Recent content from Connie Nelson
Robb Armstrong tackles racism, classism, homelessness and bullying, and he does it quite deftly — in a comic strip.But "Jump Start," which is celebrating its…
I never thought much about getting books — books were always just around. I fished them out of Little Free Libraries. Friends lent or gave…
I’m fussy about my books. I take recommendations only from people whose taste in literature I admire. I usually buy one book at a time,…
Alan Branhagen was tempted. He actually thought about planting tomatoes and peppers. It had been a fairly warm spring, he reasoned. And, like everyone else,…
Fido and friends may end up on a short leash now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that cats, dogs and…
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that cats, dogs and other animals keep the same social distancing as recommended for humans.…
With gyms closed, how to get the most out of walking, the default outdoor exercise for many.
Assisted stretching can help you get the relief your body needs.
What happens to the set of heirloom china no one in the family wants? Where does your iPhone 5 end up? And do those pilled…
Wintertime plant containers are "little pieces of art that make a house a home."
These Twin Cities spots feel like an escape -- no plane ticket necessary.
NONFICTION: Journalist David Carr's daughter Erin Lee Carr intertwines his story with hers.
The eclectic bohemian style, all the rage on the coasts, gets an international twist in a new book.
OsteoStrong promises a "sweat-free," "painless" way to strengthen your skeletal system.
It's only one symptom of menopause, but women say it's the most bothersome.
Art dealer and salon owner Gordon Locksley threw a bash at his Minneapolis mansion.
After a fierce winter storm dumped 17 inches of snow, three sections of the Teflon-coated fiberglass roof tore.
No one was injured, but it was the end of a long culinary tradition.
The Wallendas performed in the Twin Cities in 1978.
Statesman was honored in many ways, including with snow.
We've had a lasting love affair with poinsettias, in part because they get better every year.
Happiness isn't guaranteed to come to us like a delivery from Amazon Prime, even — or especially — at this time of year.
Fiction: An aging singer is attacked by an unknown creature, which terrifies his town.
The river town offers boutique shopping, upscale cuisine and a taste of the holidays year-round.
Artist Kevin Cannon ditches Mary Tyler Moore for pumpkin pie in illustration.
A Mayo Clinic expert on cold weather, if zinc can help, when to see a doctor and if there's a cold vaccine on the way.
A Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist talks about good bugs vs. bad bugs, food vs. supplements, "brugs" and more.
Prof. Joan Griffin on why caregiving has been women's work, the risks and benefits of being a caregiver and what older adults can do to be prepared.
A Minneapolis photographer takes glamour shots of rescue dogs to help them get adopted.
With her new book, a longtime stylist hopes to free women from the tyranny of coloring gray hair.
A mishap inspired a St. Paul woman to create — and refine — her artfully composed garden.
A full-body workout, developed in Minnesota, uses unstable platforms to build strength.
Tom Cousins is at Lake of the Isles almost every morning and almost every day of the year.
Many long books are fine, of course, but folks don't like books that just go on and on.
A little bit of extra yard work this autumn will pay off in the spring.
Even if the stories and the writing can't support the length, bigger has somehow become better.
Not only is the Honeycrisp apple celebrating 20 years of good taste, but the Minnesota-made favorite also is reminding us that it's thoroughly rooted in the North Star State.
A new ungym-like gym delivers an effective workout for everyone — except gym rats.
To gear up for the Wanderlust 108 triathlon, you might want to practice something that can be harder than running: sitting still.
Some tips on "Finding Your Joy in Compassionate Caregiving."
Who knew that owls could climb? When an owlet fell from its nest, the fuzzy little critter was driven by instinct to get home.
Frank, funny, profane yogi tells everyone how to start practicing in her new body-positive book.
A New Zealand doctor explains how evolutionary biology can give you a plan for better health.
Say hello to "Lost Twin Cities," a monthly column by Larry Millett, a man of history and mystery. Millett is a born-and-bred Minnesotan who has…
Author Betsy Schow gently instructs the quitter in all of us to set personal goals and power through to the finish line.
By following natures lead, a Bayport woman learns life lessons through her garden.
For the kids who'll be attending the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Cityscapes Family Day on Sunday, architecture will be just another word for fun.
FICTION: This gripping novel set in the Scottish Highlands of the 19th century was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.
Plymouth gym's Lagree Fitness Method uses Megaformer machine for a total body workout.
Fly Feet Running includes running, strength and mobility training and stretching.
A group of Twin Cities photographers learn about local architecture through their camera lenses.
FICTION: Quirky but true-to-life stories out of a quaint English village.
What it is: Alpha is a full-body workout that emphasizes what Life Time Fitness calls "functional fitness." The exercises — from walking lunges to jumping…
Travis sells junk. That’s what he does for a living. But he wasn’t going to sell me a hardcover of “Gone With the Wind” with…
Plymouth first-grader born with hydrocephalus loves 5Ks.
FICTION: In this sharp satire, actors on the skids put on a production of a mawkish play about a monkey.
FICTION: "Little Nothing" is the tale of a tiny girl born to elderly peasants who goes through many metamorphoses.
British psychologist and professional coach Robert Holden will speak at St. Louis Park event on how to " follow your joy."
Feldendkrais increases flexibility with light, easy, soft, slow and smooth movement.
Knowing how many and what kind of calories you burn can help jump-start your workout.
You needn't be an elite athlete to get your goals, diet and activity evaluated by the EXOS-Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minneapolis.
Boutique gym offers spinning combined with upper-body exercise.
For the past 17 years, Patrice Koelsch has been bringing quiet to a chaotic world.
There's a revival in rowing. We tried out a class, and here's what we found.
Coaxed by way-too-warm weather (we've been running 10 to 20 degrees above normal), buds are breaking and tulips are popping out of the ground. Now cold and snow are in the forecast.
What it is: A new kind of aerial fitness class that uses hammock-like slings to provide support and resistance and get your workout off…
It was 1968 and Mike Evangelist was 14 when the self-described nerd from New Brighton hopped a bus with a buddy and headed to downtown Minneapolis. The 11-mile trip changed his life.
Essays by Twin Cities area elementary school students reveal all the many things they're doing to make a difference.
In 2014, the New York Times christened the grape salad a quintessential Minnesota Thanksgiving recipe. Now the paper has dissed the darling of the apple world — the Minnesota-developed Honeycrisp.
Hang onto your hat: There’s going to be a change in the Star Tribune’s daily comics. Jan Eliot, creator of the comic strip “Stone Soup,”…
Brian Little has had a distinguished career, teaching at Harvard, Oxford and McGill. Still, he loves what he calls “professing” so much that his postretirement…
FICTION: The dramatic life of an English family unfolds during World War I.
A guided trip through the Missouri River Breaks of Montana offers adventure and history in an unspoiled landscape.
Jason Hammerberg grew up in a typical Duluth family, the youngest son of an engineer dad and nurse mom — who loved to shop. That,…
As a Minnesotan, I feel a tad guilty for complaining about the weather — unless it’s 20 below. But I have to admit that our…