Congrats to the Dresen Family 🎉Originally published by DK on June 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm
Congrats, Carter (and thanks for everything, Trisha – it was soooooo good)Originally published by DK on June 12, 2021 at 7:56 pm
New Bulldoge apartment ✅Originally published by DK on June 1, 2021 at 10:19 pm
https://www.monitorsaintpaul.com/stories/tabitha-wheeler-named-social-worker-of-year,1741Originally published by DK on March 2, 2021 at 6:32 pm
Thanks to the faculty and speakers for the great COVID classOriginally published by DK on December 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm
https://zeynep.substack.com/p/the-pandemic-heroes-who-gave-us-theOriginally published by DK on December 1, 2020 at 12:33 pm
Back in high school, I loved studying history. Richard Demers was my favorite teacher, leading such courses as Ancient Civilizations, Western Civilizations and American Experience as part of Central’s Quest program. As I mentioned on my biography page, I took eight semesters of history, along with one independent study about the history of classical music. His euphemism for tests, OTEs (“opportunities to excel”), is something most of my high school classmates will recall fondly. They were always very difficult, but I’m grateful that grading on a curve was a thing back then.
Another concept that Mr. Demers taught in “Ancient Civ” was the Greek notion “excellence of body, excellence of mind.” This resonated deeply with me, but Google has not located authoritative references for this saying that I clearly remember (perhaps the Mandela Effect is in play?). The closest I’ve found is the Greek term arete (not to be confused with mountaineering’s sharp ridge separating two cirques or glacial valleys in mountainous regions). This line in the arete Wikipedia page jumped out at me:
It was commonly believed that the mind, body, and soul each had to be developed and prepared for a man to live a life of arete.
While I don’t recall the word arete being used by Demers, I do remember him discussing the concepts of paideia and the education of the aristocracy. It seems there is much more to learn about these concepts from Aristotle and Plato – perhaps some light reading for the long Minnesota winter?Originally published by DK on November 29, 2020 at 7:51 pm
Last week’s lecture was so over my head, it wasn’t even funnyOriginally published by DK on November 17, 2020 at 1:10 pm
Fall in Duluth 🍁Originally published by DK on September 30, 2020 at 1:04 pm
Originally published by DK on September 17, 2020 at 6:37 pm
Good luck MK on your next adventure – very proud of you!Originally published by DK on September 13, 2020 at 9:37 pm
Thanks, AmazonOriginally published by DK on August 5, 2020 at 6:02 pm
Les Bolstad with John and MikeOriginally published by DK on July 31, 2020 at 12:14 pm
Up, up and away!Originally published by DK on July 22, 2020 at 10:14 pm
As part of my recently completed online class, The Science of Well-Being, I took a survey that purports to identify my top character strengths:
- Love of Learning
There were a couple I thought would be higher, but overall, that’s close…Originally published by DK on June 15, 2020 at 5:50 pm
First time seeing this complex – looks coolOriginally published by DK on June 7, 2020 at 1:20 pm
https://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-jazz-pianist-and-composer-carei-thomas-dies-at-81/570996872/Originally published by DK on June 5, 2020 at 10:11 pm
Congrats again to SK on your college degreeOriginally published by DK on June 2, 2020 at 8:06 pm
2020 MSHSL Boys Hockey Class AOriginally published by DK on March 4, 2020 at 11:26 am
So. Much. Football.Originally published by DK on November 15, 2019 at 4:33 pm
The boat no longer goes to Loserville!Originally published by DK on November 9, 2019 at 3:42 pm
https://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-2019-malcolm-lewis-impact-awardOriginally published by DK on October 17, 2019 at 10:56 am
Probably should’ve gone to thisOriginally published by DK on September 13, 2019 at 3:58 pm
Go, MK, go! Proud of you…Originally published by DK on August 26, 2019 at 9:15 am
She was truly one in a million – sincere condolences to Paul and the familyOriginally published by DK on June 27, 2019 at 7:19 am
Field study to the BWCA for MKOriginally published by DK on May 19, 2019 at 1:50 pm
Presentation completed with flying colors – on to graduation!Originally published by DK on May 14, 2019 at 8:44 am
MK @ Saint Paul College intro programOriginally published by DK on May 7, 2019 at 5:56 pm
The snow can be pretty (even when it’s a pain in the ass)Originally published by DK on March 10, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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Nicely done, MK – proud of you!Originally published by DK on January 3, 2019 at 1:10 pm
Last year at SESOriginally published by DK on October 4, 2018 at 11:38 pm
MK in lane five @ Falcon RidgeOriginally published by DK on September 27, 2018 at 7:54 pm
Last weekend we did a very quick jaunt up to Grand Marais to shoot senior pictures for kid two. Sites included Jay Cooke State Park, Grand Portage National Monument, Naniboujou Lodge, Croftville Road, Grand Marais lighthouse and Gooseberry State Park. Not the greatest weather (and light), but we ended up with a bunch of good ones (full gallery after the jump).
Side note: a photographer friend of ours recommended West Photo in Minneapolis for gear rental. I priced out renting a Nikon D750 with a nice portrait lens for the weekend and found the $150 fee to be reasonable, but then they asked for a “first-time renter” deposit of $4200. Ah, nope.
