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Waiting for snow…

What a winter. By this time last year, we had piled up some impressive stats: at least 7 snow emergencies about 70 inches of snow the biggest collection of curses anywhere, which we flung at the windows each morning when … Continue reading

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What am I breathing?

I don’t really notice air unless there’s something wrong with it. I just breathe it and go about my business. But since moving to the middle of Minneapolis, I have lost my natural obliviousness to air and breathing. I don’t … Continue reading

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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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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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When will the leaning tower of pier fall?

Bridges don’t last forever. Some fall, some are taken down. And some crumble away one piece at a time. Anyone who has walked across the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis has probably noticed a lonely stone pier — now just … Continue reading

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Hordes of bicyclists on my secret bridge?

Welcome back, University of Minnesota students! In honor of the annual boost in the neighborhood’s bicycling population, I’m offering a photo tour of the proposed U of M Bikeway route. First, a map. The city of Minneapolis website shows the … Continue reading

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Beaver building a house — live action!

The list of those who work the Mississippi River as it flows through Minneapolis is much shorter today than it used to be. Fewer tugboat captains, fewer deckhands. But beavers, those riparian workaholics, are still at it. I first saw … Continue reading

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Borrowed scenery: two clocks

I consider any and all scenery on the west bank of the Mississippi River to be “borrowed scenery” for those of us on the east bank. The term comes from Japanese gardeners, and it refers to the idea of including … Continue reading

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What’s blooming in the urban prairie patch?

Almost every day, I get a tiny dose of prairieĀ  in the middle of the city. The Sixth Avenue Greenway, just a few blocks from the Mississippi River, looks a little unruly and neglected this time of year, but it’s … Continue reading

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