Winter in St. Paul: Culture and Quirks

Winter in St. Paul

I’m from St. Paul: Minnesota’s capital city. That’s where the Mississippi River takes a brief loop northward before thinking, “Oh, hell no” and returns to it’s southerly flow, rolling along toward warmer climes near the Gulf of Mexico. St. Paul: Most Livable City in America St. Paul claims the title …

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River Music: Morning in Austin, Texas

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  “Austin, Texas.” Say those two words aloud and your mind conjures up images with a soundtrack to accompany them. Festivals, ten-gallon hats, guitars, Stevie Ray. Austin means music. From bars to back yards, and concert halls to street corners. Any time of night or day, someone’s playing somewhere, and somebody is listening. …

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The Art of Eavesdropping: What Happened to Flossie and Other Misadventures

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“Flossie died playing cards.” Like any good snoop and all-around Nosy Parker, my ears perked up as the unseen woman in the booth behind me spoke. Eavesdropping doesn’t get much better than this. I heard indistinct mumbling. Damn it, speak up! I silently urged her lunch partner, as my head …

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Dear San Antonio: What Have You Done for Me Lately?

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The duck that bit my leg had no problem communicating with me, despite the differences in our species and styles. My style that late afternoon being the very human one of I’m spending a couple of romantic days with my husband for our anniversary in San Antonio, filled with possibilities, so the world …

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Ciao for now, Minneapolis

So long, Minneapolis. The AWP conference is over and I head back to Austin, Texas this morning. This was my first AWP and I feel exactly the way I expected to, based on advice I got and posts I’d read before I ever arrived. Exhausted in brain and body from …

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Hello, Minneapolis. Remember Me?

Tomorrow I fly out of my new hometown, Austin Texas, to my old hometown, Minneapolis. The annual AWP Conference for writers begins Thursday. This will be my first time attending; I am excited to see writer friends from around the country, though my inner introvert already pictures me face down …

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A Broad-Ranging Local

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I think I’m done whining about Austin’s winter weather. No one should whine about Austin’s winter weather when they know for a fact that it is minus 2000 and snowing flakes shaped like bullets in Minneapolis. But my neck hurts from the routine whiplash of temperatures—33 degrees at dawn to near …

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Somebody Out There Liebsters Me

Steal Just One Day has been nominated for the Liebster Award! Right. The Liebster Award was a mystery to me, too. So when Tess, from Whisperings of the Mind nominated me, I got right on it. Being a master detective/nosy parker, I went sloothing. I sloothed. Well, I googled, which is …

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On Beverages and Bonding: Art, Chemistry and the Human Connection

Being a traveler can be isolating. Sure, you’re out there on the road, interacting with local people in fascinating places around the world, seeing the stuff of a Barcalounger’s travel dreams. You smile at each stranger you encounter, seeking connection. If you are lucky, or pushy maybe, you might even …

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Mile-High Class Warfare

Not long ago, I was accidentally seated in First Class on a flight from Portland to Houston. Accidentally, because there were no seats available back in steerage when I booked the flight, courtesy of my husband’s frequent-flyer work miles. The news of my good fortune came via my check-in 24 hours …

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Scratching Beneath the Surface of Your Town

We are moving soon from Portland, Oregon to Austin. The one in Texas. The reasons we have decided to move don’t really resonate with most people who ask, so we generally tell folks that Austin is closer to Brian’s work. Which is technically true, since he works on a ship …

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The Tribe Encounters a Beast: Lunch with Old Friends

I write a lot about the philosophy of stealing a day from fate because I believe it is an important part of our mental health, both individually and collectively, to step out of our everyday existence and see what might happen. It’s not always easy to walk away from a …

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Green Pajamas and Reinvention Through Travel

At camp in Sale,, planning route south

In a Dispatch a while ago, I mentioned an Irish radio show I listened to one morning while driving from Ireland’s south coast up to Dublin. The show was about why people travel. Although it happened to be perfect timing for me to listen to the show, since I was trapped …

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