Articles written by Wick Fisher

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 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 27, 2015 

Autumn sting - should have run like crazy

For me, it was Iraq’s “Shock and Awe” all over again. It was the carpet bombing of Hanoi. My apology for using failed wars as a metaphor for what happened to me yesterday, but in the dire...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 20, 2015

Truth, half-truth, everything but truth

The day began hot and muggy at Fort Benning, Georgia. I remember it well. The intensity of Army airborne training was taking its toll on my body and lack of sleep was fogging my brain. But my senses...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 13, 2015

Everything's beautiful now

Christine Albert was singing the last lines of her tribute song to Chris Gage’s mother titled “Everything’s Beautiful Now” when the “blue moon” of July 2015 appeared in the night sky. Her...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 6, 2015

The message of texting

High up in the distant mountains of New Mexico, small villages typically list a population in the range of 23 to 37 on the sign entering town. I spent last week in the valley of one such region where...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 30, 2015

A fine outstanding productive citizen

Following last week's column concerning my disastrous train wreck on an early morning Boulevard in Austin, Texas, I would like to show that, for the most part, I eventually turned into a fine...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 23, 2015

Heinie and the sports car

My wife and I headed for Sioux Falls Friday afternoon hoping to catch Noah Hoehn and his extraordinary one-man band. Noah was to perform at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the 26th Annual Sioux...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 16, 2015

Applaud the traveling newspaper

As a huge fan of the latest addition, “Where in the World,” to our Moose Lake Star-Gazette, I must applaud our owner, editorial staff and especially our customers who take time to proudly have...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 2, 2015

The fifth annual final party

We will be hosting our “Fifth Annual Final Fourth of July Party” at our Sand Lake home this year. Over twenty years ago we began inviting friends and family to our lake home to enjoy beer, brats...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 25, 2015

Don't let societal ills become game of 'Pete and Repeat'

As members of the human species we have a tendency to keep our minds as busy as the revolving door at Folsom Prison. Take, for example, getting a song or jingle stuck in your mind that simply won’t...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 18, 2015

Get me off L.A. freeway

Guy Clark wrote it and Jerry Jeff Walker made it famous. I’m talking about an outlaw country tune called “L. A. Freeway” that has circled my brain for the past five days. Although my first real...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 11, 2015

The art of winning

Our modern age says it‘s all about winning whether we are talking about sports, elections, wars or the Oscars, Grammys or last night’s Tony Awards. The common denominator here says that you must w...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 4, 2015

Not just another graduation

Seven years ago my youngest son graduated from San Diego State University. It seems like only yesterday when our last fledgling flew the coop. A few weeks ago we had the honor to attend one more...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 28, 2015

Did you remember to remember

Did you remember to remember the loved ones who have gone before us? Did you conveniently forget what this holiday is supposed to be about; or did you simply “throw some shrimp on the barbie,...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Safari at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

It was over in less than four seconds. I had just witnessed a cheetah named Shiley chase a mechanical lure attached to its favorite toy down a 100-meter (330-foot) track. As a member of a litter born...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Seventy looks different depending on one's perspective

The young generation thinks old age begins somewhere around 30 years; maybe 40 for the more generous of our youth. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones once said, “I’d rather be dead than singing...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    May 7, 2015

Memorial for a young soul

A purpose of a memorial service is to remember. For most people, the event at the Moose Lake School gymnasium on Saturday will never be forgotten. This is the type of story a journalist never wants to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 30, 2015

It's in the tank

One final screw and the exhaust system would finally be tight. Fritz, one of my Moose Lake mechanics, fit the screw to the drill's magnetic head and hit the switch. The screw entered the metal and...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 23, 2015

South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I had just received notice that in six hours I was to give an induction speech into the Class of 2015 South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The speech was not about me, Wick Fisher. The only thing...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 16, 2015

A cop named Pete

We arrived home from downtown St. Paul at 9:30 Friday evening after sharing Mexican food and stories with an old friend. Exactly a week ago at this very hour we let Sweet Pea out to potty and...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 9, 2015

Ups and downs

Anyone who has lived life to the fullest, lived the dream, or been a simple working stiff, a homeless panhandler or spent their entire life in a monastery has one thing in common — for each one of u...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    April 2, 2015

Advances in science and the 'Big C'

Last week I left the Mayo Clinic with a brand new set of hearing aids. Next on my "bionic" list was a pair of glasses. I was already deeply appreciating the wonders of science as I settled into the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 26, 2015

With a little aid I'm hearing again

The days of, “Huh?” and, “What did you say?” are over. I finally listened to my wife and friends who kept telling me I really needed to get hearing aids. I just didn’t think I was the one...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 19, 2015

To recruit or not?

Today a modern day Shakespearian quote would sound something like, “To recruit or not to recruit; that is the question.” That includes most major sports — both men’s and women’s —...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 12, 2015

More to books than cover

I go book hunting three to four days every week and I generally learn something new about the world or something I never realized about myself. Last week I wrote about a baseball book written by...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 5, 2015

Getting the legend's autograph

I guess my first collectable autograph came from my second-grade teacher in Chamberlain, South Dakota. I attended first grade at St. Joseph’s Indian School outside of town where they not only...

 

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