This is the greatest winter ever. All we heard was doom and gloom. Higher than normal snow fall and lower than normal temperatures. In Minnesota, that means REALLY bad. I don’t mean to jinx it but our average snow fall to date is around 55″. Right now, we’ve had 15″. Total. For …

By now everyone knows about the death of Whitney Houston. I am surprisingly moved. Her music seems to be the backdrop for many memories with my family and relocating to Minnesota. When I hear “I Want To Dance With Somebody” it places me in 1987, working at a concrete pump manufacturing plant, …

Recently, President Obama put forth a proposal to create new jobs by updating and refurbishing schools and other public buildings. To be honest, I don’t know the details but that’s irrelevant to my ire. Soon after, some Republicans were asked for their opinion on the idea. These gentlemen stated that they …

Holy cow, is my life different. I have a new girlfriend, a new family, a new job and a new house but some things never change. Football Sunday is still football Sunday. It is all encompassing and consuming. Between the actual games and tracking my fantasy team, I go into my own …

I live in a trailer park. I have for over 8 years now. Its been a point of embarrassment and among other things has led me to isolate myself from friends and family. Its mortifying to think about having people over and saying this is where I live.  A very small group of people have …

There have been a great deal of changes happening in my life. Unfortunately, my association with Home Instead has ended, at least as a Staffer. It was a struggle from the beginning and really was never a good fit. Among other issues, being tethered to a telephone for the vast …

Part of embracing winter means that you have to get out in the cold and live. It so goes against everything that I love. Heat, warmth, shorts and tee shirts… The Winter Carnival did its best to drag this grizzled bear out of his cave. The flower show doesn’t count …

There is nothing like a day on the lake, especially when my kids and grandkids are providing the entertainment. To celebrate a successful summer semester of algebra and biology and an impending birthday, Matt and Christy invited us out for an afternoon on Chetek’s chain of lakes. The pontoon rental …

As I was packing yesterday, I discovered a button loose on my favorite pair of shorts. For some reason, it just begged to be photographed. Stops this weekend include the Tall Ships Festival in Duluth and then on to Cass Lake MN.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. My job search continues in earnest. Hard to believe that there isn’t the perfect opportunity just sitting there waiting. A couple of recent applications are very intriguing and my fingers are crossed for a chance. Health insurance is now an issue as I …