Minnesota Public Radio features by Peter Smith http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30305 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:38:57 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Peter Smith http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Peter Smith: The eternal struggle over mowing the lawn Given the forecast, today is the perfect day to get your lawn mowed. That doesn't mean it's going to happen. Parents and teenagers across the state will battle over the urgency of this chore. Minnesota Public Radio essayist Peter Smith has captured the essence of this eternal struggle in a poem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/smith?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 08:20:54 -0500 Summer "fun" in mid-February Sure it's been a mild winter, but that doesn't mean people aren't getting antsy for summer. Minnesota Public Radio Essayist Peter Smith knows someone who's found a way to visit the best of summer from the depths of February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/petersmith?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 09:11:32 -0600 Eassayist Peter Smith covets a Model T It's November, one of the grayest, most blustery months of the year. And sure we're back on Central Standard Time and the days are getting shorter. But essayist Peter Smith found something to feel happy about parked right beside the road and wearing a "For Sale" sign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/08/model_t?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 08:55:00 -0600 Peter Smith: The joy of the harvest Essayist Peter Smith imagines what must be going through a farmer's mind at harvest time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/peter-smith-the-joy-of-the-harvest?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Peter Smith remembers a cure-all liniment August is when football coaches schedule two-a day practices. That has essayist Peter Smith thinking about his days playing high school football and a balm that his coach claimed cure any injury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/atomic_balm?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 08:25:05 -0500 Essayist Peter Smith conducts his own budget talks around the kitchen table Politicians like to compare balancing the state budget to a family sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out its finances. That oft-repeated metaphor inspired essayist Peter Smith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/smith-commentary?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:31:39 -0500 Peter Smith contemplates open house acquaintances It's early summer in Minnesota and that means high school graduation open house season is going full-tilt. MPR essayist Peter Smith is wondering, are those really open houses? Or are they some sort of weird Minnesota reunions? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/peter-smith?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 10:12:24 -0500 Peter Smith: the woodpile, a shrine to personal laziness The weather has taken a turn for the better, and for a lot of Minnesotans, that means turning one's attention to chores and yard work. All of which reminds essayist Peter Smith of one chore he's been putting off for far too long. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/17/smith-woodpile?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 09:45:39 -0500 New season. New life. But not for Minnesota's aging countryside Spring is here. The days are getting longer. The sun is getting warmer and things are getting a little greener every day. But this time of year, another, slower, subtler change always catches essayist Peter Smith's attention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/05/smith-barns?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 09:57:38 -0500 Essayist says it's a tough time to be a Minnesota sports fan The Gopher basketball teams are reeling. The Timberwolves are, well the Timberwolves. The Wild may or may not make the NHL playoffs, and the Minnesota Twins look like they'll have a few issues to work out these next few months. Throw in a March snow storm and essayist Peter Smith says now is the season of the Minnesota sports fan's discontent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/smith?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 10:39:15 -0600 Yoga for the downward facing dude It's late winter in Minnesota and some folks are looking for activities to exercise the body and the mind. But essayist Peter Smith has found one activity that some Minnesotans just aren't quite ready to embrace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/08/yoga-for-the-downward-facing-dude?refid=0 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Learning to enjoy shoveling snow Had your fill of snow shoveling this winter? MPR essayist Peter Smith hasn't. He says it's a great form of exercise and an exercise in parenthood too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/smith_shovel?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:02:38 -0600 Flying squirrels in Minnesota? You betcha! For essayist Peter Smith, airborne rodents aren't a nuisance; they're a catalyst for contemplation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/flying-squirrels-in-minnesota-you-betcha?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 00:59:18 -0600 Carbs unwelcome this holiday season Well here they are -- the holidays again. And while it's always nice to get together with old friends and loved ones this time of year, there's one holiday reunion essayist Peter Smith is not looking forward to. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/smith?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 08:54:01 -0600 Essayist knows when Holidays begin for him Going back to your home town for Thanksgiving? Think this is the start of the Holiday season? For MPR essayist Peter Smith, the hometown Holidays can't start without a little magic from two guys in a Public Works pick up truck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/smith?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:33:36 -0600 Essayist thanks a special group of veterans Minnesota Public Radio essayist Peter Smith has something to say on this Veteran's day. He would like to thank veterans everywhere -- and one small group of vets in particular. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/smith?