Archive - 2006

October 5th

Aunt Olla's 95th birthday party

Well, Aunt Olla's long-anticipated 95th birthday party went off without a hitch. For some reason, I had gotten the idea that it was to be held at 3 p.m. Still tired from yesterday, I took a nap and got started getting the house party-ready about 1:30. I had no more than swept the garage floor when three cars pulled in the yard. The party was off and running.


Oh, let's skip it.

October 4th

Prairie Home Funeral

My student Laural's funeral was held today at the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds in Ada. People kept pouring in until there were more people standing than sitting. Then, they had to open the big garage doors and have people stand outside to the west looking in. With the perfect fall day, having the big garage door open worked well.

October 3rd


After I finished my speech in Mankato today, a woman grabbed me as I walked out of the room.

"Kevin Garnett is in the bar!" she said.

I wasn't sure what to do with that information, but I sort of felt obligated to go to the bar.

When I walked through the doors, I found myself in the middle of fifteen Timberwolves and their general manager Kevin McHale.


For all the beautiful fall colors I saw in the past two days driving to and from Mankato, the only photo I had time to take was this one of the town square in Hutchinson. Hutchinson is a beautiful town just west of the Twin Cities. The building in the background is the library. The town square reminds me of the town squares in Mexico. Every town should have one, for they are beautiful spaces.

Breakfast with the Wolves

Well, not exactly. There was a beautiful buffet laid out in the hotel restaurant, but that was for the Wolves. I had to order off the menu. Blogging nurserymen get no respect.

October 2nd


Drove down to Mankato after class to do another motivational speech for teachers tomorrow. Seven hours. Some nice scenery between St. Cloud and Mankato on Highway 15. I look forward to seeing the Minnesota River valley tomorrow during the day. New roads for me.

Got to the Mankato Holiday Inn and checked in. Sort of like Rochester...a quiet downtown.

I thought it was kind of odd that there were a lot of tall guys hanging around the hotel. They looked like basketball players, so I wondered if there was some sort of college tournament in town.

October 1st

Twins win!

A fantasy end to the Twins sparkling season: On the last day, they pull out the division title by beating the White Sox while the hapless Kansas City Royals, losers of 100 games, came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Tigers 10-8 in 12 innings. Amazing. The only day of the year the Twins spend in first place is the only day it really matters.


My student Laural passed away last evening after being taken off life support. Her organs were donated to help others. My heart goes out to her parents, David and Sheila.

Laural was quite a girl. A few years ago, she wrote me wondering about how to publish a book. I wrote back with some tips. Turns out, she had finished a novel--hundreds of pages, all written in a notebook. I told her the first thing she needed to do was type it into a computer.

September 30th

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