Feb 2014

Where There’s Smoke…

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For a time I really thought I’d be a scientist of some sort.  I’ve always loved meteorology and am fascinated by experiments.  However, when I was a middle school science teacher my experiments were legendary for failing.  But I remained undeterred from trying to demonstrate the next amazing principle. When I was a kid, you […]

Feb 2014

15km Biathlon, 55th Place

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Like many of you, I have been watching the Winter Olympics.  I’ve not been glued to the TV, but I like the winter version because it exposes us to events we don’t see very often.  How frequently do we get to see grown men/women yelling at a 40 lb. curling stone?  How regularly do we […]

Feb 2014

Transition

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About ten years ago I went through the process to become a certified scuba diver.  While I haven’t gone often enough, diving is a neat adventure as you explore a world that is so different and that few people see. My last dive was almost six years ago and it didn’t go perfectly.  The short […]

Jan 2014

Invisible

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Millionaire and “Mr. Wonderful” on the TV show Shark Tank, Kevin O’Leary, was asked what he thought about the 85 richest people on Earth that are worth as much as half the world’s population.  O’Leary’s response – “It’s fantastic. This is a great thing because it inspires everybody, gets them motivation to look up to […]

Jan 2014

Calling Around the Community

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 I think we have an innate need to peer into other people’s lives.  Some of it is healthy.  We see activities and interests of our neighbors and friends and we compare.  But some of it is unhealthy. Why do paparazzi exist?  Why do we see photos of intimate or compromising situations of famous and not […]

Jan 2014

Why Not Me?

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I’ve come to a realization.  I’m going to die.  Don’t take this the wrong way – I’m not hoping to die or making plans but I, like all of you, are going to die.  Because I’m incredibly strange, I find this simple realization to be energizing.  It means I need to lead a better life […]

Jan 2014

Questions About Our Faith

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I was too young to remember all the details, but dad invited an atheist to speak at the church. Pretty gutsy move as this was in a small town in the Dakotas in the late 1960’s.  It attracted newspaper coverage and pretty sure it attracted some harsh criticism.  Again, I don’t know remember many specifics but […]

Jan 2014

Grandma B

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Grandma Blumer and I always had a special relationship.  I think it was a matter of fit.  She was a Norwegian that spent her lifetime trying to fit into a German community.  I am a middle child and like many middle kids we’re pretty convinced we don’t fit into our family and even though we […]

Dec 2013

Whomping

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The greatest discovery in my junior high years was the top of the steeple in the Aberdeen church.  Not only did you feel like Indiana Jones while climbing the wooden ladders to the top, but the ladder led to a flat roof.  Through a hatch you could be on a flat roof, at least 30 […]

Dec 2013

Doesn’t Match

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Heard someone on radio say that is like trying to put a Band-Aid over a bullet hole.  While that may be a graphic image, it reminded me of a couple times where the help may not have fit perfectly. Dad was always looking for projects and heard about making a table with the base made […]