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:03:09 -0600 The joy of raking leaves The autumn colors have peaked. The winds have come through. The leaves are down, for the most part. Like tens of thousands of others across the state, essayist Peter Smith finds himself facing an important question: will he rake his yard for himself like a real Minnesotan or will he pay someone to take care of his leaves for him? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/raking-smith?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:49:06 -0500 Essayist: New U coach should have old trait The search is on for a new Gopher football coach. The University of Minnesota fired coach Tim Brewster Sunday. His team had one win and six losses so far this year, and the schedule only gets tougher from here. There are all kinds of skills and strengths that make up a successful modern-day college football coach. But there's one old-fashioned trait essayist Peter Smith hopes the Gophers don't overlook this time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/smith?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 08:56:37 -0500 Essayist puzzles over down-ballot election races Twenty-four candidates are on the ballot this November to fill a judges seat in Stillwater, Minnesota. Even if you don't find yourself faced with 24 judicial candidates when you go to vote, it can be difficult to make an informed decision on those less-publicized down-ballot races. What's a Minnesota voter to do? Essayist Peter Smith has a few thoughts about that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/smith?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:41:00 -0500 I wish I'd bought that bird a bus ticket October has been glorious so far. But we all know how fickle -- and sometimes haunting -- Minnesota's October weather can be, especially for an old robin, too weak to fly south. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/05/bwcarobin?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 12:12:22 -0500 Peace found in granite stones Do you have a long, stressful commute to work or school? Maybe your commute has you thinking about changing your job, or your career? Well, Minnesota Public Radio essayist Peter Smith ran into a guy up north who finds peace and happiness on the job every day -- working with one billion year old pieces of granite stone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/smith?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 09:01:47 -0500 Lawn signs becoming a sign of division With November -- and Election Day -- on the horizon, political lawn signs are sprouting all over the Minnesota. They're a time-honored tradition -- literally signs of party unity. But according to essayist Peter Smith, these days you can read them as signs of division too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/smith2?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:34:08 -0500 Mother-in-law's care packages say a lot The freshman class moves into the dorms at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus today. Parents will say their tearful goodbyes, head home, and before too long they'll begin to assemble care packages for the kids. Some colleges start earlier than the U, which means some students already have packages coming in the mail. Essayist Peter Smith is amazed at how many subliminal messages his mother-in-law can pack into a single cardboard box. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/smith?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:19:39 -0500 Essayist's favorite State Fair memory The State Fair opens Thursday, and like most Minnesotans, essayist Peter Smith has his own favorite memory of state fairs past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/smith?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:09:26 -0500 Life changes just around the corner for teachers It's mid-August, and with a new school year looming on the horizon, Minnesota Public Radio essayist Peter Smith has a few words of encouragement for the state's school teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/17/teachers?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:05:37 -0500 Essayist Peter Smith says a change is coming to Minnesota It's going to be another hot early August day today. In the farm fields sweet corn is growing rapidly. Back yard tomato plants are going full tilt across the region. But don't look now-- Minnesota essayist Peter Smith says a change is on the way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/change_coming_to_minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 08:36:59 -0500 Essayist Peter Smith discovers a new way to pass the time when he can't sleep Peter Smith thought of the Edward Hopper painting called "Nighthawks" around 3:30 the other morning. He couldn't sleep, so he got up, walked over to the computer and got on Facebook. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/peter_smith_nighthawks?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 09:48:24 -0500 An old dog's personality shines through Have you noticed these warm, moonlit summer nights? They bring out something timeless and eternal in just about everyone -- including a certain old dog in essayist Peter Smith's neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/an-old-dogs-last-hurrah?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 09:37:42 -0500 Growing up, Sherm Lollar was my Joe Mauer Remember your All-Star baseball idol growing up? Essayist Peter Smith remembers his very well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/12/growing-up-sherm-lollar-was-my-joe-mauer?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Essayist Peter Smith honors the small engine repairman Summer is with us, and so too are all the little gas-powered machines and gardening tools -- devices that can be just a bit erratic when it comes to getting them started and keeping them going. You may not know what to do, but this week essayist Peter Smith honors a noble, quintessentially Minnesotan profession whose practitioners almost certainly do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/06/smith-small-engine-repair?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:00:17 -0500 Essayist Peter Smith watches soccer with mixed feelings Essayist Peter Smith sees his attitude toward soccer shifting ... but only a little. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/peter-smith-soccer?