Tagged: Ben Olson

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Breakfast lessons
By Lyndsie Kiebert

My first day of work was Mother’s Day 2011. In my navy blue polo and sensible, non-slip shoes, I arrived at Holiday Shores Marina at …

Punching the keys

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

My dad kept a small office upstairs in an alcove outside my childhood room in Westmond. From his ornate roll-top desk, dad would type correspondence …

Weird instruments

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Musicians are weird. I know because I am one, or at least I used to be before the coronavirus pandemic caused all of my band’s …

Campfire cooking for the gourmand

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

For many of us, camping means spending time with friends and family, howling at the moon and eating delicious campfire-cooked meals. After all, food always …

Mixing beer

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

In the salad days before the coronavirus, I recall a pivotal moment in my beer-drinking existence. I was having lunch with Reader Editor Zach Hagadone …

Happy camper

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Imagine a place where the coronavirus doesn’t really exist. Where the petty squabbling on social media is just a silly memory. Where there are no …

Failure to communicate:

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Working with the media is an integral part of being an elected official. At least it used to be. Now, with social media serving as …

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