Be Careful What You Wish For

Long ago, practically in a previous life, we lived in North Dakota. We lived for a while, in fact, on the eastern edge of the Bakken oil field, and then later, further east off of its eastern edge. But that first year, we lived in Plaza, ND, a town–if it could indeed be called that–that […]

Sunday Thinking

Okay…Before we start the festivities, know this: mom, I love you. And that’s why I can laugh at (and with) you. I have decided that my mother does her best and most active thinking on Sunday mornings. And if I pulled my cell phone records for the last eight years or so, I could prove […]

The Occasional Movie Review

I haven’t been to a movie on its opening day in ages. But for months, all of us here have been looking forward to the opening of The Lego Movie because…well…Legos, and it just looked hilarious. And it was. The story is about Emmet, an ordinary Lego living in a huge Lego city, following the instructions […]

The Temple of Doom

For those not living in these parts, it may well be forgivable to not realize that we do indeed have a professional football team. You may well also be forgiven if you don’t realize that said professional football team has been playing in an antiquated building. It is a building that is so old that […]

The Cider Quest

Somehow, Jenni and I decided to start trying hard ciders over the Christmas break. Jenni likes sweeter drinks and foods, and I’m not a big fan of a lot of beer, and yet, there’s this common desire to drink more alcohol. Yes, I realize how that sounded…We’ll just go with it for now. So hard […]

Coming Back

For those keeping score at home, yes, I’ve been gone for about a week. I blame the usual suspects: nothing to say, no desire to say it, a complete giving over to the desire to become a blob in a comfy chair at home and appreciate the American dream of total laziness. You’d think it […]