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David Rothenberg

Posted Saturday, August 5th, 2017 01:22 pm GMT -6 in Music,Quotes,Reading at 1:22 PM

Life is far more interesting than it needs to be, because the forces that guide it are not merely practical…

I need to read Susan Cain

Posted Monday, April 10th, 2017 11:12 am GMT -6 in Links,Reading at 11:12 AM

Introverts aren’t voiceless—they’re quietly powerful

My Current Top 7 Blogs

Posted Monday, April 10th, 2017 12:15 am GMT -6 in Disney,Food,Reading,Technology at 12:15 AM

My Top 7 Online Publications

Posted Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 12:52 pm GMT -6 in Business,News,Politics,Reading,Technology at 12:52 PM

* paid subscriber

(Also just resubscribed to the print edition of The Economist)

What a great birthday surprise

Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 03:11 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Holidays,Reading at 3:11 PM

Thank you, Mr. Skoglund – made my day 

Canadian best sellers

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:23 am GMT -6 in Reading,Travel at 12:23 AM

Why not?

This might be part of it

Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016 03:05 pm GMT -6 in Politics,Reading at 3:05 PM

The magazine rack at the Winona Shopko

Need to re-read this one

Posted Thursday, April 21st, 2016 09:53 pm GMT -6 in Music,Reading at 9:53 PM

The definitive tome by Per Nilsen

William Shakespeare

Posted Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 08:02 pm GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading,Running at 8:02 PM

Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast…

Ulysses

Posted Sunday, April 17th, 2016 09:33 pm GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading at 9:33 PM

One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield…

It’s about Badgers

Posted Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 08:28 pm GMT -6 in Reading,Running,Sports at 8:28 PM

Sad story of undiagnosed mental illness among my people

My latest completed book

Posted Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 10:00 am GMT -6 in Reading,Science at 10:00 AM

Nice sci-fi story from the local kid made good

One of today’s speakers

Posted Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 08:41 pm GMT -6 in Business,Reading,Technology at 8:41 PM

Jacob Morgan, Futurist and Global Thought Leader

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Posted Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 12:37 am GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading,Travel at 12:37 AM

Buy the ticket, take the ride…

Katie Vagnino

Posted Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 09:21 am GMT -6 in Reading,Sports at 9:21 AM

The pool was much more diverse; there were young professionals of all races and backgrounds, and far fewer Green Bay Packers jerseys.

qz.com charts

Posted Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 09:14 pm GMT -6 in Links,Reading at 9:14 PM

If you thought FarmVille was bad, wait until you try I.T. City…

Coin World Rocks

Posted Saturday, January 10th, 2015 05:36 pm GMT -6 in Reading at 5:36 PM

Magazine Room @ Saint Paul Central Library

Library Architecture

Posted Saturday, January 10th, 2015 05:35 pm GMT -6 in Art,Reading at 5:35 PM

Nicholson Information Commons

That’s a lot of ways

Posted Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 12:50 pm GMT -6 in Reading at 12:50 PM

Antique Mall book

Writers

Posted Thursday, December 4th, 2014 12:57 am GMT -6 in Reading at 12:57 AM

As I sit in a cabin on the remote, frozen shores of Lake Vermilion in far northern Minnesota, I’m wirelessly connected to the whole world via magic (and some thin copper lines). Page after page of great writing awaits to be read, while music by talented songwriters floats by in the background (Sia’s Breathe Me, Kate Bush, The Beatles, Richard Thompson).

Project Reverb has started again and Meredith has already written one of my favorite sentences on day three:

How funny that a stupid electric staircase — a modern marvel! — could come to quietly represent all of my anxieties and fears and failures in one humming, throbbing, metallic, snaggle-toothed loop.

Good writers are such a joy.

Finally finished another one

Posted Monday, November 10th, 2014 01:47 am GMT -6 in Golf,Reading at 1:47 AM

Caddies at the Old Course are an interesting lot

School conference book sale

Posted Thursday, November 6th, 2014 09:43 pm GMT -6 in Family,Reading,Schools at 9:43 PM

Dewey is awesome (and apparently has nine lives)

Yes, yes it is

Posted Friday, October 31st, 2014 08:24 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Reading,Travel at 8:24 PM

Dillon’s awesome (little) apartment in Queens

Interesting book titles

Posted Friday, August 15th, 2014 12:54 pm GMT -6 in Food,Reading at 12:54 PM

The Weinery library

Second Player, First

Posted Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 11:21 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Links,Reading at 11:21 PM

http://m.vita.mn/best-of/?id=270249541&c=y

Something for SK

Posted Saturday, July 26th, 2014 02:29 pm GMT -6 in Reading,Shopping at 2:29 PM

The Squirrel Book @ Patina

The little reader

Posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 04:52 pm GMT -6 in Family,Reading at 4:52 PM

