I Heart Local News

I have come across several local news items in recent days that make me happy and proud to be a Minnesotan.  Our family has made some pretty dramatic work and lifestyle changes in order to get settled back in Minnesota.  We have always argued that the air and water here are clean, and that the schools and roads are (largely) cared for as they should be.  However, it has been a bumpy path finding the right professional situation allowing us to stay permanently, causing me to question at times our stubborn single-mindedness.  

While living in other cities and regions, it felt more difficult to care about local politics, or to feel like getting involved in local challenges.  I was less likely to trust institutions, feel the importance of voting, or to notice community resources.  But when I'm here at home, I naturally want to keep the water clean, get to know my neighbors, vote in local elections, plant things, and make sure that we are caring for our soil.  Especially in a political climate like this one.

Role Models: Dr. Mae Jemison

I will never be a scientist, a mathematician, or a person who writes code for newfangled internet functions; that ship has sailed.  If I went back in time to the beginning of college, I would choose a double major that would include both a STEM major, in addition to my humanities major, in order to feed both my whole brain and my future job prospects.  It's too late for that...not technically, but at this point I'm moving on to other things and will instead try to convince my children of this wisdom when the time comes.

Get Out of Town: Tips and Tricks

Minnesotans are a pretty quiet bunch.  We are serious and pretty hard-working, not too comfortable with flash and luxury, and for the most part we are busy worker bees.  However, we do harbor one indulgent habit...we stretch our summer weekends past the normal boundaries.  There are just not enough of them, so instead, we wiggle around the rules.  We sneak out early, we drop our bits in the car, and we get the heck out of town.  Over and over and over, all summer long.

1960

This year we moved out of a bungalow built in 1920 and into a rambler built in 1960.  I'm not always excited about the change, although in some ways I have been pleasantly surprised.  For example, I do not really miss having a third floor (at least for practical matters like having small children in tow).  I am, however, bedeviled by our closets.  Our 1920s house had added closets from a prior renovation, so we were not experiencing the full storage crisis that we should have been.  Our 1960 house needs more closets.  More, bigger, with lights in them, closets.

Eight Principles of Organizing for Inspiration

I have been spending some time setting up my creative space due to our recent move, which has put me in an organizing mood in general.  We are experiencing a loss of closets and storage in our new house, which is always challenging.  Add maternity supplies, and a pile of breastfeeding-friendly clothing, a second young child  and a tight budget to the household mix, and the result is me digging deep and getting back to basics when it comes to managing our stuff.