Category Life

The Arts Amid A Pandemic

There is a well-known, nearly cliché, story that most of us remember from history class. Like most over-told tales, there is a reason for its repetition in our lexicon. We over-use examples when they speak to a large number of…

Prudence

Writers are usually emotional people. They’re a type of artist, so like all creative people, they live with full imaginations and deep personal investment. I tell everyone that I’m the most practical artist I’ve ever met. I don’t get worked up about most…

Opie

My husband doesn’t like children. It’s not that he hates them. He’s just one of those guys who is more comfortable with adult conversation. As he’ll readily confess, “I didn’t like being around kids when I was a kid. And I…

Chapter 3

When John and I moved to New York, I wrote a blog post called Chapter 2. Now that we’ve circled back to Minnesota, I figured it would only be right to follow up with another reflection and record of anticipation…

Blonde girl

It is considered derogatory and sexist to refer to people’s moments of stupidity as “blonde moments” or stereotype them as “girl mistakes.” These terms have never really bothered me, perhaps because I know that, truthfully, I could easily fill a…

Last Night

To Feel The fuzz from my grandmother’s afghan teasing my chin The heft of my husband’s body, his head upon my chest To Hear The crackling candles with woodchips for wick The silence, deep and thick in its peace To…

Andy

Andy Griffith has been a long-time hero of mine. We didn’t have cable television when I was growing up, so reruns of Little House on the Prairie and The Andy Griffith Show are the art I was raised on. But beyond…

Comparisons

How New York is similar to the Midwest: Minneapolis Paul is a smaller carbon-copy of New York City. Cost of living is grossly disproportional to the rest of the state; most political/social issues are slanted to benefit the City, causing resentment…