General Interest


Among this week’s odds & ends, I’ve got some new photos and videos uploaded for my Exclusive Newsletter subscribers. (Want to see them and a lot of other special content? Simply use the “Exclusive Newsletter Subscriber Form” found on the upper right corner of my HOME page and several others.) Also, I’ve got some additions …

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Looking Ahead to 2021

2020 pretty much sucked for most of us in one way or another. That’s why I started looking ahead to 2021 a lot sooner than normal. But humans are by nature resilient. We adapt and muddle through the best we can. We also learn from our mistakes and our erroneous assumptions that we are complete …

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Strange Days Indeed

A coronavirus pandemic alone is sufficient to make these “strange days indeed.” Throw in a crazy election year, racial and social unrest, climate change, multi-trillion-dollar government aid bills, and we’re talking seriously strange. So when I gassed up my car today in Minnesota in the middle of a mid-October snowstorm and only paid $1.239 per …

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sign on a backroad along North Shore of MN

Another Cancellation; R&R on the North Shore

Yet another cancellation has hit my book-signing schedule this year. The Deep Valley Book Festival scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, has been changed to a virtual event on Oct. 3 & 4. Check my Events & Appearances page for updated times and details. It’s been a tough spring and summer for all authors, musicians, performers, …

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Happy Mothers Day

I hope you all got a chance to see your mothers, wish them Happy Mothers Day, and thank them for everything they did to help you become who you are today. If you didn’t see them, I hope you found a few minutes to call them and tell them you love them. Mothers are the …

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Still Time to Post an Online Review

For my final post of 2019, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and happy holidays to everyone. Let’s all strive for a more peaceful world in 2020. My Year-End Review Challenge to you is to post 30 NEW reviews/ratings for Straight River before the start of 2020.  THIRTY BEFORE TWENTY! ONLY TEN DAYS LEFT for me …

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Straight River PB Cover

Happy Easter

I hope everyone is spending this holiday with loved ones and taking a break from our busy lives to reflect on the message of Easter. No matter your faith or lack thereof, Jesus was inspirational in that he promoted peace, love, and harmony. I’ll be enjoying a gourmet meal at my sister’s house today with …

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Visiting the Mark Twain Museum

Traveling to North Carolina last week for a family wedding led us back through Hannibal MO the other day and a visit to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. The controversy over his most famous works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, notwithstanding, Twain is considered one of America’s greatest …

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Undeveloped (?) Talent

(Cross-posted from a Trail Baboon contribution of mine) My wife and I spent a pleasant week in North Carolina with her sisters and respective families to celebrate Thanksgiving. Our hosts kept us busy with activities such as the Greensboro Gobbler fun run/walk/crawl, disc golf in a lovely nearby park, and a wine-and-cheese-and-art afternoon where we …

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Rant about Quicken

Quicken, the financial software from Intuit, is the only electronic application (whether software, hardware, in-between-ware, or cabana wear), with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love Quicken because it allows me to still prepare my own income tax return. In 42 years of filing tax returns, I’ve taken a perverse pride in bucking the …

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