Posts Tagged ‘Pam’

October has been a full month. Friends have been ailing. My loved ones have had health scares. I’ve been busy at work. I’ve been busy at home, too, as Esteban and I have begun preparing our home for sale. But through it all I’ve tried to pause for a few minutes of stillness and reflection […]


I have no idea how many hours I’ve spent hunting for morel mushrooms. But I do know I’ve risked my life at least once for the delicious morsels, and have scoured several square miles of Minnesota woods. My friend and favorite morel hunter Pam, somewhere near [REDACTED] in [REDACTED]. Not this year, though. This year […]


Even after 30-plus Minnesota winters, I’m still astounded every spring when the snow stops, the ground thaws, and life re-emerges. It seems impossible (miraculous!) that anything can survive — especially the little things, like field mice and wildflowers. I have no field mice to offer today. But I do have a bumper-crop of wildflowers — […]


My dear friend Pam and I have an annual tradition of heading into the woods in late May to hunt for morels. Here’s the highlight reel of our spectacular success in 2011: But this spring has been strange in Minnesota, with heavy snow in late April and a cool, monsoon-like May. Everything has been out […]


Mushroom porn

25May11

I’ve been looking forward to today since February. That’s when my friend Pam and I set the date for our annual morel mushroom hunt. “Is this our third year, or our fourth?” I asked Pam today as we tromped through the woods. “I think it’s our third,” she replied from down the trail. And she’s […]


One of my favorite things about living in Minnesota is the weather. Today, it’s cloudy and 51. Tomorrow will be sunny and 75 — or so we’ve been promised. Two weekends ago, it was in the 40s. And last week we almost hit 100. This time of year, it’s not at all implausible to wear […]