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Monday, August 31, 2015 9:22 AM

On the flight from Minnesota to California this past week, as usual after landing and the seat belt sign being turned off, everyone is standing in the aisle awaiting forward movement. It is easy to know when that starts because the people far ahead start swaying back and forth.

  • Labor Day weekend is approaching, Sept. 5 to 7, and you know what that means! School starts in Minnesota after that and it’s also considered the unofficial end of summer. But I bet we’ll still see some very nice – and maybe even hot – days yet.

     
  • I watched Donald Mitchell band ruby-throated hummingbirds at the Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah! Mitchell said their wings beat 53 times per second and their hearts beat 1,260 times per minute. He added the average weight of one of the hummingbirds was 3.2 grams, somewhere between the weight of a penny and a nickel. That meant it would take about 141 of the tiny birds to make a pound.

     
  • The sun is shining and it is gorgeous today. Going outside, I took action and pruned back some rangy perennials and coleus. Petunias in the planters have long stringy stems and the flowers have become fewer.

     
  • Readers may find new Sue  Grafton book to be ‘X-cellent’

    You don’t even like to think about them, in fact, and you rarely discuss them. That’s all in the past now, and best that it stay that way. Or is it? What if lessons learned from your ex back then can save the life of someone today? 

     
  • On the flight from Minnesota to California this past week, as usual after landing and the seat belt sign being turned off, everyone is standing in the aisle awaiting forward movement. It is easy to know when that starts because the people far ahead start swaying back and forth.

     
  • I have enjoyed numerous vacations to different states throughout my life, but really do not consider myself to be a frequent traveller. I have never left the United States and have only flown once, when my sister and I traveled to Hawaii in 1988.

     
  • After a recent visit to an ophthalmologist in the low vision program at Mayo Clinic, I walked out with a stick-on prism thingy on the outer side of the left lens of my eyeglasses. It seems to coordinate with the area where I’m missing peripheral to the left in both eyes

     
  • The chipmunk tocked, like a clock with a broken ticker. It reminded me to hit the road.

     
  • Bookworm Sez: Bite into ‘Combat-Ready Kitchen’ to  discover how military influenced food

    It’s been a long time since you’ve eaten and you’re ready to recruit the family, march to the oven, draft a couple recipes and attack your plate. Whatever it is you’ll chow on, you can bet the U.S. military had a hand in it, as you’ll learn in “Combat-Ready Kitchen” by Anastacia Marx de Salcedo.

     
  • There was a cartoon in the big city paper a while back in which the main character, Cathy, was trying to entice her dog outside. It was bedtime and Cathy was dangling the leash, almost begging the pooch to go out to do her business, with no luck. Finally, she gave up and went to bed.



     
  • I had a sad realization recently when members of my family gathered for a meal. As I looked around the table most of us had our phones sitting in front of us, ready to be answered or checked if they beeped or rang at us. I was saddened by the thought that we just can’t be “unreachable” even for an hour or two. I love the convenience and usefulness of my phone, but I also realize I’ve grown way too dependent on it and the connections I have made through it.



     
  • For those in a wheelchair – or the companion pushing the chair – wheeling on sidewalks and recreational trails is a great opportunity to get outdoors and see what’s hopping with nature.

     
  • I moved about the store as if I were a displaced person in a strange land. I paused to look at a rocking chair. I have fond memories of rocking chairs involving my mother and other elders in my family. A rocking chair was a comforting place. If I misbehaved, they rocked me until I behaved. If that didn’t work, they took me outside and rocked me with actual rocks. Not really.

     
  • Bookwork Sez: Flight attendant shares exploits  in perfect end-of-summer read

    There’s a little café in Vienna you’ve heard about, that you’ve always wanted to see.

     
  • If I was ever again going to get up and dance, this week would have been a good time to do it. Summer in the city is in full swing, with opportunities all around for theater and music and, yes, dancing.



     
Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair kicks off this week in St. Paul. Will you be attending the fair?



 

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