Dog Days Of Spring

It’s been such a nice day that I thought I’d leave the TV off and get a few things done. Number one was to give those pretty yellow flowers in the yard a second baptism of weed killer because the first one didn’t take. They must not be Lutheran dandelions. I have opened the back door to let some fresh air in and ...
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My Rock and Roll Roots

It was quite a weekend for this old scribe. Despite the inclement weather, the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association held its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Ramkota April 14th and it was my honor to be among those inductees as part my 15 year association with the Mogen’s Heroes band. They even let me sing a Neal ...
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Palm Sunday Sacrifice

So it was congregation participation day at our little country church (Springdale Lutheran) on this Palm Sunday. Everyone..not just the kids..was issued palm fronds to wave as we marched around the sanctuary and gathering room singing. Our return to the pews was followed by a stirring and meaningful number from the enthusiastic adult choir. Then it was showtime as Pastor ...
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Chefs Of Keloland

I don’t dread Monday’s like some people do; never have really..except, maybe when I was in High School and Jay Ruckdaschel had promised a Monday biology test the preceding Friday. I suppose it’s because I didn’t dread my job at Keloland; especially since my work hours were such that I never had to set an alarm clock to jar me into ...
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The Miracle of Lent

What are you giving up for Lent? We Christians love to ask that question and compare the degrees of personal sacrifice and hardship we are willing to endure for a few weeks late winter..early Spring. Christian #1 “I’ve gone without chocolate for a month, thought I’d never get through it.” Christian #2 “Well, I haven’t had the TV on since Fat Tuesday and missed ...
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Heartaches

So, I’ve had a New Year’s resolution sort of forced upon me this January.  It turns out that my being officially classified as morbidly obese may not be the only reason for my lack of energy and shortness of breath at the slightest exertion. At the urging…nay, insistence, of my family, I finally went to the doctor before Christmas. I’d been ...
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Holiday Highs And Lows

1959 was perhaps the most interesting year of my life. I was 13 and it was a year of discovery..if you know what I mean. It got off to a rough start when less than two weeks after my birthday, we heard on the radio that Buddy Holly had been killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. Buddy Holly, along with ...
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Happy 95th WNAX

Happy anniversary to WNAX radio in Yankton, "Your Big Friend in the Midwest." It's been 95 years since WNAX signed on the air making it not only South Dakota's first..but one of the very earliest and most powerful broadcast radio stations in the world.  It really put our little state on the map with a signal that, back in the uncrowded ...
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Autumn Aromas

Well, it’s going to be interesting again over the next couple weeks trying to figure out which day our humongous backyard maple tree will decide to let its leaves turn from green to yellow and then drop them all at once like a clumsy waiter. It happens just that quickly as if our maple is showing off to the hundreds ...
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Scared Spitless

Well, it’s that time of year again when, for some mysterious  reason, we feel the need to dress up in frightening costumes like monsters, ghosts and witches or Donald Trump…then go around trying to scare the crap out of people. We decorate our homes to look like cemeteries..we take down old glory and run up a skull and crossbones flag ...
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