Archive - 2006

October 11th

Torture of US citizen by his own government

Please read this account of the treatment given a US citizen suspected of plotting a "dirty bomb" attack, but not given a trial for three years to prove or disprove the charge.

October 10th

Napping weather

The weather turned cloudy and cold today. Lots of rain this evening. It all made me feel groggy. After a busy couple of weeks, I did nothing. It felt good.

And I took a long nap. This was no ordinary nap. It was one of those where I melted into the bed and didn't move. When I awoke, I didn't know what time of what day it was. Morning or night? No idea.

A person needs a day like that every now and then.

October 9th


One of my students is having difficulty. She is a sweet girl, and she tries to stay awake, and I tease her a little during class to try to keep her awake, but to no avail.

So, we met after class today. I asked her what the problem was. She was frank: "It is so boring!" She tries to do the reading, but when you have no interest, it is difficult to get through the first paragraph of the very heavy history text.

October 8th


When I pulled up to the drive-thru at Starbuck's in Grand Forks today, I had a Virgil Fox organ album blaring on my pickup's stereo.

The perky little blonde girl at the window smiled and said, "Great organ music!"

Wow! Somebody who likes organ music!

Turns out, she is studying opera, so has an appreciation for good music.

So, the world isn't going to pot after all.

The national comedy

Unfortunately, the national news is all about this Foley thing. We are fighting a war which probably isn't being run very well, our military people are dying every day, and the only thing which captures the imagination of the voters enough to get them upset is a very creepy congressman.

Who do you blame? The news organizations for filling their airwaves up with irrelevant but compelling trash? The audiences who are so interested in trash?


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A cormorant perches with its webbed feet high in a dead tree two miles outside the city limits of Rindal, along the Sand Hill River.

October 7th

Good 8 Evil 3

Detroit beat the Yanks! Without the Twins to pull for, a person is left to root against the Yankees. And there is no team which deserves to lose more than the Yankees, the arrogant, evil Yankees who seem to think they should be able to purchase a pennant and who get indignant when it doesn't work out that way.

The Detroit vs. Oakland series will be a no-lose proposition. No matter who wins, it is a great story.

October 6th

The falling leaves

Today's strong south wind stripped away any leaf that was on the verge of falling. Suddenly, I can see the field through the woods where yesterday I only saw foliage.

The Twins' season ended with a whimper. We'll have to just remember last Sunday when the Twins took over the division lead on the last day of the season.

I am shot from this week. Classes, four speaking engagements, one in Mankato--and Laural's funeral.

Aunt Olla's 95th birthday party, cont.