Little Changes, Big Results

Why is it humans don’t always do the things they know would benefit them? Things like waking up (or going to sleep) a few minutes earlier to avoid rushing to start your day, reading that book that’s been sitting on your table, calling that now-distant relative or friend, going to the gym, watching less TV,…
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Twin Cities Readers And Writers: Two Author Fairs Coming Up

Whether interested in meeting local authors or attending writing workshops, you may want to add two upcoming author fairs to your calendar.  Saturday, November 18: The Dakota County Local Author Fair Put on by the Dakota County library of Apple Valley and The Loft Literary Center of Minneapolis, the afternoon will feature 30 authors (including myself), writing workshops,…
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One Year Later: 19 Americans React To The Election Of Donald Trump *New Video*

One year ago, America elected a man many believed had no chance (nor place) in politics. Today, we look back at that night that changed America through the eyes of some Mennonites, a college student, a Millennial husband & wife, two Native Americans, a Hmong flower salesgirl, and a handful of others. These 19 Americans share…
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*New Video* Two Farming Couples Share About Life On The Oregon Coast

Interview #6 from my Pacific Northwest series features two couples (one native to the region and one from the Midwest), who talked to me about life in these parts. Community-oriented, socially-conscious, and outdoorsy: they share their stories and offer a new angle on agriculture. Enjoy! Stay tuned on this website for video #6 from the…
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*New Video* The Divided State Of America: As Seen Through The Reaction To Charlottesville

Does it ever feel like others respond to the events of the country as if you and they aren’t even seeing the same thing? The chaotic, violent weekend at Charlottesville comes to mind. But while differing interpretations of events is nothing new (even beneficial so that we can gain a more complete perspective), it seems…
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*New Video* Interviewing Hippie Marijuana Farmers In Oregon

During my July journey to and through the Pacific Northwest, I drove to southern Oregon, where I spoke with Michael, Amber, Cody, and Mae. This hippie farming foursome talked about life on a marijuana farm, defending their crops with punches and a shotgun, how smoking weed keeps them healthy, about the area culture war (redneck…
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TRIPS ARE The TRAILERS For The MOVIE THAT IS OUR LIFE: MY RETURN HOME

My interviews from the Pacific Northwest were complete. I was heading home. Driving the hundreds of hundreds of miles back through Montana and North Dakota, I found myself eager to return. This is a reasonable sentiment. Anticipation of lands unknown had since evaporated. I had already traveled these very highways on my way out west.…
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Goodbye To My 103-Year-Old Great-Great-Aunt Olive

She was 103, but to me she was only about 5. Because 5 or 6 years ago, I got an email from a relative letting me know that my Great-Great-Aunt Olive had been enjoying my stories about China. “Great-Great-Aunt Olive?” I thought. “My Great-Grandpa Ferdig’s sister? No way.” Yes way. And she lived in the…
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Two Mustached Men On My Way Home To Bemidji: Voices Of The Pacific Northwest

Back in the USA. But I still had a long way to go.  Entering the US from Canada in eastern Washington, there remained three days of driving before returning to Bemidji. I wrote about the second night last week. This, the final post from this road trip, is about the two character encounters on nights…
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TRUMP, The NFL, And The ANGRY PUBLIC *New Video*

On Sunday it was the activity before kickoff that took center stage. In reaction to Trump’s comments about firing protesting NFL players, many players … protested. This ticked off a lot of fans. It’s easy to get wrapped up in this one situation. But if we scale back, we can see how situations like this…
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