“It’s a remote-control, LED candle,” my hipster girlfriend, Lisa, told me, acknowledging her hatred of fire. “I’d like to get a couple.”

Almost into February, where has the time gone? It’s going to be a really cold week ahead and remember, if it’s cold for you then it’s also cold for the animals! It’s a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant to cold because of their fur, but it’s simply not true. Cats and dogs ar…

Of all the appetizers, Fried Calamari, Teriyaki Chicken Wings, and Coconut Shrimp are on top of my list. Sad to say, I haven’t had a chance to try any of them for a while. We were kept prisoners in our own home for two years because of COVID, and then I was out of commission for another year…

We had a great afternoon on Saturday attending the Designer Purse Raffle!  Voyageur Village had great hosts, good beverages, and yummy food!  Thank you, Todd, for a fun afternoon!  We are so grateful to everyone who came out and supported HSBC’s animals!

A while back I recalled seeing a rash of new, modern twists on some old favorite candies, as the sweets industry finds new ways to expand the old recipes. My local convenience store was a sort of “test market” for the products, and it was always cool to find new, exotic flavors of treats, on…

My very first job was working as a dishwasher in a small Chinese restaurant, imagine the shock when I studied the menu! I never saw those names in any restaurants in Hong Kong before. I understood what ‘Lo Mein’ and ‘Chow Mein’ were, as ‘Mein’ was a term for noodles; and ‘Lo’ means mix, and …

Last week a local school board realized they had outstanding, unapproved Board of Education meeting minutes from the summer of 2020. Approved without changes, I noticed they were a bizarre sort of “snapshot” into the thoughts of the time, two-and-a-half-years later, from the early genesis of…

I want to start off by reminding everyone of our last Designer Purse Raffle at the Voyager Village Clubhouse, Saturday, Jan. 21 starting 1 p.m.  To the ladies out there you don’t want to miss out on these fabulous purses.  All proceeds go to helping the animals at the shelter.  A special sho…

Oh, how I miss my cooking classes. Because of Covid, everything was put on hold for two long years. Then I had my surgery right after that, and reluctantly spent another year recuperating. I am ready to go back to work when the snow melted, so check out your local Community Education catalog…

It’s been a busy week and we managed to have a bit of fun despite the snow piles!!  There is never a dull moment at the shelter!

While many of us continue to dig out of record-setting snowfall in recent weeks, I’ve been taking a few notes between back stretching exercises on some “deepsnow” thoughts:

Well, have you tried your hands on the Crab Rangoon yet? Easy and delicious, aren’t they? I did mention that working with the students in making Crab Rangoon was one of the most memorable experiences I had in my career, and let me explain. A couple weeks after the event, I received a big fat…

Greetings everyone and welcome to 2023!!  2022 is now behind us and we’re all ready for new beginnings and new adventures.  I have taken over the writing of the Weekly Wag and want to give a big shout out to Todd, he’ll be a hard act to follow so hopefully he’ll return.

Years ago, one of the first people I ever hired was a sportswriter for a regional newspaper. After a few interviews, I found a well composed Minnesota feller who claimed to have a passion for all sports, boys and girls, and knew them all, as he was a former athlete with several daughters.

The Holiday season is already gone, and the Super Bowl is not that far away. So, what do you serve your guests who are tired of pizzas and chicken wings? Correction, no one will ever get tired of pizzas and chicken wings. I can eat them everyday if my wife let me. So, what to make, something…

For a few years in the 1880s, the Washington Monument was the world’s tallest structure at 555.5 feet, until those pesky French unveiled the Eiffel Tower - which was originally not going to be permanent, ahem – and the Eifel took over the title.

When friends tell me that they love my Chinese cooking, I always acknowledge their compliments with a grateful smile. After all, I have been giving cooking lessons for many years, and teaching Chinese is one of my favorites. For one, it is so simple, and it is also healthy and delicious. Eve…

Last Friday was an amazing night at The Yellow River Saloon. Gene and Heather, the owners and Doug, Kim and Craig who make up the band, North of 64, got together and set up a benefit for HSBC. The goal was to raise money to support the nine abandoned puppies that had been brought into the sh…

Well, Christmas is knocking on our doors. I hope you are ready and can spend time with friends and family, which is the best gift one can receive. Throughout my newspaper career, I have run the following editorial, the most famous newspaper editorial of all time, reprinted here because it fi…

So, how do we judge our wines? Very simple, just follow the three basic elements as we judge our foods – do they attract our eyes (color)? Do they please our nose (bouquet)? How about our taste buds (senses)? Don’t just follow the criticisms of the wine experts, everyone’s tastebuds are diff…

The Greeks call it “Simera” to describe this moment, today, right here and now - which required a yesterday, “Chthes,” and a tomorrow, “Avrio.” 

The last meat raffle for the year is in the books. A big thank you to the staff at Voyager Village, their volunteers and all the attendees! It was the easiest raffle I’ve ever been a part of! We raised a lot of much-needed money for HSBC. We will be back on Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. for another desi…

When the global pandemic hit nearly three years ago, the notion of having meetings and gatherings using video over the internet was, shall we say, less than universal.

Living in Wisconsin, Brandy Old Fashioned rules; yet these days, more and more folks are developing a taste for something different. Would you believe it is fermented grape juice, otherwise known as wine? Wine is really a gift from the gods. We just pick the grapes off the vine, crush them a…

I once heard that the best way to touch one’s heart is through his stomach. Well, it doesn’t sound accurate biologically speaking, but it seems romantic enough. And talk about romantic cuisines, French and Italian are my favorites. Gentlemen, if you want to score more brownie points with you…

Last week the planet passed the 8 billion mark for humans, which may explain the delay in my Taylor Swift tickets. A ‘lil feller named “Damian” was born in the Dominican Republic and is credited as the magic kid. No word on his “gender reveal,” which was unlikely in Dominica, which is not kn…

With only one more month left of 2022, HSBC has taken in 413 animals. 206 cats, 207 dogs. 192 cats were adopted out, 122 dogs were adopted out, five cats were returned to their owner and 84 dogs were returned to their owner. That is a busy year for our little shelter. It is also the reason w…