A Professor, An Art Barn and A Lifetime of Enjoyment

Liberal Arts educations are often derided in the popular press today.  Today the reason for a college education seems to be to find a job not to find a life or a vocation.  I’ve never regretted the broad liberal arts education I got at St. Olaf College.  Sure, it gave me skills to function in the workplace but more than that it gave me insight … Continue reading A Professor, An Art Barn and A Lifetime of Enjoyment

Target Field, July 4th weekend and Tanaka Pitches, what could be better?

A great way to spend part of the July 4th weekend is at a ball game.  For the second year we enjoyed watching the Twins loose to the Yankees at Target Field.  Our tickets were tagged “Skyline View” because we could see the Minneapolis Skyline probably better than the action on the field.  But it was a great day, nice crowd, a lot of fun … Continue reading Target Field, July 4th weekend and Tanaka Pitches, what could be better?

After 238 Years, Jefferson Still Lives

238 years ago in Philadelphia John Adams moved a resolution written by Thomas Jefferson.  It read, in part: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their … Continue reading After 238 Years, Jefferson Still Lives

Christmas on the Street of Dreams

St. Paul Minnesota’s Summit Avenue runs from St. Paul Cathedral, towering above downtown St. Paul for about five miles, to St. Paul Seminary on the Mississippi River.   Along the street you can visit The College of St. Thomas, Macalester College, the William Mitchell College of Law and a few tony private schools.  There are lots of churches.  Although the Catholics control the anchors of Summit … Continue reading Christmas on the Street of Dreams

Jersey City, My original home town.

I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.  On my 67th birthday I want to pay tribute to my first home town.  I came into the world in the Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, part of the Jersey City Medical Center.  It was named after Mayor Frank Hague’s mother.  The medical center provided virtually free medical care to every resident of Jersey City.  The medical center … Continue reading Jersey City, My original home town.

Jefferson’s Monticello, Reflections on Our Democracy

I wrote this on my 55th birthday, November 21, 2001.  We had just finished work in Serbia and Kosovo and were home.  We had been expats for the better part of 8 years.  We had no idea what we would do next, but we came home to a different America.  We had watched the World Trade Center Towers collapse on CNN from Kosovo. We had … Continue reading Jefferson’s Monticello, Reflections on Our Democracy

Doo Wop, Wildwood, New Jersey

When I was a kid summer vacation meant Wildwood, New Jersey on the south Jersey shore, “Oh those days, those Wild wild Wildwood Days. Every day’s a holiday and every night is a Saturday night.”  Occasionally I make trips back through Wildwood.  It really is not on the way to anywhere, being just north of Cape May, land’s end for Jersey.  But on drives between … Continue reading Doo Wop, Wildwood, New Jersey