Archive - 2006

December 14th


A roll of microfilm of the Halstad newspaper came into the Ada Library today, so I ran right over to start reeling through it.

I am like a pig in mud in old newspapers, so it is difficult to keep my nose on the grindstone and stick to the topic. The Halstad paper at the time was a little sparse, but it does give a good record of the sports events, at least.

Above the gossip column was a box which said, "The best compliment you can give to your guests is to announce their visit in the newspaper!"


Ghost tree

There's been a lot of this sort of thing outside the past few days.

December 13th

Review day

Today in class we just reviewed the material. The running joke is, if the students don't ask questions about the material on the exam, I am free to talk about anything I wish, and I did. World War II, Vietnam War, Teddy Roosevelt, all things irrelevant to the exam.

One of the students offered a story. He went to kindergarten having just turned five. The first day, he was on the merry-go-round and found he had to pee. So, he just went to the edge and peed off into space as the merry-go-round turned. That seemed best to him!

Lake Park Lutheran

Tonight I entertained at the Lake Park Lutheran Christmas party, held in the sanctuary. There was a nice turnout. I know most of the people since my Uncle Bob was pastor there for seventeen years.

I did a whole program--mostly speaking and playing some music which seemed appropriate--Chopin, Greensleeves, Joy to the World, some Joplin. Then, I said, let's finish with Silent Night.

December 12th

So that's the problem!

I pass along this frightening article for the general edification.


Barack Obama's World AIDS day speech at Rick Warren's church in California is worth a read. It oozes compassion, intelligence, thoughtfulness and conviction.

December 11th

Winding down

Gave the last lecture in history class for the semester today. The students are tired, and many of them are sick. They look bedraggled. I feel a little the same.

Sort of sad to see the end of the semester. One student summed it up today: "This sucks." I asked another how he was doing. "Sad," he said. Why? I asked. "Last class." So, it wasn't torture for them all, at least.

December 10th

Hi Cynthia!

I spoke to my friend Cynthia, 10 years of age, on the phone yesterday. She reported that she reads this weblog every day!

Have a good week in school, Cynthia!

Lake Region Garden Club

Tonight, I spoke in Detroit Lakes to the Lake Region Garden Club. There must have been sixty people there, both men and women.

I complimented one of the ladies on having a garden club with male participation. "Oh, they're good to come to the potlucks!" she said.

What food. And they served it on the largest plastic plate I have ever seen, a styrofoam rectangle with five compartments. Plus, I got to be at the front of the line, a privilege I have never yet turned down.

December 9th

Christmas activity

The social calendar speeds up has the holidays near. Every organization one is part of has a holiday dinner. People throw parties. Later this week, we are having the nursery employee party. Tonight, I am having a few friends over, although the adjective few is getting more questionable as the hour nears.