Concussed and all

Great Vegas history book

Posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 12:36 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,History,Reading at 12:36 PM

Just finished this week – highly recommended. Get it here

Nice review for Joe’s book

Posted Thursday, January 9th, 2014 08:43 pm GMT -6 in Golf,History,Reading at 8:43 PM

http://www.cybergolf.com/golf_news/fore_gone_minnesotas_lost_golf_courses_18971999

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted Saturday, September 7th, 2013 09:01 pm GMT -6 in Reading at 9:01 PM

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall…

Ayn Rand

Posted Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 10:26 pm GMT -6 in Pop Culture,Quotes,Reading at 10:26 PM

I took fifteen speed pills, and I got into a contest with Liza Minnelli over who could roar most like a jaguar. She simply sounded like a stupid lion.

Dr. Seuss

Posted Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 09:33 pm GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading at 9:33 PM

You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

Kurt Vonnegut

Posted Thursday, July 18th, 2013 11:43 am GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading at 11:43 AM

There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.

Codex Group

Posted Monday, April 1st, 2013 10:15 pm GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading at 10:15 PM

19 percent of Americans do 79 percent of all our (non-required) book readin’

My latest read

Posted Friday, March 8th, 2013 03:23 pm GMT -6 in Golf,Reading at 3:23 PM

From Fields to Fairways, Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota by Rick Shefchik

First book I’ve finished in ages

Posted Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 02:41 am GMT -6 in Golf,Reading at 2:41 AM

Amen Corner by Rick Shefchik – very entertaining read for golfers

Tintin au Tibet

Posted Friday, November 9th, 2012 08:01 pm GMT -6 in Reading at 8:01 PM

Used bookstore find of the month

Sleeping Beauty

Posted Saturday, October 6th, 2012 11:00 pm GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading at 11:00 PM

If a man of pure heart were to fall in love with her, that would bring her back to life.

How Music Works

Posted Friday, September 14th, 2012 09:53 pm GMT -6 in Music,Reading at 9:53 PM

How Music Works Book Tour, David Byrne and Steve Seel, History Theater, St. Paul, Minnesota

E.B. White

Posted Friday, July 27th, 2012 11:30 pm GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading at 11:30 PM

A fair is a rat’s paradise.

Ray Bradbury

Posted Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 10:31 pm GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading at 10:31 PM

You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

Hunter S. Thompson

Posted Monday, March 5th, 2012 12:28 pm GMT -6 in Quotes,Reading at 12:28 PM

Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only real cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas.

Shelves and shelves and shelves of these

Posted Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 09:14 am GMT -6 in Photography,Reading at 9:14 AM

The “relationship” section at Sixth Chamber Books, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Grand Marais Sheriff’s Report

Posted Saturday, July 26th, 2008 03:30 pm GMT -6 in Reading,Travel at 3:30 PM

My favorite small town newspaper had two great entries from the sheriff’s report in June:

1:17 p.m., Grand Marais: Report of a loose collie mix with no collar downtown, between Boulder Park and the harbor. A deputy determined it to be the same dog she’s been chasing all spring but can never catch. The dog ran away from the deputy when it saw the squad car, and was still on the loose, somewhere downtown.

But here is my all-time favorite:

7:55 a.m., Grand Marais: Complaint about neighbors who started partying outside on their deck at 7 a.m., being very loud, dropping the “F-Bomb,” and taking off their shirts and showing each other their muscles. A deputy spoke with them, and they quieted down.

Instant classic.

Everest for Kids

Posted Wednesday, March 19th, 2008 12:09 am GMT -6 in Reading at 12:09 AM

While browsing for kid books the other day at Barnes and Noble in Eagan, I came across this three-book series by Gordon Korman about Mount Everest. I pushed my oldest to read them quickly so Dad could have a turn. 🙂

Being a huge fan of the mountain, I enjoyed this fictional account of the “SummitQuest” expedition. As Scholastic describes it:

They come from all across America to be the youngest kid ever to climb Everest. But only one will reach the top first. The competition is fierce. The preparation is intense. When the final four reach the higher peaks, disaster strikes — and all that separates the living from the dead is chance, bravery, and action.

Fun for young and old.

Everest Books on Amazon

Cost Effective Judiciary

Posted Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 07:12 pm GMT -6 in Reading at 7:12 PM

From the February 1, 2008 Cook County News-Herald in Grand Marais:

James Lee Curtis, 63, Grand Marais, was convicted Oct. 26 of attempted murder with intent (not premeditated), and sentenced Jan. 15 to 153 months in the state prison at St. Cloud (minus 290 days credit for time served), and ordered to pay a $50 fine plus $87 in court costs and fees.

