Category Archives: Essays

WOMAN RIVER

Woman River is in the tradition of Staggerford and Winesburg Ohio. It interweaves themes of belief, doubt, and commitment to values in traditional and unconventional ways. A young farmer separates from his family as he and his lover come to … Continue reading

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Never Too Old to Learn

  “Every Opportunity is a MARKETING Opportunity!” This is new territory for a senior citizen who has spent most of his life in education and human services. Those engaged in these occupations are focused on the immediacy of the work. … Continue reading

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Icebreakers

The icebreaker is doomed. Global warming has arrived. No more are heroic efforts needed to free thousand foot freighters or stranded National Geographic tourist boats in Antarctica imperiled by stalking bergs and crushing ice floes. The days of ice augers … Continue reading

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In Memoriam

To a man who gave us an appreciation for the subtleties of the language. “If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.” Yogi Berra.

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Fire – Bemidji Pioneer

Evenings have turned cool of late with the occasional blast of hot air making it here from Texas less frequent. Open windows of late summer have given way to half-open portals in anticipation of more breezes from Manitoba. Stoking the … Continue reading

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Alumni

He strolls between the walls surrounding the quadrangle where the statue stands. Each step down the hall reverberates on the worn terrazzo floors. Sand crackles underneath his leather soles. Faces in old wooden frames. They laughed and danced – now … Continue reading

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Posted in Bemidji Pioneer on June 9, 2015

Spring renews. Trees bud, geese return, (a mixed blessing), and fiddlehead ferns surface from the debris of last year’s growth. Purple Martin scouts return and sunrises come earlier and earlier, marching a little further each day along the horizon. Historically, … Continue reading

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Just Ten Minutes Prime Time – Bemidji Pioneer

All I need is ten minutes,” the professional says. And they are right. They know how to do stuff – have done it dozens of times and know shortcuts. An amateur toolbox diver on the other hand, reaches for pliers, … Continue reading

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Launch

WOMAN RIVER Launch Thursday May 14, 2015 5 to 7 PM Wild Hare Restaurant Across from the Beltrami County Courthouse See Woman River Page for a sample

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Naps Have No Boundaries

Naps are a luxury, the forbidden fruit of the working woman or man. They aren’t as expensive as a Mercedes, as dangerous as freebase jumping, or habit forming as Chocolates Plus. They are not a necessity. You can grind through … Continue reading

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