Freshly Shoveled

I love the look of a well shoveled sidewalk. There’s nothing that improves the “curb appeal” of a home during winter in Minnesota more than snow that knows its place. The act of removing snow welcomes people during the holidays, provides a little exercise (consult your doctor,) and creates the illusion that you are in…
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Freshly Plowed

This weeks entry is a sister column to one I wrote a few weeks ago titled, “Freshly Shoveled.” This column at first may seem like more effort on my part to make the mundane seem even more mundane when written about but it is less about the act of plowing than the actor. This week…
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Saturday Morning

I awake to the my shrill, cheap alarm clock. I purchased the alarm clock in 1987 as part of a package that came with a plug in phone; both pieces are pink but came from a time when I was more interested in cheap than in manly, I guess. On my week-end off, I will…
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Reading Is Fundamental

I used to read much more often than I do today. When I was younger, I read for pleasure and enjoyed the richly-detailed books of Stephen King. Today, I normally read for information instead of pleasure, but I still value reading as a valuable skill and a gift of my youth. We were surprised this…
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What Was That?

What was that? What is free and can make life easier and rewarding? What is something almost everyone can perform but few perform well? We all need to talk and we all need to listen; few of us do both well and most perform just one task with any success. The answer to the first…
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