The Tragic Optimist

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the penguin and the butterfly

Zoe and I went to the opening of a nearby park.  Silverwood park is along the shores of Silver Lake, a little ways north of us. The celebration included rocks that you could color with markers, buckthorn rounds to decorate, spinning demonstrations, the raptor center showing a kestrel and a red-tailed hawk, good food, music, …

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messages that I will never send through facebook

I’m as big a fan of facebook as anyone, love that I can keep in touch with friends, get back in touch with old friends, get to know new friends.  I’m pretty open on fb, but there’s still messages that I compose, sometimes even write, but I can never bring myself to click “Share.” Friend …

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Crazy 8s

I was tagged by Coffeegrl for this, and it looks like another good way to get me out of my posting slump.  Actually, this is kind of hard. Eight things I am looking forward to: 1. The end of the school year.  I like the change of pace once we hit summer. 2. Our CSA …

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Learning to sew

My mom can do wonders with all things textile.  Seriously.  (I’m bragging, but it’s not just bragging, it’s true).  She made my wedding dress.  And my wedding shawl.  She sews, she knits, she weaves, she felts.  Heck, she’s made money bags out of shredded money and hats out of dog hair, she’s even spun silk …

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what would you study?

There was discussion the other day of an environmental studies major at the college where I work (it’s currently a concentration).  One proposal was to let students decide on a focus within the major.  One of the foci was “Food and Agriculture.”  It was like a shock to my system.  I want to go back …

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Where there’s a will – or planning for what we hope will never happen

Chris and I went to a will-writing workshop last night. It was kind of cool, actually, it was community ed, but taught by a lawyer and a notary, so at the end of it, we had a signed, notarized, legal will. So, if you were looking to inherit all our riches, well, 1 – we …

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warmth makes me stupid

This was a really cold January.  For the first 30 days, we never got above freezing.  It’s probably a (sad) testament to a person’s adaptability that when I first hear this, I thought that didn’t sound too strange.  But I spent some quality time searching through NOAA’s climate records for Minneapolis, and it appears that …

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25 Random Things

So this meme has been going through facebook, and so I finally succumbed and wrote mine on Monday.  So I’m being lazy and just re-posting it here.  My apologies to any fb friends who see this twice, but honestly, you can deal.  Oh and if any of you guys are on fb and not friends …

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ode to yoga

Despite the wonderful beginning, Tuesday ended with me being terribly “sensitive” (that’s the word they use at daycare for “throws a tantrum at slightest provocation”), mostly due to a fight with Zoe at daycare about whether or not she should wear her jacket (it’s Minnesota, there was no question of compromise).  So Wednesday, Chris emailed …

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peaceful transfer of power

I haven’t made much of a secret of my support for president Obama, so it should come as no surprise that I was thrilled today to get to watch the inauguration.  I watched at work with co-workers and students, all of us happy, hopeful and a bit teary. I love working at a place that …

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