Coming in From the Cold

Coming in From the Cold

How does one who comes in from the cold (that’s what spies used to call coming home from a mission) explain to fellow Americans that they live in a perpetual state of blissful euphoria punctuated by bouts of fake fear? How does one, who’s ridden the...
HOME IN THE MEADOW, Debbie Reynolds

HOME IN THE MEADOW, Debbie Reynolds

And so Debbie Reynolds dies too. Her daughter dies and then the mom. For someone old like me, that mom sang Home in the Meadow. for the movie How the West Was Won. That transformation of the old English Greensleeves entranced me as a youngster and it’s lyrics...
PRINCESS LEIA, Carrie Fisher, RIP

PRINCESS LEIA, Carrie Fisher, RIP

Why am I bothered by the loss of Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia? She was the daughter of a giant actress and great crooner plus given just about everything except bliss and happiness. Her book on her life made it to the top of the best seller list. She had it all and...
FAKE NEWS

FAKE NEWS

Why the mass media broadcasts tons of ‘fake news’ and is not held accountable simply because there is no one to hold them accountable. Donald Trump has come closest to being a force to hold them accountable because of the fact that he has tweeted outside...
THE KING

THE KING

Here’s a direct quote from the two leaders of the current republican party in a communique meant to go out to the entire nation: “Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just...
CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS

Appreciation and reflection. That’s Christmas for those who have a body of life experience and some measure of intellect. Thinking about it all. Life itself, the meaning of existence and, in particular, our place in the social order we’ve fashioned for...
BURNING BRIDGES

BURNING BRIDGES

There are a lot of people mad at me, and some filled with disdain, because I write on here from the heart about what I believe, and it is not what they believe, and others who are simply afraid that I will complicate my life with needless enemies and those seeking my...
THE BROWNING 410

THE BROWNING 410

What happened in this last election was a bit of manipulation and a whole lot of anger. And it’s all about the Browning 410 shotgun that my friend in Washington keeps in his back closet. My friend is a great artist who doesn’t know he’s a great...
THE PORSCHE

THE PORSCHE

I helped a guy in Hawaii once. I was helping him run his little bitty but very upscale auto repair shop. He worked on cars I loved, like Ferrari and Porsche. I worked for free and I didn’t even have a car. This guy was a seemingly great expressive and...
A WHITER SHADE OF PALE

A WHITER SHADE OF PALE

“We skipped the light fandango, turned cartwheels across the floor….I was feeling kind of seasick, and the crowd called out for more….” I have taken the election results harder than anyone in my extended family, anyone I know at work and even...
CARRY ON

CARRY ON

I can’t sleep so well and amazingly my appetite is down like I’m on some special diet. I’m sort of a mix inside of a bit of fear, anxiety and broken hope…….but the main element of strangeness is a feeling inside my very center of...
PETER WILSON

PETER WILSON

Peter Wilson, a local attorney and a friend of mine, died in his sleep last night. He had a magnificently bold but weak heart. He was also one of those very rare humans in that he thought I was a better person and much greater than I really am…..

SHAVED LEMURS

SHAVED LEMURS

The Supreme Court. Why the House of Representatives, resisting efforts to appoint anyone to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court role, has little to do with partisan politics. Say what? Everything is the opposite of what they are saying…..

THE ELECTION and the Cubs

THE ELECTION and the Cubs

Election and the Chicago Cubs It is Sunday night, which means that we only have a week and a day of this election cycle to go. Can we hack it? What will be the next scandal or investigation, tape or audio recording? Whom will come forth to be famous or to be the...
HIERONYMUS

HIERONYMUS

Hieronymus Six a.m. comes early in Duluth, Minnesota,  when February, the coldest month of a cold winter, begins. It was the first and it was a Saturday morning. I lived in a four story home built by some important person many years earlier. There’d been enough time...
ALPHA

ALPHA

Back when I had to get up in the morning. Now I get up in the morning because I can’t even remember what it was that I got out of sleeping in.
Back then my brilliant wife was in control of the stereo, a stereo capable of blowing anyone and anything out of our small one story home

WITHOUT BARS

WITHOUT BARS

There will be no getting together. Of all social fears that exist on the planet, for cultural leaders, people getting together is their greatest fear. Today, with the advent of such magnificent electronic media inventions…..