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 09:17:42 -0500 Lessons learned from the oil spill Watch it on TV or follow it on the Internet, and the Gulf oil spill seems both surreal and far away. But essayist Peter Smith says the lessons of the spill apply right here in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/lessons-learned-from-the-oil-spill?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 12:12:06 -0500 Garage sales reveal a lot -- maybe too much Garage sales offer a unique window into the lives of your neighbors, but essayist Peter Smith says sometimes that's a window better left closed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/01/smithgarage?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 10:30:54 -0500 Essayist makes familiar summer vacation plans A beautiful day like today can easily get you dreaming about summer vacation. Minnesota Public Radio essayist Peter Smith is taking some time off this summer, and if you're like many Minnesotans, his plans will sound strangely familiar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/smith?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 10:51:45 -0500 Spring sports can be tough on parents Some people say the climate is changing. That the weather is becoming more erratic. Others say, "Naaah. There's nothing to it. Relax. Everything's going to be fine." Essayist Peter Smith says "I wish the 'Nothing to it' crowd could have joined our little gaggle of parents at the junior high tennis match after school the other day." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/spring_tennis?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 09:43:10 -0500 Crappie are "expensive" for essayist this year It's the season for pursuing pan fish, including that Minnesota favorite the crappie. As essayist Peter Smith explains, the crappie season will having an impact on many family budgets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/smith?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:41:49 -0500 Commentary: Growing up husky Essayist Peter Smith talks about growing up "husky." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/smith-husky?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 08:26:57 -0500 Backing cribbage in a high tech world It's the age of Play Station, computer games, Blue-Ray DVD, iPods, Face Book and the Internet. And, while younger Minnesotans ride fun and games off into a high tech future, essayist Peter Smith hopes they'll take one endangered, decidedly low tech Minnesota card game along with them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/smith?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 11:03:57 -0500 Joe Mauer has the Twins over a barrel There may be two feet of snow on the ground all over Twins Territory, but down in Florida, the Minnesota Twins have tied on the spikes and trotted out onto the field for spring training. They made the playoffs last fall. They've got a shiny new stadium this spring. And they've got fans like Peter Smith asking: just what lies ahead for this team? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/mauer_smith?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 09:56:48 -0600 Commentary: Ice dams irk Have you noticed those beautiful icicles everywhere? While they are pretty, the icicles are also a sign you probably have ice dams that could make your roof leak. And ice dams have got Minnesota homeowners like essayist Peter Smith thinking a few not-so-beautiful thoughts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/smith2?refid=0 Tue, 16 Feb 2010 11:16:49 -0600 Essayist wants peace and quiet from owl For some Minnesotans, few sounds are as hauntingly beautiful this time of year as an owl in the night. Others, like essayist Peter Smith, wouldn't mind a little peace and quiet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/owl?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 10:41:17 -0600 Vikings fans filled with a mix of hope and dread There's a little bit of that small town, "play-it-close-to-the-vest" Minnesotan inside every Vikings fan right now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/angst?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:32:44 -0600 Ice shacks ease marital stress Here we are in the dead of winter -- a season that can be tough on Minnesota marriages. But essayist Peter Smith says relief may be as close as the nearest ice fishing shack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/smith?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 11:05:44 -0600 Tis the season for napping Essayist Peter Smith says the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the perfect time to indulge in one of his favorite activities, taking a nap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/smith_naps?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 08:24:36 -0600 Big family left Christmas gift envy Santa Claus is making his list and checking it twice. But essayist Peter Smith says when he was growing up, it didn't matter if he was naughty or nice. Smith came from a huge family, and even Santa had to be practical. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/smith?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:27:38 -0600 Commentator's advice for winter driving With a snowstorm bearing down on Minnesota, it's time for motorists across the state to pause and review their cold weather driving techniques. Commentator Peter Smith designed this refresher course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/driving?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 08:56:15 -0600 Holiday music unwelcome to some The holiday season is here and holiday music seems to be everywhere. But not everyone is crazy for Christmas carols. Peter Smith, for one, is a bit more Scrooge than jolly old elf. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/smith?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 09:41:18 -0600 Commentary: Caution needed on the sports bandwagon The Minnesota Vikings, at 8-1 this season, are raising hopes of a playoff run this year. The Minnesota Twins unveiled new uniforms for their first season at the new Target Field. But commentator, and angst-ridden sports fan, Peter Smith says don't jump on the Minnesota sports bandwagon just yet! http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/smith?