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Opinions

Pommes de terre

Food For Thought

“One potato, two potato, three potato, four, five potato, six potato, seven potato more. One, two, three means out goes HE.” I haven’t heard kids chanting that counting-out verse for years, but it popped into my mind after my friend Madeline suggested that I write about potato salad. And that started me thinking about some of the things we know about and do with potatoes– as well as all the different ways we enjoy eating them.

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Minding the gun business

Walkin'

Before telling you about my $7 million weapon-buying spree, I’d like to tell you about my relationship with guns.
As kids, my brothers and I got BB guns about the time we turned 12. Dad set up a shooting range in the garage using a thick moving pad as a backstop, and a two inch piece of pipe hanging from a string as the target. After a little practice, hitting the pipe on the first shot was simple; the challenge was hitting it again while it was swinging. Thanks to this head start, I fared well on the rifle range in the Army.

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Which came first?

Food For Thought

The old conundrum regarding the chicken and the egg might be applied to poets and poetry, as well. The first poem ever composed had to come from the mind of a poet – after all, isn’t a person who writes poetry called a poet? Not that the original poem was ever written, for I expect it preceded written language by a very long time. I do wonder though, did it rhyme?

Coming clean

Walkin'

As I was saying, the final impetus to remove the stack of drug money from my office closet came when we landed the new minister as the guest of honor at a small dinner party and I was afraid Sabra would uncover the stash in a cleaning frenzy.

The mother of invention

Food For Thought

It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. I rather suspect that the invention quite often comes first and then, through fate, fad, or fashion, it becomes elevated to the status of a necessity.

Closet skeleton

Walkin'

I got especially nervous after we joined the church across the street about the pile of $100 bills in the closet of the bedroom at home that doubles as my office.

Don’t d-d-d-do dat

Food For Thought

I noticed right away when the newscaster listed some driving no-nos, they all began with D. For a long time, we were warned to not drink and drive. Well, we all know better, but some of us get foolish and reckless after a couple drinks and think we have super powers and the warning doesn’t really apply to us.

Lucky numbers

Walkin'

On a quick trip home for Mom’s 89th birthday, Sabra and I stopped at a Subway for lunch.
The sandwich shop is a good fit for us, especially when we’re on the road.
Sabra typically gets a 6-inch chicken or veggie with a few select toppings. It’s agony for both of us, as she goes down the list asking herself if she should or should not add cheese, if so which cheese, onions or no onions, peppers or no peppers, etc. I can feel myself wasting away while she decides between mustard or vinegar as the final dressing.
Me, I got it down to a science.

What I did on my summer vacation

Food For Thought

From the time I was about 8 or 9 years old, I spent a week or two each summer at my grandparents’ farm. I don’t know what my sisters did during that time, or if our parents farmed us all out so they could have a week or so to themselves, but I doubt it. With the ambitious gardens Dad planted, and all the canning and freezing Mother would have done, that wouldn’t have been the best time for them to claim vacation time alone.

Summertime in days past

Walkin'

While growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, the last place in the world you wanted to be on a hot summer’s day was in the house because there was no air conditioning, much less video games. Besides, if you were around, Mom might find a chore for you.

Up north with Elle King

Walkin'

This week’s column is written in the Dancing Bear Community room of The Lodge of the Whispering Pines on the edge of the Boundary Waters near Ely, Minn.
I have heard some murmurs in the trees, but mostly it’s been the rain that has managed to work its way into camp conversation four of the five days here.

When I grow up, I want to be a...

Food For Thought

One of the television stations I watch is having another one of their summer essay contests for kids. This one is about their dreams and ambitions for the future. They are to write about what they want to be when they grow up. I’m sure there will be the predictable themes of fireman, nurse, policeman and doctor– people they have learned, early in life, to admire, as well as some of the glamorous occupations– movie actor, astronaut, cowboy, athlete, rock star.