Category Archives: Personal Commentary

Peeing on the Taliban

This week a 42-second video shot last year in Afghanistan went viral.  It showed some marines peeing on the corpses of three Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called the video “utterly deplorable.”  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

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Father of the Bride

For years I’ve heard the words “Father of the Bride” and haven’t given them much thought.  Yesterday my only daughter, Tara, was married here in Winona.  Like many things in life, you must experience them to truly understand their full … Continue reading

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My 2006 New Year’s Wish List….six years on!

Happy New Year to you and your family!  Six years ago, on Sunday, January 1, 2006 I made a New Year’s Wish List (Below).  My January 1, 2012 comments on each wish are in bold italics. 1.    That the … Continue reading

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Christmas Miracles Are Alive and Well at Kmart

While in Chicago last week I saw a TV news story about a craze that has spread throughout the United States this Christmas season.  Anonymous donors have been coming to Kmart and paying off the layaway accounts of parents who … Continue reading

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40th Wedding Anniversary

Forty years ago today I stood in the back room of a church in Rockford, IL.  My childhood friend, Dave, held a ring in his pocket and my brother was there as well.   I hadn’t been nervous any time leading … Continue reading

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What a Difference an (NFL) Organization Makes

As the 14th week of the 2011 National Football League season approaches, teams are vying for playoff spots on the road to the Super Bowl.  The league is full of talented players, but unfortunately some of them end up playing … Continue reading

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Winter’s Intellectual Blizzard

Today the snow came to Minnesota.  The neighborhood is full of people with shovels, snow blowers, and other winter apparatus who must clear the snow from roads, driveways, and sidewalks.  The first snow is usually welcomed; it virtually guarantees a … Continue reading

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They give me of their dreams….

Once in a while you see a quote that touches you in a special way.  During the past two weeks Deb and I have spent quite a few days at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  In addition to her … Continue reading

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Last in his class in Medical School

I’ve known a handful of students who have gone on to medical school and now are practicing physicians.  All of them were in my opinion very intelligent.  Most of them were excellent scholars. There’s a legendary Q&A anecdote about physicians.  … Continue reading

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A Veterans Day Confession

I started college in the fall of 1967.  There was a war going on in Vietnam.  A military draft was in place, but I had a “student deferment” which was a ticket out of Vietnam.  I seldom thought about the … Continue reading

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