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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 22, 2017 

'Sitting on the dock of the bay'

Almost without fail, my daily routine begins with a workout at my newly-joined fitness center. I doubt if I have missed more than two days in two months. My workout goes something like this:...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 15, 2017

Another day in semi-retirement

My wife left for work on Monday — simply another day in semi-retirement for me. It was, however, always the busiest day of my week. There was always a lot of work left over from the weekend, however...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 8, 2017

A typical 'next door' weekend

The weekend that opens the month of June was customarily typical for us. We did the same thing as many Minnesotans, and for that matter, neighbors and families from all over America. We spent the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 1, 2017

Home is still the place I grew up

I have lived in many places, but like many people, home is still the place where I grew up. For me, that town is Chamberlain, South Dakota. After being mostly absent for the past half-century, I find...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 25, 2017

She is 'passing through the veil'

No matter how hard they try, they just can’t get them to look right in the casket. The "they" I am referring to are morticians. There is no fault or blame here. I refer to a loved one lying in the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 18, 2017

What a workout on way to lose weight

A psychic’s reading foretold the promise of better health by following this proclamation: “Taking frequent steam baths will eradicate toxins from your body, resulting in a more healthful condition...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 11, 2017

We'll both have the tipico ...

“We’ll both have the tipico,” my wife told the waitress, who was also the cook and the owner’s daughter at the small bistro where we had our first authentic Costa Rican meal. We later learned...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 4, 2017

Many Costa Rican adventures

Slightly over five hours from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, my wife and I landed in Liberia. No, we weren’t in northern Africa or on a supersonic jet. A few months earlier, my wife and I were...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 27, 2017

Christmas in Nicaraguan paradise?

When Dennis Martinez threw the pitch that hit Kirby Puckett in the face, neither knew that was the last pitch Puckett would see as a Major League Baseball player. Although the Nicaraguan pitcher was...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 20, 2017

Seeing Central America at its best

My adventures that led me to Central America began in 1962 when my uncle took me on a day trip to Tijuana. I left for Mexico once again on the day I graduated from high school, exploring the Pacific...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 13, 2017

The man from Granada, Nicaragua

It sounded more like the edge of an African savannah than a nearby rain forest in Costa Rica. Howler monkeys will do that to you. They greet the sunrise like a pack of angry dogs equipped with a...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 30, 2017

A well-known man called Bomb

The advent of Facebook allowed for renewal of friendships that had fallen away over the past 40 years. The post I received today was a reminder I now could celebrate my seven year anniversary as...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 23, 2017

Live to 100, find my passport

I discovered the shortcut to becoming a centenarian. Move to a "Blue Zone." These are one of the places on the planet that have the highest percentage of their residents living to age 100. I figured...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 16, 2017

March: Time for snow-filled hoops

If you grew up in the Midwest, you learned early in life that March blizzards and state tournaments go together like Ma and Pa Kettle. You couldn’t speak of one without hearing about the other....

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 9, 2017

Lake water bubbling, oxygen flowing

Within the first five minutes of a thawing shoreline, the chances are near certain a dozen geese flying in a military style V-formation will skid across the ice and claim the lake for their breeding...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 2, 2017

'Are you married?' she asked

I will call the new immigration policy for what it really is — the deportation policy. In my opinion, the sole purpose of the “Build That Wall” chant that is the anthem of the latest...

 

There is no 'V' in Spanish

My Spanish teacher stated, “There is no 'V' in Spanish.” “Un momento, “I said. “What about vamoose?” Trying to dig out of the hole he found himself in, he replied, “What I meant to say...

 

Something's bothering me today

I woke up this morning. I’ll take that as a positive. Again, as in the past several months, something just didn’t seem right. I didn’t jump right out of bed like I used to. Lately, that’s...

 

'There ain't no time to wonder why'

So the naysayers have moved the doomsday clock forward by a half minute. The time is now two and a half minutes to midnight. Just what is that supposed to mean to the generations younger than me? I...

 

This is what democracy looks like

I easily could have stayed home Saturday. The Minnesota Golden Gophers mens basketball team had a big game against their rival, the Wisconsin Badgers. I could have watched the thrilling game live. It...

 

Best strategy to get through the year

I can’t predict the weather but I can foresee a turbulent 2017 in America. Like it or not, our country is about to take a sharp turn to the right. Let’s hope it doesn’t fall off the cliff....

 

Closing out old year, opening new one

When you sit down and think about it, millions of people around America probably closed out 2016 in a high state of inebriation, bumbling and stumbling around acting like authentic fools. Some acted...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    January 5, 2017

The year 2016 according to Wick

I generally finish out each year dedicating my column to worthy people (often local) or major events (often global). I will begin with a few of the many people important to me to whom I said bon voyag...

 

Make miracles, spread good will

If you are reading this, it means you are fortunate to have had one more Christmas. Many other celebrations occur this time of year, but I’ll use Christmas throughout this story, not because it is...

 

Butch: The rest of the story

I’ve been told more than once I leave too many stories hanging in limbo. I am aware of this fact and there is a very good reason for it. Many of my “the rest of the story” idioms can’t be...

 

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