A More Perfect Union

PHILADELPHIA – “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across … Read more

Lindsborg Town Talk: Messiah Edition

Once a week for the past couple of months, I’ve been producing a an audio presentation covering public events in Lindsborg. The show is called Lindsborg Town Talk, and attempts to be “your source for news about upcoming events and activities in Lindsborg”, in as much as that’s possible in 2 minutes, once a week. … Read more

A Day in the Life

Update: 18 March Results from Sheryl’s colonoscopy were “clean”, thus putting to rest our fears of the past few days. Thanks to everyone who’s offered their support. A phone call in the late morning with the news that initial tests look bad in terms of having colon cancer. “More tests ordered, after that I’ll be … Read more

Kansas’ Swedish Smorgasbord

Kansas’ Swedish Smorgasbord That’s the headline for a nice feature story about Lindsborg published on AAA’s online travel website, Home & Away. The article covers a broad variety of topics, including the Wild Dalas, Swedes’ love of coffee and the newly opened Swedish Crown restaurant. There’s no real news for residents and frequent visitors to … Read more

Two Ubuntu Tips

Two things that I found useful this weekend when working on my Ubuntu Linux system. There are a lot of good Linux distributions to choose from; we use Debian at work, so Debian-based Ubuntu is a logical choice for home usage. Disable Desktop Effects If you turn on Desktop Effects and your hardware doesn’t support … Read more

Midsummer’s 2008

Lindsborg Kansas will once again host its annual Midsummer’s Festival the weekend of June 21st, 2008. Festival organizers this year are planning dramatic changes to underscore the community’s Swedish heritage and, at the same time, offer visitors the experience of stepping into it. In early February, Lindsborg News-Record publisher John Marshall conducted an interview with … Read more

The Union Square Cafe’s Bar Nuts

Sheryl found this recipe during the holidays, and we’ve made it a couple of times since then. They are extremely tasty! The Union Square Cafe’s Bar Nuts Recipe courtesy Nigella Lawson, 2007, modified by Mike & Sheryl, 2007 2 1/4 cups (18-ounces) assorted unsalted nuts, including peeled peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans and whole unpeeled almonds. … Read more

How Long?

Everyone is different, but from what I’ve heard, the flu that’s going around locally seems to last about a week. I’m in my sixth day, so that seems about right. My fever receded a day or so ago, which is a good sign, but I still feel terrible, and given the (so far) slow rate … Read more

Balloon Hats

I’ve spent time visiting our local nursing home since I was a young cub scout performing Christmas carols, and I’m pretty sure the residents of Bethany Home would enjoy a visit from the balloon hat man. His creations are so whimsical and colorful that it makes me interested in learning more about how they’re done! … Read more

Very Large Lenses

In the past few days I’ve seen a few stories about a very special Canon lens, a 1200mm monster that weighs 36 pounds and costs 99 thousand dollars (that’s not a typo). It was interesting, but not something I would have necessarily mentioned here. Then, today, came another story about a truly monster lens, a … Read more