Learning The Ropes

People often talk about the passing of habits and hobbies through generations. Your mom stored coffee grounds in the refrigerator, so that’s what you do. Your Dad loved Fords, so now you’re loyal too. My dad grew up sailing with his family, so he taught his kids to sail as well. In our early years,…
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Stepping Out Of Line In A “get In Line” World

I’ve fallen in love with a barn in Fargo. There is nothing about it that belongs amidst a sprouting development in West Fargo, yet there it stands, white paint chipping, old wood fading with time. Surrounding it, tall grass, big trees and an orange tractor that looks like it hasn’t budged for 50 years. Spare,…
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Fired office worker picking up his belongings

The Truce: My Venture With Unemployment

I was let go from my past job. Before you get all excited looking to eat up the latest gossip, you won’t find it here. I’m not writing to dump on my previous employer. I’m not posting this to get sympathy or rectify anything. This blog isn’t about forgiveness, throwing punches, or anything of the…
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Game of life

Where’s My “Share The Wealth” Card?

I grew up playing The Game of Life with my family. Dad would grease the spinner (seriously), and the six of us would gather around the living room coffee table, spread out the board and fight over what color car was ours. It generally took two nights to finish the game, but there was no…
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Spilled Guts In Aisle 5

I had an interesting conversation last night. A relatively deep, caring dialogue with the produce guy at Hornbacher’s. He’s a real peach. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) But, seriously let me first explain where this is stemming from (whoops! There I go again.) I’ve been struggling with small talk. Not making it or engaging in it. Mainly just…
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