Category Archives: prairie

Art in the House

One of the things that was important to me right away after the diagnosis was to get art in the house. There was one print, particularly, that I wanted to get framed. Then a friend who is a letterpress artist … Continue reading

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Stickwork Burn

To call┬áPatrick Dougherty’s Stickwork at Saint John’s University Arboretum “ephemeral” just doesn’t seem right. The large structure at the entrance to campus has stood for more than three years, sagging, yes, aging until the title “Lean on Me” fit it … Continue reading

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Epic (Fail) Crane Adventure

I know better. I really do. I have been led astray on many an epic nature adventure. There was the “whale watching spot” in Northern California at the height of the season where we saw exactly zero whales. Then there … Continue reading

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El Nino

Steve’s business is so busy now that he could work right up until the ground freezes. So for several months the talisman word has been “El Nino.” “It’s going to be an El Nino year.” “It’s going to be a … Continue reading

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Wind/Prairie

Usually in October, when the shadows are long and the sunlight at its absolute best, I can convince Steve to take a day off and go on a little overnight trip. This year, we planned late, and I could find … Continue reading

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Winter Squash

The only actual “fail” in this year’s garden has been the winter squash. And yes, it has been an epic fail. I mean, sure, the rabbit ate the chard and celery, and we only got two eggplant (but look at … Continue reading

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Ten Years in Minnesota

As the students have been returning to the colleges here, I’ve been very aware that it was exactly ten years ago that I arrived in this place. I had come for an academic year at the Collegeville Institute, following the … Continue reading

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