About this column title. Iím not related
to Eudora Welty, the short story writer, and she didnít care a whit about
politics so this is definitely not Eudora.
"When I was in fifth grade my Grandfather made one of his infrequent visits
to our house. It was the only time that we watched a movie together."
for a Day
"Fresh from their victory saving
the NAACPís Duluth Chapter is lobbying The School Board to honor Martin
They want school to be closed on his birthday or at least on the
Monday closest to his birth. Martin would become, so to speak, King for a Day. .
Shadows of Woody and Wayne
Feb. 3, 2005
"Give the Devil his due. George Bush has pulled a rabbit out of
Column the Trib didn't Publish Published
Feb. 17, 2005
"Weeks before Alberto Gonzalez
became Attorney General I sent an essay opposing his confirmation to the Duluth
News Tribune. . . The Trib didnít publish it."
March 3, 2005
"All that I
had to do was give damned oral book report. Little did I know that it would
knock me off whatever trajectory I was on like a nuclear blast
asteroid out of an imminent collision with Earth. . ."
and the News Published March 17, 2005 "I donít
know if Pat Kelly is the most gregarious fellow in
but thatís how he comes across on television. So, it was particularly painful
to watch him anchoring his newly abbreviated show with a rival networkís
news staff last week..."
New Super's Duper Salary Published
April 1, 2005 "After a decade of getting by on the cheap
and paying its school superintendent one of the lowest salaries imaginable
ďCity of the First Class,Ē the Duluth School Board finally has to ante up
more pay. . ."
the Pope Polish?
April 14, 2005
"I lost my favorite catch phrase to signal that I mean,
"Yes," when Pope John Paul II died. . ."
War on the New Superintendent Published Apr. 28
"Before he has even set foot in his office our newly hired Duluth
School Superintendent, Keith Dixon, has had a salvo
fired over his head by ex
school board member, Eileen Zeitz-Hudelson . . ."
of the Republican God Published
April 12, 2005
"Two hundred years ago
passed a law forbidding cohabitation between unmarried men and women. . ."
"There is a story about Bedru that I would tell if I knew for certain that
he was dead."
June 10, 2005 "Claudia suggested that we drive
down to Springfield , Illinois , on Memorial Day and visit the new Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum. As a big fan of the rail splitter I was
delighted by the idea of taking a
. . ."
Valance and the Neo-con Testament Published
June 23, 2005 "I've been trying to imagine George W Bush
and his fellow neo-cons as pimply teenagers back in1962 soaking up the lessons
of John Ford's stirring Horse Opera The Man who Shot Liberty Valance."
Through My Daughuter's Eyes
July 6, 2005 "After my daughter Keely was born in the
spring I took my visiting mother-in-law Shirley out to a sandwich shop for
It was the only time in the eight years I knew her that we got to talk,
just the two of us. . ."
Smaller than a Bread Basket Published July 21, 2005 "Although most Minnesotans have never heard of him or the organization he is President of (Americans for Tax Reform)
Norquist seems to have single-handedly disqualified Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty from consideration as a
potential presidential nominee of the Republican Party in 2008. . ."
Veganization of Delaware Published
August 4, 2005
"After a ruling by the US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit,
may soon become the first state in the union to make dining out a meatless
experience. . ."
Summer my Street was Buried Published
August 18, 2005
"As I carried my uncooked lasagna across
the south lane of the half buried
East Forth Street
, I interrupted a game of tennis."
Bob White Goes Postal
Published September 1, 2005
"As I knelt on my patio, under a hot sun, sanding away at the old cabinet
whose repair has taken up half my summer, my cat sprang from a lazy curl into an
attack crouch. . ."
Katrina Rant Published
Sept. 15, 2005
"My Mother's big sister, Mary Jane,
did not want to be buried in
. She was a Midwestern girl and moved south under protest. The City's
graveyards gave her the willies. . ."
Lesson in Civility Published
30, 2005 "This
summer teachers, administrators and students from the
got together to plan lessons in
"civility" to be taught daily inall our middle schools. At one of the
sessions a teacher began complaining to the other teachers in her group about
school board member Bevan Schraw's incivility and the importance of defeating
him in the upcoming election. The other teachers nodded their assent. A student
sitting in their midst listened to the conversation with incredulity. Her name
was Melody Schraw."
Pulling Julio out of a Hat
Oct 14, 2001
"I used to kid Julio Almanza that I was
responsible for all his gray hair as he gracefully aged from a black to a silver
mane in the six years he superintended the Duluth Schools. Julio just flashed
his cat-who-swallowed-the-canary smile at me. Itís a look our city councilors
will have three months to get used to."
as Ketchikan Published
October 28, 2005
"Little could I have imagined
thirty-five years ago as we debarked from our ship into the hamlet of
, that it would someday become an obscene symbol
's fiscal enslavement of my children. . .
Anecdotes about Sex Published Nov 10, 2005
"One day I told my seventh grade Geography class how I hadn't wanted to be
one of those parents whose children grew up embarrassed and confused about sex.
Murtha! Police! Published
Nov 24, 2005
's Rialto Theater used to answer the phone calls from people inquiring about the
evening's movies with the greeting, 'Help! Murder! Police'"
Laundry Published Nov. 9, 2005 "It was the Democrat's hapless 1924 Presidential candidate John W. Davis
who said, "The first duty of a politician is to get elected." Just how
it's done is not so important. . ."
of Christmas Past
Dec. 22, 2005
"Every December 25th my brother, sister or I would retrieve the
poster board containing the lyrics of the Twelve Days of Christmas from
high atop my Grandfather Marsh's secretary. . ."
to Vic (not
published in the Reader) 2005
and I have traded email for four years."
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