Cirrus From The West

The sky over Bismarck this morning was as beautiful as an 8 a.m. sky in September ever gets.  I took a picture and am trying to put it into this blog post. I hope it works. It is not a great picture because I am not a great photographer, but it gives you an idea…
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The Tenth Anniversary

Yes, it has been a long ten years. On August 29, 2001, I sat beside my wife’s bed as she looked up at her doctor, exhausted, pale and gaunt after two years of unrelenting chemotherapy, and said “No more. No more chemo.” Quietly, the doctor said, “You know what that means.” “Yes,” Rita answered. “How…
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Milton Who? Norman Who?

The last time North Dakota had two Republican U.S. Senators was 51 years ago this month. August 1960. Milton R. Young and Norman Brunsdale. Young had been in office since 1945, when he was appointed to fill out the term of Democrat John Moses, who died in office that year after serving only two months…
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Bud And Sam

I’ve read two North Dakotans’ memoir books in the past few weeks, written by two very different men. Yet there are surprising similarities between them, which made reading them back to back more interesting. Both Bud and Sam were raised in strict North Dakota Catholic families, although there is nearly a generation difference in their…
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In Praise Of Wilderness

On our just-ended vacation, we visited 12 states and 17 national parks (part of our quest to visit all the national parks) and spent 13 nights in campgrounds, most of them managed by agencies of the U.S. Departments of Interior or Agriculture. It was the U.S. Forest Service campgrounds (The Forest Service is an agency…
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