Pothole Prairie

Chicago makes Mpls.-St. Paul look small

Just how big is Chicago anyway? Read more

English is not thankful for lay and lie rules

Happy week of Thanksgiving. Today is Tuesday, and you most likely have half of your mind thinking about food and family and the other half ... Read more

‘Hyperbole and a Half’ does alot for humor

One morning during a family gathering at Fillenwarth Beach Resort on the shore of West Lake Okoboji in Iowa back in 2011, I had some ... Read more

Don’t confuse science fiction with fantasy

Too often people categorize science fiction as merely movies that happen in space or the future or both, but the genre can be set wherever, ... Read more

How to figure out what town names mean

Doesn’t it seem like many town names have a familiar ring to them? Many end in -ville, -wich, -burg, -ton and -ford, for starters. Is ... Read more