Posted by: Erik Ritland | October 11, 2015

The Latest from Erik Ritland

Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blogs Hometown Hustle and Curious North. Support Erik’s music via his Patreon account, reach him via emailor find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Hello all,

This is an intimate message from the Ritland Rambler himself, one Erik Ritland.

I’ve been writing blogs under some semblance of the Rambling On name since 2012. It started with a weekly run of several articles (in a newspaper type format) in January and February 2012. I quickly ran out of funding to keep it going, and after a second attempt in the summer I had to reconsider my direction.

Throughout 2013 I wrote a few blogs under the Music, Sports, and Sunday Ramble names. Finally in April 2014 I launched the latest version of Rambling On, a regular blog and podcast, that I’ve been running ever since.

Speaking of, Rambling On is seriously fun commentary on sports, music, culture, and more. I encourage you to check it out.

I’ve kept each of the former incarnations/incantations of my rambles up for the sake of archive. Enjoy them but be sure to check out the latest and greatest stuff at http://www.ramblingon.net.

Erik Ritland Archive Sites

Rambling On (original series)
The original run of seriously fun commentary on sports, music, culture, and more. Archived winter and summer 2012.

Music Ramble
Longer articles about music of all kinds. Archived from 2012-2014.

Sports Ramble   Local and national sports coverage. Mainly baseball and football related but some commentary on hockey and basketball as well. Archived from 2012-2014.

Ritland Ramble
Erik’s former culture blog. Society, politics, current events, and more. Archived from 2012-2014.

Sunday Ramble
Religious commentary. Archived from 2012-2013.

Daily Ramble
Daily blogs covering sports, music, culture, and more from January 2014.

The Weekly Ritland
Short-lived site that linked to each article I had posted for that week. Archived September 2012.

Main Ramble
Articles about politics and culture from the original run of Rambling On in 2012. Archived fall 2012.

Football Ramble
Commentary on the first few weeks of the 2012 football season. Another project that ran out of funding. Archived fall 2012.

Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blogs Hometown Hustle and Curious North. Support Erik’s music via his Patreon account, reach him via emailor find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted by: Erik Ritland | September 29, 2012

The Weekly Ramble #2, 9/29/12

This weeks articles…

Sunday 9/23/12
Sunday Ramble: In Defense of Mystery
“The mystery of life is the plainest part of it” – GK Chesterton. In this article I explain the logic and virtue of believing in a mysterious view of life instead of a limiting materialistic one.

Monday 9/24/12
Football Ramble
Analysis of the Vikings’ surprising and impressive win over the 49ers, the Seahawks victory over the Packers, and other news and notes from week 3 of the NFL season.

Wednesday 9/26/12
Ritland Ramble
“The White Flag of Intellectualism (part II)” explains why it is important to think and talk about religion and politics. I also discuss the continued use of the derogatory term “Native American” and how stupid it is to care about the political views of celebrities.

Thursday 9/27/12
Music Ramble: The Band’s Levon Helm and Neil Young’s Americana
The second part of my articles about the Band’s Levon Helm and Neil Young’s new album of covers of old folk tunes, Americana.

Friday 9/28/12
Sports Ramble
In this weeks edition of the Sports Ramble I explain why I’m burned out with football (already), analyze the MLB playoff hunt, and look ahead to week 4 of the NFL.

Erik Ritland is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. The Weekly Ramble, released on Saturdays, compiles his many weekly articles about society, music, sports (including a football blog), religion, and many other topics. You can reach him via email here.

Posted by: Erik Ritland | September 22, 2012

The Weekly Ramble #1, 9/22/12

Welcome one and all to the Weekly Ramble! Each Friday/Saturday I’ll be compiling and giving a short description of each of the articles (or blogs, if you will) that I post throughout the week. This weeks topics includes everything from the replacement referees in the NFL to a commentary on why church is boring. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

Sunday 9/16/12
Sunday Ramble: Is Church Boring?
Many people complain that church is boring. I don’t disagree. This article suggests that if church was seen in its original context – as no less than heaven on earth – that people would find the meaning in church that they’re looking for.

Monday 9/17/12
Football Ramble
In my weekly analysis of the NFL I look at the Vikings loss to the Colts and comment on stories from around the league including notes on the Saints, Chris Kluwe, RGIII, and the surprise victory of the St. Louis Rams over the Washington Redskins.

Wednesday 9/19/12
Ritland Ramble
In the Ritland Ramble I promise to comment on the world at large, both trends with people and the latest news stories. In this first edition I begin an article about why contemporary discussions tend to get nowhere and briefly touch on the recently released Romney tape.

Thursday 9/20/12
Music Ramble: The Band’s Levon Helm and Neil Young’s Americana
The first edition of the Erik Ritland Music Ramble showcases a man and an album near and dear to my heart: the Band’s Levon Helm and Neil Young’s new album of covers of old folk tunes, Americana.

Friday 9/21/12
Sports Ramble
The replacement referees in the NFL have been given a hard time by players, coaches, and fans. Well, they’re all wrong, as the replacement refs are at least as good if not better than the regular refs, as I argue in my first Sports Ramble. I also look forward to the weekends NFL games.

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