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 08:36:02 -0600 Commentary: Minnesota men are about to change wardrobes Sooner or later, our recent run of warm weather will run out. And with late autumn will come the annual changing of the wardrobe for a certain class of Minnesota men. Northwoods fashionista and Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith reports on what looks are "in" this season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/wardrobe?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:45:04 -0600 Social networking enables inner Minnesotan Social networking Web sites aren't just for kids anymore. These days, Facebook and Twitter are teeming with baby boomers and generation Xers. Even Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith has started poking and tweeting. He says the sites are perfectly suited to his Minnesota personality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/03/petersmith?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 10:23:35 -0600 What's for dinner changing with the seasons The days are getting shorter. The nights are cooler. No doubt about it, change is in the air, and on the kitchen table. Commentator Peter Smith explains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/smith?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 10:56:59 -0500 Celebrate the White Pine in autumn If yesterday's snow and the thought of the fall colors fading almost before they started have got you feeling a little down, commentator Peter Smith says not to worry. This is Minnesota and we can always take consolation from one of his favorite evergreens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/whitepine?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 2009 08:56:25 -0500 O, for the simple happiness of a Packers fan Packers fans seem to have fun whether their team wins or loses. Why can't Vikings fans achieve that simple, childlike joy? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/peter-smith-vikings-packers?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 09:56:20 -0500 Commentator faces H1N1 with fatalism In a few weeks, the H1N1 flu vaccine is expected to arrive in Minnesota. The vaccine and the disease have some people feeling anxious. Others, like commentator Peter Smith, have adopted a more fatalistic point of view. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/smith?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:58:12 -0500 Savoring parent-teacher conferences the 4th time around In schools all across Minnesota, the lights will be on late these next few weeks as students, parents, and teachers get together for those start-of-the-year conferences. It all has commentator Peter Smith in a parent-teacher conference -- with himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/22/smith?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 11:08:20 -0500 Commentary: Friday night is high school football night High school football has kicked into high gear across the state with the start of the new school year. Commentator Peter Smith says the perfect high school game experiences take place outside the metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/smith?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 10:57:10 -0500 Peter Smith: Bungee cords, the Minnesota ties that bind The campaign-style negative television ads, the town hall meetings that dissolve into shouting matches -- The acrimony of the health care debate may have some Minnesotans feeling a little fractious. But just the other day, I came across one of those Minnesota ties that bind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/bungee-cords-the-minnesota-ties-that-bind?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 08:50:19 -0500 Duffer doesn't like pro golfers as athletes The best golfers in the world are in the Twin Cities for the PGA Championship, which begins on Thursday. Seeing all those first-rate players evokes a whole range of emotions -- including petty jealousy -- for duffers like commentator Peter Smith. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/smith?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:12:54 -0500 A Minnesota motto: Stuff it and seethe Today's headlines are about unsealed indictments... health care reform.... and here's this one... and an alleged Minnesota Ponzi scheme. But it's sometimes the little stories in the back of the newspaper that tell us how Minnesota is changing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/a_minnesota_motto_stuff_it_and_seethe?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 07:43:49 -0500 Real Norwegians don't use central air Even though we've had a recent run of cool weather, the air conditioning at commentator Peter Smith's house has been running almost non-stop. And he's not happy about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/smithac?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 What dad really wants for Father's Day: Nothing Stumped about what to give your dad for Father's Day? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/smithfathersday?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Waiting for a special bloom It took its own sweet time, but it looks like spring has finally sprung. Everything is in bloom -- or about to start blooming -- everywhere. Commentator Peter Smith is waiting for one special arrival -- one that could show up just about any time now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/smith?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 09:19:59 -0500 Anglers are of two types Anglers hitting the water is a common story every spring in Minnesota. Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith says there are two kinds of anglers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/smith?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 08:54:59 -0500 People watching is getting better As the weather has improved in Minnesota, so has the people-watching over at Lake Calhoun. And people-watching there was pretty darned good to begin with. Morning Edition Commentator Peter Smith explains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/21/people?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2009 09:05:16 -0500 Commentator says spring is different for former farm kids April brings with it crocuses and jonquils and robins. But if you grew up on a Minnesota farm, and have since moved away, April brings mixed memories of corn planting season. Commentator Peter Smith explains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/farm?