Moving to the Midwest was an eye-opening experience in many ways. Hail the size of bowling balls, overly friendly people who sometimes talk funny, chislic — all were new to me. But one of the biggest differences can be found in the most mundane of places, the grocery store. I'm talking mayonnaise. Specifically, Hellmann's. Living … Continue reading Mayo Have Your Attention, Please
The Brockelsby name is legendary in Rapid City, though many residents might not immediately recognize it. Impossible to miss, however, is the glass-domed building on Highway 16 — a popular tourist attraction for decades, and the family's enduring legacy. Earl Brockelsby founded Reptile Gardens in 1937. Born on the dusty plains of Kadoka, a stone's … Continue reading Rattlesnake Under His Dad’s Hat
One of my friends posted a photo on Facebook last week after he'd stopped by his local coffeeshop for a morning pick-me-up. Not just for he and his wife, but for their dogs, too. Apparently, it's trendy now for coffeeshops to serve Frappuccinos for dogs. Starbucks has a Puppuccino, and other places have followed suit. … Continue reading Cups for Pups
Just as I was walking out the front door this morning after kissing Tara goodbye, she glanced down at my feet and remarked, “Interesting shoes.” Well, shit. She might as well have said, “Are you really going out in public wearing those?!” because it certainly didn’t sound like a compliment, but rather a polite way … Continue reading (500) Days of Winter
Yesterday was the second anniversary of Doris’s death. You might recall, she was the previous owner of the home we bought in 2019. We learned later that she died in the middle of the kitchen. While that’s a little unsettling, I can’t say we ever feel her presence. There have been a couple of unusual … Continue reading Things That Go Thump in the Night
I’ve never been a Tom Brady fan, per se. But his athleticism and skill won me over years ago. Even I, a lifelong Broncos fan, have to admit he’s the GOAT. He’s simply got too many rings on too many fingers to argue otherwise. So, when my dad proposed a bet on this year’s Super … Continue reading Twenty Bucks-are-near
You might recall how thrilled I was to have Tara writing an article for the spring issue of Ye Olde Publishing Company's parenting magazine. But when she had me look over a rough draft last night, my excitement turned to despair. Not because she had left any participles dangling or mispelt werds. My wife is … Continue reading Double? Trouble.
Last week, South Dakota Magazine reached out to me, asking if I'd be interested in having a photo featured in their Photo Friday series. Umm, does a three-legged dog swim in circles?! I was both humbled and honored. I do like this shot. Specifically, the contrasting colors that play against one another. A lot of … Continue reading Oh, Shoot!