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On Dangerous Ground


Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Monday, May 6, 2002

The dangerous ground is not always to be found on the battlefield. For the unwary and the foolhardy, it lies at home. I discovered this fact shortly after I retired from whatever it was that I did for a living so many years ago. Who or whomever it was that said that a mans home is his castle didnt know what he was talking about. Now this particular castle of mine has a kitchen that is now posted and entry is by invitation only.

We had a kitchen when we lived in the city and we also have one in our cabin in the woods, but I never paid much attention to them; a kitchen was just a place where my wife prepared our meals and where we ate when not using the dining room. It was when I retired that I discovered the kitchen and its possibilities. I was amazed when I found out just what was in the room aside from the stove and refrigerator. There were dozens of pots, pans, knives, ladles, pitchers, kettles, grinders and mixers. That kitchen could, in the proper hands, become a workshop and laboratory.

It seemed to me that a kitchen should be more than just a place to fry eggs and make stew. I would make much better use of it. My first project would be maple syrup! After all we lived in the woods and there were maples in the woods. I gathered a bunch of plastic pails and Archie Arbuckle showed me how to tap the maple trees. I went to the store and bought canning jars and lids and a very large kettle.

Now I intended this little enterprise to be a secret and never mentioned it to my wife. I was going to surprise her and I must say that I did. I realized that if this was indeed going to be a surprise, timing would be of essence. Once I had all the maple sap tapped, I would have to get her out of the house before I could begin cooking it down. As luck would have it, she informed me that on Tuesday she was going to town to help clean the church and would be gone most of the day and that I would have to fend for myself. I told her to go right ahead and that I could manage things around the house for the day.

As soon as she left for the day, I went down to the basement and brought my big kettle up into the kitchen and placed it on the stove. I went out behind the garage where I had hidden the pails of sap and brought them into the kitchen and emptied them into the kettle and I was all set to go. I knew that it was going to take awhile for all of that sap to start to boil so I went into the living room to read a bo .....
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Forty is much better

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Monday, April 22, 2001

A decade ago, I worked at a bookstore in Fairmont with a wonderful woman named Rhea. She was a kind soul with a habit of championing underdogs. She was a chain smoker and feisty. Its embarrassing to remember that I was ..... 
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Are You Game?

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Monday, January 21, 2002

A quick note on the NFL playoffs which are in full swing with the Vikings sitting on the couch watching on TV like most everyone else. Look for the Rams, Eagles, Patriots and Ravens to go to the next level. The Packers ..... 
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Flame and Flood

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Monday, may 13, 2002

I first learned of the Lanesboro fire on April 8 when I received an e-mail message from Eric Thiss. He and Dan Beaver of Zoo Books and Taxon Media are the publishers of my forthcoming book At Home in the Big Woods. All 50 ..... 
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A Tale of Three Shrews

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Monday, May 6, 2002

Of Minnesotas six shrew species, at least two are widespread throughout the southeastern Bluff Country counties. By far the largest and most frequently seen is the Short-tailed Shrew, Blarina brevicauda. Both scientific (b ..... 
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Prairie Notes

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Jo Anne AgrimsonMonday, April 29, 2002

April showers may bring May flowers, but on our farm April brings sows farrowing, cows calving, tractors chugging, as well as schools final projects, year-end concerts, and baseball games that, luckily, ..... 
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Unfinished Business

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Monday, May 20, 2002

There are few places that are more full of stories than a cemetery. However, from day to day, there isnt much happening in a cemetery that interests people. I think Ive spent enough time in one to know.

Several ..... 
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Just another cat story

Fri, May 17th, 2002
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Monday, May 13, 2001

This is another cat story.

Yes, another stray wandered on to the place. We usually find them in the ditch or huddled in the bushes meowing hysterically.

My wife heard this little orphan mewing as loud as ..... 
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