Fargo, N.D., Brothers Receive State’s First “Good COVID Neighbor Award”

Gubernatorial Proclamation: “There’s more than one coronavirus irony here. And way more than one guber.”

Governor Announces Award During “‘Smart’ Restart” Press Conference

Just three weeks after Fargo, N.D., Mayor Tim Mahoney introduced three brothers as the city’s model neighbors for responsible social distancing, North Dakota’s Republican governor has presented them with the state’s first-ever Good COVID Neighbor Award.

Larry, Darryl and “My Other Brother” Darryl Neighbors of Fargo received the award during Gov. Doug Burgum’s “North Dakota ‘Smart’ Restart” press conference on April 28, 2020, in which the governor announced he is lifting restrictions on business that were intended to slow the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 deaths.

Burgum noted the brothers’ tireless work out in public, getting up-close and personal with people to talk about the dangers of coronavirus.

The COVID Boys
The COVID Boys (l to r): North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, Darryl Neighbors, Larry Neighbors, Darryl Neighbors and Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney

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Documentary Review: “Planet of the Humans”

The first and last question of the climate crisis: How long do YOU think we humans have?

Documentary Raises Green Energy Questions, Old and New

The profoundest of all the statements in the new documentary “Planet of the Humans” is the one left unspoken.

It comes in the final segment of the film, which was written, narrated and directed by self-proclaimed environmentalist and filmmaker Jeff Gibbs and produced by Academy-Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore. If the scene doesn’t leave you devastated, have someone check your pulse to make sure you’re actually a living, breathing and feeling human being.

Assuming you find proof of your humanity, then you’re also a being whose existence on planet Earth, a.k.a., “Planet of the Humans,” is intertwined with every other living thing. As such, your future existence depends on what we do to protect them, and ourselves, over the next decade.

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A Ray of Light Through Climate Crisis Smog

Oil companies are on the verge of bankruptcy. Now is the time to pivot.

Let. Them. Fail.

Donald Trump wants to bail out failing oil companies.

Wrong.

The right approach?

Let. Them. Fail.

The oil industry’s “doomsday scenario” is actually a ray of light through the smog for everyone else. Even, frankly, for its own workers.

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Those Were the Pre-Coronadays, My Friends

This coronavirus thing sucks. I feel you.

Life Before 25-Step Mail Routines
&  Other Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors

Today is not a Monday, I’m afraid. Nor is it a Friday. Or even a Sunday.

I’m sorry to be the one to deliver this sad bit of news. It is a heavy burden, but one I shall discharge with dignified stiff upper lip.

In actuality, today is – as yesterday was before it and tomorrow will be after it – Coronaday.

Or perhaps I should say, today is ANOTHER Coronaday.

You know what I’m talking about.

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Jesus Christ and Happy Days in Three Tiny Towns

We all pay for our sins somehow.

We all pay for our sins somehow.

The cousins ran like mad from the way-back yard where I’d found my Easter basket to the group of adults watching in the spring sunshine.

“Wait!” I yelled. “Stop! Oh– Wait!– No!…,” as their backs receded from me, around the corner of the house to the south side of the Jund home in Zeeland, N.D., to all my aunts, uncles, grandparents… everyone.

“Dad! Dad!” shouted a breathless cousin to one of my many uncles waiting there in the yard with their wives. “You’ll never guess what Marty got in his basket!”

The parents were already looking my way, many with smiles on their faces. Several looked at my Grandpa Ben, hiding a grin behind his hand.

Ten years old. My face, red hot. Shame in a can.

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Bernie’s my guy…but I’ll never be a Trump enabler.

The end of Sen. Sanders’ campaign is deeply saddening, but right now we can’t let down the people his movement is meant to help.

I am a Berner.

As such, I am deeply saddened that Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for president has come to an end. I’m also deeply saddened by the vitriol and absolutism coming from fellow Berners on social media.

To paraphrase Prince, “never” and “forever” are a mighty long time, people.

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