August 30, 2015 I was really surprised to learn that Governor Jack Dalrymple has determined not to seek another term. And a little saddened. He has presided over North Dakota at the most prosperous and successful moment of its history. I believe he would have been re-elected effortlessly in 2016. He’s popular and extremely well […]
August 23, 2015 There is no moment quite like that first faint whiff of autumn on a late August morning. I felt it last week, and it filled me simultaneously with sadness and joy. You can sense the imminence of autumn by the frenetic way people are seeking recreation on our lakes and rivers. I […]
August 16, 2015 Now that we are rich beyond the dreams of our grandparents, and North Dakota has become one of the most prosperous states in America, we are getting a little cocky in our denunciations of the federal government. Suspicion of outsiders trying to tell us who we are and what we should do […]
This week President Thomas Jefferson (as portrayed by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson) notes the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and discusses it’s influence on our own government.
August 9, 2015 Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch is back in the news. A coalition of conservation groups and dedicated individuals have been pressing the Obama administration to designate the Elkhorn Ranch as a National Monument. Under the provisions of the Antiquities Act, passed by Congress in 1906, the President of the United States has the […]
August 2, 2015 This has been the summer of Lewis and Clark for me. I’ve traveled three times to Calgary, Alberta, to serve as an adviser to the great new HBO miniseries on Lewis and Clark. HBO and Playtone (Tom Hanks’ company) are creating a six-part dramatic miniseries about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to […]
July 26, 2015 The Greek pre-Socratic philosopher Herodotus said you can never walk into the same river twice. He was talking about actual rivers, of course, but also something metaphorical much bigger than rivers. All my life I have been drawn to rivers—more than lakes, oceans, seas, or prairie potholes. I love their linearity, their […]