An update from the coast

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in After Hours | No Comments

I know it’s been way too long since I’ve been around here. And I don’t mean the almost total absence since I posted from the road, but since we left Berlin…and even arguably before that. And really what is up with that? Especially in the last couple of months, when we have generally been living life ...

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Farewell, Friend

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in After Hours | No Comments

Today the world lost a lovely lady and this blog lost a loyal reader and friend. My heart is heavy for her family and their huge loss. It will be hard to know that, from here on out, the blog posts I write will not be answered by her thoughtful emails commenting on whatever I’ve shared. I ...

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On the Road

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Travel | 3 Comments

I never thought our December departure from Minneapolis would look and feel like spring. The air had that earthy, just-rained kind of smell as we packed up the car and the ground was muddy instead of icy. But there you are. I’m sure winter will return soon. Prep for the road included timing a loaf ...

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Winter Scenes

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in After Hours | 6 Comments

Winter came early this year. It began exactly on November 10, when I opened my eyes to this scene outside. I’ve been trying to make the best of it—baking and cooking a lot. Also we got a new rug, which has changed everything and I don’t know how we ever did without it. I love ...

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Daily Walks Through the Red Light District

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in The Distant Past | One Comment

I get a charge out of place names that refer to the original landscape features of a place before they were bulldozed into oblivion for parking lots, roads, and buildings. Around these parts, we have suburbs like Maple Grove, Forest Lake, Eden Prairie, and so on—once you start looking, these names are everywhere. But it’s not ...

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