living on the edge of the prairie is that after a snowstorm, it can take a while to get plowed out.

There’s no help for it. No one can predict how much it’s going to snow. The taxpayers can’t...

July 3, 2019

It was a good day. 

Sunday morning, I woke up early, shoveled a load of pea rock into the loader and finished a garden path. Then I hooked onto our grader and worked on some of the worst holes in our quarter mile long driveway.  Nothing too important, just early Sunday...

June 21, 2019

I was talking with a friend about travel traumas. Not surprisingly, a lot of experiences involved traveling to places where I don’t speak the language. For instance, there was the GPS system in a rental car that popped up in the German language. It made sense, given th...

June 14, 2019

I think it’s time for a new national symbol.

I’m not saying we ditch the flag or the bald eagle – I’m a fan of both.

No, I think we need a National Breakfast Food.

I nominate the smoothie.

You know why? Because there’s a wonderous variety of smoothies, all sorts of differe...

June 7, 2019

We were leaving for a funeral on Saturday and had to pause in our garage to debate which vehicle was least dirty.

I know every place people live has its problems. Just last week I read an article about rats taking over parts of New York City. In Washington DC, residents...

May 31, 2019

It’s 5:32 a.m.

My wife, her dog, and three grandchildren are sleeping in the basement. The sun is coming up over the slough and there are at least five different varieties of bird songs floating through the open window. I wish I could identify what I’m hearing. You know...

May 28, 2019

Memorial Day, by definition, is about remembering.

That’s an easy task, in a place like this. I’m a few feet away from the graves of my great-grandparents, the ones who got on a boat and left all they cherished behind to come to this place, to help build this church. Yo...

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