Was introduced to a new game today at the Indian restaurant where I eat the noon buffet on a regular basis: Kabaddi. The host at the restaurant did his best to explain the sport, which was on television. I told him he should write up a brochure, as he had to explain to several patrons what was going on.
I didn't get it all, but it seems like a combination of football, wrestling and tag.
In 1983, a college history teacher told me that in his view, the next major conflagration would happen in South Africa, where the black majority was agitating to throw off the oppressive rule of the white South African minority.
Due to Nelson Mandela, the conflagration never happened.
"Blessed are the peacemakers." Mandela was a peacemaker. He presided over the transition in power in South Africa without exacting revenge for the [...]]]>
Of course, a cold spell in Tucson is a different animal than a cold spell back home. Frost warnings last night. Some rain. Clouds. A chilly day, only in the 50s. This will continue for a few days.
I am always in touch with those back home. Lance is ensconced in the house preparing his museum show for the Rourke Gallery in Moorhead. Dad took Uncle Orv in for outpatient surgery this morning. Joe is working to get his step-daughter out of Thailand, [...]]]>
This is one of the great pieces Bach wrote for organ, played on an organ from Bach's time. The numbering system of Bach's music runs from zero to a thousand or so, and it is convenient for those like me who get confused between one A minor Prelude and Fugue and the other.
This piece is in A minor. It is an impish, even demonic work. Modern fundamentalists would be right to be scared of [...]]]>
The Twins have signed two pitchers, Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco. This is unusual behavior for them.
Just as importantly, they are working on a deal to bring A. J. Pierzynski back to catch. With Joe Mauer moving to first base, the 37-year-old Pierzynski would fill a big hole.
The catcher is the most important defensive player on the diamond. An experienced catcher can squeeze a little extra out of a shaky [...]]]>
A little math reveals that North Dakota produces about 10 barrels of oil per second. Within three or four years, that will double. That is a river of oil!
Each train of oil that rolls through Fargo represents about 60,000 barrels of oil. North Dakota produces a trainload every two hours. Some of that goes through pipelines, of course, but it is helpful to visualize what is going on out there.
To continue the [...]]]>
Well, I'll be jiggered. A Christian leader who takes Christianity's message seriously....
Nicholas Kristof's Thanksgiving column is must reading. A profound meanness has swept our nation.
Beautiful, clear morning in Tucson. It will reach 70 degrees today. I am joining the next door neighbors and their friends and kin for dinner. I will provide the mashed potatoes. Should be fun.
The city is quiet this morning. Even the trans-continental trains seem to be taking Thanksgiving off.
Was informed last night that there was a family of rattlesnakes in the back yard this summer. Rattlesnakes are actually pretty [...]]]>
An unusual rain, too. Sustained over two full days, resulting in 2.5 inches. Tucson gets rain during the monsoon season, but it comes in gushes. This was gradual.
I went to a mall yesterday to spend time at Barnes and Noble. I felt a drip on my head. Then I looked around. All through the mall were buckets and piles of paper towels. The roof leaked like a sieve.
The temperature cooled as well. Into the upper 40s at night, upper 50s [...]]]>
My favorite hymn done by my favorite singer...
I have gone to the same sushi place four times since I came to Tucson. I love it. I sit at the bar and watch the dignified Japanese chef. In his mid-sixties or so, he is all business.
Last time, he loosened up a bit. I like to cut my sushi into smaller bites so I can enjoy it more, I told him.
"No, no, no!" he replied. "Take whole piece and chew 30 times to enjoy!"
Tonight, I tried to cut down on [...]]]>
Over the past couple of days, the birds found my bird feeder. Than tonight, so did this guy. Javelina look cute, but are not to be messed with. One inflicted a $200 vet bill on a local dog two weeks ago.
Notice how he kneels to get at the seed. A little later, he walked right up to the side [...]]]>
I heard from home that Aunt Olla was in a tizzy so I called her to find out what was up.
