Thank you, Mr. President.

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To paraphrase H.L. Mencken: In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for. As for me, I give thanks that I lived in the United States of America while our President was Barack Obama.

President Obama was so much better than our country deserved. He persevered despite others in our own government openly and brazenly defying him at every turn. Despite people outside our government actively attempting to undermine and discredit him. Despite citizens acting out of racism and fear to demean and insult him and his family.

The sad truth is: anyone who disrespected him still received the benefits of his efforts and judgment. I’ve asked many people if they can tell me even one thing they were able to do before Obama’s Presidency that they weren’t allowed to do anymore. Answer? Crickets.

He wasn’t perfect. There will never be a President whom I agree with 100%. In part, that’s because he was President for all the people of this country, not just a favored few.

And to quote John Pavlovitz: “If I prove to be wrong (about Trump), it will be one of the most joyful errors of my life. I will own these words and if necessary, willingly and gladly admit my misjudgment because it will mean that America is a better and stronger nation, and the world a more peaceful place. But right now I don’t see that happening.”

I’ve lived under eleven Presidents, soon to be twelve. The one whose character has been the most noble and ennobling is President Barack Obama. Thank you, sir.

He cannot erase the mark of the man.


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Well done.


Sad to note the passing of Leonard Nimoy.

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It’s hard to convey how much his portrayal of Spock meant to me, and to many others. He made it into so much more than the show’s creators ever imagined it could be.

Today I am greeting everyone I meet with the Vulcan salute.

To you all: Live long, and prosper.


Ain’t this the truth.

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Image from The LA Times

At last: the truth is known.

Never, ever diss the one-eyed sailor man. Not when I’m in the house. Clear?

Artwork by Bobby London.



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It was my privilege to interview Mrs. Sadie Tilberg, age 100.


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Now online in this week’s Kanabec County Times.

Mrs. Tilberg was charming, articulate, and an absolute delight to chat with. I truly hope I’m as young as she is when I’m 100.

“My grandkids always tell me that they remember my advice: take life as it comes, and make the best of it. I like to be a happy person. I don’t judge people; there’s something good to be found in everyone. And I tell them: be careful what you say. You can ask someone for forgiveness, but you can’t ever take back a harsh word.”

Winter wisdom. Stay warm and safe.

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Past masters: Mr. Clemens nails it yet again.

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“The approach of Christmas brings harassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so dissatisfied with the result, and so disappointed that they want to sit down and cry. Then they give thanks that Christmas comes but once a year.” – Mark Twain, Following The Equator

One of the best Christmas stories I ever read features a guy in a red cape.

A few of us on Facebook have been posting images of various super-heroes and their Christmas tributes. I posted this comic book cover, “Christmas With The Super-Heroes, Special #2” from 1988. This prompted me to dig up and re-read my copy, and rediscover one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories. Click here for more.