Archive for May, 2012

Thursday, May 24 marked the fourth incarnation of Ignite Minneapolis. But before I say anything else, I’d first like to give a tip o’ the hat to my friend Patrick Kuntz, who founded Ignite Minneapolis. He’s not the spotlight-seeking type. But without his vision and tireless work, none of these events would have happened. So […]


For 17 years, I’ve been seeing the “Art-A-Whirl” signs around Northeast Minneapolis. And although I’ve ducked into a couple of artists’ studios over the years, I’d never fully partaken of the Art-A-Whirl experience. But this year I had a vested interest: I recently had the pleasure of rewriting the parent organization’s website. And through my […]


I adore my friend Laurice for a million different reasons. She’s smart, cool, funny, kind, a wonderful mom, and an unbelievable cook. She’s also incredibly creative and generous — and I’m always grateful when I’m on the receiving end of her creativity and generosity. Such was the case a few months ago, when she surprised […]


Although I’m not particularly devout, I do appreciate the sense of meaning and purpose that some religious rites offer. Maybe that’s why I make a point of stepping into Notre Dame cathedral every time I’m in Paris, and lighting a candle or two. Yesterday — my last day in Paris — I lit three candles: […]


For years, my friends have been telling me to visit Strasbourg. “It’s got lovely architecture,” they’ve said. “It’s full of history.” “The cathedral is beautiful.” But as much as I wanted to take their advice, I’ve never quite managed to leave Paris. On this trip I had no excuse, though: Strasbourg lies almost exactly halfway […]


Since my last post I’ve attended an all-night birthday party … visited Strasbourg … … heard an Irish music concert by The Kilkennys  … … joined the lads for a wee session after the show … … moved out of my beautiful home in Freiburg … … taken the TGV to Paris, and settled into […]


I’ve been home for more than a month, but I’m still sorting through the photos from my last vacation. I hope you won’t mind an occasional trip back to Europe as I get caught up. Today’s post is about an epic evening with The Kilkennys. Whenever I plan a trip, I do a bit of […]


“Back with more tomorrow … in German.” So much for the promise I made on May 1. The past few days have been a whirlwind of activity: I’ve shot over 2,000 photos, hung out with 12 friends, attended three concerts, gone on two hikes, visited two markets, climbed one cathedral, and slept, oh … about […]


Today — May Day — is a national holiday in France. And because the French take their holidays seriously, the streets were pretty deserted at 7:30 this morning when I set out for a stroll. I decided to walk along the Seine today, past the Institut du Monde Arabe and across the Jardin des Plantes. […]