At first, she couldn't hear me at all. She is awaiting a new hearing aid, but usually she can talk on the phone without difficulty. This was new. Eventually, she said "call me back and see if we get a better connection."
"Wow, this is so much better," she said. "That other ear is no good." She had been trying to hear [...]]]>
Taken at sunset tonight from the front porch...
Here is the obituary for Jeanette, who I will always remember as the first customer I ever waited on at the nursery.
In the early days, Grandpa never kept hours. You were free to come when you were free. Jeanette was a night owl, and she usually showed up late. Really late. It was 10 p.m. in May. Mom and Dad were exhausted. And up drove Jeanette. I offered to go out and wait on her, [...]]]>
Pardon my absence, but I have been on a writing binge. This week I am averaging 4,000 words per day, which is an improvement over last week. I am working on two projects. When one hits a wall, I go to the other. That works well. My willingness to write is completely due to encouragement from an editor and a coach. Push on! they say, it will sell. Without such encouragement, subconscious doubts lead me to put off work to avoid the eventual rejection of my [...]]]>
Here are two of the three visitors of roughly equal size to pass through the backyard here in Tucson this morning...
Last night, I attended a gathering with friends at a ranch fifteen miles north of the northern fringe of Tucson, near the small town of Oracle. The party was to honor those who created this event in September. Of course, I was along, not as a participant, but a mooch––which nobody seemed to mind. There was a band. There was food. Some of the art installations were still up and lit. And the sky [...]]]>
Almost every morning this week, this has been the scene through the back windows. There must be a balloon staging area behind the mountain.
It takes a while to get settled in a new place and to get the mind settled. Today, it happened: I felt relaxed and at ease for the first time since arriving in Tucson. It blew hard for a while today, but that never lasts, and eventually it was a perfect mid-80s day. I am working on two writing projects this winter, and so far I have averaged 2,500 words per day. I hope I can keep that up. Called the Hilton to check in on Aunt Olla today. [...]]]>
It takes a while to get settled in a new place and to get the mind settled. Today, it happened: I felt relaxed and at ease for the first time since arriving in Tucson. It blew hard for a while today, but that never lasts, and eventually it was a perfect mid-80s day.
I am working on two writing projects this winter, and so far I have averaged 2,500 words per day. I hope I can keep that up.
Called the Hilton to check in on Aunt Olla today. [...]]]>
Although this picture is blurred, it captures the chaotic spirit of the 60,000 people who took part in the Dia de los Muertes procession in downtown Tucson last night.
Boy, did I ever hit the jackpot renting this winter. I am in a glass cottage on a three acre plot. I will post pictures as I go along. I have a view of the mountains in both directions. I am able to open up the doors during the day and let the breeze come through. At night, I have an overview of the city of Tucson and its twinkling lights. Yet, thanks to the ordinances controlling light pollution, I am able to see the stars just fine.
I am at [...]]]>
Oh, the wonders of the interwebs. Because I follow the writer Nina Munk on Facebook, (I met her while we were on the same summer program at Cambridge University in 1986 and haven't talked to her since) I knew that she was going to deliver a lecture in Albuquerque today on her latest book,http://www.linncountyleader.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289904/-1/blogs01
As I crossed Nebraska today, I decided to give Aunt Olive a call. I was really calling to see if she could hear her phone, as she lost her hearing aid again last week. She could, and she answered, but the conversation was a little tough. "I am in Nebraska!" I said. "You're in the bathtub?" "No, I am in NEBRASKA!" "In a box?" No, NEBRASKA! "Oh! For heaven's sake. What are you [...]]]>
As I crossed Nebraska today, I decided to give Aunt Olive a call. I was really calling to see if she could hear her phone, as she lost her hearing aid again last week. She could, and she answered, but the conversation was a little tough.
"I am in Nebraska!" I said.
"You're in the bathtub?"
"No, I am in NEBRASKA!"
"In a box?"
"Oh! For heaven's sake. What are you [...]]]>
After a harried few days of social activity and packing, I am on the road.
