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At this time of year, I get a lot of emails and texts from people reporting they are hearing an owl hooting outside their windows at night. While many enjoy the sound, others complain they can’t get to sleep. Either way, the chances are a great horned owl is the culprit. The great horned owl…

If it is January, many among us go through an annual ritual called setting resolutions. I personally do not follow the ritual, but I do not mind suggesting an item for a section of the Eden Prairie News audience: parents of teens.

Almost four years ago, on Jan. 30, my daughter took her own life. I tell this story not to elicit sympathy or for dramatic effect. I tell this story in the hopes that someone struggling with suicidal thoughts will see the devastating pain caused by suicide loss and seek help to avoid it. I a…

Today, we tell of The First Story, making it a celebration of pomp, an affair of gold-embroidered vestments and costly columns and altars of marble, and choruses of choirs, of jeweled windows and incense, of the extreme abundance of gifting and getting.

I have a confession. Last month, I said Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. I think I lied. It’s really Christmas. I don’t really like the chaos, or the gift wrapping, card sending or shopping, or the organizing and running from place to place. What I do like, is what I think Christmas is …

It’s that time of year again when we are thinking about what presents to give to our loved ones at the holiday season. Here are a few tips and ideas about what to give to your favorite senior, and also some ideas for gifts that are easy for seniors to give to their loved ones.

Dorcas Reilly passed away a year ago this past October, she was 92, and no, I’m pretty sure you didn’t know her, but one out of three Americans will sit down and enjoy her invention this coming Thanksgiving. Ms. Reilly, you see, was the soupie who invented Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole.

Happiness is an elusive yet powerful mantra to live by. How do we get there? My understanding has evolved over my lifetime. My schooling taught me that happiness is a thing that can be pursued. It was a condition that existed outside of my control that would allow me to be happy. It could be…

I’ve been thinking about winter. Haven’t we all? It is early November and we all know winter is on the way. The sun is lower in the sky. The morning air has an edge to it. Gray skies to the north hold the promise of snow.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No gifts means very little stress. Just time with your family and your own traditions. I’m sure some people’s traditions revolve around watching football, playing games or eating certain foods. My family had those, sure, but our best tradition was the “tu…

It’s been several weeks since I’ve written a column. I’ve been occupied with two daughters getting married within a few months of each other, and life in general. Though I don’t think that is really why I haven’t been writing.

Anxiety, stress, depression, suicide, isolation; the physical health of students has always been taken seriously in schools, but mental health is often overlooked. Excused absences from schools across the nation require “legitimate excuses,” and this list rarely acknowledges mental breaks.

In 1955, when I was 5 years old, every boy in America wanted to go as Davey Crockett for Halloween. Disney had created a series of shows around the character, and they spawned what was to be America’s first truly huge fad based on a children’s television show.

I would love to write a nice little article about bird migration. Something short and snappy and to the point, but when I reflect about how I would do this, I shutter at the thought. You see, bird migration on the surface seems simple enough, right? Birds fly south in winter and north in spr…

The most frequent question I’m asked regarding my daughter’s suicide is “How do you do it?” Well, as the saying goes, “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” You just keep going. You hope you make it through the hard days without crying and you celebrate t…

In my opinion, the two standout matches of the US Open this year were the men's final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev, and the second round match between Simona Halep and Taylor Townsend. The winners of each were left-handed players. I've watched a lot of tennis in my day and I can …

Last week, I wrote about tennis being a lifestyle and a lifetime sport. I received an email from a reader asking for some tips for senior players. It is true that as we get older our body does not always react as fast as in our younger days, but, I must first relate an experience that I had …

Sept. 8-15, 2019 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Each year, 47,000 Americans die by suicide. For every person who dies by suicide, 25 people attempt suicide. That’s 1,175,000 people who are in so much pain they feel they can do nothing but die to make their pain go away. With the United…

A lot of things come with a warning label these days. For example: tools and machinery, tobacco and alcohol products and toys with small parts. There is even talk of putting a warning label on soda beverages because of the high refined sugar content.

Two thoughts come to mind as the kids head back to school: thank God I don’t have to go to school anymore, and I wish I’d thanked Miss Peseux. Miss Marion L. Peseux (rhymes with kazoo) was my sixth-grade teacher in 1961 and she was the best teacher I ever had.

Myth: I hear that I need to pronate my arm to get more speed on my serve, but when I try it as suggested, I get pain in my forearm and I’m less consistent. I must be doing something wrong.

A good question from a reader — “Coach Brian, I enjoy your articles… With all of the new changes in smaller courts, rackets and the new foam tennis balls for kids, can you write more about parental involvement in getting more youth to try tennis?” -Barney, of Plymouth.

Five words from the oft-quoted challenge to the nation by President Kennedy in his inaugural address is the title of this column. These words inspired me to pose a question for all who drive on our Minnesota roads. More about that quote and my question a bit later.

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