Slow Boats and Fast Water

Slow Boats and Fast Water

Early in the morning on June 21, 2007, my son Cullen encountered a rowing scull, crewed by five young women in the Saint Paul Harbor and pinned by a heavy current of the Mississippi River. This crew team had misjudged the current and was trapped against the Padelford...
Tornado

Tornado

Just beyond the hem of the lake’s blue skirt the sky turned suddenly jaundiced, a weighted stillness, not quite your own, descended, and even the black pine and birch hovered motionless in a calm that bore no calm at all. And for what must have been the briefest of...
Danger Days

Danger Days

Back in the old danger days, when we were kids, we stood on the front seat of the Chevy Impala—no seat belts to hold us back, our mother’s arm the only thing between us and the dashboard, though sometimes they strapped us into contraptions hooked over the back of the...
Skeleton of a Nation

Skeleton of a Nation

jagged rocks dusted red bleed rose water from ancient springs who was baptized here saved and sustained by sacrificial land skyscrapers and cars the skeleton of a nation comes from this belly but the immigrant forge and children formed in heat and cold are forgotten...
This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, March 17–Sunday, March 23, 2014

This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, March 17–Sunday, March 23, 2014

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you have ever seen the sea of faces at Saint Paul’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, maybe you wonder, like I do, why March 17 is not a government holiday in Saint Paul. With all the crowds, as there should be in our city, my...