It is always tough to say goodbye to Aunt Olla, as she is 102 years old. I stopped at the Hilton this morning, and it took a while for my departure to sink in.
Aunt Olla doesn't skirt the issue.
"So, do you think I'll die before you come home?"
I said I didn't think so.
"Time goes fast," she said, recovering her [...]]]>
•The introduction of torture of human beings as American policy has been one of the most shameful abandoments of our ideals in our history and it was primarily caused by one man: Dick Cheney. Cheney is one of the darkest figures in our recent political history.
•The owners of the Minnesota Vikings are running an amazingly [...]]]>
Aunt Olla called yesterday morning.
"I just read in the Fargo paper that gays can get married!"
Yes, I said, in Minnesota, at least.
"Well, isn't that nice!"
She informed me that her schedule was clear enough so she could see company again. I wasn't aware that it had been full, but I usually go in once per week. So, I went in yesterday afternoon.
I was digging in her desk drawers looking for her [...]]]>
I don't think some young people today know how to boil an egg. A good article here.
When I went through high school, junior high home economics was still cooking and sewing. Nothing wrong with that at all. But it was also completely segregated. Although some girls had rebelled in the 1970s and registered for industrial arts, only one did in our class and she was [...]]]>
The amazing phenomena that is New York City just got more amazing as the tunnel that has been in progress for 43 years has been completed and Lower Manhattan's water supply is secured for generations. Look what lies beneath the leafy 778 acres of Central Park.
Watch this video of our near-Vice-President and try to distinguish it from this legendary video.
We need a beauty queen for president!
A fascinating map.
There are lots of rumors about the Obamacare "disaster," (the website has been a disaster) and, from Sean Hannity, pure lies. Provable, verifiable, blatant lies. Anybody who takes that clown seriously should check out the article.
A weblog reader and retired Presbyterian minister submits some interesting background on the End Times movement, as well as the truly troubling Christian Reconstructionist Movement:
"I've just been reading the article cited in your blog, regarding the End Times scenario being run by the Tea Party Republican faithful. I was reminded of two things:
One of the most unique and beautiful areas of our country, but one which, because it is difficult to capture in photographs, and because no interstate highway runs through it, is neglected: The Palouse.
One of the most unique and beautiful areas of our country, but one which, because it is difficult to capture in photographs, and because no interstate highway runs through it, is neglected: The Palouse.
Chris Matthews nails it. This article lays it out. The irrational hatred of President Obama is behind this government shut-down. He is a milquetoast moderate, but because they have constantly hinted, without one shred of evidence, that the President is a deeply a radical Muslim, Marxist, Leninist, anti-colonialist, [...]]]>
As Washington descends deeper into destruction, led by the Ted Cruz vandals, Hillary Clinton gives a speech which brings out the best in American world leadership.
This needless, stupid crisis has already eroded our economic leadership. These people are in essence traitors.
An excellent article about the religious fundamentalism which is turning the GOP into a nuthouse. The religious right has been so stirred up into thinking Obama is the anti-Christ, or the next best thing, that they are willing to destroy the world economy to oppose everything he is affiliated with, including a relatively harmless law already on the books, the [...]]]>
Here are two beautiful shaggy cap mushrooms, right at the perfect stage to be harvested. To harvest the entire shroom, I take a knife and cut about an inch below the surface. The meaty root is really the best part. There are so many in the yard that I have been discarding the cap, which sometimes [...]]]>
If I live to be 103, I want to do it just like this man. Eat a $100 meal every night.
This picture came in from Thailand this morning. Brother Joe's wife Kae just left for Thailand last week. She is working to bring her daughter Shampoo, pictured here, back to the states. We are eagerly anticipating her arrival, which could take several months. In the picture are cookies sent by my mother along [...]]]>
Michelle Bachmann again proves she's nuts. She could be ignored if only a substantial minority of bozos in this country didn't agree with her.
