Tuesday, November 29 2022 - 8:30 PM

Michael Temple

writes from Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Adaptable Dinner

man peering in smoky oven

“It smells like something is burning,” my son-in-law exclaimed. It was the night before Thanksgiving, and I could smell the pungent odor of smoke too. …

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The Side Trail

skiing

“Hey dad, do you want to make a side trail with me?” My son Michael and I were just about to dismount the chairlift at …

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The Keychain

set of keys in ignition

It stays in my pocket almost every day, fits in the palm of my hand and is one of my most prized possessions. It’s been …

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Instruction Manual

cook with kitchen utensils and help sign

I fought the Veg-O-Matic, and the Vege-O-Matic won! If you’re wondering what a Vege-O-Matic is, let me explain. A Vege-O-Matic is a kitchen tool that …

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The Picture

three girls sitting at memorial site

It starkly and vividly grabbed me by the emotional collar and yanked me headlong into a whirlpool of sorrow and despondency. It changed me in …

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The Church Lady Blues

child eating dessert

It is said that art imitates life, and there are times when I agree with that sentiment. In the past, I watched a regularly recurring …

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Nightly Ritual

girl in wheelchair

Night after night, consistently, unfailingly…I’ve watched her for years, and her routine ritual is entirely predictable at bedtime. Slowly, painstakingly, she limps to the doorway …

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Evil Money

handing over money

“If money is the root of all evil, then why do so many televangelists want mine?” I chuckled to myself when I read this sarcastic …

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Choose Wisely

man thinking

The ancient bearded man dressed in the vestiture and hood of chain mail speaks quietly and with conviction: “You must choose, but choose wisely. For …

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