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Guardians of History

I have neglected this space for nearly a month due to a road trip with friends, a much awaited visit from my daughter and son-in-law, and the gearing up of a new teaching semester.  It’s the road trip that inspires this post, namely because it renewed my appreciation of people who see to the [...]

The Aleatory Garden

I first learned the word “aleatory” in reference to music.  The first FM radio station of my life, WFMT in Chicago, would occasionally introduce a piece as “aleatory music,” sounds arranged randomly or by some pattern other than the usual rules of harmonics.  My college dorm social circle included a composer of aleatory music, [...]

Tribute to an Old Postmaster

The United States Postal Service has just put 3,600 post offices on a list to review for possible closure.  Four of them are in Freeborn County, Minnesota, where I grew up and where my writing interests currently center:  Conger, Freeborn, Hayward, and Twin Lakes.  This news prompts me to call back a prescient voice [...]

A Memorable Memorial Day

Back when my girls went to Minneapolis South High School and I had to pick them up from after-school activities, I often drove past a no longer active cemetery full of old white marble tombstones that sits at the corner of E. Lake St. and Cedar Ave. S.  I was curious about it, but [...]

Embodied Danger

I had a hard time tearing myself away from the Decorah aerie this morning.  After a week spent mostly in bed with chills and fever, I’m content just to sit and watch those magnificent birds and their view of the countryside beyond.  I’m in a musing frame of mind, but my fever-worn brain is [...]

If I Had a Camera . . .

When I walk around my neighborhood at the grip end of a retractable leash, following the whims of a black lab, I sometimes come upon images that I might photograph, or better, paint, if I were equipped to do either.  I could, of course, carry a camera, but I’ve learned that the two-dimensional copy, [...]

The Persistence of Social Class

Despite a University of Chicago education, several books published, international travel, a two-story house in a “nice” neighborhood with sidewalks . . .  I am still a working-class kid away from home.  Some little element in each day reminds me of that situation, and I mostly just chuckle or shake my head and let [...]

Eagles! Live!

If there’s anyone left in the world who hasn’t yet been introduced to the brooding eagles 80 feet up in a cottonwood tree near the Decorah, Iowa, fish hatchery, here is the Raptor Resource Center’s 24/7 live video feed.  If you have read my posted cardinal essay, you know how easily I [...]

About the Banner Photos 2

I’ve had a couple of requests to make the banner photos bigger or deeper or slower to change.  Their size is a function of the template on which the website is constructed, so I can’t alter them without shifting other aspects of the page.  Anyway, I like the way they work as teasers.  I [...]

About the Banner Photos 1

I’ve received two questions about my revolving banner photos, so I’m going to introduce them one by one.  The theme I was going for is Landscape and Memory, which corresponds to my current writing project.  My photo choices are limited, however, because I own neither a scanner nor a digital camera.  I resort to [...]