Let's just summarize the basics here, folks:
•If you believe we are in the End Times, keep your goofy eschatalogical fantasies limited to your cult meetings on Sunday [...]]]>
Nobody but nobody nails it better than Elizabeth Warren. I agree with her completely.
This has been a great fall for the garden. In addition, it has been fun learning about wild foods. I wrote a column on perslane, but there are others.
Saturday was sister Tracie's birthday. She loves wild food, so I picked and cleaned five baggies of lamb's quarters, a plant identified, along with perslane, as one of the two [...]]]>
Here a Republican castigates a Park Ranger, who probably is working without pay, for closing a memorial. This is Tea Party ugliness at its peak. We defund you. We vote to close your monument, then get mad at you for doing your job to close it. It is always about rage, expressing rage at government, rage at almost anything. It doesn't seem to matter! These [...]]]>
Aunt Olla looks with trepidation on Elvis, the nursing home's resident dog. Usually prone to wandering around the entire Hilton about fifteen minutes behind the snack cart, today Elvis came in to Olla's room, laid down and would not leave.
"This is just plain weird," Aunt Olla said, [...]]]>
Here is a letter from a man serving in Afghanistan in a non-military role. He will not be paid during the shut-down, but he will be expected to work. Worse is the message we send when we accept the notion that all government workers are leeches and all government work is unnecessary.
The absurd shut-down is unnecessary, but it is also unpatriotic. And crazy. [...]]]>
The Republican cuckoo-birds are going to shut down the government tonight and think its a great party. This will be fine and dandy until the Medicare checks stop coming to their guillible supporters. Medicare. Social Security. Veterans benefits. All of it stops because the Republicans in the House want to repeal a law on the books as a condition for paying the bills. They are nuts. They are bad for the country. And they must be defeated. Fully and finally. [...]]]>
We held a small celebration at the new Fair Meadow Assisted Living, which is attached to the Fertile Hilton. Aunt Olla was in fine form and drank in every minute of it. Three of her schoolkids were able to come. All three are in their upper eighties.
We must have had nearly two inches of rain in the past twenty-four hours. It was one of those fall weather patterns where a bunch of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico comes north and meets a cool front from Canada.
The rain is welcome for the long-term.
Tomorrow, we are celebrating Aunt Olla's 102nd birthday with a small party at the new assisted living attached to the Fertile Hilton. I will have pictures and commentary sometime [...]]]>
Busy day. Awoke before dawn in Vancouver and started the liturgy of getting home. Pack. Starbucks. Check out of hotel. Rush to the airport in morning traffic. Today it was raining, in more typical Vancouver fashion. Turn in the rental car. I forgot to fill the gas, so they got me over the barrel on that one. The nice man who took the car charged me 1/2 of what they usually would for not filling before returning the car. Printing boarding passes. Security. [...]]]>
Took a drive today up to Whistler, BC, 100 K north of Vancouver, site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The drive was spectacular. I never realized that only 50 miles north of Vancouver there are mountain peaks with snowcover year round, even what looked to be some glaciers. Very impressive.
The road from Vancouver to Whistler is Canada 99, which in this stretch is known as the Sea-to-Sky highway. At one point, an inlet of the ocean stretches out in front [...]]]>
Spending a couple of days in the wonderful city of Vancouver at a conference.
Vancouver is surrounded by mountains and water, so the city fathers and mothers decided in the 1950s to build up, not out. The downtown is full of skyscrapers, a la Hong Kong, and because of the population density, the streets are lively and full of people, a la New York. Due to Canada's membership in the Commonwealth, immigration from former British colonies is [...]]]>
Renato Mateus, a student from Brazil who spent several months working at the nursery while living with Lance and I in the house, passed away this week two months after being burned horribly in a collision with a gas truck. Lance tells the story and shows our memories better.
Here is an Atlantic article on an Upper Midwest linguistic peculiarity.
