Archive - Mar 2014


Forx Builders

Spent the weekend at the Forx Home and Garden Show visiting with people at the Bergeson Nursery booth. I enjoyed it more than ever, but am a bit worn out today!

Yesterday, a true day-maker:

Two years ago, I spoke at a Hospice event at the Empire Theater in Grand Forks. There was a nice crowd, but in the front row were seven people who had lost their spouses. I had fun with them during my talk, and we had a lot of good laughs. 

Well, yesterday a man and a woman came up to me at the booth arm in arm--which is unusual for couples in their fifties and sixties. They met that night at the theater when they sat next to each other during the talk, and got married one year later! They said they had so much fun laughing together at my performance that they went on a date the next night!

They gave me credit where credit wasn't due––but I'll take it. 

March 27th

Weblog Update

The weblog is undergoing a little construction, so pardon the interruptions. I was going to say, "If you can't read this, let me know," but quickly realized the absurdity of that.

Yesterday, I attended a Rural Economic Development meeting in Minneapolis where we heard about innovative entrepreneurial ideas happening in rural Minnesota. A wind power entrepreneur commented that most of these wind farms are raking in enormous revenue, but they are owned by out of state interests and not only the money, but the power goes out of state. Why not build some farms with local ownership which uses the power locally? Apparently the revenue stream, once you get the behemoth built, is tremendous. I would cite statistics, but would probably get them wrong, but the numbers of dollars from just one wind farm in SW MN is in the hundreds of millions of dollars per year. 

A gentleman who used to work for 3M talked about the innovation culture at the company. One of the innovators at 3M is not only an inventor, but he studies how best to get the inventions to market, and to find the maximum uses. It is estimated that this man alone is responsible for $11 billion in sales for 3M. I hope he got a commission!

We can be thankful in NW MN today for escaping a bout of snow and junk. I passed through slushy messes in St. Cloud on the way home yesterday. I gripped the steering wheel hard. Then the Google woman started telling me to make a U-turn. Typical human, instead of listening, I tried to shut her off. But was driving, so gave up on that. More demands for U-turns. Finally, I realized I was on Highway 371 headed for Brainerd. I don't remember taking the exit. It must have been one of those splits in the highway. 

So, the Google lady directed me across a nice cut-across back to Highway 10. It took me through some beautiful pine forests, the boughs of the trees weighed down with heavy snow. Pretty, but...enough!





March 24th

New shoes, cont.


Just wanted to repost this pic, as many of you have enjoyed it. It is Aunt Olive, 102, enjoying her new shoes.



Those who devote their lives to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease deserve to be heard


March 21st

New Shoes!


The folks at the Hilton called me to say that Olla's shoes, which were of the dressy order, were too hazardous for her to walk in. Could we try some tennis shoes? 

So, I went to the friendly girls at Encore, the consignment shop in Fertile, found some fancy running shoes, took them to the Hilton and lo and behold, against all expectations, Aunt Olla loved them! We took a celebratory lap around the wing just to show off. 

Aunt Olla is really doing well, for those of you who have been wondering. Her memory is actually sharper than last fall, and she has no pain whatsoever.

As for me, I just realized it has been a week since I have written here. I have been busy digging in to new projects now that I am home, and the time has flown.  

March 14th


Some national coverage for a great local company...

March 13th


Okay, this man has problems. He sniffed paint. It isn't good for the brain to sniff paint. But it is victimless behavior and harmful only to him. He needs help. But jail? C'mon! Don't we need the jail space for people who hurt others? 

March 12th

BBC in the Bakken

Here are some good short pieces on the Bakken rush from the BBC.  

Drove through the area last week. It is just rough. No romance to this rush. 

March 7th

Art in Casper

Lance and I are visiting friend (and mentor to Lance) Chuck Kimmerle and his wife Brenda in Casper, WY. Lance and Chuck are talking shop. Earlier today, we went to the Nicolayson Museum of Art in downtown Casper. Brilliant! Great building, great collection. 

And we three all found a new favorite, Sarah Williams. Her exhibit is called Midwest Noir. Please page through her last year's worth of nightscapes. This is home, to all three of us. 

Funny how the reviewer (who we think is a former teacher of her's) just plain gets the mood the paintings wrong. "Impending doom?" Nothing ever happens in these scenes! There is no doom on the way! 

I think the same crowd which appreciates the movie Nebraska will understand these scenes as more comforting than eerie. 


March 5th

Alzheimer's and identity

Here is a great article on the latest research on the effect of the disease on a person's perceived identity. The fact is, there is much that remains intact in Alzheimer's patients, at least in the early stages.