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Place of Rest (Day 8 – 14)
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Place of Rest (Day 8 – 14)

I’m in a small coffee shop called The Wake-Up Call in a little town in northern Wisconsin. An Americano steams in my cup, and two teenage girls chatter passionately about two different boys and then more slowly and cautiously about someone who had a miscarriage. It’s grey and windy out, a smattering of rain dotting … Continue reading

Day 1 – Day 7
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Day 1 – Day 7

If the following blog post is confusing to you, read this, and it will no longer be. Day 1: Hike. There’s a pretty little trail in the woods in Roseville that we hiked tonight. Mostly, I have two words to describe that trek, and they are mosquitoes and darkness. I guess it makes things more adventurous if … Continue reading

40 Days of Moving
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40 Days of Moving

I hear laughter from a group of people drift out of a cracked window from the house across the street. Someone’s radio is switched on to the talk station on a porch somewhere, and I can just barely catch the murmur of a man as he talks insistently about something. We did some spring cleaning: our … Continue reading

Collaborating
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Collaborating

The last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating over some art with Chris Behnen (check out more of his films over at Pinstripe Productions). Take a look at his latest film below, titled “You and I,” which circles around the conceptual exploration of relationships. “Gather,” a poem I wrote to pair with the film, also centers … Continue reading

Tradition
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Tradition

I’m writing to you from a car in the middle of 35 in southern Minnesota. We’re passing field after field, the afternoon sun dropping lower in the sky, and everything’s a hazy grey-brown color today. The trees haven’t budded yet, and they stand tall and dead, cracking their branches against the sky. Water towers, fences, cows, a few … Continue reading

Two Months
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Two Months

I’ve caught this coffee shop right at its close. The barista is leisurely, but thoroughly, pushing a mop around the tile. He wears a blue sweatshirt and takes his time. The other barista’s keys are jingling as she moves hurriedly, wiping counters, pushing milk into fridges, and runs water into a big sink. She pauses … Continue reading

Charm
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Charm

Here’s what I’ve done so far today. Well first I will give you the facts that it is President’s Day, and some of us who work in schools have today off, it’s blizzarding outside, and one of my closest friends is getting married five days. Also, I have a quilt over my lap—the one my … Continue reading

Cold?
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Cold?

If you live in Minnesota, you’re probably getting ready to hibernate. You might be in your long johns, under a quilt, eating soup, drinking apple cider or whiskey, and preparing to get hunkered down indoors for the day. At least, that’s what I’m planning on doing. I’m just kidding, I wish I had long johns. … Continue reading

The Deep Freeze
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The Deep Freeze

Good snowy evening. After peeling my hands off the steering wheel this afternoon and taking some Tylenol to ease the ache in the back of my eyes that came from staring at the icy freeway for forty minutes straight, I can confidently tell you that we were snowed in the rest of the night, and I … Continue reading

List Day
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List Day

What a week. Thank goodness for Saturdays. It’s cold and rainy out, but tonight a group of us are getting together for chili and games, which sounds like the perfect antidote. Wishing you a happy weekend from St. Regis! I love how Google incorporates art into our everyday searches now. Check out all the past … Continue reading