I lost a parent. I gained some family.

Dad died last month, and it's been a lot of things. It was closure, and sad, and frustrating. That was in the first ten minutes, and then it settled into my bones and became real. [caption id="attachment_1217" align="alignnone" width="475"] Grandpa and Grandma Maggert[/caption] I went to Iowa for the funeral.…

My dad passed away.

Dad passed away last night. He'd been fighting cancer for six years. Life is going to change a lot even if I think it won't. He was a complicated man who never truly recovered from the loss of his wife. When mom died twenty-one years ago, we lost our family…

It’s Write to Travel

Traveling makes you a better writer, and it also teaches you an array of skills you'll need. This morning, we depart for my wife's ancestral family land, a place called "Ill-uh-noy". Her tribe are a hardy people, tall, generally fair haired and prone to sacking and looting the coast of…

St. Olaf and the Golden Girls

I may have mentioned I married a Norwegian Lutheran, who comes from a family filled with other Norwegian Lutherans. Upon meeting my mother-in-law to be, she mentioned that she graduated from St. Olaf with a degree in home Economics. Until that moment, I thought St. Olaf was a creation within…