And another, from the same series, on Sioux Falls. If you have been through Sioux Falls, I think you'll agree that it is [...]]]>
Google is starting a new project which aims to extend our lives. These efforts are always popular. So are efforts to study people who live 110 years, such as Dan Beuttner's book Blue Zones.
What is left out of the [...]]]>
New Zealand is known for their brilliant Public Service Announcements (PSAs). Here is one which brings me back, some kids with a combined Kiwi-Maori lilt to their speech. Notice how they say the word "invented." Seldom in the US of A do we get to hear an unadulterated Kiwi accent. It is gentler than the Australian twang, and a perfect expression of the Kiwi character.
I have no problem with this version of the great Fugue in E minor by Bach. Whatever can get people curious about Bach--I am for it. And it is clear that he had a feel for rhythm that modern drums merely emphasize.
Oh and try this one on for size! (Ignore the video, enjoy the audio.)
But with little fanfare. After visiting Olla at the Hilton, I walked a few feet to the assisted living where the first couple moved in today. They will stay tonight. Their children were there for the move. Shirley taught me piano forty years ago. She brought her grand piano into the assisted living, and it is in great shape. Beautiful. It will sit in the common area. Their apartment looks great. Jerome and Shirley have been needing assisted living for some [...]]]>
Visited the Hilton today. Aunt Olla was in some pain from her pinched nerve. Her leg barked. They had given her pain killer just before I got there, so it was taking ahold as I visited.
Her hearing aid is on the blink. I worked with it, changed batteries, what not, but the nurse came in and informed me they had tried everything and that they were going to send it in for repair Monday. In order to get Aunt Olla to hear me at all, I called her [...]]]>
Played at the Villa in Crookston today. I usually do double duty there, playing once for the residents in the general area of the nursing home and another session, usually quite a bit shorter, for the people in the Alzheimer's unit, affectionately referred to as "The Unit."
Today, in a reversal of the usual routine, I played in The Unit first. It was just after lunch. I thought people might be napping, but no, everybody was lined up and ready [...]]]>
I haven't been speaking lately, but I have missed performing at nursing homes, so I took five on this week: Fertile and Twin Valley last week, Hawley today, Halstad tomorrow and Crookston Wednesday.
Today in Hawley, I asked a woman in the front row how she was doing.
"Well, I am not a chocolate chip cookie, I can tell you that much for sure!"
I said I wouldn't hold it against her.
Afterward in the coffee hall [...]]]>
I played and sang at the Fertile Hilton yesterday. I went in an hour early to visit Aunt Olla. She was in good form, although a pinched nerve is making it painful for her to stand and walk. I rolled her outside a while and we visited in the gazebo.
However, she had expected the entire family to show up to play and sing and it instead it was just me. I thought she might get over that, but it stuck. She kept mentioning it. "So the others aren't coming? [...]]]>
Here is a good recording of the great organ at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Louis Vierne, the composer of the piece, was organist there for many years.
Read how Vierne fulfilled a life-long dream and died on the E-flat.
Just listen to the first few seconds to get a feel for the anger and frustration that he [...]]]>
Let's just get it over with and declare today the winner. It could get no better.
Cool in the morning. Forty-six degrees. Nice fall touch. But it warmed quickly. Mowed a little grass, as the lawns perked up with last week's rain. The gardens are in good color.
Went grazing. Ate snow peas first, then raspberries, red and yellow, then a green pepper and about six cherry tomatoes. Tried a Honeycrisp, which looked perfect, but it [...]]]>
Here are links to larger photos. The weblog tends to favor verticle pictures, and I do like wider landscapes. So, we'll link to same bales, some more
This thunderhead, according to radar, was at this time over Duluth, 180 miles to the east.
It was difficult to capture all of this on camera as [...]]]>
Nursery employee Samantha Brown participated in the Baja race at the Polk County Fair this summer. Lance took the opportunity to create a short documentary of the event.
...playing a favorite song.