They must run a lean and mean court system in northern Minnesota…

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Posted Monday, December 31st, 2007 02:53 pm GMT -6 in Reading at 2:53 PM

While listening to MPR the other day, the commentators were discussing books for kids that are advanced readers. This book, Al Capone Does My Shirts, was one of the recommendations. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble for my oldest, although I really wanted to read it myself.

A fictional account of life on Alcatraz in the 1930s, the story revolves around Moose Flanagan, the son of a guard. Lots of great historically accurate descriptions of what life was like for the families of the workers who actually lived on the rock.

LOVED the ending too…

Cook County Newspaper

Posted Saturday, December 8th, 2007 07:00 am GMT -6 in Reading,Technology at 7:00 AM

My parents have the Grand Marais newspaper sent to their home in St. Paul every week and pass it along to me after they read it. The Cook County News-Herald is a great small town paper and often has stories that make me smile. This week, though, they had a story that truly made me laugh out loud.

The November 30th issue had a story about the county website being upgraded to list property tax records online. There was some opposition to this, as the original proposal including the ability to search by property owner name. This was removed after reviewing other county policies in the state, but the final vote included two no votes:

“Commissioners Johnson and Fritz Sobanja voted against the proposal. Johnson said he couldn’t back the plan because of significant opposition he’s heard; Sobanja said he voted no as part of his ‘war against computers.'”

Where do I enlist?

Treadwell Book – The Grizzly Maze

Posted Friday, December 7th, 2007 11:20 pm GMT -6 in Movies,Reading at 11:20 PM

Finished yet another book this week – The Grizzly Maze: Timothy Treadwell’s Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears, by Nick Jans.

I first became aware of the Timothy Treadwell story via Richard Thompson’s soundtrack to the Werner Herzog film Grizzly Man. I thought the movie was interesting and was anxious to read another take on this strange guy from California.

The movie contains a lot of the footage shot by Treadwell himself, which is rather eerie. The book goes into more detail on the attack of Treadwell and Huguenard, including the gruesome audio tape that is talked about in the movie (but never heard). I also found the sections about bear behavior and how to survive attacks very interesting.

I love Alaska and want to go back some day, but count me out from getting anywhere near those huge creatures.

Everest Book – Touching My Father’s Soul

Posted Sunday, November 25th, 2007 08:06 pm GMT -6 in Reading at 8:06 PM

Wow, two full books in a week!

I’ve had a strong interest in Mt. Everest (Chomolungma to the Tibetans or Sagarmatha to the Nepali) for a long time. Some of this was no doubt in part due to the 1996 IMAX film and Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air.

My co-worker and I enjoy watching every television show we can find on Everest and followed the Rest of Everest podcast for some time. Needless to say, I love the new Everest ride at Walt Disney World and have “provide tech support at base camp for an Everest expedition” as one of my lifetime to do items.

Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest is written by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay (who with Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to reach the summit in 1953). It’s a quick read for 310 pages and provides a lot of background on the 1953 expedition, as well as the 1996 IMAX expedition (which Jamling accompanied). I also liked the Sherpa and Buddhist perspective that is absent in many Everest stories.

The internet provides additional insight into some of the places and organizations mentioned in the story:

Now I just need to find a place that will sell me a 3-D scale model of the mountain for a reasonable price…

Fallon Book – Juicing the Orange

Posted Friday, November 23rd, 2007 01:26 pm GMT -6 in Reading at 1:26 PM

I actually read an entire book in a day and a half this week. We were at the Eagan library, where they had set up a new section on Minnesota books and music. That’s where I found Juicing the Orange: How to Turn Creativity into a Powerful Business Advantage, by Pat Fallon and Fred Senn.

This book was an interesting read for me, as I almost went to work for Fallon about eight years ago. I’ve always been impressed with their work and the stories here give some insight into how they function.

My favorite anecdote was about Northwest Airlines. Fallon won that account in 1991, but dropped them four years later because they “fostered exactly the kind of toxic atmosphere we had set out to avoid.” I wonder who the top client contact was who “was creative and especially connected in the music world.” He is also described as “domineering and indecisive, a bad combination.” Could this be Chris Clouser?

America The Book

Posted Sunday, May 6th, 2007 11:06 pm GMT -6 in Reading at 11:06 PM

Hey, look at me! I actually finished reading a book today. I think I got this one for Christmas two years ago, so that might make me the slowest reader on Earth.

I have two stacks in my home office right now: a stack of magazines about a foot and a half tall and a pile of about ten books. I need to prioritize reducing that pile over the summer.

The Daily Show is one program I record every night, so this book was a lot of fun for me. If only all textbooks were written with such insight and cleverness.

One of my favorites:

104.3 = The Frequency*

* Source: Kenneth

Awesome.

Up next: Candy Girl, A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper, by Diablo Cody.

 

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