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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. ---Albert Einstein

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    Six Steps to Operating a Drone

    My friend Nettie got a drone for her birthday. Unlike those high-tech models capable of photographing the origin of black holes, this one looked like something my brother once built in shop class. It did, however, possess a whimsical personality. So, Nettie’s husband John and […]

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    Night of the Wild Ones

    I’ve been gardening a lot this spring. In fact, Memorial Day marked my planting finale and official launch of hand-to-hand combat with local squirrels. This is not a new development. For years, I’ve planted begonias one day only to find them exhumed the next. Show […]

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    The Art of Healing Relationships

    You could call it spring fever, or just a perfect season to climb on a horse and head for the Western Wisconsin hills. My friend Nettie and I recently enjoyed a springtime jaunt on our mares CC and Nicky. Between fields of newly planted corn […]

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    Irish Pooka Fairy Strikes Again

    Last night my daughter and I were walking to our car after a St. Paddy’s Day cooking demonstration. A scrumptious dinner of corned beef, colcannon, and chocolate orange Guinness cake topped off the evening of Gaelic cuisine. As we hurried down a dark alley babbling […]

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    Choosing a Path to Heartfelt Success

    Success appears in countless shapes and forms. Achievements, acquisitions, accolades, awards—and those tap only the letter A. Yet when we consider success as it relates to building a new life plan, it’s more rewarding to treat it as an inner process toward worthy goals rather […]

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    Time for A Politically Incorrect SWOT Analysis

    One glance at a recent New York Times article—G.O.P Race Grows Cruder and More Aggressive—set me to thinking. I wonder how much cruder and more aggressive things need to get before the wheels fall off the proverbial manure spreader. So, it occurred to me, it’s […]

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    Better Parenting Through Polling

    Parents of a certain age no doubt remember Dr. Benjamin Spock. Virtually every nervous parent of the 60s consulted the good doctor’s best selling book, Baby and Child Care, for child-rearing advice. Conversely, humor writer Tim Jones tackles this formidable task with a slightly different […]

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    Hooray for Homegrown Humor

    I might have been ten years old when my father, an upstanding circuit court judge, handed me a gift wrapped copy of Damon Runyon’s Guys and Dolls. He had read these stories to me for years and now graced me with my own personal edition. While […]

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    A Cautionary Valentine Tale

    I’m feeling conflicted about Valentine’s Day. This could be due to its dark history—the feast of Lupercalia, when those goofy Romans sacrificed goats and dogs and then flogged women with the hides. Or, maybe my debatable history in the romance department has dampened my ardor. […]

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    “Yes,” My New Favorite Word

    Recently I noticed the ease with which I’ve been saying, “No.” “No, I can’t go to a movie because it’s January, it’s cold and dark, and for Pete’s sake, this is Minnesota. No, I’d rather eat nails than order a kale and Quinoa souffle’ No, […]

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