Book: That Time of Year: A Minnesota Life, by Garrison Keillor

My earliest memory of Garrison Keillor is a Minnesota Public Radio morning radio show that he created and hosted. It was a mash-up of music, stories, poems, and news, unlike anything else.  It kept me company as I showered, brushed my teeth, and then drove the long ride to work… Continue reading

Yamaha’s new Ténéré 700, a Suzuki DR350S and two Harleys

This is a story of my testing the new-for-2021, Yamaha Ténéré 700, an on/off-road motorcycle.  But first, here’s a bit of my history with this category of bikes.  If you’re lucky, I’ll work a couple of Harley-Davidsons into the story, too.  These days I love reviewing a new bike like… Continue reading

Top TV Pick #16: Tony Robbins: I AM NOT YOUR GURU (Netflix)

It was in high school when a series of classic motivational literature found its way to me. It was after I’d begun to see there was a path for me to succeed in school. The books told me I wasn’t trapped by my circumstances. They said no one but me… Continue reading

Top TV Pic # 15: Himalaya Calling and Pedro Mota’s YouTube videos

Following my recommendation of a series of YouTube videos made by Pedro Mota, two of my friends responded with how much they liked an Amazon Prime documentary, “Himalaya Calling – Overland to the highest passes in the world.”  They were right!  I’ve watched three of the four episodes, and they… Continue reading

Top TV Pick 14:  Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Do you ever wish for a compelling but simple story having no agenda? Something that every minute you watch you just smile, and say to yourself, “OMG, this is just so good!” If so, watch “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” The story here is funny and touching, the scenery spectacular, and… Continue reading

Top TV Pick # 9: Social Media and Anonymity  

Andy Kessler in the Wall Street Journal on January 24, 2021, suggested that ending anonymity could fix social media.  Yesterday, Feb. 1, 2021, Mike Masnick wrote a rebuttal to Andy’s column in techdirt, saying it was a bad idea and it wouldn’t help.  Here’s the thing, they’re both right in… Continue reading

TV Top Picks # 13:  Engineering the Future: 3 Episode Series

The first of these 3 one-hour films is on wind power. I was instantly hooked.  In just over 50 minutes, you get amazing views into the interior workings of massively large wind turbines; learn extraordinary details on how they are made and what it takes to locate them.   At first… Continue reading

Photographs:  Dakar 2021

Ten years ago I tracked the 2011 Dakar Rally in Argentina and Chile for The Overland Journal Magazine.  In the article I said the Dakar Rally was to dirt bike riders what The Vatican is to Catholics, what Hollywood is to movie buffs and the Grand Ole Opry is to… Continue reading

Were they that high?

When visiting John Binder, one of the “old pharts” in Frank Del Monte’s orbit of British bike aficionados, I discovered a distinguished set of classic motorcycles and a spotless garage/workshop.  Holding 45 motorcycles at one point, John’s recently cut his collection to just over a half dozen exceptionally special and… Continue reading