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Simply speaking and speaking simply

A lifelong Midwesterner, I enjoy the simple and earthy language of rural America. We generally get right to the point and use unpretentious, expressive ways to get there. Linguists ascribe titles to the various methods we employ in our communication: aphorisms, axioms, proverbs, epigrams, ...

Time for a new ice fishing rod

The ice fishing season gets closer every day. Many of us are going through our ice fishing equipment to see what we need or want to go fishing through the ice when the ice returns. I was looking at my ice rods and realized there were a couple of actions that needed to be added to my arsenal. ...

Has the truth finally been told?

It was between doctor appointments (the only kind of appointments I have anymore.) I had ducked into a coffee shop for a few minutes of mental and physical relaxation. A small, elderly woman ̶ stooped, gaunt and shabbily dressed ̶ approached my table and asked if I would buy her a cup of ...

I need all the help I can get

Sixty years ago I would have given up ice cream if I could have stayed home from church. My parents took their six ornery kids to church most any time the lights were on and their six ornery kids were not always excited about that. Six decades later my thoughts about church have been ...

Walleye in rivers right now

The autumn season offers many outdoor activities. Some folks like to go hunting and others know that ice-fishing is not far away. But there are some, probably more than you would think, that look forward to this time of year for open water fishing. They know that right now, in rivers throughout ...

Life goes by much faster than we expect

When I was in junior high school I enjoyed looking at the composite photos of past high school graduates from our school. The large, framed photos lined the walls of the hallway just outside our study hall; each in the order of their graduating year. I would graduate in 1966 (I hoped) and ...