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  • Teaching

    When I finished my graduate work at the University (MA in Public Administration) there were countless job opportunities from federal agencies and state departments. To the frustration of my program advisors I opted not to interview for any of them. I had taught high school …

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  • The Good Trumps the Bad

    As most of you probably know Hurricane Irma’s eye passed over Naples where I have my winter escape–a small mobilinium in a lovely park called Naples Land and Yacht Harbor. Our community is about three miles from the Gulf of Mexico and so very vulnerable. …

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  • How Time Flies

    My last post touched upon one aspect in the life of a man in retirement–the needs for companionship, conversation, and the intangible need to get out of the house for a spell. We all dream of retirement and when it finally comes we find ourselves …

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  • THE BIRTH OF A STORY

    I have recently had a meeting with the first of my two ‘readers’ who critique my new stories. Rich Dinter is an avid reader and one of the smartest people I know–his insights are always timely and candid. His first email prior to our meeting …

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  • HIBBING: 2017

    Hibbing remains a paradox to me. In my last two novels I’ve created a character who returns to Hibbing after being away for a decade. Paul Martin is a retired teacher (history) who moved to Chattanooga after his career at Hibbing High School. His observations, …

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  • OBITUARIES

    This may sound morbid at first thought but I read obituaries. It’s not so much that I am of an age when my own obit will be in the local paper down the road, but rather my innate curiosity. Let me explain. I know quite …

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  • JUST A ‘BLOG’

    A part of the reason for having this website was to ‘blog’ about things political, social, spiritual, and even inane. There is no day in my life that doesn’t offer some insight on life. None. Yet, I become preoccupied with matters of little importance and …

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  • Back Home

    As the title implies, I’m home from five months in Florida. Yes, I was greeted with a beautiful, but wet, snowfall on Monday . . . but, today it’s mostly gone. Over these past years I’ve come to expect Hibbing looking winter-worn, and unattractive in …

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  • April of 2017

    I’ve been negligent again. When I developed this website I fully intended to ‘blog’ on a regular basis. Obviously, of late I have had ‘too many moving pieces’ in my life. Last fall I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, in December I had surgery, since …

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  • Merry Christmas

    Well . . . I’m in Florida for a few months–but not before a good taste of northern Minnesota winter. Some say 18 inches of heavy, wet snow. Now, 2000 miles south and east, I’m in the Sunshine State. The trip down, however, was not …

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