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Kelly Hagen

NDistinct Chatter: Charge, Mow, Repeat

There's this one Pearl Jam song lyric that goes: "Everything has chains. Absolutely nothing's changed." But I thought it was: "Everything has changed. Absolutely nothing's changed." I like my interpretation better. And I'd like to tell you why. It involves a lawnmower. A lawnmower is something you buy when you…
June 10, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Life Loves A Loser

Growing up in North Dakota, where there are no professional sports teams, you're almost a free agent in selecting what team to root for. To the neurodivergent among us, this is a gift, a burden and a curse. Say what you will about geographic allegiances, Dude, but at least it's…
June 3, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Always Remember

First off, happy Memorial Day to all four of my readers. I’m not sure if “happy” is the right word to use for this day, as it is intended to be a somber holiday, dedicated to memorializing all the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to…
May 30, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Bike to Work Today

Every day is special. No, literally. Search the Google webs for “calendar of special days,” and you find out all sorts of things about the days we’re all living through. Today (or what will be today since I wrote this ahead of time because I’m a wizard of forethought), May…
May 20, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: iOwe You, iPod

Where were you when you heard the news? Certain news stories, when they happen, you will remember forever where you were and what you were doing when they happened. Stories like the moon landing, Pearl Harbor, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the O.J. Simpson verdict, Olive Garden opening in…
May 13, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Embrace Every Day with Mom

I like to think that this column is maybe a tiny moment of levity in a world that is growing increasingly darker, filled more and more with anger, hostility, anxiety and sadness. I’m feeling all those things, too; I can assure you. However, my usual intention in this space is…
May 6, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Get In Line

There are rules to being in lines. We live in a society. I was reminded of this hierarchy this past Saturday while in line for Record Store Day. It had been a long, lonely time since I’d been in a line like this one, I realized sometime during my 47-minute…
April 29, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Being Real in ND

There’s a new social media app in the world called Be Real. All the kids are using it. There aren’t ads, and it doesn’t track you across the internet and sell your information to the highest bidder. Supposedly. I don’t remember Facebook telling us they were going to do that,…
April 22, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: No Shame in Snow Game

I was recently told by an expert on human feelings that there are two of the feels that we humans feel so intensely and so negatively that we will go to extra efforts to avoid feeling them: shame and loneliness. Most of us, anyway. Maybe not politicians. I was thinking…
April 15, 2022

NDistinct Chatter: Watch the Watch

I have a complicated relationship with my wristwatch. It wasn't always like this. When I was so much younger, I wore a watch for the same reason most people do: telling time. But even way back then, in the Before Times, watches had other purposes. Remember calculator watches? One of…
April 8, 2022
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