Maxwell

My name is Max, short for Maxwell. I’m a twelve-and-a-half year old cocker spaniel, living up here in style in a log home on Lake Superior. It’s not too bad; in fact, I’ve gotten quite used to it. There are a lot more dogs in our neighborhood than when I first came here. Three black […]

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Thoreau Didn’t Need A Phone

My $15 flip-phone may not be as attractive or sophisticated as a $600 I-phone, but it gets the job done. I wasn’t going to buy one, but my son talked me into it a few years ago so we could communicate more easily. I only use my phone to contact family members and a few […]

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Spring Cleaning

Every year about this time, we get the urge to go through the basement and garage to rid ourselves of the things we haven’t used much in the last few years. Clothes that don’t fit, threadbare furniture, old skis and sports equipment. After a long winter, it’s time to freshen up all the rooms and […]

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Skylights and Ice Dams

We have four good-sized skylights built into the roof of our log home. They add a great deal of daylight to what would otherwise be darkened areas in the living room, loft, and master bedroom. The carpenters who installed them tried to talk me out of the idea, claiming I would have endless leakageĀ  problems […]

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Junk Mail

“You may have won an all-expenses-paid trip to Jamaica,” says another prize-winning envelope that showed up in my mailbox. I just need to call this 800-number to claim my prize. Or else it’s a letter pleading with me to help save the whales, the timber wolves, the honey bees, the polar ice cap, and life […]

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Sensible Wheels

When it comes to cars, most people who know me would call me a practical person. I want a vehicle that is not only fun to drive but one I can rely on year after year to get me safely down the road without repeated breakdowns. So, after checking some of the best bets from […]

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Letters from Home

When I was in my early twenties, I shipped out as a deckhand on several Great Lakes ore freighters. Most of the “boats,” as they were called, measured about 600 feet in length and were built with cabins on the forward end for the captain, mates, and deck crew and after cabins on the stern […]

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1040

This is the time of year I gather the year’s receipts, property tax bills, and miscellaneous paperwork and sit down at the computer to work on my annual Turbo Tax returns. For the past 9 or 10 years, I’ve been using mostly Turbo Tax software to ease the pain and agony of filling out my […]

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Broken Bones

Now in my early sixties, I try to stay physically active by playing pickup basketball once a week and tennis twice. We have a dedicated group of people, ranging from 21 to 79, who show up regularly at the gym. In the course of several hours, we manage to get a good workout and break […]

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Trains vs. Planes

When we travel long distance across the country, time is often in short supply. Driving by car is usually out of the question and traveling by Greyhound or Indian Trails, unless you’re a masochist, doesn’t offer much of an alternative. That leaves the choice between trains and planes, Amtrak versus Delta or United. Over the […]

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