Other than my Aunt Cheryl (a Lutheran pastor) and my Dad’s folks, mine are not a particularly religious people. We don’t go to church or practice any religion – at least not formally. Yet we say grace at holiday gatherings, mainly Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. It’s as if begging alone will guarantee a good spot […]

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Published: Monday, 22 December 2008

Even though I may not totally agree with his politics, I’ve been a fan of Billy Bragg for many years. His songs are strong mix of punk, worker’s ballads, and the world at large that just have this certain appeal to me. Bragg played The Cedar a couple weeks ago and I took my friend […]

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Published: Monday, 23 June 2008

The city is an odd place. Even in the pre-dawn hours, you can run into some of the strangest characters. For me it came at 5:30 in the morning while taking out the trash.

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Published: Sunday, 12 March 2006

It was tradition in our family. We had Thanksgiving dinner at our house and spent Christmas Eve at Grandma Bertula’s. Both dinners were pretty much the same: turkey and all the trimmings. We had candied yams (sweet potatoes), mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, asparagus (Grandma didn’t like broccoli), pie, and, and, and… And stuffing. Now, […]

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Published: Saturday, 24 December 2005

I ended up not going down to Kansas City this year for Thanksgiving. I usually ride down with my Aunt Mary, but her car and mine both conspired to keep us in town. Talking with my mom a few days ago, I told her that if we had the “mashed potato conversation” again this year, […]

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Published: Thursday, 24 November 2005

While It’s probably just a geek thing, I like knowing exactly where I am. Perhaps having it down to 3 decimal places is a bit excessive, but what’s the harm in knowing?

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Published: Wednesday, 23 February 2005

It started as dinner for my girlfriend. It ended up as further evidence as to why I shouldn’t be allowed in the kitchen.

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Published: Monday, 12 May 2003

A classic dichotomy and one of the great mysteries of life: Crumple or Fold?

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Published: Friday, 01 March 2002

Ever have one of those days where everything just clicks? Your day is completely planned out, things are going to get done and you even looking forward to starting the weekend a little early. Well, this is not about one of those kind of days.

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Published: Monday, 14 January 2002

I’ve been working on this one for a while now and thought it was finally time to foist it upon the world. It’s a character sketch, which is a new style for me. Hopefully I’ll improve as time goes on.

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Published: Monday, 03 December 2001

I’m scared. I don’t want to live in silence, feeling isolated from a world I used to be a part of. It’s even more frightening because I can see it coming and there’s no way to stop it.

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Published: Thursday, 27 September 2001

I don’t mind helping friends with computer troubles, but when it gets to be the only reason I hear from them, it’s a problem.

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Published: Monday, 17 September 2001


I hate shopping with a passion. Doesn’t matter what kind of shopping is involved, I simply can’t stand it. The only thing worse is when, out of a sea of choices, you still can’t find what you want.

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Published: Thursday, 30 August 2001

I’m a total sucker for a damsel in distress, especially smart and independent ones. It gets the best of me every time, too.

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Published: Thursday, 09 August 2001

I have this sort of imaginary conversation in my head all the time. The trouble is, there has never been an occasion where it actually happens.

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Published: Wednesday, 25 July 2001

I really don’t know what to say about this one other than it’s been through so many revisions and several working titles. Oh, yeah, it’s short.

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Published: Thursday, 31 May 2001


It has finally dawned on me that if I ever hope to meet Ms. Right, I need to do something about it myself.

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Published: Friday, 18 May 2001

C’mon. With a last name like Armstrong, don’t you figure I’ve heard ’em all? (No, I’m not related to the tile company or the tire company either.)

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Published: Monday, 13 November 2000

I found the first line among a pile of quotes I had scattered about. It seemed a good place to start a story about how I’m usually uncomfortable at large gatherings, but it turned out to be something completely different.

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Published: Sunday, 12 November 2000

A previous incarnation of my site was mentioned in Mpls/St. Paul magazine many moons ago, but they didn’t have much to say about my design skills. I’ve been working on this story for a while and keep getting stuck. I figured it was time to finally just put it on-line and quit fiddling.

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Published: Saturday, 11 November 2000

The updated version of an op-ed piece I wrote in 1996. I have other editorial and social commentary items, but this is the only one I feel is “Web-worthy.”

Continue reading For the Children »

Published: Friday, 10 November 2000

There was a time when women were constantly clamoring over me. You might say I was quite the ladies man. Too bad I was only two at the time.

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Published: Thursday, 09 November 2000

The geese and the pigeons gathered one day for a fight.

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Published: Wednesday, 08 November 2000

Shows what a little Web surfing can lead to…I think I found my dream job.

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Published: Tuesday, 07 November 2000

I collect fortune cookie fortunes and lately the fortunes, or rather the lack of, have started bothering me.

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Published: Monday, 06 November 2000

Although to this day I don’t think she knows that it’s about her, this is a poem for a lost love.

Continue reading If You Only Knew… »

Published: Saturday, 04 November 2000

During a severe storm a while back the power was out for about 11 hours. I started writing my journal entry for the day and this is one of the things that came out.

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Published: Saturday, 09 May 1998

I can’t cook. Really, I can’t. Before you tell me that anyone can cook, allow me to tell you a little story…

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Published: Saturday, 06 September 1997

I don’t know what folks in other states call them, but in Minnesota they’re Junebugs. I equate them to flying cockroaches, but really, these creatures are much worse.

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Published: Friday, 05 September 1997

A journal entry about what I think may have been the best week of my life. It’s suffers from my having procrastinated about writing this one down. I didn’t do so until almost three years after the actual trip.

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Published: Thursday, 04 September 1997