Collected Writings

The Polar Vortex...Continues?

“You’ll probably actually have to work most of this week,” Thom texted me on Tuesday. “Most?” I responded. “Do you mean most, like my four normal days? Or do you mean most of my four days?” I didn’t try to hide the excitement in my words. Since my last post, I had been alerted to … Read More »

Once Upon a Polar Vortex

“Are you going to write about this?” Axel asked me as I sat on the floor as Little L played with her “zoom-zooms” and the microwave clock counted down the minutes until nap time.  “I wasn’t planning on it.”  “You should,” Axel insisted. “Your readers will want to know.” Monday morning: While working out in … Read More »

On Your Left... Right?

“On your left!” a voice rang out from behind as we were crossing the wooden bridge that connects Nicollet Island to St. Anthony Main. I quickly steered Little L’s stroller as close as I could get to the bridge support to the left of us— That’s right. Well, no, that’s left. I went left. Four … Read More »

2018 Year In Review

Back in the day when my email address was still at, Axel and I used to sometimes host a small gathering on New Year’s Eve with a survey reflecting on the past year and looking forward into the New Year. Introverts loved this “party” and went home at 8:15 when they were done with … Read More »

Be Good-at-Cinderella

“Hola!!” I said to a student and his mom; we were approaching them on the street in downtown Minneapolis.  “Hola!” they said back, both excited to see Little L; I often show videos of her in Spanish class at school.  “We’re out searching for her shoe,” I explained. “We lost it this morning on the … Read More »

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