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Tue
24
Nov

A box here, a box there

A recent visit to my parents' house in northern Wisconsin proved to be a trip down memory lane.

Tue
17
Nov

Bottles and bottles and bottles

It was 2002 and Gary and I had been dating for four years, when his mother suggested that the two of us join her on a trip to China to visit friends and relatives.

Tue
10
Nov

Flutter by, butterfly

It seems almost obscene to talk about butterflies at a time of year when, short of a winter vacation in the tropics, most of us have no hope of seeing one of these fluttering beauties for the next six months.

Tue
27
Oct

Specially designed gardens treat parking lot runoff

It's a good thing I don't melt in the rain like the bad witch from the Wizard of Oz. This October has been rough on all of us Minnesotans, but especially so for whiny people like myself.

Thu
22
Oct

These terms are like annoying or whatever

I hereby call to order another meeting of the Word Crimes Tribunal.

Just as perpetrators of crimes against humanity are tried at The Hague, here we mete out justice to those who abuse our language. Only here, nobody wears wooden shoes.

Fri
16
Oct

The wrath of buckthorn

Summer, sadly, is over. The change in seasons means I don't have to fight off pesky mosquitoes or spiders anymore, but there is a whole new nuisance to deal with in fall.

Wed
14
Oct

Don't forget your cowboy hat

There haven't been many times in my life when I've felt overdressed wearing jeans, a t-shirt, a baseball cap and sporting a three-day beard. But this was the case a few weeks ago when I attended a small community festival with my parents.

Tue
13
Oct

Great Decisions - foreign policy series

Great Decisions is a series of lectures and discussions on foreign policy topics. This will be an intergenerational session with the Fairview Alternative High School students and older adults. Optional briefing books are available for $17. Registration deadline is two days prior to the session.

Sun
11
Oct

Tracing 200 years of pollution on the Mississippi River

If you're going to listen to National Park Service historian John Anfinson speak about pollution in the Mississippi River, you might want to skip your lunch that day.

Tue
06
Oct

Emerging contaminants for rivers, lakes and oceans

Last weekend, my normally healthy mom called from a hospital in Milwaukee to tell me she had come down with a deadly strain of pneumonia.

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