The Tragic Optimist

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yoga ramblings

I went to yoga class this evening – back to the non-profit yoga studio now that the community ed class is over for the summer.  It was lovely.  It was supposed to be an hour and fifteen minutes, but it went longer than an hour and a half.  And that’s just fine by me.  The …

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the bunny

Fighting Windmills asked about the bunny that keeps stopping by our yard – she’s been nesting in our front yard for the past two years and raising her babies in the spring. Even though in general, I hate the bunnies that eat my lilies and garden vegetables, this rabbit has won me over, and I …

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life in late spring

Spring in MN isn’t so much it’s own season as it is the weather jumping back and forth between winter and summer.  One day the high is in the 40s, the next day it hits 80.  Still, it’s beautiful, and a nice change to be able to go outside most days without a jacket.

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hits a little close to home

Back before I was a librarian, I worked at a software company, spending most of my time there in customer support as a developer, and then supervisor.  When a customer reported a bug, we’d have to fix it, but first, we had to reproduce it.  If we couldn’t reproduce it, we couldn’t fix it, and …

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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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my environmental conundrum

Minneapolis has a recycling program (like nearly every city).  We set out a variety of recyclables, and most of them need to go in paper bags. Chris and I have started trying to be better about using cloth bags when we grocery shop in the past year.  (I bet you can see where this is …

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love’s leeway

There’ nothing like having a toddler who imitaes you to see clearly your own shortcomings.  Today at dinner Chris burped at the dinner table, Zoe laughed and immediately tried to immitate the sound, “errrp, braaap, bwerrp.”  I tried to stifle my laugh and tried to explain why we say “excuse me” after burping.  Chris stifled …

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the power of yoga

I realized I haven’t posted about the yoga class I’ve been taking for the past few weeks.  First off, it’s a great class – the instructor is kind and good at explaining things and manages to help a class with a wide range of experience.  The other students don’t take it overly seriously, and there …

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because this is cool

I have other posts bouncing in my head, they will be written, but I have to share this news from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.  Because if I was the fish they recently studied, you would be able to see the posts bouncing around because it has a transparent head.  And the picture of …

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