Blowing & Drifting

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Awesome Filmmaking by the Girls

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Julia learned how to use the iOS version of iMovie at school this week, so she and Vivi have been making “trailers” – four so far. Each is better than the last, and the girls are especially happy with these three. Amazing creativity – and no shortage of sheer weirdness. The Diary of Fate Pixie Dust […]

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Fabulous Poetry by Genevieve

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Tree branches swaying slightly Leaves whispering to one another Cornfield already asleep Clouds have painted the sky a deep blue Grass admiring the masterpiece Nature made Everything ignoring the headlights From cars slicing through the Kind evening Everything ushering everything else To fall asleep Life It passes quickly But you experience every minute of it […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · autumn · borrowed content · family · girls · nature

Throwback Thursday

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi and I spent quite a bit of the second half of July working on this 500-piece puzzle. She was a good partner. Working on this monster took me back to working on giant puzzles with my great aunts Mayme Leppanen and Selma Palojarvi in Ironwood Township, Michigan, when I was about Julia’s age.

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Book Report: Philip Connors, Fire Season

August 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

My ridiculously well-read friend Julia recommended that I read Fire Season, a book-length essay by Philip Connors on his work as a fire-tower lookout in the mountain forests of New Mexico. Connors’ writing is amazing, evoking both the wildness of his setting (which I now have a deep desire to see firsthand) and the civilized nature of his […]

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Guardian Lions

July 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Seen on my trip to the Bay Area: numerous Chinese guardian lion sculptures, including this small one on a table at the hotel and this life-sized beauty in front of the art buildings at Mills College – one of a pair:

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · photos · summer · traveling · work

The Barkley Marathons

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

“The Immortal Horizon,” a gorgeous article in The Believer by Leslie Jamison about the fabled, almost impossible Barkley Marathons trail race. That the hardship facilitates a shared solitude, an utter isolation that has been experienced before by others and will be experienced again, that these others are present in spirit even if the wilds have tamed […]

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Field-Trip Thank Yous

May 28th, 2014 · No Comments

I had fun a couple weeks ago chaperoning Genevieve and two of her classmates through the wonderful field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The teachers do an amazing job of preparing their students for the trip, and the kids really enjoying seeing up close the art they’ve been learning about in class for […]

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Kwik Trip Cover Bands

May 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

I took a break during Wednesday’s ride to stuff my face at a Kwik Trip convenience store near downtown Red Wing, Minnesota. I kinda like mid-ride breaks at gas stations, which are functional, cheap, and usually peaceful. I sat at the short counter near the door, listening to a toothless but cheerful associate offer samples […]

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Spring Poems by Vivi

April 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Genevieve wrote these two poems the other night, right before bed. (Both are untitled. Long story.) 1. Soft tapping on the green grass and sidewalk, cars slowly rolling down the wet street Birds chirping kindly Gray but beautiful Raindrops clinging to branches on the trees Still and quiet The rain silently offering a spring-time breeze […]

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Nitwit Blubber Oddment Tweak

April 14th, 2014 · No Comments

Julia made me this excellent piece of art for my birthday. She included both one of the funniest lines in the first Harry Potter book (the "few words" that Dumbledore offers to the new class at Hogwarts [#spoiler]) and various illustrations of themes and scenes from the books. She’s a pretty great Muggle.

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“Pray for Newtown” (Sun Kil Moon)

March 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Whether or not you’re okay with gun violence, I think this exceptional tune by Mark Kozelek (recording as Sun Kil Moon) will make you think again about Newtown – and other needless massacres in recent American history. Sadly beautiful, quietly angry. We’ve failed as a society in failing to act after Newtown to prevent more […]

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Three Chords and the Truth

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

A couple weeks ago, the girls starting taking guitar lessons. I can’t believe how pleasing it is to sit and listen to them.

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My Three Valentines

February 14th, 2014 · No Comments

My three valentines from my three valentines. (Yes, both girls inexplicably wrote "135" – as in "Arrowhead 135" – on their cards.) I love the cards and the card makers!

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Vivi’s Urgent Poem

February 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Today, Shannon was doing early-morning stuff in the kitchen when she was surprised by Vivi, who came rushing downstairs, exclaiming, “I have a poem!” This is what she wrote down even before giving S a kiss and a hug, much less eating breakfast. Winter by Genevieve Tassava All bundled up all snug and furry everything […]

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“Mr. Muffin” (A Short Story by Vivi)

January 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments

MR. MUFFIN Mr. Muffin was waiting for customers at his bakery. It had been a long day yesterday and the day before that and the day before that. He hoped he could relax more today. A bald man with only a beard walked up to Mr. Muffin and asked, "Do you have any muffins here?" […]

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