In general principle, I am against us getting involved in any more Mideast messes. We do not need to police the world. Egypt is an impossible mess. Our coming in there would make it worse. And how are we going to topple the regime in Syria without taking the side of a faction which might be just as bad?
Democracy in Iraq? Afghanistan? What a joke. We did not spread democracy to those two tormented lands; we mere opened the door for a different [...]]]>
These are very much the dog days of summer. Drought. Parched lawns. Drooping shrubs. Crispy corn fields. Dust. I got up this morning and took a bike ride just to enjoy the day before it gets hot.
The trip to the Cities was enough stimulation to last several weeks. Sirens. Yelling on the street, which I always assume means conflict, even when it is just people of different training having fun.
Friday evening, Lance and I met cousin Laine at [...]]]>
I am at the Barnes and Noble. The girl next to me is talking very, very loudly to her elderly father on the phone. She has to repeat everything two or three times. Everything. I was getting irritated until the conversation graduated into farce.
It was clear that she had just brought her boyfriend home to meet her elderly parents. Dad was worried he didn't make a good impression. Daughter assured him, no.
A Somali woman watches the street preachers 1/2 block down and across the street from her.
Here is a fascinating article on the connection between the stomach and mental health. I was an anxious kid and gulped Rolaids by the dozen. Eventually, I developed an ulcer which, thanks to the then-recent introduction of ranitadine, healed within a year of diagnosis. From that point on, I have seldom had stomach problems, although I later [...]]]>
Ever since I worked as a page at the Minnesota legislature in 1995 (full-time pages in the Minnesota House range in age from college grads looking for openings at the Capitol to retirees wanting to expand their horizons) and watched as about a dozen Republicans giggled their way through a debate on transgendered people, I have made a person's attitude towards the issue a litmus test: If you immediately get grossed out and giggle at the plight of a person born [...]]]>
It has been a busy week. Although my Bush Fellowship funding ended last month, I was asked to present to the board of the Bush Foundation last night at a board dinner. As you can see, the board is made up of some accomplished people and the dinner conversation was very lively.
At my table was Jennifer Alstad, who grew up in [...]]]>
This flower bed was designed by nursery employee Samantha Brown. It turned out very well. However, it is best viewed from the top of ladder. That is where I went to take this picture. I decided I had better record the bed before the begonia lips swelled to the point where they overwhelmed the alyssum teeth. [...]]]>
My bedroom window in the old bunkhouse (which was attached to a trailer house) was three feet from the trunk of this spruce. This looks better.
Yesterday was my 49th, and was celebrated by driving to Stillwater to do a reading at an art gallery in an old Victorian house here. It was fun. What was even more fun was that, due to Facebook, my college roomate from Bible college days saw I was reading only a few miles from his house and showed up with his partner. We went out to a Carribean restaurant on the St. Croix river that they partly own.
Lance takes pride in his ability to withstand [...]]]>
Gleeman has a good analysis of Oswaldo Arcia. I stick with my earlier contention stated during the first game he played in the major leagues that he is going to be a good one. I suspect that in 10 years, we'll look back at this rookie year as being the start of something great. He is going to be a very big player. I haven't [...]]]>
Gleeman has a good analysis of Oswaldo Arcia. I stick with my earlier contention stated during the first game he played in the major leagues that he is going to be a good one.. I suspect that in 10 years, we'll look back at this rookie year as being the start of something great. He is going to be a very big player. I haven't [...]]]>
What a beautiful month! And the sweet corn is ripening nicely. Should be able to have some fresh by tomorrow or the next day. I also ate one of the first tomatoes today. Very late for the first tomato, but it tasted so very good.
With the Twins in a state of perpetual mediocrity, I cut off my cable TV subscription this week. That did not please DirecTV which put me in their computer as a delinquent and arranged for a parade of their "account [...]]]>
These Scotch pine trees, two left out of a row which one contained a dozen, are my favorite. Such character.
