Posts in: Just for Kicks

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary

0 comments / April 13, 2016

A children’s book author turning 100 is something to ponder. Is it ironic that she lived so far past the age of her characters? Or is it fitting that she maintains a certain eternal youth? Her observation that she “didn’t do it on purpose” seems apt.  

Mr. Tidbit Joins the Blogosphere

0 comments / March 30, 2016

Al Sicherman is a very funny man. For years–32 of them, in fact–he wrote for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. For some of those years, he had a weekly food column that was perhaps informed less by his cooking abilities than by his background as an electrical engineer. The meals were wildly experimental–a meal with chocolateRead more

A Nice Place to Visit

0 comments / March 10, 2016

According to Forbes, Baby Boomers spend $157 billion (with a b) on travel every year (every year!) and rank travel as their #1 leisure activity. I have a friend who leaves today for Laos, undiscouraged at having had last year’s trip to Nepal cut short by the horrific earthquake, which left him camped out inRead more

When All You Need Is Love….

0 comments / February 14, 2016

According to the Pew Foundation, 15 percent of American adults have used online dating sites as of 2015.That number seems really low to me–but that is, perhaps, due to my demographic. The numbers grow steadily upward with education and income levels, although they decline with age. If you study the bar chart, you discover, inRead more

Are you ready for retirement?

0 comments / February 12, 2016

A Facebook quiz says five easy questions can help me determine if I’m ready for retirement. I answered truthfully–that my work is central to my identity, that I don’t really have much else going on, that I don’t know what I’d do with myself if I weren’t working. The quiz told me I’m ready toRead more

The Dark Stops Here

0 comments / December 21, 2015

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper So the Shortest Day came and the year died And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with evergreen; They burned beseeching fires all night long To keepRead more

Minneapolis Bike Tour 2015

0 comments / September 20, 2015

Yes, that’s me above, right, waving to the admiring crowd as I crossed the finish line of the Minneapolis Bike Tour. Okay, the admiring crowd had pretty much drifted away to the beer tent by the time I got there–an hour or so behind the elite 32-mile riders. But I completed my 24 mile rideRead more

I Was a Soldier in Elvis’s Army

0 comments / July 9, 2015

In mid-July sixty years ago, Frank Sinatra’s “Learnin’ the Blues” was the most-played single on AM radio (which was the only kind of radio there was.) But the most-purchased record for that week was “Rock Around the Clock.” It was, the Wall Street Journal noted early this year, the song that changed music forever. MyRead more