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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:23 AM
I felt like a rebel last week when I left the house, in mid-February, without my heavy winter coat. I had left it draped over my couch and chose a heavy cardigan sweater to wear instead. My gloves were abandoned on the table and I even contemplated wearing my light canvas summer shoes, but considering the slush and mud in my driveway, I decided to wear my winter shoes anyway.
  • After I had read the first Harry Potter book, I became quite enchanted with J. K. Rowling’s series. I didn’t get to the point that I would pre-order the newest one in anticipation, nor did I go to the bookstore by midnight the day before a new one was to be released. But as soon as was convenient, I purchased the new one, and devoured each with the same enthusiasm.
  • Warm weather inspires  false sense of spring
    I felt like a rebel last week when I left the house, in mid-February, without my heavy winter coat. I had left it draped over my couch and chose a heavy cardigan sweater to wear instead. My gloves were abandoned on the table and I even contemplated wearing my light canvas summer shoes, but considering the slush and mud in my driveway, I decided to wear my winter shoes anyway.
  • High school tournament season getting underway
    I’m not sure it gets any better than this. I have 104.3 (oldies station) on the radio, Mike and Mike (Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, ESPN) on the television out in the living room, a cup of coffee on my desk, as I’m writing my weekly Reader article. I’m experiencing heaven right here on earth.
  • Anticipate being in the dark for Aug. 21 total solar eclipse
    Carly Simon sang about a spectacular, often times bucket-list occurrence way back in the third verse of her 1972 hit song, “You’re So Vain.” It went like this: “…Then you flew your Lear jet up to Nova Scotia… To see the total eclipse of the sun…”
  • Bald eagles spend more time stealing fish than catching them
    I watched bald eagles in Alaska feed upon spawned-out salmon.
  • ‘The Castle in the Mist’ needed more to the story
    Click.
    That’s the sound you hear as your family leaves your home for the morning. It’s a sound that says the door is closed, your belongings are locked safe inside, and nobody can get in but the person with the key. Or, as in the new book “The Castle in the Mist” by Amy Ephron, that click can also keep everyone out.
  • Valentine’s Day good time to  acknowledge all kinds of love
    Flowers, chocolates, poetry, hearts and jewelry . . . when you think of Valentine’s Day, what’s your weakness? 
  • Check out uses on Upper Mississippi NWFR
    In August of 2016, the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (NWRF) released 23 revised draft Compatibility Determinations (CDs). They re-evaluated uses of the refuge that were determined to be compatible with the refuge mission.
  • We had a wind chill of 17-below this morning, brrrrr. It’s hard to believe that the next few days the temperature is forecast to be in the upper 30s, and even into the 40s. Isn’t that what we love about Minnesota? We get a couple different seasons in the same week.
  • It’s all about who you ‘dallied’ with
    It’s all about who you know.
  • Peregrine falcons find spring homes at Mayo Building
    Peregrine falcons nearly went extinct due to the excessive use of pesticides. When DDT was banned in 1973, recovery efforts began for many threatened species, including the peregrine falcon. 
  • The unpacking from our recent trip to Thailand seems to be finished, and things have mostly found their spots in our house or been shuttled off to the friends for whom we brought them. One of the pieces of paperwork that remained on my desk was a few more notes about the trip, so it’s time to deal with some of those.
  • Social media frustrations growing
    Do you enjoy interacting with friends and loved ones through social media? I’ve found long-lost college and high school friends through Facebook and get to see images from the lives of others through Instagram. I don’t Tweet or Snapchat, but I don’t think I have enough time to keep up with more social media than I do already.
  • Lake discoveries are underground ‘jewels’
    Living in a karst area as we do, it’s fun to tour Mystery and Niagara caves in season. It’s also fun to hear about wild caving trips, where experienced cavers explore and sometimes enjoy pushing beyond cave passages that are known.
  • Winter continues, dance teams doing well
    Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? I don’t think there is any question about that, at least here in Fountain. Yes, and therefore six more weeks of winter. 
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