Monthly Archives: January 2011

Finger-freezing misery

Isn’t it miserable to take photos of urban wildlife in the winter? Yup. My fingers freeze, and the animals are either moving or hiding. In the summer, if you don’t get the shot, you still get a warm, sunny day … Continue reading

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Tale of two riverfronts

Trains are an endangered species in my neighborhood. I’ve seen track pulled up, signs removed, and far fewer rail cars biding their time on the tracks that parallel the Mississippi River. It’s not surprising. What’s happening here has happened all … Continue reading

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The durability of Swedish flat bread

The story goes like this: In the days when the workers at the old Grain Belt brewery in Minneapolis could drink beer on the job, they would eat Ry-Krisp, a crunchy flat bread, on the way home to sober up. … Continue reading

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What’s a good word for slush in a river?

On most days Mississippi River water doesn’t remind me of lava. But when the river was starting to freeze late last fall, it resembled oozing volcanic goop much more than straight up water. Rather than try to describe it, I’ll … Continue reading

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