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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Vulnerable to Sudden Disasters

Suddenly summer BAM! Just like that. Last week it was snowing. The last couple of days I’ve experienced non-workout related underboob sweat, for the first time this year. We nearly hit 80 degrees. And BAM again! It’s dropping forty degrees overnight and probably snowing tomorrow. Oh hooray Minnesota. At least my illness is abating. But [...]

The Way of the Intercepting Fist

Today’s “five good things” will instead be a “five people I appreciate and respect” list:

Local musician/artist Venus de Mars is being picked on by the department of revenue and the whole thing is baffling. Jim Walsh penned a good piece about it here: Talking with the taxman about poetry — and deductions. As a friend [...]

A Fugitive Too Dull to Flee

I cry uncle. Or, as my son’s Dad would have us say, I yield to the merciless aggressor. Everything is horrible. The news has been overwhelming this week. The U.S. House of Representatives shamefully passed CISPA. Our local weather can be categorized as soul-crushing. My illness persists. I need to be transported. Mentally at least, [...]

Shaky Moral Bearings

Feeling pretty defeated today. My ongoing illness isn’t helping. Nor is the media coverage of global and national events. Boston wtf? The day of the bombings Patton Oswalt’s message provided a good boost. And it was curious that as the news of the tragedy was breaking it was through twitter, and not mainstream media, that [...]

Let Go or Be Dragged

Mother Nature fights dirty. I was already feeling down about this endless winter but then I got kicked in the kidneys, so to speak. Been out of commission with a migraine that morphed into a nasty sinus infection. Still, I find this to be fairly helpful advice:
21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You’re [...]

A Trip I Wouldn’t Want to Take Again

This morning I’ve read posts by various Food Bloggers Against Hunger.
No child should go hungry in America, yet 1 in 4 U.S. kids don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Food Bloggers Against Hunger was created in response to the new documentary from Participant Media, A Place at the Table. On April 8, [...]

I Am a Raging River

Awful things happen all the time everywhere (like hey, another Exxon pipeline spill). But lately they have been happening adjacent to me. A good friend’s mother passed away. A good friend of some of my close friends, Elyse Stern, was struck and killed by a drunk driver who sped away and left her to die. [...]