A Death In The Family

I don’t know why but as each passing year draws to a close, I get a little verklempt. For me, one of the saddest things this year was learning that WDAZ-TV newscasts would no longer originate from Grand Forks, but rather from WDAY in Fargo. No surprise, but still very sad. I suppose because I worked…
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Ghosts Of An Election Past

The first election I ever voted in was by absentee ballot in October of 1970. I was home on leave from the army.  Senator Quentin Burdick, a long-time member of North Dakota’s Democratic NPL Party, was running for re-election against Republican Congressman Thomas Kleppe. At the explicit request of President Richard Nixon, Kleppe was risking…
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Cheese Curds, Anyone?

The Facebook comments were harsh.  “WHAAAAA!?!?!?!??” “Terry, I am legitimately baffled by this factoid.” “I weep for you.” “Unfriending.” Some were even harsher. “YOUAREDEADTOME!” “You some kinda Commie?” “No, but definitely one of those Socialists!” You’d think I had voted for Hillary, or something. What’s the cause of all this? What did I do to deserve…
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The Cool Kids

As a kid I used to look forward to the new television season each fall. The return of television shows I liked and the start of new ones. Lately, not so much. Except this year. I’m going to be very disappointed if a new show called “The Cool Kids” Fridays on Fox turns out to…
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My First Novel, Chapter One

I could hear her two-inch stilettoes on the tile outside my admittedly shabby office, even before she walked through the door. I was working late on a Friday night again. What the hell! My old lady had left me a few months before. She said I was married to my work. Shacked up, maybe. I…
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