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Top Ten Stories Of 2008

What with getting engaged, then promoted, and then married — not to mention honeymooning on the other side of the world and releasing a few albums — it didn’t seem possible that this year could possibly top 2007. And nothing will ever top that happy...

Top Ten Songs Of 2008

I’ve said it before: music discovery is a young man’s game. Try as I may, I can’t keep up with what’s new. Even with my day job. It all sounds like a rehash of The Strokes to me. I spend all my time listening to This American Life, Fresh Air,...

Top Ten Posts Of 2008

I published 205 posts this year. Assuming an average count of 500 words, that’s over 100,000. Compiled onto 12-point, 60-character, 5-inch lined, 250-word pages, 2008 would be a 400 long. With an average readership of a few hundred friends, family and fans a...

Rookie Mistake

I was never much with a shotgun growing up. Not that I had a ton of exposure to firearms, but they were around. My father’s family, most of whom still live in Waterloo, Iowa, frequently spent weekends hunting pheasant, duck, rabbit and deer. Invariably,...