robin in nest

Angry Birds (And Other Wild Things)

Robins and squirrels and bunnies–oh, my! Who would think hazards could stem from the innocent representations of nature inhabiting an average backyard? This year, as in many, many past springs (according to reports from our home’s previous owner), a pair of robins dared to construct a nest on a beam of the patio overhang only…
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whs band june 2016

Ain’t That America?

Smiling girls and two brave boys–of English, Laotian, Karen, Mexican, Guatemalan, Chinese, Scottish and German descent, among others–wave the flags in the Spirit of Worthington Trojan Marching Band, bringing to life the director’s vision in the ensemble’s new “Hooray for Hollywood” show. Suave boys, clad in spiffy tuxedos and well-groomed from their slicked-back hair to…
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The Minnesota Shuffle

How classic was this past Minnesota “spring?” Now that temperatures in the low 90s are predicted for the coming weekend, it’s easy to stuff away the memory of chilly February–and April–days. Then, no matter how powerful our positive envisioning processes were, it was difficult to picture ourselves sweating in the summer heat while mosquitoes hummed…
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couch on curb

Playing House

A little bit of this; a little bit of that; a pot, a pan, a broom, a hat…so what’s a stove? Or a house?   –from “Anatevka” in “The Fiddler on the Roof” Nobody NEEDS a house full of furniture to survive, but in the good old U.S. of A., the cultural norm for humans…
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grad gowns

Hanging It Up

First there were baby blankets, colored in soft pastels and artfully draped over a crib railing as we eagerly awaited the birth of our new little one. Following that was a row of petite dresses, some in pink or yellow and a few in navy. Bedecked with sashes or ruffles, they brightened our daughter’s closet…
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