The Tragic Optimist

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6 and 2

I’m a bit late here … the girls turned 6 and 2 in the middle of October. Zoe’s now 6, and full in to being a Kindergartner.  It’s astounding how much she’s learning now, though she’s exhausted by the end of most days.  She brings home books from school and slowly works through them, working …

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pictures!

I’m not feeling up to writing much (and I’m pretty sure I’ve already lapsed on my post a week attempt), but I have some pictures I want to share from this month. First, Hazel’s baptism – my parents, Chris’s parents, and my brother and sister in law were able to make it, which was great.  …

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2010 – a review mostly in pictures

2010 started out with us here A cozy house for our little family (the year always starts out cold in Minnesota) In the middle was a lot of this and a sad farewell to this but, we ended up with a better house in nearly every other way and oh yeah, there was this which …

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ask and you shall receive (comparison photos)

Searching for Serenity asked for comparison shots of Hazel and Zoe.  And since Hazel is still napping, I’m going to do that now while I have the chance: Wow, this is one of the first times I’ve looked at their pictures next to each other.  They may be different in many respects, but you sure …

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Return of the rock hammer for scale: the legend lives on

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these, but it’s time.  And now you get not just one, but two new rock hammer for scale pictures, and as an added bonus, and old one for comparison. I was asked recently why the rock hammer, why not, say, a jackhammer?  Well try searching google …

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Kite Festival 2010

Today was our neighborhood’s annual kite festival.  It’s one of my favorite of the winter festivals and it at the lake that’s just a few blocks from our house.  There’s something wonderfully crazy about saying to the elements, “all right, it’s cold – bitter cold – and so the lake is frozen solid.  We could …

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the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics

In honor of today’s announcement of the Nobel Prize for Physics, which went to Charles Kao for his work with fiber optics, and Willard Boyle and George Smith for their invention of the CCD technology (the technology that makes digital cameras work), I offer up a few random pictures that I like, taken on a …

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update on the Children’s Eye Foundation calendar contest

Ok, first thing – you all are awesome! Thank you for all the votes for Zoe in the photo contest. I’ve had a bunch of requests for updates and questions, so here goes: Zoe is in 8th place currently (oops! now 10th – yikes! Vote!).  The top 12 go in the calendar, so it’s looking …

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voting page is back up

The Children’s Eye Foundation voting page is back up.  Thank you to everyone that has voted so far, and yes, I’m happy to shamelessly beg the rest of you to vote.  There’s another super-cute picture of a boy in glasses, and I’m told that there will be another of a girl in glasses on the …

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early spring in Minnesota

Early spring in Minnesota is not the prettiest time of year.  Even though it’s warm (nearly 60 degrees out today when I took these pictures on my walk), it’s still grey and frozen, there’s no green yet, the trees are still bare.  There’s still old, dirty piles of snow in areas that don’t get direct …

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