In the Bleak Midwinter

This week I went up to Elbow Lake where our cabin is. The snow was deep, fresh, clean, white, fluffy, and undisturbed. It stood about 18 inches tall on every horizontal surface. I went for a walk in the deafening silence and realized that 50 years ago this month I was on my first foray... Continue Reading →

Bloody Moon

Usually, when there are astronomical wonders to behold in the night sky, I am fast asleep. I just can't make my self stay up late to look at something so chancey. But Sunday night I happened to awaken at 11:30 p.m., right at the predicted pinnacle of the lunar eclipse. I put on my bathrobe... Continue Reading →

The Forest Service

What does one do while stranded for weeks at the edge of a frozen lake? I have a part-time job with the US Forest Service in Cook, Minnesota. Because I am here in town and can't get to the cabin, I have been working full-time instead of part-time. I haven't worked  40 hour a week... Continue Reading →

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