So we ended up with my trusty old (like really old – 2004?) Nikon D70 and my iPhone X with portrait mode. Surprisingly, I was happiest with the majority of the iPhone shots and only a handful of the Nikon shots. Anxious to get my new silver iPhone Xs later this week, since Gruber wrote a ton about the upgraded camera features on that model. Still not taking the D850 off my wish list, but it’s surprising how the world of photography is changing.
Kid two, first day of senior year ❤️Originally published by DK on September 4, 2018 at 10:30 am
Back in my high school days, I had the option to take more than your average amount of history classes: Ancient Civilizations, Western Civilizations, American Experience. St. Paul Central’s Quest program was an early precursor to AP and IB type coursework and Mr. Demers, the history teacher, was one of my all-time favorites. I also was a fan of geography, so when you mixed in the opportunity to travel that my mom’s work allowed, history literally came alive for me.
This past week I’ve been watching the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ten-part documentary on the Vietnam War. It amazes me how much I didn’t know about this historical event that played out during my lifetime – especially since my father participated in it directly (and it’s the reason I’m not a native Minnesotan). Now I’m looking forward to lunch with him and having an opportunity to ask questions about a topic we’ve never really discussed much (something I wish I’d done with my grandfather and World War II).
I found it interesting to see so many similarities between then and now politically. We like to think that our current environment is the most divisive ever, but this has really been America for a long time. As Thomas Polgar, the Saigon station chief for the C.I.A. wrote in his last cable from the embassy: “Those who fail to learn from history are forced to repeat it. Let us hope that we will not have another Vietnam experience and that we have learned our lesson.”
Note to self: research how so many Midwest politicians rose to play such prominent roles during this period of history (Humphrey and McCarthy in Minnesota, McGovern in South Dakota).Originally published by DK on July 11, 2018 at 12:09 am
Last Friday was MK’s first School of Environmental Studies prom, which was held in the Wabasha Street Caves. We took a few pictures of the fancy couple at the top of Ramsey Hill before a pit stop at Big River Pizza and their dinner at Louis (pics after the jump).
Only one year left. 😕
MSHSL State Soccer Championship Day ⚽️Originally published by DK on November 2, 2017 at 6:04 am
School conferences in Apple Valley for kid twoOriginally published by DK on October 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm
What’s the right line to walk?Originally published by DK on September 7, 2017 at 6:15 am
Only one of these left :-/Originally published by DK on September 5, 2017 at 7:04 am
MK with the Abba to close out her high school choir career (and she lettered!)Originally published by DK on May 31, 2017 at 7:02 pm
MK playing baritone over on the rightOriginally published by DK on May 26, 2017 at 11:18 am
MK wins another academic letter award from EVHSOriginally published by DK on May 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm
Finally got to see MK play lax (final game of the year), Shakopee SouthOriginally published by DK on May 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm
SK took a study break at my officeOriginally published by DK on May 4, 2017 at 10:13 pm
Took the train for lunch @ Cane’s U of M locationOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm
Crosby, Toews and a midget Zach PariseOriginally published by DK on April 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm
Gonzaga vs. North Carolina @ 6pm localOriginally published by DK on April 3, 2017 at 5:28 pm
I do have a dog in this fightOriginally published by DK on April 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm
And we’re not talking WELYOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2017 at 10:31 pm
Spring break band trip to the old country for MKOriginally published by DK on March 23, 2017 at 7:01 am
Kid one @ Sea ChangeOriginally published by DK on March 21, 2017 at 4:14 pm
MK didn’t think so, but they sounded greatOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2017 at 6:56 am
Go, baritones, goOriginally published by DK on March 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Inaugural St. Paul Central High School Honor Society, 1986Originally published by DK on February 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm
From ancient times – grade school at Linwood?Originally published by DK on January 2, 2017 at 3:59 pm
MK @ EVHS ChoirOriginally published by DK on December 20, 2016 at 9:01 am
Gophers vs. The MountOriginally published by DK on November 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm
No phone makes MK something, somethingOriginally published by DK on November 5, 2016 at 3:48 pm
First MSHSL state championship game in the stadium (soccer semi between Andover & Stillwater)Originally published by DK on October 31, 2016 at 7:57 am
Eastview High School Symphonic BandOriginally published by DK on October 27, 2016 at 8:41 pm
Kid two all fancy-likeOriginally published by DK on October 18, 2016 at 6:59 am
Dr. Rossi and his crew from Rochester STEM AcademyOriginally published by DK on October 4, 2016 at 3:43 pm
Prince and Princess @ EVHSOriginally published by DK on September 24, 2016 at 11:25 pm
MK and AbeOriginally published by DK on September 19, 2016 at 9:27 am
MK @ Mattie’s South St. PaulOriginally published by DK on September 17, 2016 at 1:19 pm
First Day of School 2016Originally published by DK on September 6, 2016 at 8:20 am
It’s not everyday one of your kids graduates from high school. It’s even rarer that the commencement ceremony happens in a zoo (with bare feet). Then again the School of Environmental Studies isn’t your typical high school.
I’m happy to report that kid one officially made it on June 2, 2016. We held a party to celebrate the following night over at Trapp Farm Park in Eagan. So proud of my beautiful, creative, talented, artistic, outspoken, expressive and kind daughter.
So proud of SK ðŸ˜ŽðŸ’¯ â¤ï¸Originally published by DK on June 2, 2016 at 11:49 pm