Archive - 2009

November 25th


One thing I am not very good at: Waiting. I am waiting for the book to arrive from the printer. There are always snags. It was due here this week. It may not arrive. I have a stack of orders. The boxes are labeled and ready to go. It is just to put books in them and send them on their way. After a slack couple of days, orders for 74 books came in yesterday.

November 23rd

Mauer, Favre

Joe Mauer won the American League MVP award in convincing fashion, garnering all but one of the first place votes. Sports nuts are busy wondering what the other voter was thinking, but you have to consider: These are sportswriters and they have their own ideas. There is no real intelligence test to get into their fraternity.


Unhinged paranoia and hatred are nothing new.

November 21st

Oklee brothers

Chuck Haga does his usual excellent job in a profile of the brothers from Oklee. They've sort of been living legends around here, at least to people who live around them. When I encountered the last two at a church celebration up north of Oklee, I was introduced to them as if they were royalty.

November 20th

St. Mary's

This afternoon, I played for the folks at St. Mary's nursing center in Detroit Lakes. This was a make-up session. I was supposed to show up there last week, but I hadn't written it down anywhere and I had completely forgotten even making the commitment. That is my nightmare: A bunch of people gathered to hear me and I don't show.

They were nice enough to reschedule, so I went today. It was my first time there. Some of the people were former customers and one lady was a neighbor around here long before I was born. They were a fun bunch and had nice smiles throughout.

November 19th


Midweek, Lance and I snuck down to Minneapolis. I had a meeting of the rural advisory board for, a web news site that is attempting to emulate the public radio model of news on the internet. It is going well. And the advisory board is a delightful mix of people who are active in their communities throughout the state. It includes two former state senators, the former publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune (and founder of the website) Joel Kramer, as well as other community organizers (gasp!).


Although Back on the Farm is still curing at the bindery, it is due to arrive early next week. The glue for the binding has to sit a while before you can safely open the book.

Meanwhile, orders are coming in at a good pace.

If you would like to order the book, send $16.95 plus $1.50 shipping and handling (MN residents must add $1.25 sales tax as well) to Country Scribe Publishing, 4177 County Highway 1, Fertile MN, 56540.

November 18th

Stubble near Rollag

IDS building at sunrise

Wells Fargo building at sunrise