Published Articles

The following are notable articles that I’ve written for various publications. This list is not comprehensive, as not every magazine I’ve published with included online links to my story. Each caption includes the title of the article, followed by the name of the magazine or website that ran the piece. Click on the picture (or title) to be linked to the story.

Creative Nonfiction

Some stories ran in a print publication that had no online version. They have been reprinted on my blog with permission.

I Did Not Teach My Son How To Laugh | Motherly
A Different Kind of First Job | Woodworker’s Journal
She Kept the Farm Alive While He Served His Country | Silver Wings Coffee Co.
A Woman’s Touch | Silver Wings Coffee Co.
Intrepid Under Fire | Silver Wings Coffee Co.
Edward “Boots” Ezop at Battle of Remagen | Silver Wings Coffee Co.
De-Cluttering Beyond the Closets | Hyland’s
The View from the Ball Turret | Silver Wings Coffee Co.
Traditions & Memories | The Country Editor
John’s Kayak | The Country Editor

Advice, Opinion, Book Reviews

I love sharing my thoughts on marriage, parenting, faith, literature and more!

Learning to Appreciate Suffering: Review of “This Too Shall Last” | Fathom
Remembering Our Stories: Reiew of Handle With Care | Fathom
Keeping it Complicated: Review of Fallen Mountains | Fathom
Remembering the Basics: Review of The Whole Life | Fathom
New Perspectives, Old Discussion: Review of Sex, Jesus, & the Conversation the Church Forgot | Fathom
Let Not Many Be Preachers: Review of 12 Faithful Men | Fathom
But You’re Making Me Look Bad! | Start Marriage Right
The First Six Months Really Suck | Start Marriage Right
Engaged Following: The End of the Passive Wife | Start Marriage Right
Five Everyday Tips for Marriage Maintenance | Start Marriage Right
Lessons on Marriage in the Digital Age | Start Marriage Right
Vegetables Speak Louder than Words | Start Marriage Right
Great Expectations and Further Falls | Start Marriage Right

News Articles, Features, Trade Magazines

Agriculture & Politics: Child Labor Laws | Country Folks Grower
Agriculture & Politics: Immigration and labor | Country Folks Grower
State of the Art | Laketime Magazine
Breweries boom in Greater Minnesota | The Growler
Drought News: What fellow farmers face in California | Country Folks Grower
The necessity of a good trademark | Wine & Craft Beverage News
Barrel-aged gin at Spirit Works Distillery | Wine & Craft Beverage News
Growing Off-Grid in the Midwest | Country Folks Grower
Kickstarting a Brewing Business | Wine & Craft Beverage News
The Gift of Knowledge | Country Folks Grower
Learning the hard way: Protect your business from theft | Country Folks Grower
Advanced learning, on-farm networking with NAFDMA | Country Folks Grower
The Immigrant Farmer | Country Folks


I wrote “Millennial Mysteries” from 2014-2017, a business column that ran in Country Folks Grower and Wine & Craft Beverage News, two nationally-distributed magazines targeting the agriculture, horticulture and craft beverage industries. Click on each title to read the column.

A new column for generational concerns
Should you market to Millennials?
How to target Millennial customers
How to attract young professionals to your business
Employee rewards programs rarely work
Clues to help solve your business’ generation gaps
Basic tips for running a Facebook business brand
Mentoring as marketing
The envy generation
Is your business meeting needs?
Shifting expectations of a ‘standard workplace’
Advertising with the internet
Was that really a ‘young people’ problem?
When your employee doesn’t work
A sense of possibility
Traditional vs. modern: it’s not either/or
Work martyrdom high among young people
Quality images improve social media marketing
Myth: Young people only buy from other young people
Using Pinterest to spread your brand
When desperation motivates ambition
Reaching Millennials takes more than good intentions
What type of Millennial is your target audience?
Millennials as managers
Believing the wrong assumptions
Convenience is key
Transparency through social media
Can small businesses offer career tracks to their Millennial employees?