Monthly Archives: February 2011

My bur oak branch in the winter

I’m a Minnesota native, but I lived for a while in Seattle. One of the reasons I wanted to move back here was to be near oak trees again. True fact, just ask my husband. I missed the humble oak … Continue reading

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Rickety Chimney Contest

From my front window, I can see a charming, red brick chimney. This slightly rickety chimney often reminds me of an illustration from one of my favorite books, “The Sailor Dog,” by Margaret Wise Brown. In the story, Scuppers (“born … Continue reading

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Did she have to wear a scarlet letter?

There’s nothing like a (one-hundred-and-fifty-year-old) neighborhood scandal. A young woman named Kate Noonan lived and worked as a domestic servant in various homes in the pioneer town of St. Anthony Falls. One of those homes is a few blocks from … Continue reading

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Remove a dam and watch what happens

On a family camping trip in the Sierras some years back, I sat down next to a mountain stream to enjoy the burbling sound of water flowing downhill. My brother-in-law, on the other hand, picked up a few rocks and … Continue reading

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