Archive for August, 2010

I got up early this morning to walk around Como Lake. Except for the very first hint of fall color along the lake, not much was new. But as I completed my second lap, I noticed the black-capped night heron fishing at the end of the spit. “I wish that goose would get out of […]

Bye-bye, eBay


I’ve been buying and selling on eBay since April 21, 2000. Over the years I’ve sold more then $20,000 worth of goods—including a sizable arsenal of Leica photographic equipment for a pro photographer friend. I’ve shipped delicate electronics to Japan and sent limited-edition leather goods to Singapore and Greece. And never once in any of […]

One of the things no one ever told me about marriage is that—no matter how much you may love each other—things are going to get on your nerves. If you live with someone long enough, it’s inevitable that at some point you’ll find yourself resenting your heart of hearts over some petty, stupid, laughable-in-hindsight annoyance. […]

I’ve been in mourning since my beloved kombucha was pulled off the shelves in July. I don’t know whether the acidic beverage really has any of the health benefits that people claim. Nor am I worried about the purported risks, which seem to have stemmed from home-brewed batches. All I know is that I feel […]



Steve and I go to the Renaissance Festival every year. I wouldn’t say we’re die-hard RenFesters, but it has definitely become a tradition over the past 20 years. Steve goes for the turkey drumsticks and popovers, which I’ll admit are out of this world. I go to people-watch. We humans are pretty comical creatures to […]

Tucker woke me up extra-early this morning. He hasn’t been feeling quite himself since he munched on the lower half of a mummified squirrel during our walk yesterday morning. I keep a watchful eye for such contraband, but my eyes are no match for his nose in the pre-dawn darkness. Anyway, he seems to be […]

It’s a living


Most days I don’t give much thought to how I earn a living. Work is just a part of my daily routine: I show up. I type. I answer a few questions, attend some meetings, and I go home. But over the past couple of days I’ve had more than a few moments that have […]

My friend Tucker is back for another visit, so of course that translates into lots of walks. Lots. Of. Walks. This morning we headed out early for a jaunt around Como Lake—it’s a weekend tradition for me and Tucker—but the landscape was different, somehow. It took me a quarter of a mile to figure out […]

According to Google, today marks the 71st anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. If you’re a fan of the film, I highly recommend the treasure trove of trivia at Although I have lots of favorite memories about the The Wiz, one of my favorites hearkens back to my days at the Star Tribune, when—for […]

I slept terribly last night. Just as I was starting to doze off, a violent storm rolled in. I was awakened by a bright flash and a simultaneous KABOOOM as lightning hit something very near our house. Steve and I got up and stood on the front porch and watched the tempest rage. “Look!” I […]