Brown on the Air: OMENS!

This Saturday morning on 91.7 KAXE‘s “Between You and Me,” guest hosts Michael Goldberg and Gail Otteson explore the topic of omens with music, calls from listeners and the writing of several commentators such as myself.

Omens can be good, but most folks tend to focus on “ominous” signs, or the bad. But not all bad is really as bad as it looks.Here’s my omen, shared from my essay this week:

As a teenager I’d go on long bike rides down the dusty dirt roads of the Iron Range. One hot summer day I was returning on a dirt road about three miles from my house. It was the muggy sort of day where storms appear like an angry mob. The white dry gravel road projected heat distortion on the folding horizon ahead of me. The dark clouds in the distance billowed closer and suddenly a glinting wall seemed to move toward me, a battering ram of rain that sent the dry dirt up in clouds before stamping it into mud.

What did it mean? Oh, you’ll find out on “Between You and Me” from 10 a.m. to noon on 91.7 FM in northern Minnesota or streaming live all over the world at The show features the people of the region sharing stories and thoughts to create a living tribute to this great place. My essays and the show itself are archived at the KAXE website and syndicated through PRX.

I’ll be back on KAXE Monday morning at 7:20 talking with Scott Hall in a prerecorded segment updating the ever-churning news about Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District race.

(Photo: This is not the dirt road I wrote about, but a similar setting and a similar road. I found this in my old files and shared it because the color of the road in the hot summertime was the same).

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