Blowing & Drifting

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Somehow Older

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

My year of being forty is almost over. Maybe because forty is such a milestone, I’ve been more and more aware of the ways that my age – or at least the appearance of my age – is working to my unearned advantage. People call me "sir" more often, even on the phone. In crowds, […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · miscellany · narcissism

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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · borrowed content · cycling · family · girls · miscellany · narcissism · photos


January 10th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m pretty lucky in that Shannon makes a from-scratch dinner almost every day – even on pizza nights. Today, I came home ravenous to find a veritable feast: almond-crusted salmon, a barley-feta dish she improvised, a spinach salad (on which I put one of her great salad dressings), and roasted potatoes (left over from last […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · 365for40 · family · miscellany · parenting · Shannon

Paisley Coincidences

September 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Wednesday night, I entertained myself by watching ABC’s Connie Britton drama, Nashville - the finale of season 1 online, then the season premiere of season 2 on TV. One major plotline of the new episode concerned the possibility that Britton’s character’s sometime boyfriend, Deacon, would go to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. This made me think […]

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Tags: diversions · media · miscellany


September 4th, 2013 · No Comments

I love how Maine’s license plates are so matter-of-fact. None of this "Land of 10,000 Lakes" or "Pure Michigan" bullroar. Just "Lobster." And a picture in case you’re illiterate – as so many Mainers are. #zing

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Tags: 365for40 · miscellany · photos · traveling

Making Hay

September 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

Late-summer rides often pass by fields where farmers are haying. I wish I remembered more about haying on my grandpa’s farm in the U.P. I didn’t participate in the haying very often – maybe five times – but I remember driving the big old truck up and down the rows. I was in elementary school, […]

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Tags: 365for40 · family · history · Minnesota · miscellany · nature · photos · summer · Upper Peninsula

Float Off

August 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Today was probably the hottest day of the year – hot enough that Minnesota Public Radio used the word "barbaric" in the morning forecast. To reward myself for cowering almost inside all day, this evening I staged a "float off" – comparing a traditional root beer float with the variant made with a dark beer. […]

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Tags: 365for40 · diversions · miscellany · photos · summer

Happy Borgesday

August 24th, 2013 · No Comments

Today, Jorge Luis Borges would turn 114, if he were still alive. He isn’t, but we can still read his stories, such as “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins,” from which comes this amazing paragraph: These ambiguities, redundancies and deficiencies remind us of those which doctor Franz Kuhn attributes to a certain Chinese encyclopaedia entitled […]

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Tags: 365for40 · art · borrowed content · diversions · miscellany · summer


August 16th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Shannon’s parents spent a couple days with us this week to celebrate Vivi’s birthday. In the evenings, my father-in-law regaled me with stories of his recent trip in his restored 1952 Studebaker pickup truck to a Studebaker “meet” in Colorado Springs. It took him and his brother three days to get there from his home […]

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Stationary Bikes

August 12th, 2013 · No Comments

This weekend I finished a little project: a stand for my bikes. I fabricated the stand itself a few months ago from 2-inch PVC piping. I had to reconfigure the vertical divider a few times to best accommodate the Beast’s unusually wide tires and Giddyup’s unusually wide handlebars, but I finally got that sorted out […]

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Tags: 365for40 · cycling · diversions · miscellany · photos · sport · summer

TGIF Forever

August 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment

It’s been a hell of a summer, in just about every way. On the cusp of the middle third of August, I’m utterly spent – about as worn out as I’ve ever been when I’ve not been parenting a newborn. Work accounts for a lot of my current spent-ness. The grantwriting “day job” of at […]

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Tags: 365for40 · miscellany · narcissism · summer

Wishful Riding

August 7th, 2013 · No Comments

I had a nice, slightly too hard bike ride tonight, one of our usual outings on gravel roads around Northfield. The corn smelled sweet, the gravel was solid, and the weather was good. But every Tim’s we dipped into a hollow and the air got ever so slightly chilly, I found myself wishing for this:

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Tags: 365for40 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · miscellany · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · summer · winter

School Supplies

August 6th, 2013 · No Comments

It’s the character of our family that my life burbles along pretty much the same, week in and week out, month in and month out, while Shannon’s and the girls’ lives change markedly at least a couple times of year, according to the school year, and vary quite a bit daily, as they do run […]

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Tags: 365for40 · autumn · diversions · girls · miscellany · Northfield · parenting · photos · school · summer

Rafting the Cannon

August 4th, 2013 · No Comments

This afternoon, our friend K organized a rafting expedition on the Cannon River, the very tame waterway that runs through these parts to the Mississippi. Along with three other families, we took about five hours to float eight miles downstream from Cannon Falls. Except for a couple dicey moments involving “rapids” and sandbars, the trip […]

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Farm Dog

August 3rd, 2013 · No Comments

When my mom visited a while ago, I scanned a bunch of old family pictures that she’d brought down. One of them is this (rather bad) shot of one of the dogs my grandpa had when we lived with him on the farm in North Ironwood, Michigan. This scruffy mutt’s name was Musti, which we […]

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