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Beyond 101: Visit the Art Shanty Projects

I live in a state where winter can occupy the climate for six months of the year – literally.  (I.e., November through April – or longer.)  Fortunately, I also live in a state populated by hearty and determined folk of … Continue reading

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People, be cool.

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to visit my parents at their soon-to-be-full-time retirement house.  (My mom is living there half-time; my dad hopes to join her in the next 6-8 months or so, at which point they will … Continue reading

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#21: Go ziplining

Miguel Cooke* was one of many “problem students” at the elementary school I attended.  (Note that I attended elementary school in the early 1980s – a time when ‘political correctness’ didn’t really exist.  These days, students like Miguel would most … Continue reading

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#2: Attend the Minneapolis May Day Parade

In addition to offering a plethora of museums, sporting events, and year-round outdoor activities, Minneapolis is also home to more eclectic groups and events, such one of the largest Fringe Festival in the world, the annual naming of a dairy … Continue reading

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#1: See the Winter Carnival ice sculptures

Minnesotans are a hearty stock of people.  The determined Viking grit combined with the strong Midwest American work ethic produces a breed of individual that can yield a formidable culture.  Thankfully, a sizable portion of the population also has a … Continue reading

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#32: Complete a ‘thing to do’ that someone else suggests

Two weeks ago I was chatting with one of my co-workers, and asked him about his plans for the upcoming holiday weekend.  He said something about bouncing, and I looked at him quizzically.  “What about bouncing?” I asked.  “Are you … Continue reading

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A conversation overheard

At the grocery store this morning, I saw a 2-year-old boy race through down the produce aisle, spy a yellow summer squash, grab it, and excited yell to his mom, “na-NA-na!” while waving the vegetable at her. She calmly corrected … Continue reading

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#37: Visit the Minnesota History Center (a Minnesota Historic Site)

Waking on a Saturday morning and finding no appointments on my calendar or “critical” tasks to complete, I decided to take advantage of the gift of time and experience a 101 list item. The Minnesota History Center was displaying an … Continue reading

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Remember when….

I am a highly organized person, but not by choice.  Rather, I have to use managerial structures (schedules, routines, systems) to compensate for the fact that I have a completely crappy memory.  I live by the adage, “A place for … Continue reading

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The J’s have it

In Outlook, sometimes symbols get mis-translated as a message is sent from one user to another.  In particular, the smile emoticon [ :) ] sometimes gets changed into the letter “J”.  I therefore find it fitting that over the course … Continue reading

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