Archive for the ‘Random thoughts’ Category

In the Midwest we often joke that, “if you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes.” It sure felt like that today. The fog was so thick during my morning commute that I questioned the safety of driving. Caring about safety as I do, I pulled over and took some photos. (Because as we know, […]


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It’s been a wild weather week in the Midwest. Last Sunday the thermometer plunged to 25 below zero (-31.666 Celsius). As an exotic tropical import, I find this intolerable. I’ve never gotten used to my eyes freezing shut, or having my hands turn into painful, purple stumps. I’ve also never adjusted to the fact that […]


In spite of my loathe/hate relationship with the Minnesota State Fair, last Saturday Esteban and I fulfilled our legal obligation as residents of our fair state and attended the annual event. There are three things you need to know about this 320-acre cornucopia of farm animals, crop art, and questionable foods: 1. it’s smelly, 2. […]


It’s been a terrible week, full of senseless and tragic killings. A few of them happened in the United States — one of them in my home state. I can picture the spot where Philando Castile was shot; I’ve driven past it many times. But what can I add that hasn’t already been said? I […]



Like millions of American children this Halloween, I’m giddy from an overdose of candy. I’m not sure how many Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups I ate today — but after surveying the pile of empty wrappers a few minutes ago, two thoughts occurred to me: 1. I’m a hero for saving potentially dozens of children from […]


The autumnal equinox marks the beginning of my favorite season for photography. I love the magical quality of the light in the fall — when the “golden hours” that bookend each day truly are golden, and really last an hour. I have an instinct for the luminous autumns in Minnesota, where I’ve spent some 35 […]


Last Sunday I wrote about the mural that Eduardo Kobra and his team are painting in downtown Minneapolis. I say this often, but this time I really mean it: The photos don’t do it justice. What I found even more extraordinary than the painting itself, though, was the speed at which the artists were working. […]


You may notice a familiar face in the distance, if you get off the light rail at the Warehouse District stop in Minneapolis. That’s Minnesota native Bob Dylan, interpreted as a five-story-tall harlequin. The mural — which occupies the façade of the 15 Building at 5th Street S. and Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis — is […]