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Photogenic blasting grit

Some people go through the ritual of making new year’s resolutions. I don’t. Instead I try to seize on the urge to reform when the urge is fresh, and that can happen at random times during the year. On January … Continue reading

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You plant potatoes, you get potatoes

It’s no mystery to me why I find beauty in the industrial relics of southeast Minneapolis. I grew up on my dad’s photographs. A chemical engineer and a serious amateur photographer, he loved to shoot pictures of rusty valves, pipes … Continue reading

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Two photos: going wide, going deep

Two great panoramic photos that feature or include southeast Minneapolis are part of a current exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Wide-Eyed: Panoramic Photographs. The first was created by a contemporary photographer, Jonathon Wells, who is also a geologist. … Continue reading

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Who’s eating the local fruit?

It’s not quite winter, but we’re well into the Dark Season, a reference to the tough electromagnetic spot we find ourselves in every year because of our planet’s axial tilt. I also think of it as the Gray Season, no … Continue reading

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The eponymous bridge: one year later

After my last post (the one with the blinking red adverbs), this week’s words might look a little plain. Black, no red anywhere. For me, however, this post sings and shouts in another way: it’s the one-year anniversary of my … Continue reading

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Digging around for adverbs in the Central Corridor

Adverbs aren’t my favorite part of speech. In fact, they are one reason I gave up on the Harry Potter books. If someone had vacuumed up the adverbs, I might have been able to get through the series. I prefer … Continue reading

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Shadows of Gotham City

I love Halloween. I especially love the homemade costumes that barely make any sense. It’s true, the neighborhood art gallery’s month-long, haunted basement thing grows old after just a few days, but I assume the gallery is making a lot … Continue reading

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Dinkytown houses flaunt their colors

Dinkytown smiles in ways that its more dignified neighbor, the University of Minnesota, can’t. Dinkytown residents party on just about any night of the week. One of its restaurants, Al’s Breakfast, succeeds year after year serving a meal that college … Continue reading

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It’s dog-eat-dog on my bur oak branch

Last month I ran a photo of a mysterious black band on the bur oak branch I’ve been following since February. A state scientist helped me identify the band as a batch of eggs laid by an unidentified moth. Here’s … Continue reading

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Grain in, grain out, grain in

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I bicycled past TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota where tailgaters were partying in the parking lots with the help of  hamburgers, hot dogs, and beer. I rode past the parties and the … Continue reading

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