Oleander

6 Great Rock Bands Who Didn’t Quite Make It

How could a great rock band, if they are truly great, not become a phenomenon? Right? Maybe new record label management left them out in the cold. Maybe…

Watergate On This Day, 1972

The Watergate Scandal which eventually brought down President Nixon began on June 17, 1972 when a security guard at the Watergate complex in Washington D.C. discovered tape over…

11 Reasons Why It Sucks to Drive for Uber

Uber has been in the news a lot lately, with a sexual harrassment scandal which led to a temporary¬†leave of absence for CEO Travis Kalanick¬†(update: Kalanick resigned), and…

Short Story: The Rider

Patrick Elliott is a troubled driver for an Uber-style rideshare service. After a moment of inattention leads to a violent traffic accident, Patrick flees the scene, leaving a…

Fort Abercrombie

Discovering Interesting Ancestors

I owe it to my wife and mom that I have developed an interest in ancestry. I’ve always wanted to trace my family tree, but thought I didn’t…

Strange Lands Episode 4

Strange Lands, Episode 4: The Oscar 7 Event

In the early morning hours of October 24, 1968, two alarms sounded in the Oscar 1 Launch Control Center. The alarms were OZ, outer zone, and IZ, inner…

Missing Person Kevin Mahoney

Update on One of Fargo’s Oldest Unsolved Missing Persons Cases

Despite a denial by Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson in February, 2015, news coverage since that time suggests the murder of NDSU Student Tom Bearson is becoming a…

Strange Lands, Episode 3: The 9/11 Assassination Plot

Strange Lands, Episode 3: The 9/11 Assassination Plot

On September 11th, 2001, terrorists attacked America when they flew hijacked commercial jets into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York, and the Pentagon in…

The Ferryman

Short Story: The Ferryman

A missing child, a mysterious place called “Bum’s Jungle,” and a young romance. Seemingly unrelated events converge one summer for Tony, leading to self-discovery, and a meeting with…

Strange Lands Podcast, Episode 2

Strange Lands, Episode 2: The Disappearances at Flannan Isles Lighthouse

In ancient times mariners returning from sea were guided to port by fires built on hilltops; the elevated light serving as a point of reference for landings which…

Strange Lands Podcast: Episode 1

Strange Lands, Episode 1: The Horror Legend Forged in a Volcanic Winter

1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer. Observers in all parts of the globe reported cooler than normal weather, a dry fog that would not dissipate…

Strange Lands Podcast

Strange Lands Podcast Has Launched

The Strange Lands Podcast is up and running. Weird history, astonishing mysteries, and little-known tales of the unexplained. Check out a sample podcast, Episode Two: The Disappearances at…

Old Marmarth Road

How an Algorithm (and my stupid mistakes) Made Me Unemployed

This is embarrassing to write. It is confessional, and probably overly personal. In a time when there’s always someone ready to call you an idiot when you fail,…

A Haunting: Psychic Medium Weighs In

Stories about the happenings in my home have been pretty rare the last few years. We’ve learned to live with it, but a recent email from a medium…

Blackberry Smoke

Review: Blackberry Smoke “Like an Arrow”

Blackberry Smoke is a Georgia southern rock band I discovered a few years ago when I ran across their concert video “Live at the Georgia Theatre”, and I’ve…

Will Smith as Neo

That Time Will Smith Almost Became Neo

Just about every movie you can think of once had someone else cast in the lead role, only to have the part go to someone else who became…

7 Canadian Artists Virtually Unknown in America

Growing up in North Dakota, I got a heavy dose of Canadian music in my youth. Canadian artists like Loverboy and April Wine made frequent swings through North…

Why This Back to the Future Set Looks Familiar, and Other Easter Eggs

For anyone who has taken the Universal Studios tour, it’s no secret that thousands of films and television shows have been shot on the studio lot, and many…

How a North Dakota Meteorite Impact Helped Create an Oil Boom

Did you know North Dakota is home to an ancient impact crater? Geologists, and many in the oil industry, have known about Red Wing Crater for decades, but…