Archive - 2006

November 5th

A soldier who refused to torture

An excellent article on a soldier who was caught in a bind between honor and subordination.

November 4th

Trouble in Zion

Poor Ted Haggard's life is crumbling around him. The pastor of a 14,000 member church in Colorado Springs, of all things, bought meth from a prostitute. He didn't use the drug, of course, and the prostitute did nothing more than administer Rev. Haggard a massage. Even so, Haggard has resigned his positions and submitted to the authority of an oversight board within the church which will decide his fate.

November 3rd

Starting a fire

The guys got my wood stove moved into a position more agreeable to the insurance company today. Now it is 80 feet from the house. A nice walk. Tonight, I fired it up.

When heating with wood, I can turn the temps up a bit without guilt that I am running up the electric bill. Plus, the scent of wood burning is a cozy thing.

So, I got the stove going just in time for a little warm spell which is going to happen next week. We'll take what comes. If it gets back into the 50s, that would be fun.

November 2nd


Late in the gray day today, the sun peeked through, illuminating this cornfield and some of the trees beyond it.

November 1st

Plowing under

Members of the American Crystal Sugar cooperative were ordered to plow under 8% of their beet crop this fall. The crop was so good that there were more beets than the plants could ever process by the time the weather warms in May.

October 31st

Winter project

It looks as if I will be busy this winter. I have been hired to write a book about the 1952 Halstad basketball and baseball teams. I am going to use the book as an excuse to research and write about life in Halstad at the time.

I have my first interview with a participant this week. I will interview the assistant coach at the time, Larry Macleod, who later went on to be the head basketball coach at Moorhead State.

A pro-nap treatise

This writer in Toronto really gets deep into the roots of napping as well as the modern prejudices against the practice.

October 30th

First storm

The deep roar of the winter wind is audible from inside. Light, sandy snow is falling. The temperature is falling, too. Winter storm warnings have been issued, and people are hunkering down for the first storm of the season. There is some hope that the worst will slide north of us, but even so, it looks that winter is here.

October 27th

Speech stuff

The seminar for teachers was held in the cavernous St. Cloud Civic Center. I gave the same presentation as at the other teachers' seminars to which I have spoken this fall. However, this time instead of tight quarters, the room was huge. The teachers sat at the same tables where they had eaten. And they were spread quite far apart.

Uncovered meat

A Muslim cleric in Australia is in trouble for his comments which argued that if women remained at home under their veils, rape would not be a problem.