Truman

It was 1976. Just a half dozen years old,  already The UND Writers Conference was a well-established and highly-regarded cultural event. But conference founder John Little had outdone himself that year, booking two of the country’s best-known authors, Tom Wolf and Truman Capote. Wolf, ever the clothes horse, opened the week-long conference with a reading of his works wearing…
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Marilyn, Peggy And John

Shortly after the election in November, a piece of presidential memorabila goes on the auction block. Well, sort of presidential. The skin-tight, highly sequined gown Marilyn Monroe wore on the occasion in 1962 when she breathily and memorably sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy. The dress, which has been mostly out of the spotlight, so to speak,…
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Gospel Music And Devils Lake

“I never thought I’d sing in Devils Lake,” third-generation gospel singer Mark Blackwood said last night, “but here we are.” And a near perfect night it was. The rain held off, the temperature was perfect and there wasn’t a mosquito in sight at Roosevelt Park. This will certainly date me, but I first heard the…
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Reynolds Rib O’Rama

A big thank you to the organizers of this year’s Reynolds Rib O’Rama, Reynolds Community Betterment, for inviting me to be one of their six judges. I’ve judged chili, pie, ugly dog contests and more, but never a rib contest. (To be clear, the ugly dog contests were not cooking events.) Reynolds’ beautiful city park was…
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My Acting Career (Continued)

For most of the past couple of months of my life, much of my time and what little concentration I can muster  has been taken up not with writing or speaking, but rather with acting. Yup, acting. I had a small role in the Fire Hall Theatre’s “Arsenic & Old Lace,” a 70-year-old dark comedy about two…
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