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Review: 'Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction,' edited by Judith Kitchen and Dinah Lenney
NONFICTION: This collection of essays edited by the late Judith Kitchen includes pieces that are thoughtful, quiet and subtle — small pieces that address big topics.
Some you’ll know, some you won’t, but Minnesota’s foundations make outstanding contributions to our community.
As 76 million baby boomers near the end of their working lives, the nation is hurtling toward a retirement financial crisis.
There are plenty of interesting and eclectic new things to look out for at this year’s Minnesota State Fair.
Artists often spend years struggling before they achieve success. Soul singer Sonny Knight spent half a century. “I guess inside of us all we’ve got…
One big room was full of people banging on inverted buckets on chairs, simulating the experience of playing the taiko drum, a large traditional Japanese…
Three of the biggest turning points in Lucy Rose Fischer’s career involved encounters with aging. Twice, she was influenced by other people’s aging — the…
“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” Henry Miller wrote. Mary Bergs happened to be in India…
Jim Denomie wasn’t exactly a model student when he attended South High School in Minneapolis around 1970; he recalls his activities included “goofing off, getting…
Among the 10,000 athletes from around the country who competed in the 2015 National Senior Games, held July 3-16 in the Twin Cities, were…
A Burnsville man goes for an authentic look with his airport-minded birdhouse for wrens.
In a survey by WorkplaceDynamics, Minnesota ranked first among 45 regions surveyed on workplace satisfaction. The survey focused on components of well-being, like relationships, positive feelings and a sense of meaning.
Who cleans the polar bear? Behind the scenes, a host of museum workers are the MVPs of TLC at Minnesota museums.
Museum shops aren't just a place for cool postcards. They serve an educational mission, too.
With her family cheering her on, Jackie Cogan shot from novice to gold in a matter of months.
Randy Hall was on the pickleball court when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. “I was pretty much dead,” said Hall, 64, a retired teacher…
Sherwood Sagedahl got a late start in the race, but he has more than made up for it.
She’s had water balloons thrown at her (they missed) and been the target of squirt guns. As a racewalker, Anita Macias-Howard has learned to take…
Tom Rohman is not in it for the health — he likes competing against himself.
How YouTube helped one competitor learn the art of the javelin.
If you’re not much of an athlete right now, here are some ideas to help you get in shape.
A new Somali museum is the latest ethnic collection preserving traditional ways for future Minnesotans.
10th-grader is already compiling an impressive list of volunteer work.
With plenty of work to do, Arc welcomes young volunteers.
Student spreads the message of ‘love and joy.’
World Citizen aims to settle global conflicts by starting locally, with the children.
Yazmin LaFleur-Donaby understands why, at 17, she can be an effective tutor and mentor — as good as, if not better than, many adults.Yazmin volunteers…
In CommonBond Communities’ Study Buddy program, young people can share their knowledge.
The benefits of starting young can be far reaching.
Youth Farm program offers opportunities for kids to learn, socialize.
What’s the first thing you should do when checking out a potential car purchase? Kick the tires? Look under the hood? Sit behind the wheel and imagine yourself speeding down the Autobahn at 90 miles per hour? No on all three.
You may think you’re a fast driver, but you’ve got nothing on Ky Michaelson.
NONFICTION: Jon Ronson examines the harsh, never-ending punishment of vilification on the Internet – which, he says, seldom fits the crime.
Four-time Top Workplace winners share secrets for satisfied employees.
If you’ve ever walked into a secondhand shop with a big box of items,you already know this: Sometimes selling secondhand stuff barely covers the gas to get to the store.
Time to weed through the stuff stashed in your closets and drawers and the cobwebby corners of your basement, to decide which items to keep and which to give away or toss.
Rescued and presented in second-hand stores, the merchandise becomes often lovely, surprisingly useful, and fully functional.
You've probably had the experience of walking into a room -- maybe even one in your own home! -- and instantly feeling relaxed and cozy. In other rooms, you've noticed feeling restless and on edge. Annoyed. Bored. Overwhelmed.
How to get through this winter without burst pipes, broken furnaces, heat loss and other problems that can plague the Minnesota homeowner.
The choice is overwhelming, so how do you pick the right paint for your decor?
An interior designer offers 10 tips for better furniture arrangements.
Some of the most vexing organizational problems are the ones you don’t often see addressed. We asked a professional organizer to offer solutions.
When Gary Anderson took up playing the guitar again after 30 years, he realized he wanted to be able to sing along with it, so…
Many people find midlife to be a great time to tackle new challenges: a job, a hobby, a sport, or a cause. That’s because people in their 50s and 60s are often experiencing life changes that can serve as motivations to try something new.
Testing for Alzheimer’s risk is possible, but some experts say the tests carry risks of their own.
After 36 years in marketing, Jerry Mevissen now writes, farms, raises animals and enjoys his small-town neighbors.
What happens when you retire and have all that time on your hands?
Minnesota’s climate, human physiology and social media come together this time of year to produce a phenomenon we're calling "frozen face." A select group of hardy Minnesotans were happy to show off their frozen face selfies on Instagram.
With Theodore Wirth Park at its center, the Loppet Foundation uses its focus on outdoor activities to reach people who might miss out.
Warmth and daylight get most of the attention, but those aren’t the only elements that dwindle during a Minnesota winter. With grass, leaves, flowers, birds,…
Open waters on the Mississippi are a “floating buffet line” for bald eagles.
Amazing stories of winter survival from Minnesota’s animal kingdom.
Minnesota forests are full of tasty mushrooms — just pick carefully.
Four organizations worked together to open climbing areas in and around Sandstone, Minn. Yet more may follow.
Four organizations worked together to open climbing areas in and around Sandstone, Minn.
This might be hard to believe if you’ve ever paused to admire a hawk’s or eagle’s majestic swooping, but not so long ago people…
Eddie Cochran had it all wrong. Who would want to cure the summertime blues? On the contrary: Blues are the cure for summertime. Or…
The Minnesota DNR’s 80-year-old State Fair building is a comprehensive resource for outdoor education and entertainment. If only more people would stop by ...
Even in blistering heat, Minnesotans love their fair. And indeed, when the heat let up in the fair’s final days, attendance broke two daily records.
After her son died from a rare disease, Lyn Culbert took on the task of finishing and publishing his memoir.
Her commitment to caring for her ailing mother led Pola Rest to a develop a series of life-changing projects.
Jeff Alley and his girlfriend, Ashley Melco, are committed to scaling Washington’s Mount Rainier, where Mark Mahaney, their friend and fellow climber, lost his life last month.
What makes a company a top workplace for five years in a row?
Employees singled out these companies for special praise.
Learning a bit of the local language can open doors when you travel.
If you know you’ll be moving to a smaller place — just not quite yet — now’s the time to start shrinking your stuff.
Planning to sell your house and move into a multi-unit building? If you’ve noticed all the fancy new apartment buildings popping up lately — the…
They’re in the city, of course, but also in the country. Today’s empty nesters are migrating in both directions.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is an excellent purveyor of maple syrup science, history – and samples.
Fitness club makes older exercisers feel at home.
More Americans want — or need — to keep working beyond the traditional retirement age. But will companies let them?
Yes, parents really are less happy, but author says that’s not all that counts.
“Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.” So began an obituary (www.bradfordokeefe.com/obituaries/Harry-Stamps/#/Obituary) so colorful that…
When his father, Steve, died of a sudden heart attack in 2010 at age 52, it was the worst day of Adam Goethke’s life. But…
The cakes and casseroles, the kind words, the hugs from friends and family — sometimes these warm gestures, comforting as they may be, aren’t enough…
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