Monday, September 27 2021 - 6:13 AM

Michael Temple

writes from Grand Forks, North Dakota.

What is Normal?

woman lost in thought

You’re not normal, and neither am I. In fact, I’ve been hard-pressed to find anyone who can sum up what “normal” is or looks like. …

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Dying Prepared

man looking out over lake

My brother-in-law is one of the godliest men I have ever met. He has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and unless a miracle happens, …

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Twenty-Six Letters

woman spewing letters from mouth

Twenty-six letters. Only 26 letters in the alphabet, but imagine the possibilities. Imagine the potential carnage! What makes the difference between a New York Times bestseller that …

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Anxiety Pills

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In her article titled “Listening to Xanax,” reporter Lisa Miller chronicles “how Americans learned to stop worrying about worry and pop its pills instead.” Miller …

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Let Go of the Rope!

Hanging on to something that once helped you isn’t always the best idea. In fact, it can be downright discouraging and unproductive. My case in point? Water-skiing. …

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Keep the Jelly

“Donuts aren’t worth much when the jelly is gone.” My mother, who is nearing the age of 91 looked at the fragment of her treat …

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The Sanctuary

The word “retro” might be the way that someone would describe it, but with the funky wallpaper and mustard yellow countertop, most people would call …

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Deadly Fumes

“Mike, what’s that noise?” It was early morning, and I probably would’ve slept right through the loud beeping sound that was coming from our living …

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Forgetting to Remember

An obituary picture of Norman’s smiling face stared back at me, and I gulped. One thought kept invading my mind; “How could I not have known about …

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