Archive - 2006

November 7th


The returns are coming in, and I have shut off the television. I can only take so much of the overly dramatic network projections. Why not sleep on it and find out the truth in the morning.

Because I recently moved from Sundal Township, which now votes by mail-in ballot, to Bear Park Township, which still opens a poll, I had to register to vote. Of course, I forgot my driver's license, so I had to make two trips.

November 6th


Tonight, I visited Barnesville for the first time in my life, even though it is only seventy-something miles from home. I spoke to a senior citizens dinner.

I didn't know what they wanted me to talk about. Gardening is always safe, even in the winter. It went well. Older people are always curious about gardening, so they had good questions and we had a good time.

Earlier in the day, I gave the second test of the semester to my history classes. Some students improved, others did not.

November 5th


As soon as I put a feeder out, the chickadees returned.

Until they get scared away by this noisy guy.

The day before hunting, this deer found my Cheerio-eating behavior interesting. He stared so long into the window I got self-conscious.

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.