Opinion

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 25 of 330



 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...

 

Lake Theatre to celebrate 80 years

Some business dreams last more than a generation. The Lower family has been in the theatre business in Moose Lake for five generations. The family first opened The Strand in 1919 and then Lake...

 
 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 Kate Crowley    Opinion    March 2, 2017

Intrigued by 'sense of place'

I am intrigued by the idea of sense of place — to feel completely "at home" in one particular place. I have read people who grow up on the Great Plains feel claustrophobic when they are in forested...

 
 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...

 

Looking forward to sunny days

I've been feeling a bit housebound for the last few months. Now that the weather has been more agreeable, I have been venturing outdoors a lot more. The sidewalk in front of my door has been shedding...

 

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...

 

Gardens - stepping stones to heaven

For the past several months I have been nursing my husband, Donald. While he was in the process of leaving this earth for the broader realms of heaven, we talked about his garden. This was a garden...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Page Down

Powered by ROAR Online Publication Software from Lions Light Corporation
© Copyright 2017