Posts filed under: Out-Takes

I admit that I watched all the sessions of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Vietnam history. A young adult of the 1960s, I was there during the war and played...
So, what does Alexa have to do with the future of humanity? An article in the September 10 New York Times says, “These Are Not the Robots We Were Promised.”...
Edd Merritt reflects on his Baby Boomer generation...
My secessionist writer and friend, Thomas Naylor, was a resident of Charlotte until his death five years ago. He led the charge for our state and whoever wanted to join...
  I’m walkin’ to New Orleans I’m gonna need two pair of shoes When I get the walkin’-me blues When I get back to New Orleans Walking to New Orleans...
So have all of your passionate violins Play a tune for the Tennessee kid Who is feeling, like leaving another town, now But with no place to go if he...
Edd Merritt | Contributing Editor I was hanging out the other day, waiting for my wife to return from work at the Senior Center, so I turned to Spotify and...
Edd Merritt | Contributing Editor Mother, should I run for president? Mother, should I trust the government? Mother, will they put me in the firing line? Mother, is it just...
Ireland, Ireland Together standing tall Shoulder to shoulder We’ll answer Ireland’s call . . . Ireland’s Call, written by Phil Coulter Only Jim Lowe knew the secret behind the green...
Edd Merritt | Contributing Editor We gotta get out of this place If it’ the last thing we e’er do We gotta get out of this place Girl, there’s a...
Woops — Hoops They’re playing basketball We love that basketball Yeah, now basketball is my favorite sport I love the way they dribble up and down the court I keep...
Edd Merritt | Contributing Editor Livin’ in a city of immigrants I don’t need to go travelin’ Open my door and the world walks in Livin’ in a city of...
Don’t you know things can change Things’ll go your way If you hold on for one more day . . . “Hold On” – Wilson Phillips   November 8? Can...
This OutTake is dedicated to the Minnesota state bird, the common loon. My uncle George was a part of their flock—loony as all get out....
I take grief nearly every day as I walk into Spear’s Corner Store to get my newspaper. The gang at the table often greets me as one of a handful...
When you can’t get out and about quite as frequently as you used to, you tend to pick up books and spend a good portion of your days reading—that is,...
And my ten-year-old enthusiasm to learn was evident. I actually leapt at the chance to go shopping with my mother. Was it schooling? No. Learning? Yes....
Speaking of cows, I’m asked by dairy mogul Robert Mack on a regular basis to practice saying “President Trump” so that when my vocal chords cringe at the utterance I...
I don’t want to go too far out on a political limb, but suffice it to say that from my perspective, athletics epitomizes what Bernie Sanders says is wrong with...
Hello folks. I’m Olive, and I came up from Providence, Rhode Island, to spend Christmas in Vermont with my family and grandparents, Grammy and Squid. ...