November 24th, 2023 by Gary Osberg

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of “Giving Thanks”, a Minnesota Public Radio special hosted by John Birge that airs nationwide on Thanksgiving Day. The show consists of classical music, songs, and dramatic readings all related to Thanksgiving. Although the format remains the same, some individual features are always aired, notably, selections from Charles Laughton’s 1962 […]

November 17th, 2023 by Gary Osberg

In 1998 Dad moved from his high-rise apartment in downtown St. Paul to my house in Upsala. He had been a city fellow for most of his adult life, but he was raised in Upsala. I was working in Minneapolis as a sales manager with the Xerox agency Albinson and I was gone most of […]

November 10th, 2023 by Gary Osberg

Tomorrow is Veterans Day.  Armistice Day  marked the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Le Francport, near Compiègne, France, at 5:45 am for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. Armistice Day was renamed […]

November 3rd, 2023 by Gary Osberg

Years ago, I met a woman whose father was a doctor in Cold Spring.  His brother was also a doctor, and they would take turns covering for each other during vacations.  One year the brother and his family drove to California in their “woody” station wagon.  At the end of the first week the doctor […]