Earlier this summer I opened myself up to become a victim of two of the newest types of scams. This is not something that I should have let happens, but they did. These were gift card scams and I fell for them, but in the process, I learned a few things that I am willing to pass on to people because everyone needs to know what to do and what not to.

Scammers of this type are really great actors. They can make you think that you are talking to your pastor or some law enforcement person. They can make…


Photography is a very big passion with me. I want to capture the world as I see it.

I want very much for the world to see the purity of what I see. I may be putting together some time a collection of images that lead people off into the distance to some point. A snowshoe trail like this is what it is. No one builds or grooms a snowshoe trail. In situations like at Sunnyvale Park on Wausau’s far west side there are no official snowshoe trails. People just go and make one.

That is the richness of snowshoeing…


While growing up Lutheran, I always knew that when congregations needed a new pastor, they issued a call. Teachers in Lutheran schools are issued a call as well as other lay professional church workers. But we all get calls.

When Jim Caviezel was being considered to play Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, he got a call. It might have been simply a phone call from Mel Gibson, but it really was a holy call from God. The rest is history. Jim is a devout Catholic and, certainly, a devout Christian.

We are all called to serve for whatever…


Recently on NPR’s “ All Things Considered” I heard a report on how the Government determines the value of human life. https://www.npr.org/2020/04/23/843310123/how-government-agencies-determine-the-dollar-value-of-human-life

This made me think. We are caught up in a crisis; a pandemic of epic proportions and our President and many governors are weighing the numbers to determine best when to reopen the United States for business and are asking big questions about whether or not social distancing is enough. How many more people can our doctors and nurses test? Is safer at home working?

A guesstimated value for each individual comes to about $10,000,000. Wages and salaries…


The 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and so on have been a time when acoustic folk music flowed forward. Numerous singers and songwriters were out there and a few made the top 40. Many of them settled for small audiences and minor record labels like Rounder.

A few groups and singers found their way to the top 40 like Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, and even Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary. (Stookey’s Wedding Song is a staple at many weddings.) John Denver came out of that era.

John Denver’s strong tenor voice made his music speak to the soul in…


Someone asked me earlier today about when I was going to retire. I said possibly within a couple of years yet.

Then I thought about what really is retirement. Is it just leaving full-time work? Or is it something else?

For many, it means not having that 40 plus hours a week devoted to earning a paycheck. It can mean you now have time to do what you want whether it earns a paycheck or not.

Most people don’t retire to a rocking chair. For some, it may mean, at first stepping back from full-time work to do something part-time…


Sometimes when we need to really see the world with different eyes, we just need to lie down and look up. Sunday morning I took a walk with my Nikon-80 in tow looking for that vision. The artist in me beckoned me to just lie down and look up. I took two spots in Wausau’s Marathon Park to find that vision. I needed to lie down and look up.

Trees do that. These white pines reach to the sky. They seem to say “Look up! We are giving you shade from the sun. …


Pandemics do come and when they come, they hit hard. They sometimes cause social changes in how we live and work. The pandemic of 1918 hit our largest cities hardest it killed amidst the squalor of crowded tenements and poor sewage systems of the day which already burdened communities with things like cholera. People died from influenza and the families could not bury their dead fast enough. Bodies were buried in mass graves as if in a war zone.

I am grateful that my parents’ generation avoided that and, that since they have both been gone for a decade or…


I find it amazing that I have the greatest friendships with women who are married to other men. I don’t know, but I wonder what is it that I might have that would attract married gals that their husbands aren’t offering. On my job, I encounter many women and I have a sense of team workmanship with them. I am a warehouse guy who sometimes does deliveries.

In large departments at my employer, a large window and door manufacturer, I depend on the person behind the coordinator’s desk to help me make deliveries of that special part complete. …

Andrew Plath

Alumnus from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire

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