2022 Art in Bloom

World-class art and exquisite flower arrangements – what could be better? The 2022 edition of Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) did not disappoint. See what I mean. Florist Pamela Marie’s interpretation of First Century BCE Japanese ritual bell. Sheets of clay cover two figures like blankets warming sleeping bodies. Artist Georges Jeanclos’…

Repurposed Buildings and Bodies

Allina Hospital District One has received the go-ahead from the Faribault City Council to demolish Johnston Hall in Faribault, Minnesota. Many attempts had been made over the years to save the beautiful, historic building but in the end, no feasible arrangement could be worked out to keep the structure standing. The most recent attempt to…

Rain and Snow, Where Did You Go?

It has been a hot and dry year so far in Minnesota. It wasn’t that long ago farmers could hardly get into the fields to plant their crops because it was raining all the time and I was mowing my lawn as much as twice a week. This year things are definitely different. We always…

Happily Outnumbered

Ordination and installation worship service in my Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod denomination are joyous, reverent celebrations marking the completion of years of hard work and training. God has provided another shepherd for a flock of his sheep. The recent ordination and istallation of Gatluk Reat at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault, Minnesota was the culmination of…

Anything to Make Us Feel Warmer in January

In the land of finding just about anything to make us feel warmer as we shiver our way through another January cold blast, here are the record lows for the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul for the following dates in January: January 15: -37 January 16: -29 January 20: -32 January 21: -41…