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 08:59:57 -0500 TV basketball mesmerizes Minnesotans Next weekend is the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament Final Four. And after a frenzied season of TV basketball, tens of thousands of Minnesota basketball addicts are going to be asking themselves: "Now what?" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/peter_smith_basketball_commentary?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:52:30 -0500 A March pilgrimage reveals resurgent wildlife Chaucer says April is the month for pilgrimages. But Peter Smith prefers to set out on a late March afternoon. Smith makes his March pilgrimage through the beautiful Minnesota countryside -- wildlife and all. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/smith_wildlife?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Downturn makes a good excuse to scale back The economists haven't refined it yet. The cable TV chattering class hasn't discovered it yet. But there's a lesson embedded in all this financial turmoil: Simplify. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/simplicity?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Smith's solution: Settle Senate race in the sumo ring Seasons come. Seasons go. But the Minnesota Senate race endures forever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/smithsenate?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 07:43:43 -0600 A Valentine's poem for the Minnesota man Just in time for Valentine's Day, Peter Smith has penned a special poem for the romance-impaired Minnesota man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/valentinepoem?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 08:00:52 -0600 Ice fishers in a tough stretch of winter Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith says January is a difficult month for all Minnesotans, especially those who like to fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/icefishing?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jan 2009 11:18:34 -0600 New Year's Day is bittersweet for commentator New Year's Day is right around the corner. For a lot of folks, this can be a bittersweet time of year. There is all the promise of great things ahead. But, as Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith says, there are those things you find yourself reluctantly leaving behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/smith?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 10:40:18 -0600 Remembering Christmas shopping past Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and there are more than a few last minute shoppers out there planning a late run to the mall. But commentator Peter Smith remembers a time in his youth before malls -- and a desperate, adolescent's shopping trip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/23/smith?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2008 11:00:35 -0600 Commentator finds holiday cheer hard to embrace The holiday season is here, and for some Minnesotans, the magic of the season is just beginning. But for others, like commentator Peter Smith, the joy of the season always seems just a bit harder to appreciate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/smith?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 08:47:27 -0600 Reflections on an old boat for sale It's a busy time for many boat owners right now as they prepare their rigs for winter. There's an old adage that the two happiest days for a boat owner are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell it. Commentator Peter Smith has these thoughts on the life cycle of a boat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/30/peter_smith_boat?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2008 08:54:37 -0500 It's time to split wood for winter The political conventions are in the rear view mirror. Students are back in school. It's autumn in Minnesota. Commentator Peter Smith says it's time to go split some firewood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/petersmith?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 09:43:08 -0500 First day of school is exquisite chaos It's the first day of school, and tens of thousands of Minnesota households are roiling in chaos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/02/smith?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 10:04:22 -0500 Commentator hopes to avoid convention chaos The Olympics are in full swing. Then comes the State Fair, followed by the grand finale of this summer in Minnesota - the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Commentator Peter Smith is hoping for a finale without fireworks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/smith?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 09:08:00 -0500 Pennant race can be seen as morality play Baseball's All-Star Game takes place at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night, with the Twins' own Joe Mauer starting behind the plate for the American League. The Twins go into the break only 1.5 games behind the White Sox in the AL Central race. For commentator Peter Smith, this has become more than a pennant race. It's a morality play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/smith?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2008 10:20:53 -0500 Stuck in traffic? Study bumper stickers It's summertime, and between rush hour congestion, road construction and gas prices, the driving's not so easy. Commentator Peter Smith suggests devoting your extra time in traffic to the study of bumper stickers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/bumperstickers?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jul 2008 09:30:15 -0500 Politicals ads have only just begun On the Fourth of July, Minnesotans all over the state will gather together for barbecues, parades and fireworks. But Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith says the political fireworks are just beginning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/ads?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 10:17:13 -0500 South Dakota landscape a feast for the eyes It's a picturesque time of the year in Minnesota. The sun is warm; flowers are blooming. But commentator Peter Smith says we're not the only people in this part of the country living amid beauty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/dakota?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 09:26:18 -0500 A case for populist golf There are plenty of expensive golf courses in Minnesota. But Peter Smith reminds us that it's not the pricetag that makes the experience worthwhile. