January 30, 2014 § 4 Comments
January 28, 2014 § 4 Comments
My beautiful tulips met their maker today, but before they completely passed on, I took some final photographs. Yesterday morning the subtle light was nice for snapping the bouquet from various vantages.
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The Morningside After Dark series is my favorite winter event. Basically, it’s a hip church-basement coffee-house talent-show social. Members of Edina’s creative Morningside community put on a cozy evening of storytelling featuring exceptional writers and musicians. Original tales, essays, and poems were interwoven with live original music, all supplemented with sustenance in the form of homemade baked goods and coffee — always delicious, always in abundance.
Organizers Laurie Lindeen, James Mahoney, and Rebecca Sorenson warmly hosted the show, and Jeff Robertson kept the entertainment flowing seamlessly with his stage direction. Last year I left every event impressed with the kaleidoscope of local talent they gathered, and last night was no different.
And despite the extreme cold, the place was packed. It always is.
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Last but not least, my photos of the day from January 22-28 (some posted previously, some not):
January 27, 2014 § 1 Comment
What I’m reading this week:
- “The Art of Presence” by David Brooks (The New York Times, January 20, 2014)
- “Fail Better” by Zadie Smith (The Guardian, January 13, 2007)
- “How Long Have I Got Left?” by Paul Kalanithi (The New York Times, January 24, 2014)
- “Lee and Morty Kaufman: Cleaning Up in Their 90s” by Steven Kurutz (The New York Times, January 22, 2014)
- Lucky Girls: Stories by Nell Freudenberger (2003)
- “Keillor Geography” by Garrison Keillor (National Geographic, February 2014)
- “The Six Things That Make Stories Go Viral Will Amaze, and Maybe Infuriate, You” by Maria Konnikova (“Elements” blog, The New Yorker, January 21, 2014)
January 26, 2014 § 3 Comments
Happy Australia Day from a magical region 9,000 miles northeast of (and 120 degrees colder than) the land of Oz.
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I didn’t eat any Vegemite today, but I did get a temporary tattoo.
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With Australia weighing happily on my mind this afternoon, I pulled out stacks of old photos from my excursions Down Under to visit my dear friend Kristen in 2000 and 2004.
These were the days before digital cameras (at least the days before I owned one). Although the quality is marginal, these images bring back heartwarming memories — one visit prior to starting grad school, the other upon graduation; one visit to meet the new boyfriend, the next after their marriage; carefree days spent with my fearless pal who moved to the other side of the world just because she wanted to.
Kristen and her husband and two children live here now, but I still want to jet to the continent that brought me as close to Antarctica as I’m likely to get. Next time I’ll visit Queensland and Ayers Rock. And I’ll head straight back to Tasmania, one of my favorite places on earth. I’ll rent another cottage along the Tasman Sea, write ridiculous stories, gaze at the sunrise, run past the sheep grazing along the shore, and befriend curious, sleepy marsupials.
January 25, 2014 § 5 Comments
I tried to snag this Jennifer Davis piece at the Soo Visual Art Center’s Fundraising Gala, but was cruelly outbid (twice).
Then I was outbid on this Nick Howard pen-and-ink drawing, not just multiple times, but by another person named Camille.
So my friend and I mingled and drank and ate and left. It was snowing. The roads were slick. But the sky was (and still is) pretty.