The Ozarks may be lovely in July.

The Ozarks may be lovely in July.
So, Duluth was as great as expected. The weather was perfect the whole time (sunny when we wanted to sit outside, overcast when we didn’t need any more sunburn), and we walked everywhere except Wisconsin (the Anchor Bar, obviously). Staying at Fitgers was the right choice, and it was only a 15-minute stroll along the lakewalk from there to Josh ...

This State Has Some Good Qualities. 2

This State Has Some Good Qualities.
Since I’m the most deeply cynical human ever when it comes to politics and the possibility of social progress in this country, I was absolutely positive that Minnesota would pass the law last November to ban gay marriage in our state. That was shot down, however, and yesterday the state house voted in favor of legalization instead. It sounds like ...

Forever Winter 2

Forever Winter
So it’s winter again, apparently, and there’s no end in sight. (The end I have in sight is going to somewhere it’s spring in 10 days.) At least the sun is making a showing for a little while today, before the snow returns tomorrow. My new perennials have already arrived, which means I now have a pile of dormant rhizomes ...

Two of my Favorite Things.

Two of my Favorite Things.
This Sunday was far more exciting than most Sundays for two reasons: Beer class My greatest travel win to date We took the Intro to Brewing class at Northern Brewer, and it was great. (Also free.) In three hours, they demonstrate the entire beer-making process, and explain everything you need to get started. From there, you go into the store ...