Category Archives: Essays

When it was cold

When the day is cold and the snow is blue, the sun dogs dance, pirouetting above the horizon. They blaze in a fire beset sky. Wind races snow crystals across the lake.

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Ways I Didn’t Kill Myself

I go to coffee a couple times a week at Raphael’s after an early morning walk with some friends. One question frequently asked as we tackle the sour dough toast is, “So how did you manage to hurt yourself over … Continue reading

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Feed the Birds

I am not sure if there are any “Mary Poppins” fans reading this, but those of you who remember the movie starring Julie Andrews might remember the song “Feed the Birds”. It feels dated and a little cheezy for this … Continue reading

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Time Machine

Memory persists; ones we cherish, other occasions we wish we could relive, and others still we’d just as soon forget. Depending on our general emotional state, a soft, warm glow surrounds our thoughts of life events, or a haze of … Continue reading

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Slipknot

Muzzy light buzzed – saturated. He drifted. “Jimmy?” The sails fill, then scrape and shake against the stays. He comes about. Silence in the wind’s hole and then the breeze catches. He pulls the boom sheet tight. The boat rises … Continue reading

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Pioneer Post – Becoming Our Parents

We have an old refrigerator. It’s not stainless steel, French door or bottom freezer but it has an icemaker I never hooked up because I am paranoid about hoses and connections springing leaks. Late at night, I hear this robot … Continue reading

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Pioneer Post

See the Bemidji Pioneer for this weeks post

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Anticipation

Winter is coming. It’s not cooler nights or the sun falling like a lead weight to the horizon. Nor is it geese signaling high in the air as they barrel south. No, it’s the leaf bags stacked around the house. … Continue reading

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Miata

Pull the covers up grandma. Fall is here. Temperatures are topping out at 50 in the middle of the week and the chimney needs cleaning. Time in the Miata is in short supply. Dairy Queen trips come to an end … Continue reading

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Women

This will not be extended and overwritten. Over time I have known and taught many women who are single, young and raising kids on their own. The men in their lives are not around, by way of death, abandonment, or … Continue reading

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