Obituaries are great at providing glimpses into lives that are way more colorful than our own.
A case in point is The Associated Press obituary for blues piano player Pinetop Perkins who died Monday of cardiac arrest in Austin, Texas.
I hate Los Angeles. That city takes everything that is great about California and ruins it. I might be a little biased. I am after all from Sacramento and we tend to have a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to the City of Angels. Usually we just mutter on about how we might as well divide California into North and South, but recently things have gotten a little more personal.
On Monday I finished my annual exercise in futility — picking the winners of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. I already have 2 wrong — I picked Alabama-Birmingham and Arkansas-Little Rock to win First Four games and, of course, both lost. My Final Four are Ohio State, Texas, Kansas (which will please my editor) and Wisconsin. I have Ohio State beating Texas in one national semifinal, Kansas beating Wisconsin in the other, and the Buckeyes and Jared Sullinger beating Kansas (much to my...
My husband, Jason, and I, for the second year in a row, have taken second place in the pair category in Fitness United, the community health and wellness eight-week challenge hosted by United Way of Crow Wing and Southern Cass Counties.
There’s a long-suffering Minnesota Golden Gophers fan I know who used to wear a worn-out t-shirt every time his favorite football team played Ohio State University.
“Oh how I hate Ohio State” were the words written on the t-shirt.
It’s not hard to do these days.
Never fails – every year that I’ve worked at the Dispatch I suddenly have the urge in the middle of the winter to start tunneling through the snow mountain that sits directly between our building and the Wendy’s right across the street.
I did it. I took the plunge.
I got a mini van.
No, I'm not a soccer mom; my daughter is only eight months old and nowhere near ready for cleats.
But we, as a family, were ready for more room, and the ease of getting the baby in and out of our vehicle.
With my PT Cruiser (which I loved and owned three of), it was not conducive to having a baby. Because my daughter's car seat sat in the middle of the back seat, I would literally have to get in my back seat and sit down in order to get her loaded...
Recently I was assigned to photograph the girls basketball clash between Esko and Pequot Lakes. A point of interest of that night was that Pequot Lakes Patriot Emily Lueck was poised to surpass her 2000 point in her high school basketball career. It was unknown if the game would be stopped when Lueck passed the mark or not. As it turned out the game was not stopped when Lueck hit the basket breaking the 2000 point mark. Many parents struggle with capturing their children on the field, court or...
When Abby Geotz contacted me a few weeks ago to nominate her mom for an Everyday People feature, I had no idea how big of a story I was getting. **
Like, we're talking history channel biography mini-series type story.
Abby's email said:
In my last post, I recalled my misfortune from Ice Fishing, for better or for worse, it helped me recall this other little gem....
Perhaps I'm just unlucky, or perhaps (much more likely) someone is sabotaging my efforts to enjoy the great outdoors!
It's another fishing story, fortuntately this episode didn't take place in the sub zero temperatures of a Minnesota winter, but on a beautiful summer's day... (in a fairly nostalgic tone) I recall,