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A new year

Happy New Year to the family of Americans. Just like my personal family, babies were born and people died. The drunken uncle once again appeared at the Yuletide party. Meanwhile, Uncle Sam got drunk...

 

Good intentions

“Life is short and if you’re looking for extension, you had best do well. ‘Cause there’s good deeds then there’s good intentions. They are as far apart as heaven and hell.” Source: Ben...

 

I'll be home for Christmas

My family once had one of those tiny and very ugly orange Gremlins in which we were able to pack our three young sons and everything needed to make a full Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa’s. The ...

 

Always go to other people's funerals

In a recent column I presented myself as a longtime fan of malaprops, morphisms, and a general stewing up a pot of words using the English language for ingredients. It was during our annual...

 

Growing up a Boomer

Born in February of 1947. As a matter of fact, I was among the first batch of ‘Baby Boomers’. I grew up on the water in an old ramshackle house that was as close to the Missouri River that the cit...

 

Tripping into the future

For a moment, I felt like a rock star this morning. I’m talking about the one in the commercial who appears on stage in front of 50,000 screaming Cleveland fans and yells into the microphone,...

 

The big, bad Black Hills bull elk

Monday morning; the one day in the week that I make a vow for myself. I call it deadline at high noon. Although I am unofficially retired, I have never allowed myself the freedom of being obligation...

 

Wick's lyrics, gimmicks and limericks

Some things are best when left unsaid. In my world, “little pitchers have big ears,” meant to watch what you say in front of your young children because at some point it will come back to haunt yo...

 

Fine pieces of performance art

A Broadway play is one of the finer representations of performance art. Cirque du Soleil is performance art at its finest. A person sitting on Broadway and 42nd Street in New York City with a...

 

The theater

My history with theater goes back 55 years when I played the villain in a Chamberlain High School class play. I had the part of an aging night manager at a two-bit hotel. It was a classic...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    October 4, 2018

Quitting or retiring?

I have been writing short stories for the United States Postal Service and small hometown newspapers for the past 30 years. Beginning in the 80s, my columns of “Ask the Postmaster” circulated...

 

Good company

We were standing on a hilltop when I first realized how much I would miss her. She had been here almost five days and would be gone in a few more. We had just exited the St. Paul Cathedral, the one...

 

The morning after

Sometimes the morning after is the worst hangover of your life. You swear you’ll never drink again. By that evening it’s “Fill up the glass. It’s my first one today.” Now there’s even a...

 

Movin' on

An old cliché I used in my traveling days in the 60s comes from a country western tune. I would say to Bart or Wiggy or one of my many other hitch-hiking buddies, “Like Hank Snow, I’m movin...

 

Labor Day sales

Once upon a time Labor Day was celebrated with parades featuring marchers from the AFL-CIO, the Teamsters Union, the Bricklayers Union and my favorite, the one union I belonged to, the Hod-Carriers...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 30, 2018

Dogs and longevity

I once had a Norwegian Elkhound named Jethro. I aptly named him Jethro Bodine after a character on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Jethro could never make up his mind if he was going to be a brain...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 23, 2018

The learning curve

It’s been nearly a month since we bought our Tesla. I can count on one hand the number of times I have driven it. I still have five fingers and I think I have been behind the wheel four times. This...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 16, 2018

Jerry Jeff and a Tesla

Folks, please bear with me for just one more year. You are not alone in the musical world if you love country and don’t know Jerry Jeff Walker. He may be the ultimate singer/songwriter from Austin...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Sharing the road

My favorite scene from the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” appears near the very end when the two bank/train robbing outlaws are perched behind a large boulder. One of them turns to the...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Scotch day

I have never had a problem reconciling the vision of a large red-headed, big-bellied guy with a bottle of Scotch in hand, wearing a skirt in lieu of pants. OK. Technically they are called kilts, as...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Liar, liar, pants on fire

One of the things that bothers President Trump’s adversaries the most is his continual stream of lies. In reality, his antagonists, both foreign and domestic, could do themselves a big favor by...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Three of a kind

In the past three weeks, wedding bells were ringing in Brainerd, Minn., Ojo Caliente, N.M. and Lead, S.D. Not for me but for three of our family friends. In poker you could say about these three weddi...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Learning, living

Many friends are urging me to tell a very important part of my life story that I omitted last week. I agreed, if only to prove that people can change from heading toward the dark side of life to...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Who was Gary Fisher?

I recently received a request from my home town’s newspaper if I would kindly sit for an interview. “Dear Rita, this is my answer to your quest to interview me for your column 'What Ever Happened...

 
 By Wick Fisher    Opinion    March 29, 2018

News goes on forever

As far as weekends go, last weekend was about as newsworthy as it gets. Last Saturday America awoke to a mass of children, who for once got out of bed before the adults. I expect that for the youth...

 

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