Here is a close-up of the New Guinea [...]]]>
The open house at the gardens has come and gone. It was a big day with a lot of people. We performed twice in the peat building, adding even more family members from last year. I am on the left, Joe is next, then his wife Kae; in the purple is Mom, then sister Tracie, and finally Dad on the string [...]]]>
Friend Kurt Reynolds, a teacher in Thief River Falls, responds to last week's column on the good old days when we kids were left to do what we wanted with our summers on the farm. Kurt writes a blog about teaching and education, and whatever else strikes his fancy (sort of like this blog). As you can sense from this response and Kurt's blog, he is passionately [...]]]>
Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about how we should ease up on our expectation that our lawns be perfect swards of pure grass. Sure enough, here is an article which treats the subject at great, but very interesting, length, from both a scientific and historical perspective. When did we start mowing our [...]]]>
Former major-league pitcher Rick Helling, who has several cousins in the Fertile area, blew the whistle on the problems of steroids in baseball long before the whole sordid mess was made public. Good, midwestern values at work here. His family can be proud, as can the rest of us.
Okay, folks, if you have an extra two hours, here is an excellent performance of the Mass in B Minor by J. S. Bach from last year at the Proms in London. Spectacular. Well thought-out. As good as Robert Shaw's version.
Bach was Lutheran, but once when he was looking for more money, he applied for a job with a prince in Catholic Poland. For the try-out session, Bach composed several parts [...]]]>
People as me a lot where I get ideas for my newspaper column. I usually have no problem, but sometimes I have to resort to tricks. Tonight, after struggling for an hour, I made the decision to go to the National Public Radio website. I would find my idea there no matter what. That was my commitment to myself. I ran across this article, and wrote this
A young swan saw fit to visit the gardens' pond this afternoon. That is a first.
Aunt Olive was in fine spirits yesterday when I stopped. We had coffee and banana cake. Very good. Elvis, the nursing home dog, arrives like clockwork five minutes after the snack wagon. By then, I had eaten all the banana cake. Olive dug up some graham crackers, and he was satisfied.
Olive was speculating as to the source of her nightly strokes. She is following in the footsteps of her older brother Roy, she claims. He had several strokes before he [...]]]>
I like this guy more and more. Read through the article. Who sounds Christ-like and who sounds like a bunch of prissy Pharisees?
It is so obvious it is painful! I hope Francis shakes up the whole rotten edifice of the Catholic Church to its core. Look at what his statement, "Who am to judge?" did to the old guard. It undercut every [...]]]>
Andrew Sullivan has an excellent take on the FOX news interview. He patiently dissects the disturbing mindset that leads to such idiocy as that displayed by the FOX news host, a malignant ignorance shared by a shockingly large segment of our population.
FOX news, which makes billions by tickling the prejudices of bigots of every stripe, fails in its attempt to smear a scholar of religion who wrote a book on Jesus. Oh, he happens to be a Muslim himself. So what. But that's beyond the comprehension of the bigot-baiters at Fox.
Sorry about the sparse posts lately. I have been preoccupied with getting a book published. I have hired a very good editor, and she gives me assignments which eat up all of my writing energy.
Yesterday, I decided I needed a change of scenery to get anything done. So, I booked a room in downtown Minneapolis, a suite with an office area. It was a perfect work space, and reasonably priced, at least last night. The whole hotel was pretty outdated [...]]]>
Went in yesterday to see Aunt Olla at the Hilton. She was in fine form, and told some stories I had not heard before. Namely, she recalled an incident which happened in Ulen in the mid-1920s where a Negro boy was accused of assaulting a local woman. The mob chased him across fields until they caught him right by the Bergeson farm. Aunt Olla figured the woman was probably making up the story and that the poor kid--he was just a kid--didn't know what hit him [...]]]>
Vladimir Horowitz, here in his 80s, demonstrates an impossible command over his instrument of choice, the piano. The impish ending to this piece infuriated his fellow concert pianists. The ever-childish Horowitz was shoving his prowess in their face: Nah, nah, nah, I can do this and you can't!
And he was right.