The Computer Gaming Wasteland

I walked into Best Buy in Sioux Falls to look at televisions. I wanted to find a larger screen for my man cave. My experiences shopping at electronics stores are very different from what they used to be. The TVs are all flat screen nowadays. You can’t buy a box TV any more, anywhere (not…
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The NFL’s On-Field Statements Are The Ones I Prefer

The start of any new NFL year is a plethora of new possibilities and surprises, and the 2016 campaign — with special thanks to the Minnesota Vikings — seems especially intriguing with only a few days remaining to the start of the regular season. The sudden loss of the team’s starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, to…
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Seventh Heaven

For this blog, I was encouraged to write about my belated return to fast-pitch softball. Last week, I emerged from a four-year retirement to participate with twentysomethings and thirtysomethings in the national Class A tournament in North Mankato at the age of almost-60. But it didn’t go the way I hoped. I had a chance…
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Maybe Tebow Can Save The Twins (Or Not)

I don’t begrudge people from pursuing their dreams, no matter who they are. My own father, a couple of years before he was drafted into the Army after the Pearl Harbor attack, was already 24 years old when he accepted a tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He didn’t make it. He told me…
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Aging Gracefully Takes Time

When I graduated from high school, I suddenly became aware that I was becoming an adult. When I got married, I realized I’d just graduated again to the next “phase” of my existence. Then came fatherhood, another welcome step. It wasn’t until I retired from active fast-pitch softball that my phases began to coax the…
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