Blog : Musings

April

April

When I was in high school, a friend of mine had a girlfriend named April. She had curly hair and tanned skin and braces, I think. She went …

Crypto

Crypto

We’re happy to announce that We Are Now Accepting Bitcoin For Payment, the sign read. We also accept Ethereum and Dogecoin and ADA and Shibu…

Herbs

Herbs

Herbs

The gas station in our town is called Herb’s. I should say, it was called Herb’s. It might have been called something else even when I t…

The Cottage

The Cottage

The first time I ever saw the cottage I don’t think I noticed it. I drove by it and kept driving, oblivious to the obsession that would soon…

Something Else

Something Else

There’s something wrong with you, she said. I know, I said.  The Johnson deal is in trouble.  Not because it should be, but because it just …

The Rink

The Rink

In the winter the town would flood the gravel parking lot to give the locals a place to ice skate.  Sure the lake was full of ice, but this …

Bridges

Bridges

I was down at that bridge again. It was dark and it was rainy and that’s why I was there. Young couples put on their prom best and sta…

Whataboutisms

Whataboutisms

The frothy whip of the real estate market has improved the lives and wellbeing of many, and in that list of many I include my own life and t…

Sand

Sand

The vacation now ended was nice enough. The islands were fine. The water was warm. The villa both impressive and comfortable. Everything was…

The New Year

The New Year

This was quite a year. I toggled between righteous anger over the state of the world and quiet, head down ambivalence. I think that’s …

Off White

Off White

Grass is green and the sky is off-white. This is what the children of summer will be tought. Even if we don’t teach them, they’l…

Challenged

Challenged

In the early days of our town there was this town and some other nearby towns. None of the towns felt particularly connected, owed in large …

RIP

RIP

Every person since the beginning of time has ended his or her life with one path or road that they traveled more than any other. There̵…

Limit

Limit

I’ve reached it. The limit. My limit. Our limit. The frost on my lawn and my breath stuck in the air, all of it is too much. Our taxe…

Wind

Wind

The wind kicked up again. It was calm two days ago, and calm the day before that. But then yesterday it picked up and today it’s stirr…

Home

Home

I’ll be home for Christmas, so the song wishes. I’ve been struggling to find some Christmas spirit this year, why it’s be…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

What a curious thing it is, this year. I sit here at this desk worrying about which customer will buy and which customer will sell, worryin…

Over

Over

What just happened? Is it still summer? I remember the summer days. I remember seeing them through my car window, and out of this office win…

Youth

Youth

What is it about youth that we so envy? Do we envy youth because of our own cherished memory of it? Is it that we can imagine a time in our …

If

If

This morning, I decided to do the thing I’ve done for nearly all of the past 24 years worth of mornings. I woke up, cleaned up, dresse…

Pier Guys

Pier Guys

This morning things seem ideal. I woke up, which is a nice start to any day. My house was warm, my children healthy, and when I sat on the …

Sunday

Sunday

There are days in our life that matter more than the other days. The days that matter do so for various reasons. Some of those days are mom…

Frogs

Frogs

In the middle of a Wisconsin summer, there are things that happen that you might not know about. I didn’t know about them, when I spen…

May Flowers

May Flowers

For all of the moving I’ve done, and all of the land that I’ve called home, I have only owned one prized Oak tree. The trees that typically …

Cool White

Cool White

( A rerun from 2017)

 

The problem with this tradition is that it’s based, at least somewhat, on emotion. On feelings.  Which is wh…

In Between

In Between

I’m sitting here again. Like Groundhog Day, without the square. Just me and this computer, this desk. This street. A few snow flurries…

Decisions

Decisions

On a day last week, in the afternoon of that day, there was a choice to be made. The sky opened after a period of rain and a period of warmt…

Wish

Wish

I used to wish for things. Lots of things. In the third grade, I wished that a girl I liked wouldn’t move away. She did. Later, I wish…