Blowing & Drifting

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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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Entertaining Facebook Spam

March 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Today I got spammed through Facebook’s chat feature by someone who hacked a former colleague’s account. A few choice excerpts from my conversation with the hacker, which ended abruptly when I said I’d be reporting the exchange as spam to FB. "Have you heard the good news,about Mark Zuckerberg facebook founder who help deafs,Hearing,and retired […]

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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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The Next Bike Adventure – Idaho!

February 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Arrowhead experience is just going on and on, in the most amazing ways. At the race, I got to talk briefly with the two winners, Jay and Tracey Petervary, who were inviting everyone to come out for a new race they’re staging in Idaho – Jay P’s Fat Pursuit. I immediately wrote it off […]

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Vividiom

February 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi started learning about idioms in school the other day. Being Vivi, she decided not only to use every idiom she learned, but to coin a few of her own. The best one, by far, was "a sloth doing a good job," which she used when literally crawling to her bed. Not bad.

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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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Foodbike

February 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Last weekend, the girls and I played that drawing game where we draw X out of totally unrelated Y. Here’s Vivi’s rendition of a bicycle made out of food:

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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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Snapshots of Life in the Icebox of the Nation

February 6th, 2014 · No Comments

A couple photos that I think capture some of the flavor of life in International Falls… Citizens appear to disrespect signage. Snowblowers can be parked anywhere.

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Me = Spartacus

January 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Last time they visited my office, my girls both asked if this was a picture of me. I was flattered, but only in my cycling dreams am I anything like Spartacus.

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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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The Counterfactuals

January 12th, 2014 · No Comments

I had a real Saturday night tonight, going downtown to see the Counterfactuals, one of Northfield’s and Minnesota’s best bands, play their album-release show. Their new disc, Minimally Decent People, is amazingly good indie rock, with a lot going on underneath the hooks and lyrics. The show was just as good: packed with fans, loud […]

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They’re Crazy – No Offense

January 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Somewhere, Julia learned how to end a semi-rude statement with "no offense." (I suspect she acquired this "skill" at school, along with lattice math, information about current pop music, and the ability to do the monkey bars.) Since she’s a good-hearted person, she mostly uses this to comedic effect, but it is still a little […]

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Sleigh Bells Ring

January 6th, 2014 · No Comments

When I’m out in "bad" weather, I think a lot about how much time my grandfathers – a farmer on my dad’s side, a trucker and logger on my mom’s – must have spent outside in horrible conditions, doing their jobs. I’m lucky that I can choose to go outside and enjoy (not just endure) […]

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