Archive for December, 2010

Well, here we go again: It’s New Year’s Eve. And starting tomorrow, millions of people will resolve to be better—and do better—in the year ahead. I’m a big supporter of self-improvement. So if you’ve decided to lose weight or quit smoking or cut down on your drinking, I highly recommend I’m also a big […]

Today I got emails from three (very worthy) organizations I support. “We’re almost there!” said one, with a thermometer-like graphic showing their proximity to their goal. “Double the impact of your gift,” said another, promising that a corporate donor would match my contribution. “Only 24 more members needed,” implored the third. “Please reply by 5 […]

For the first time in my life, I sent mostly e-cards this holiday. I usually favor printed holiday cards. In fact, I had printed my cards. I’d brought them with me to Sedona, ready to sign and send. I had plenty of time, a good pen, a stack of stamps. Alas, I had no C5 […]

During my drive home on December 17, a story on MPR caught my ear. It began like this: For the past 24 holiday seasons, Christmas music historian William Studwell has trotted out his annual Carol of the Year, which highlights a Christmas carol on an anniversary year. The Northern Illinois University professor emeritus didn’t live […]

I’ve heard that the best way to see Sedona’s red rocks is from the air. So for the past few days, I’ve been debating my options: Helicopter? Red-Baron-style biplane? Astral projection? Or hot air balloon? I ruled out astral projection right away. And although the biplane was intriguing, the tour price was based on two […]

I’ve been on vacation in Sedona since last Saturday, but I’ve yet to catch more than a fleeting glimpse of the sun: Although the sunrises have been glorious, each day has gotten soggier as the hours have worn on. Today was different. I awoke to rain and thick fog. I decided to skip my usual […]

Sedona’s energy vortexes may be the world’s largest invisible tourist attraction: Every year, thousands of people come to experience what they describe as a subtle energy that emanates from the earth. I’m not exactly a New-Age-crystals-and-incense type. But still, I wondered if there might be something behind the hype. So this morning I set out […]

Today may be the shortest day of the year but to me it has seemed interminable. Steve is ill and the weather is crappy, so I’ve spent most of my day in the apartment. And in doing so I’ve learned three valuable lessons: (1) cable TV sucks; (2) beer tastes better chilled; and (3) refried […]

When Steve and I booked our trip to Sedona, I was thrilled to discover that we’d be here for the total lunar eclipse. Sedona is wonderful for stargazing. At 4,000 feet, the atmosphere is thinner than in Minneapolis, so the stars seem to shine brighter. And because Sedona also has strict light-pollution regulations, you can […]

Today was supposed to be rainy (again) but some faint pink striations in the sky coaxed me out for a predawn walk. Even in the twilight, Sedona’s hulking red rocks dominated the horizon. As I walked along Hwy. 179, I spotted a lovely adobe church. I turned onto the small street for a closer look, […]