FireMy hometown is kind of a mess. Over the weekend, our grain elevator, by far the biggest structure in town, suffered a major fire. The part that …
CriticalMy Great Uncle Carl, the guy who lived in our house before we did, twice spent time in a state institution being treated with electroshock thera…
PricklesSunday afternoon the giant dog wandered around the yard, trying to make friends. She’s usually pretty charming, if you can overlook the drool, b…
A better world...On Friday, July 16th, 7:00 p.m., I’ll be at Lingonberries in Ortonville. We’ll have a discussion about my new book, in which, believe it or not,…
MemoryThis Fourth of July most of the clan was gathered, and we were playing that unnamed family game, the one that gets more interesting the older we…
Two July 4 columns...oldies but still goodies.Here’s a story I think about often around the Fourth of July. In 1957, the Supreme Court had ruled that schools in Little Rock, Arkansas needed …
CoachingA baseball game. Eleven and twelve-year-olds. Roughly one third of the team bursts into tears at some point, many of them after talking to their…
IvanI was driving between farms the other day and noticed that the wild roses were bloo…
"What are you doing tomorrow?” I asked. My wife replied, “I don’t know, nothing special. What do you have in mind?” “I thought we could spend the day m…
A lot of the people signing up for this are folks who’ve been reading me for years, if not decades. Yes, I am that old. But for the new people, here’s …
What I’ve Done Back page columnist, “Living the Country Life” 2002 - 2016 Syndicated column, “Independently Speaking” 1996 - 2021 Author of four collec…
Welcome to Independently Speaking by me, Brent Olson. Just an old guy living in a small place, trying to figure out what matters. Sign up now so you…