Friday, January 28 2022 - 1:16 AM

Michael Temple

writes from Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Calling for Help

red car crash

Thirty years ago, my wife Roberta had a “rebirth” experience.  Let me explain: She and I had been married for five years and were living …

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Pull Off The Road

car on snowy road

“Sometimes you just have to pull off the road.” This thought kept invading my mind as my little rental car continued to slip and slide on the …

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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

a couple looking at a bottle of pills

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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Letting Go of Guilt

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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