It will be a fuller week than you can imagine. There is a lot going on, but you don’t have to just imagine all of it. You can see it with your own eyes and hear it with your own ears. TWISP is your first step.
We stopped in to a well known fixture in Lowertown Saint Paul recently and spoke with the owners of the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar; Sara, Stacy, and Andy Remke. We asked them to give us a brief description of the "Black Dog" as it's affectionately known in these parts.
For most of my life, I have felt like a fish out of water on Valentine’s Day. First grade logistics that had a Valentine for each classmate from every other classmate addressed and placed in cereal boxes still seems to be the best way to handle the holiday.
I spent last month with a lot of books. Too many books! I know a lot of you are saying, how could there be too many books? I have several answers for that query that fit today’s context and many others, but they are all hard to reconcile with my bookseller past and pack-rat pathology.
I watched the State of the Union address with my father on Tuesday at an undisclosed location. (Not with the cabinet member who had the “football,” and I am not disclosing only because it was someplace other than Saint Paul.)
“The law has a benevolent side to it, whether we wish to acknowledge it or not.”
—Archie Gingold, Minnesota's best-known and longest-serving judge
“Who does not love a Minnesota winter, with its clear bracing air—its blue sky and its life-giving atmosphere?... Fear not then, the blast of coming winter. Pile on the wood, let the cracking fire shed its heat while the Northwestern winds howl about our doors.”
—Saint Paul Minnesota Times, November 20, 1854
“The writing of books is not easy... There must be reliance upon the deeper sources of consciousness, from which the best writing comes to assure anything really worthwhile.”