Category Archives: West Saari Road

Mushrooms in Embarrass

It has been a spectacular fall for mushrooms in the boreal forests of Northeastern Minnesota. These photos were taken on September 9, 2015, during an hour’s walk on the trails on our farmstead.

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Dear Senator Franken

August 19, 2015 Senator Al Franken 309 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Franken, In the summer of 2014, we got a call from your office inviting my husband and me to walk with you in the … Continue reading

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The World’s Oldest Cassowary

This piece originally appeared in Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine in May 2008. If Edgar B. Kincaid, Jr., were alive today, he would be 93 years old.  Edgar B. Kincaid, Jr. was the quirky and beloved father of 20th-century birding in … Continue reading

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Aunt Jeannette

When I was seven or eight — old enough to stand up and pay attention when an elder spoke in an authoritative voice — Aunt Jeannette taught me how to iron a shirt. The occasion was the funeral of my maternal … Continue reading

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Janna’s Hands

These are Janna’s hands. She is a gardener by trade and by choice. Her hands are in the dirt so much that she cannot scrub away the stain of the chocolaty soil where she gardens along the Pike River in … Continue reading

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“The bridge is burning!”

Our bridge has burned down. I use the possessive pronoun deliberately. When you spend a great deal of time at a certain place over many years you take possession of it. And in that sense, the old wooden bridge that … Continue reading

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