Category Archives: Family

About family matters

What’s wrong with OUR town?

I admit I’ve been thinking a lot about what The Economist said about former Mayor Palin’s annual lobbying trips to Washington on the behalf of her vast metropolis of less than 9,000 people.

I was poised to write an ironic letter to the Hastings Star Gazette chiding our own mayor for his lackluster lobbying in comparison, until I ran into him in the grocery store. Continue reading What’s wrong with OUR town?

Wasilla and VP candidate Palin

A few of years ago, the parents of Kelsey’s high school boy friend invited us to stay in their lakefront cabin in Alaska. We drove through Wasilla on the way. That’s where VP candidate Sarah Palin learned public administration as mayor (a part-time position). That place is tiny. It makes Hastings look huge! Continue reading Wasilla and VP candidate Palin

WordPress Upgrade

WordPress announced an upgrade of their blog software the other day. WordPress is the software that hosts this site.

The last “big” upgrade was tricky – enough changed so that a few things stopped working.

This one wasn’t too bad. The WordPress site claimed that most things should be compatible with this upgrade, and that seems to be true. Continue reading WordPress Upgrade

Moving the Maypole Web Site

“never attribute to malevolence what you can attribute to incompetence”

This is a diatribe I wrote about the discomfort caused when my home ISP went through a very badly managed domain name change in early 2002. This is ancient history now, but it’s an example of how perceived corporate expertise has a way of evaporating in the face of a real-world problem. Continue reading Moving the Maypole Web Site