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The Pitmaster, Poet & Storyteller

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Alphabet Photography

Alphabet Photography – My Creation and Review

By on October 3, 2015

There have been many times when I have walked through a mall or an art fair, where I have seen various forms of pictures that resemble letters spelled into words. When these pictures are put together, you can often create a word and your very own “Alphabet Photography.” In fact, there is “The Original Alphabet […]

Torchy’s Tacos: A Texas Treat to Eat

By on September 13, 2015

This past week took my travels to Austin, Texas. As I had never been to Austin before, I turned to two trusted resources to seek out things to do and places to eat, Foursquare and Twitter. Overwhelmingly, the once common element between the two sources was Torchy’s Tacos. In fact, I even wrote an article […]

10 Places You Shouldn't Miss

10 Places You Shouldn’t Miss in Austin, Texas

By on September 9, 2015

As I sit here and write this article, I am traveling across the sky on a Delta plane using Gogo Wireless WiFi. As I am I heading to Austin, Texas today, I thought it was only proper to ask the Twittersphere for some dinner and sightseeing recommendations from local Austin, Texans. Once of my go-to […]

Sweet Martha's

Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar: One Sweet Treat

By on September 7, 2015

Well I finally made it to the “Great Minnesota Get Together” or more properly known as the Minnesota State Fair. When it comes to the Minnesota State Fair, there are so many choices of food, yet I always know how my evening will end, with a bucket of chocolate chip cookies from Sweet Martha’s Cookie […]


7 Fun Facts About Valleyfair

By on August 17, 2015

When I was perhaps eight or nine years old, I was on a motorized train at a corporate event when the young train driver took a turn too fast. I was thrown from the train, the train buckled and collapsed, ultimately pinning me underneath the train for an extended amount of time. Fortunately nothing was […]

The Art of Shaving

By on August 13, 2015

At some point in a man’s life, they typically need to shave their whiskers. As a lad, I fondly remember watching my grandfather prepare his face to shave, while using shave soap and a badger brush. 40 years ago there was not the wide variety of shaving blades as there are today and my grandfather […]

Libertine: A Great Night Out No Doubt

By on August 9, 2015

In the Uptown area of Minneapolis, I finally had the opportunity to venture out to Libertine, which now occupies the former Cafeteria restaurant. Libertine is the brain-child of Tim McKee, of La Belle Vie. Located in Calhoun Square, Libertine offers a rooftop bar for cocktails and dinner or you can also sit in the main […]

7 Things I Hate

7 Things I Hate – Monday Morning Musing

By on August 3, 2015

Earlier today I was listening to a local radio station, 101.3 KDWB. I love the Dave Ryan in the Morning radio show and have interacted a fair amount on Twitter with Dave Ryan, Falen Bonsett and Steve-O LaTart. On the show this morning, they were talking about “7 Words That Women Hate” and while I […]

Awaken for Wellness

Curious About Floating? Try Awaken for Wellness

By on July 31, 2015

What is Floating? Potentially a Great Experience. Several weeks ago I was attending my monthly Vistage executive session. Unlike other sessions, this session was a retreat to the historic St. James Hotel in Red Wing, to hear an amazing speaking in Dan Miller. Dan Miller, also called Ultra Human Dan, speaks about wellness issues for […]

Tequila Mule

Tequila Mule Recipe: Mmm Mmm Good

By on July 24, 2015

Now I know what you are already thinking. I’ve heard of a drug mule and perhaps the drink, Moscow Mule, but what the heck is a Tequila Mule? In simple terms, it is a Moscow Mule, but will my favorite spirit, Tequila. And since today is National Tequila Day, I thought I would not only […]