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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...

 

Marriage, a commitment not to be taken lightly

During the last nine weeks, I have had a great deal of time to think about marriage. Most of us think about June and brides dressed in beautiful gowns, surrounded by smiling guests. Marriage is a...

 
 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...

 

Discovering life's many blessings

During this joyous time of year, there are many blessings received into our lives. One of the most important blessings is the love of family — husbands, wives, children, grandchildren. It is these...

 

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...

 

By his insistence, call him Butch

I met Yvette in the springtime at her annual crawfish broil. She was the technology director at the school where my wife was curriculum director. Yvette was the second real live Cajun I got to know...

 

Goodbye, Monty Lee Wilkes

This fall, Monty Lee Wilkes passed away at the young age of 54. This high school graduate of Barnum, Minnesota, became known as one of the world’s greatest audio engineers. He was a sound man —...

 

When Carole King met Radar the mule

After returning home late Friday night from the highly entertaining “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” we barely had time to sleep before our long-awaited annual Thanksgiving weekend trail...

 

Now is the time for thanks

This is the time of year when we find ourselves facing the winter season, holidays and all sorts of family events. It is a time when we remind ourselves of our many blessings. It is also a time of cha...

 

Jake with the slow gait

This year my family will escape the dreaded shopping debacle known as “Black Friday.” I seized the day and assured our family remained mall ineligible by renting seven horses from a ranch near...

 

Motivation to be a better person

The moment I opened the emails for one of my businesses, I could smell the rancorous hatred boiling over on the stove of animosity. “Karen, I just received seven emails from a customer who bought a...

 

Tidbits of tales ­- 1991 blizzard

Gale force winds from a storm wreaked a half billion dollars of havoc on the Eastern Seaboard, from Nova Scotia to Florida, and spawned northern Minnesota’s legendary Halloween blizzard of 1991....

 

A piece of my heart's in Texas

I’ve spent a small amount of time with West Texas cowboys and oil field workers. The most recent is a two-week stay with my sister while she mends her twice-wounded heart. A few months ago, her...

 

A not so boring walk with Tater

“Let’s take a break, Tater,” I told my sister’s Poo-Chin. “We need to get that cocklebur out of your foot.” Tater was the third in a line of our family’s propensity to bestow dogs with...

 

The debate before Columbus Day

I’ve made it an unwritten rule to never write a column in a fit of rage. Whenever I do, it is filled with many regrets and “I never should have said that” moments. Such is the case from the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 6, 2016

Age 74, the new magic number

On my 64th birthday, I realized I had finally, albeit much too quickly, reached the age made renowned by the Beatles song “When I’m Sixty-Four.” Last night as I watched, listened and followed...

 

Locked out, where's my money?

“I want my password and I want all my money back right now!" I yelled into the phone. This conversation had reached the supervisor level and I was having a heated discussion with the poor clerk who...

 

Some things too precious to disappear

Sorting my collection of music reminded me of the game we used to play in youth league at our church. We called it Musical Chairs. I’m not sure if kids today have heard it. I’m not even certain...

 

Closure can become unattainable

As humans, we remember certain events so profound they remain etched in our collective memory. September 11 we remembered all of the events surrounding the collapse of the Twin Towers. We forever...

 

'Disgraced' about entire human race

This is merely my opinion, but every single individual who walked out of the Guthrie Theater following the play “Disgraced” should have felt somewhat disgraced about themselves and the entire...

 

Rolling on the St. Croix, Mississippi

The normally laid-back week bordering boredom described in Garrison Keillor’s fictional Lake Wobegon shared only a few common traits (water and fishing) with the past few weeks we spent with our...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 25, 2016

When kids come home

“When the chickens come home to roost” is an old 14th-century saying that roughly refers to evil men returning home and laying a curse on their own house after doing a bad deed. Chickens from the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 18, 2016

Find love in a 'sick' world

The first Facebook post I read this morning stated, “We are living in a sick world.” A half dozen people had already agreed with the comment. My wife was the lone dissenter when she posted one...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 11, 2016

A couple bucks to see big name bands

I began this morning as I begin each day listening to “On That Beautiful Day” written by old friend Tom Peterson from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and performed by my relatively new friend,...

 

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