Saying Goodbye to My Little Buddy Max

It’s nearly impossible for me to look at the above photo and not tear up. It was taken on Thanksgiving, and features two dudes I love dearly — my dad and our family cat, Max. I’ve seen the two of them embracing like that countless times over the years. These days, however, the circumstances are unique. […]

Trying to Make Sense of Cancer

Having a sick family member is a psychological tug of war, for lack of a better way of putting it. As my dad enters his third week in the hospital, I obviously feel a lot of sadness for him, my mom, family and friends… even my dad’s cats. It breaks my heart to think about […]

A Sentimental Minnesota Sap Goes to the Cabin

A remarkable amount has changed in my life since Labor Day weekend, which was the last time I got to spend time at my parents’ cabin in northern Minnesota prior to this weekend. I’ve switched jobs twice since then — from City Pages to Fox 9 to working at the Capitol. But more significantly, one of […]

Tribute to a Nashwauk Legend, 60 Years Later

:::: UPDATE AT BOTTOM :::: How would you feel about your life if someone told you that 25 years after it ends, a person will write a tribute to you and describe you as the “savior” that turned them around. Pretty good, right? Because as far as I can tell there aren’t many things more […]