Enough To Keep Me Busy

Here’s my latest book report: I am getting a little peculiar with my book reading these days; not with the kinds of books I read, but with the way I’m reading them. It used to be that I’d have one book at a time, and I’d wait until I finished it before I went looking…
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Drop The Kaepernick Blather, Already

ESPN continues to be hell-bent on shaming some NFL franchise into putting marginal quarterback and national anthem sittee Colin Kaepernick on its roster, going so far on Friday as to call every NFL owner a coward, or worse. So just once I’d like to see the following conversation between an ESPN broadcaster and an owner:…
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My Hospital Diary

To make a long story short, the doctors were thorough, the nurses were friendly, and the food was awful. I’ve had several people ask me recently about my four-week stay at Avera-McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls during the last week in June and most of July. For those of you who haven’t heard, I was…
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Those Spunky Americans, 1776

In this Memorial Day week, I want to talk about July 2, 1776, and the events of that day. It was on that day that the Continental Congress greatly exaggerated the stakes of the war between America and Great Britain by voting to “dissolve the connection” between the two countries. What this meant, of course,…
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Now It’s Badminton, But Could Backgammon Be Next?

I’m sure many of you would be surprised to know that badminton is a high school sport sanctioned by the Minnesota State High School League. The state girls badminton tournament is happening right now at Burnsville High School, and according to reports there are 230 participants performing in 337 matches. When we were kids, we…
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