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Tue
15
Dec

Christmas kisses for Ella and Katerina

Years ago, when I was a young mom, Christmas was a huge production. I wore myself out shopping for gifts for my five kids and trying to equalize things, agonizing over whether to do it by value or by dollars spent, since some items were on sale.

Thu
10
Dec

Inquiring Minds: Is there any other way to cook daikon radishes?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they've gotten lately.


Wed
09
Dec

A tough year for Santa

Think twice about planting a kiss on Santa this year, kids: You don't know where he's been.

Children have reason to fear St. Nick this holiday season, and not just because he writes the "Naughty" and "Nice" lists.

Thu
03
Dec

Living like an electronic monk

I moved to the east metro a few months ago to be closer to work, and I've been committing electronic sacrilege ever since.

I do not have cable television (gasp!) And here comes the big one: I don't have Internet service in my humble abode either.

Tue
01
Dec

Art and nature in Minnesota

In the past two weeks, I've shared stories from China that illustrate both discouraging and inspiring examples of people interacting with rivers and other natural resources.

Fri
27
Nov

Maximum-security toys

If the bureaucrats who run the correctional system want to cut down on jailbreaks, they should turn over the prisons to the companies that package children's toys.

Wed
25
Nov

An environmental success story

When the source of water is local, known and honored culturally, people understand the importance of water to their health and, thus, they care for this source. If a water supply is kept rooted in culture, it will be sustainable.
- Betsy Damon,
Keepers of the Waters

Tue
24
Nov

A box here, a box there

A recent visit to my parents' house in northern Wisconsin proved to be a trip down memory lane.

Tue
17
Nov

Bottles and bottles and bottles

It was 2002 and Gary and I had been dating for four years, when his mother suggested that the two of us join her on a trip to China to visit friends and relatives.

Tue
10
Nov

Flutter by, butterfly

It seems almost obscene to talk about butterflies at a time of year when, short of a winter vacation in the tropics, most of us have no hope of seeing one of these fluttering beauties for the next six months.

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