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  • There’s always next year

    Will this be the year I finally quaff from my dusty Brewers glass?

    “All I do is write their names on the lineup card and let them play. It’s not a tough job. I

    “I swear to God, if my kids, when they’re 18, if they come to me and say, ‘Dad, I love pumping gas. I...
  • Adventures with Finn. Or, what’s in a name?
    Mater: My name is Mater.
    Lightning McQueen: Mater?
    Mater: Yeah, like “Tuh-Mater,” but

    Even in retirement, unsinkable ‘Skip’ Wagner still sets sail for fun

    Johnny Carson: “Who’s the funniest person you’ve ever heard?”

    Bill Murray: 
    “Well, it’s

  • Back in the drive-in days
    “When I was a kid, the only way I saw movies was from the back seat of my family’s car at the drive-in.”—Forest Whitaker, American actor

    Having logged 14 years in the North Woods, I’ve made my share of round-trip runs between Boulder Junction and Rhinelander as a Shopko devotee.
    Driving along Highway 17 during a visit to Rhine­lander for an interview and photo shoot last week, I
  • “If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam.” —Johnny Carson

    Marking the one-year anniversary of “two weeks to flatten the curve” of the roller-coaster COVID-19 global pandemic, the world is looking a little different these days, and
  • “I’m Mr. White Christmas, I’m Mr. Cool. I’m Mr. Icicle, I’m Mr. 10 Below.” —Snow Miser “The Year Without Santa Claus,” 1974

    With my thermometer in Boulder Junction reaching an eye-popping minus 33 last week, stepping outdoors brought to my mind the 1980 film, “The
  • Little things, big memories
    “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” —Winnie the Pooh

    I was recently reminded of that sage observation by British author A.A. Milne’s “silly old bear” at, of all places, the Minocqua Walmart, as I spied a small glass forcing vase in the floral cooler sporting the poster child Charlie Brown tree of spring harbingers: an
  • Growing branches on the family tree
    “Family history is a perishable commodity. It disappears with time, as memories fade, and as loved ones pass on.” —Guy Black

    It’s said that genealogy is like a mirror. You start looking into it and interesting faces begin to appear. 
    One of the faces — or at least names — to appear out of the foggy mists of time as I’ve explored my own family history over the years is
  • “Chase your dreams but always know the road that will lead you home again.” —Ziad K. Abdelnour

    I chased my dreams and ultimately U.S. Highway 51 led me back home again to the North Woods, now wordsmithing at the Vilas County News-Review after a

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