When I travel, I like to visit cities similar to Fargo. That is, cities that are regional centers for retailing, medicine, entertainment, education and the rest of the amenities that help define Fargo and the metro area.
I’ve always been ambivalent about celebrating the new year. I associate alcohol-besotted partying with memories of my childhood, when my father’s family gathered at our house New Year’s Eve for what was supposed to be a family event.
For the past several years, I’ve received requests to reprint a Christmas column I wrote for The Forum in 1988. As in previous seasons, this year I heard from people who have wonderful Christmas tree memories.
All of us will be treated to a holiday reprieve from politics for the Christmas holidays. But until then …RELATED CONTENT
The mini-flap over unpaid book fines at the Fargo Public Library stirred memories of my crimes at the New Britain public library in my Connecticut hometown. I owe ‘em a lot of money.RELATED CONTENT
I’m a fan of North Daktoa’s “Blue Book,” the state-generated volume about all-things North Dakota that is published every two years.RELATED CONTENT
The difference between flooding in North Dakota and Vermont is speed. As devastating as flooding was this year in Minot and Bismarck, the floods were – as most North Dakota floods tend to be – slow-motion events.RELATED CONTENT
If you haven’t completed your summer reading list, here are four books to consider before August cools to fall and lazy summer times fade away:RELATED CONTENT
It had been years since I’d had the special joy of having a sick kid throw up while sitting on my lap.RELATED CONTENT
"Winter up there, yet?” said my school friend from the East Coast. “Getting ready to hibernate?” he snickered.RELATED CONTENT
Modern marketing is so effective that it fools people into buying into a lot of nonsense. By “buying into,” I mean literally buying.RELATED CONTENT
After two weeks in the hills and woodlands of beautiful Vermont, I’ve begun to rethink concepts of neighbor, neighborhood and neighborliness.RELATED CONTENT
Chelsea, Vt. - I was away from Fargo when I learned of the death of Marv Bossart, the veteran WDAY television news anchorman.RELATED CONTENT
The April moon will not go full until Thursday, so maybe it was the cold, gray weather that stirred up the crazies the last few days. Here’s a sample of phone calls and emails from readers who, of course, would not give me their names:RELATED CONTENT
I was standing in line at a fast-food restaurant the other day, and I overheard a conversation between two high school boys.RELATED CONTENT
When February’s Nielsen local television ratings were reported last week, the news director of distant second-place KVLY responded by insulting a huge segment of the local television news audience.RELATED CONTENT
I grew up in a ragout of Roman Catholicism that was spiced with ethnicity.RELATED CONTENT
The best thing that could happen to Democrats in the run-up to the 2016 election campaign is a Republican slate of Sarah Palin for president and Rand Paul for her running mate.RELATED CONTENT
I’m dismissive of the “social media” phenomenon. Disdainful, really. I find it shallow, juvenile and without boundaries.RELATED CONTENT
Some weeks the news tends to the peculiar. It can be depressing, uplifting, ironic or hypocritical (lots of that going around these days), but peculiar wraps ’em all in.