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Things I learned on the way to something else--May edition Just a few scattered pieces of information I glommed onto while browsing through the likes of VANITY FAIR, NEW YORKER, NEWSWEEK, TIME, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. a couple of garden equipment catalogues and a church bulletin or two. * SCORPION which premieres this Fall on CBS will mark the first time since 1948 that a sitcom hasn't appeared Monday Nights at 8 Central on the Tiffany Network. (TV GUIDE) * It takes roughly 8 times longer to move oil through pipelines than it does shipping it via rail. (TIME ) * "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children-" Sitting Bull ( posted on the wall in Hibbard Hall at UW Eau Claire ) * Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, runs 3 to 5 miles a adya and reads 4 to 5 papers a day (FORTUNE)

The Overlooked JOY of Coasting

A few weeks ago I was flipping across channels and stumbled into a post race interview with some zen like Nascar driver--I forget which one--The interviewer asked a question he expected a different answer to. He asked what the driver liked to do when he wasn't racing and instead of opting for the more traditional, thrill-seeking type answers like mountain climbing, deep sea fishing, or alligator wrasslin', he opted for a simple but poignant answer. Read more...

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else JULY

Here are a few more of those things I stumbled upon while looking for something else,,, Read more...

This LESS GOVERNMENT Battle has been going on a long time

So, as I browsing through an old SATURDAY EVENING POST I picked up for 75 cents at an Almena Thrift Store the other day I spotted this ad sponsored by the Independent Power and Light Companies. They talk all about this battle over TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT..and SOCIALISM ON THE MARCH...and STEP BY STEP It will be taken from us. October 1958. Things haven't changed that much, have they? I hear this same argument almost everyday. The Power companies didn't really want to put their names specifically on this ad BUT you could get a list from the POST if you wrote to them. I might be a little late for the list. Read more...

Things I learned on the way to somewhere else-June edition

This month I learned some really cool stuff while paging through a magazine, book or newspaper or 2.. Read more...

Things I learned on the way to something else--May

Things I learned on the way to something else--May edition Read more...

Things I read for fun and other things I like to read-April 2014

It's probably a good thing I have a NOOK. It's probably a good thing that I have an overused library card and I'm sure its a good thing that I'm a literacy tutor with the Literacy Volunteers of The Chippewa Valley. Read more...

Things I learned on the way to Hawai'i and back

It's amazing what a few days in Paradise (and the trip to and from) will teach you. My first time in Hawai'i and I learned this.. Read more...

More things I learned on the way to something else --In like a LION edition

First Off.. As February becomes March and temps continue to drop into the sub zero range (thank you polar vortex !) let me acknowledge 2 important things--March WILL come in like a lion AND my wife Juli is the # 1 reader of this blog so let me throw in at least one "Hi Honey ! " and then get back to the business of "things I learned on the way to something else " Read more...

Things I learned on the way to something else February 4th Edition

Things I learned on the way to something else FEBRUARY 4th  EDITION Read more...

Things I learned on the way to something else (January edition)

A 2500 mile trip with my best friend of 44 years, West Coast Dan, provided lots of time for stray reading, listening to radio from Des Moines to Wichita to Houston and just about every AM signal we could find along the way, and just plain observation.  Read more...