Chemical Theory

Chemical Theory

The hall outside the St. Norbert Chemistry Department classroom door saw a lot of traffic. The dark, near ebony, wood and solid stone floor that ran the length of the narrow passage exuded age and class. Student’s passing all did so in silence, carrying piles of...
Monsignor

Monsignor

Fifth grade at Sacred Heart Academy in Duluth, Minnesota wasn’t much different than other Catholic Elementary Schools of its time, except for its location high atop a hill above one of the coldest developed areas in the United States. Other places in Minnesota might...
“Thank the Living Christ”

“Thank the Living Christ”

They hadn’t told me that I was going to make it yet, when my brother came by to visit on his way home. We’d been hit only two weeks apart. The telegram came to me about his injuries, dropped in by a supply chopper late in the day on a place called Ganoi Island in Vietnam…..

Ajinomoto

Ajinomoto

Ajinomoto To be stuck in Hawaii without any money was a horrible thing for any kid, particularly three white Haole kids, coming from a military family and living in a downtown local area on the fringe of downtown Waikiki. Kapuhulu was what the district was called. I...
Observations of a Global Nature

Observations of a Global Nature

Dateline: Lake Geneva, WI August 20, 2016 The Olympics are tailing down…… I will miss them. I absolutely love the shots, few as they’ve been of the aerial scenes of that city. Rio is stunning in location. I did’t know, before these games, that...
Starfish Prime, 1962

Starfish Prime, 1962

The July of 1962, on Oahu, was oppressive in more ways than I, and my friends atop Diamond Head, could count. The Sundays came and went, Sunday being the only day of the week that our parents would let us run off and climb the crater wall above Fort Ruger…….

It’s Only Captain Crunch…….

It’s Only Captain Crunch…….

“The cat’s name is Pushkin,” the eight-year-old said. “He’s named after a great Russian who did something a long time ago.” The boy stroked the Russian Blue between his ears, as the cat leaned his head down to pick away at his Fancy Feast…..

Back Dive… the 2016 Olympics Effect?

Back Dive… the 2016 Olympics Effect?

BACK DIVE…1960 With all of the focus on Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro the past weeks my memory banks are rejuvenated. I reached the pinnacle of one meter diving in 1960, as a graduating sophomore at Thornton Fractional North Township High School in South...
Paris, late 1990’s

Paris, late 1990’s

I hate Paris. Oh, not the restaurants, the food vendors on the streets or the Louvre. Even the Eiffel Tower and the river are pretty terrific, when it’s not raining or foggy or any of that other French stuff.  No, I hate Paris because of how shitty the airport is, how...
Coming Home, 1965

Coming Home, 1965

The 1965 pledge class of the ADG Fraternity at St. Norbert College rejected a young man because of a disagreement the fraternity had regarding a pyramid scheme it was conducting all over the campus. In order to prove his point, that the fraternity was doing something federally illegal….

More on The Olympics in Rio…..

More on The Olympics in Rio…..

The Russians are there, but it’s like they aren’t at all. They finally got in after a huge doping scandal but then couldn’t qualify for anything because, well, they were no longer on dope….

Flowers in Your Hair………..

Flowers in Your Hair………..

“Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…….” Publishing a local weekly newspaper offers me the opportunity to write and Opinion/Editorial each week. Most  focus on very current events and we all know 2015 and 2016 have provided tons of...
2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fun in the sun at Rio de Janeiro? Dateline: Rio de Janeiro, Friday August 8, 2106 The Olympics in Rio is underway, in spite of how miserably the mass media has tried to kill it. From the slums of the downtown Rio area, the foul water and bad food. Russian team...