Mask mandate ends in Minnesota

Just like that, on Friday, May 14th, 2020, our governor lifted the statewide mask mandate. Alan and I went on a date to a local restaurant yesterday and didn't wear a mask inside. None of the customers or employees were masked. I couldn't stop smiling. I almost felt giddy at the sight of everyone's beautiful... Continue Reading →

Happening now

So I remember... Anna is 12 years old. She loves to make parody videos with Mia and the two of them laugh for hours when they do this. Anna also loves Harry Potter and is reading the series again. She loves to swim, ice skate, mountain bike, camp, read, spend time with her family and... Continue Reading →

One year post-shutdown

This month marks one year since our governor mandated shutdowns in the name of coronavirus. Mask mandates shortly followed and are still in place statewide. Children are now required to wear masks all day at school, at recess, and while playing sports. Everyone else is required to wear a mask while inside of public buildings,... Continue Reading →

Snowy Night

by Mary Oliver Last night, an owlin the blue darktossed an indeterminate number of carefully shaped sounds intothe world, in which,a quarter of a mile away, I happenedto be standing. I couldn’t tellwhich one it was –the barred or the great-hornedship of the air –it was that distant. But, anyway,aren’t there momentsthat are better than... Continue Reading →

We survived.

I have been thinking about time and how things happen that change us.  We can never go back and be who we were before.  Change is painful and humbling.  It is beautiful, too.  Change can wake us and open us--as long as we roll with it and not resist. About five years ago, the universe... Continue Reading →

I’m happy.

I feel like I have to hold my breath to make this feeling last.  I am happy. I guess it's more than a feeling.  It's a state of being that I don't usually have.  There is contentment and gratitude and faith that things are the way they are supposed to be. Last week I had... Continue Reading →

Life is a rollercoaster

Extreme ups and downs can exist simultaneously. This is something I haven't realized until recently. I feel both love and joy when I think of my dad, and also grief and sadness. It's such a complicated mixture of feelings. It takes a lot of energy to experience this and I am starting to wonder how... Continue Reading →

Vinyl

A part of my soul that was lost years ago has been returned. Today while I was napping, Alan went out and bought a record player and some used records to add to a little collection we started recently. He showed off the new purchase by playing Simon and Garfunkel's "The Boxer." It transported me... Continue Reading →

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