A Royal Scam

I’ve never cared much about money. For me, there are so many other delights in life more stable and enduring—family, writing, nature, exercise. But when a check for $150,000, drawn on the account of the royal family in Monaco arrives by overnight FedEx express, it gets my attention. So, here’s the story. I received a … Read more

Midway

The house where my wife and I raised our children, the house my daughter now owns, is three blocks from the epicenter of the rioting and looting that took place in St. Paul last week, an area called Midway. On Thursday night, she called us on the hour to let us know she was fine. … Read more

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday, and it snowed nearly six inches in Saint Paul. Mid-April, but it looked more like bleak December. By late afternoon, I’d been stuck in the house way too long and needed an outing. I walked to Como Park, not far from my home. The weather was grim, the low, slate clouds still spitting … Read more

Abandoned Places

I’ve driven Interstate 40, which follows historic Route 66, many times. In the Southwest particularly, there are so many abandoned places—old tourist stops, defunct gas stations, sometimes whole towns. I’ve never stopped to investigate these places, but my son has a great interest in doing exactly this. Yesterday, we visited a couple of these abandoned … Read more