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/smith?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 09:24:21 -0500 A familiar spring journey makes a man wistful Tennyson says that in the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, but spring -- plus a trip down an old familiar road -- has commentator Peter Smith feeling a bit melancholy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/smith?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2008 09:23:26 -0500 Peter Smith on the Wild The hockey season is over in Minnesota. On Saturday, the Wild lost the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs four games to two. Commentator and reluctant hockey fan Peter Smith says he should have known better. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/21/wild?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 22:19:20 -0500 Saying goodbye to Northwest like end of high school romance Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith has his own, unique, take on the history of Northwest Airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/nwa_eulogy?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 08:24:24 -0500 Spring snowstorms breed cabin fever If you are one of the many Minnesotans who would like the wintery weather to stop and spring to truly arrive, you are not alone. Commentator Peter Smith has a fierce case of cabin fever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/cabinfever?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 11:36:38 -0500 Old age slows spring training Meterologists are predicting a warmup this week, and some Minnesotans wonder whether we might finally be headed for spring. Morning Edition commentator Peter Smith is looking ahead to his spring exercise program, and he says it's not going to be pretty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/10/running?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Bringing down the house Friday is the last day for people in the southern two-thirds of Minnesota to get their ice fishing houses off the lakes. Commentator Peter Smith has some thoughts on the dilemma that many anglers face: Getting a house on the lake is a lot easier than getting it off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/petersmith?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 12:11:20 -0600 Hope springs eternal for Minnesota Twins The Minnesota Twins have their first scrimmage of the spring season today. This will be the first chance for fans to see the team in action since the Twins parted with stars Johan Santana and Torii Hunter. Commentator Peter Smith says he thought the coming Twins' season looked hopeless until he heard from an old friend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/smith?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 09:01:17 -0600 Petty attacks mark the presidential race Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton meet Thursday in a debate in Texas. Texas and Ohio are the next big contests in the Democratic race for president. So far, the candidates have generally been civil to one another, despite the tight contest. But commentator Peter Smith says that could be about to change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/petty?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 11:41:49 -0600 Looking for a Valentine's Day gift? Wash the dishes Valentine's Day is just a couple of days away, and if you have someone special in mind, you may be fretting over what kind of gift can live up to the marketing hype. Commentator Peter Smith has some thoughts on what kinds of gifts loved ones truly appreciate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/valentinesday?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2008 10:01:54 -0600 When politicians leave, Iowa can return to normal Now that the Iowa caucuses are over, presidential candidates, staffers and the news media are leaving the state in droves. Many are headed to New Hampshire, the site of the next big contest. Commentator Peter Smith says now Iowa can recover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/iowa?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2008 08:57:23 -0600 Commentator Peter Smith: Slowed by traffic on the road of life Commentator Peter Smith sees the themes of his life played out on the road. All too often, he is stuck behind a slow-driving green minivan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/greenminivans?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2007 09:52:43 -0600 It's not Christmas for commentator Peter Smith until he hears Easter Parade The new layers of snow mean it's going to be a White Christmas. But for commentator Peter Smith it takes and an entirely different type of holiday cue to get him in the Christmas spirit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/05/smith_easter_parade?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2007 06:59:43 -0600 Commentator Peter Smith is waiting with bated rake The silver maple in Peter Smith's yard is taunting him, its well-attached leaves wiggling in the breeze like a wagging tongue as the city leaf collector drives away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/24/silvermaples_smith?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2007 06:58:23 -0500 Commentary: Fall leaves on fairways get Peter Smith down Commentator and golfer Peter Smith elaborates on the duffer's dwindling days on autumnal courses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/03/smithgolf?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2007 08:34:45 -0500 Commentary: The plight of the cycling motorist Commentator Peter Smith talks about the inner struggle of being a bicyclist as well as a driver. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/26/smithbikecars?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 07:55:28 -0500 Commentary: Spend some of your autumn in Wisconsin Commentator Peter Smith says autumn in Minnesota isn't quite as good as it is just to the east -- in Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/14/wis_beauty?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2007 07:24:48 -0500 Commentary: The costs and benefits of kids in college This week, many Minnesota students will head back to school. Peter Smith and his wife will see two of their children off to college. Smith says he expects big changes when the kids leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/31/college?refid=0 Mon, 03 Sep 2007 02:00:40 -0500