It's been nearly 10 years since I walked out of Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) as a graduate, never to return - or so I thought.
I counted the days that remained before I would move to Minneapolis to begin college and the rest of my life.
"This is the year," said my wife. "This is the year we finally get the house cleaned up. We've been putting it off for way too long."
"I agree. We just have to harden our hearts and learn to let go of things.
I wrote a column several weeks ago explaining why a reporter writes about the things we write about, but I think that subject pales significantly to this. I hope you agree.
I woke up grudgingly and grumpy at 2 a.m.
The purpose of public notices is simple: to notify and inform local residents about important local issues, especially involving their governmental bodies. That's why public notices are required by law to be published in official newspapers in Minnesota.
I've come to the conclusion that dogs don't live long enough. There's nothing much I can do about that, but I can have an opinion. Dogs just deserve to have a longer lifespan.
Our family lost our latest family friend a couple of weeks ago.
Every so often a new idea pokes its way up into the general consciousness, like a sprout of greenery pushing its way through a crack in the sidewalk.
It's safe to predict that most new ideas immediately meet with resistance.
The past weeks we have been studying the Sermon on the Mount in our church. I am speaking of Matthew Chapter 5. It is a text I have read unknown numbers of times growing up in the church.
This year has brought new revelation for me.
On Feb. 9, four young men from Liverpool, England, landed on the shores of America - on the stage of the "Ed Sullivan Show" - and the United States and the world have never been the same.
They not only changed our music, but they changed our culture.