Archive - 2006

November 28th

Dreary day



If the weather forecast means anything, this will be the last day of warm weather for a while. We're supposed to get snow and cold tonight. Today, however, it is drizzling.



So, I drove around the countryside looking for pictures. The colors get a little more vivid in a drizzle as everything is wet. Even so, things are dreary.


Old Abe

We have reached the Civil War in history class. That has inspired me to pick up Carl Sandburg's biography of Abraham Lincoln, if for no other reason than to find some good stories.

What is always striking about Lincoln is his refusal to hold grudges of any sort. Although Lincoln was a wily lawyer and a political schemer of the highest order, his saint-like ability to grant instant forgiveness for any slight, even the most egregious, is what built his well-deserved reputation.

November 26th

Adventures with machinery

Feeling a little post-Thanksgiving lethargy, I decided to get out and putz around on the Cat loader for a while.

That's never as simple as it sounds, not with me at the controls.

I headed out onto the swamp, which is empty of water. The frozen peat ground seemed like the ideal terrain for the all-terrain Cat. I collected some firewood, and rolled across the swamp like a tank in battle, headed for the woodpile.

November 25th

Thanksgiving

This year I was responsible for the turkey. I don't recall ever having fixed a turkey before, so I went online and found a "fool-proof" recipe from my long-time nemesis, Martha Stewart. It called for putting a cheesecloth dampened with butter and wine over the breast of the turkey to keep it moist.

November 23rd

Things to be thankful for....

Health. We tend not to notice it until it goes away.

Productive work. It is a prerequisite for sanity. It is an increasingly rare luxury.

Leisure. Time to read books. Time to make music. Time to watch the Twins.

People. Family, friends. We're all getting older. Sounds sad, but it is not. If we lasted forever, that knowledge would cause us to be unforgiving and petty. Knowing that we are all frail, and increasingly so day by day, enables us to tolerate, appreciate and love what is good in all.

November 21st

MVP, cont.

In my estimation, Justin Morneau is the third most valuable member of the Twins, even though today he was named the MVP of the entire American League. Santana and Mauer played a bigger role in the Twins success this season, although you can't discount what Morneau did. There really is no reason to turn things into a competition; the players complement each other, and we're going to enjoy these guys for at least several years.

Getting your money's worth

For the record, Justin Morneau, the Most Valuable Player in the American League made $380,000 last season. The MVP of the National League, Ryan Howard of the Phillies, earned $355,000. The minimum salary is $327,000. Alex Rodriguez made about $22 million last year, and Roger Clemens $17 million.

I would say the Twins got their money's worth.

MVP Morneau

Twins fans knew that Joe Mauer won the batting title the last day of the season. They expected Johan Santana to win his second Cy Young award. But I don't think very many people seriously expected Justin Morneau to win the Most Valuable Player award.

The Twins have some authentic stars on their team. Mauer, Morneau, Santana and Joe Nathan are about as good as you can get. If the young starting pitchers come along, things are going to be fun.

Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

I have spent the past few evenings reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by famed World War II correspondent William Shirer.

The book, with a big swastika on its formidable spine, has been glaring at me from the shelf for several years. I have hesitated to read it because I get very involved with such tales and spend weeks on end meditating upon them. One hates to spend much time thinking about the grim tale of Nazi Germany.

November 19th

Old House, Old Church



I don't know whose house this was, or is. Below, Faaberg Church looks stately across a field of CRP.