Those of you reading this who know me (and that’s probably all of you) know that I’m not one prone to giving in to impulse. Over the course of my life, that has proven both good and bad: I measure and think about everything before doing it, but at the same time, I tend to […]

The Strange Quiet

Everyone is gone tonight. Well, except me and the cat…Jenni and the kids are out for the night and won’t be home until tomorrow night. They’re at the 30 Hour Famine, a fundraiser to help combat hunger in the world. So I’m here in a big quiet house, hearing the cat periodically go round and […]

On to pillage

I was dispatched to our old location today to pick up the computer stuff that had been left behind in the moves. The building, which I had worked in for five-and-a-half years, is now almost completely vacant, save for one group of about 15 people who are still working there for another month, and all […]

Simply, quietly

It’s been one year today since Judy, my mother-in-law, died. We chose to remember her by having a family dinner tonight here with Bob and making paving stones for the garden–assuming there will eventually be a growing season here. It was a simple, quiet remembrance that we all needed in many ways. In some ways, […]

Winter wins.

I’m sick of winter, for no other reason than when I got home tonight, I set out to clear off the roof, then do some snowblowing. All this was supposed to take about 30 minutes before I needed to dive into making dinner. The snow raking off the roof went fine, and hopefully will avoid […]


Last week, spring was making an aggressive attack on one of the strongest winters we’ve seen here in years. Experienced Minnesotans know that it was just a matter of time before we got plastered. And so we have. This morning, when we went to church, there wasn’t any snow on the streets. By the time […]

Tuna and Salmon

At the end of a sucktastic week, one needs a rejuvenator–something to bring back the joy in life that has been sapped by the rigors of everyday life. And all it took for me is raw tuna and salmon. We packed off Patrick to a camping trip with the Boy Scouts, which opened up the […]

Ah, Spring.

It was 50 degrees outside today. Or so I’m told, as I was inside, sequestered at my desk for the duration. The sun was out quite a bit today, and as I sit near a bank of windows, I closed the blinds because the sun makes reading my screens nearly impossible…At least when it’s at […]

Angry Bliss

I found something tonight to sort of soothe my overwrought soul, and, dear readers, you’re paying the price. Two words: Angry birds. Okay, I didn’t find it. I’ve played it before, quite a bit. But not on my own computer. Not in my den. Not on a little screen, or (no offense, Julie & John), […]