Monthly Archives: April 2008

Thick or Thin

The election cycle is upon us, and I’m getting requests to support candidates for federal and state office. I don’t give my money away mindlessly, and I don’t make contributions to politicians who “talk the talk” but who will toss … Continue reading

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Slow News Day

You know it was a slow news day when the local paper’s morning headline is “Downed Tree Knocks Out Power in City for Seconds”. No, I am not making this up. That’s the headline this morning. Yesterday was a slow … Continue reading

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Got a Life?

Or maybe a coffee table that needs a book? The Events reports that Life Books has just published “Dream Destinations: 100 of the World’s Best Vacations“, a “stunning, oversized hardcover book” which lists Wisconsin Dells among the 100 dream vacation … Continue reading

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The Bush Administration has a plan …

Today’s poll in the Portage newspaper: Dumb question.

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My Day, not by Eleanor Roosevelt

Today arrived with a bang, at 3 am. The bang was lightning blowing out the power and the phones, and lighting up the house like it was daylight. I got up, checked around to make sure that the house hadn’t … Continue reading

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Bushed

I volunteered to help the Sauk County conservation department bag trees today, and bag trees I did — several thousand. Sauk County sells seedling trees and forest shrubs in bewildering variety to residents every year, helping residents reforest the county. … Continue reading

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Creamed

Just as I thought things were calming down, and I was looking forward to a peaceful day planting, we decided to cream the brushy area between the RGN and the CP tracks last week, removing about fifty stumps, the good … Continue reading

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Streaks of Lavender

In the “Prairie Years”, Carl Sandburg noted that Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed had “streaks of lavender, spots soft as May violets“. I got my first new-style $5 bill today, and it would seem that the United States Treasury agrees … Continue reading

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Red Flag

I was surprised to learn last night that Sauk County and surrounding counties are under a “Red Flag Fire Warning”. A “Red Flag” warning is the highest level of alert — beyond the usual “low”, “moderate” or “high” warnings posted … Continue reading

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Roar

Debbie Kinder ran into Michael in the library the other day, and was, apparently, musing about my interest in the railroad. I wasn’t present, so I’m not entirely sure about the details, but the gist was, according to Michael, that … Continue reading

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