Photo credit: Maciek, Creative Commons, cc Sizzling Latino music rumbas through a sunny south-facing living room. Creamy light bounces dazzlingly off white sculpted snow drifts outside to dribble across red pillows and dented couch cushions inside. Wind-carved ledges hang off the roof, drape the deck, and swoop grandly through our yard. Swing-set chains disappear unexpectedly…

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Photo credit to Curtis Palmer, Creative Commons, cc The news from the big box company who wants to move in across the road from us and the pertinent land owner strikes fear in us. We look at cold hard facts and know that we can no longer stay in this home, but the realization leaves…

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Photo Credit: Sami Ben Garbia, Creative Commons cc Arctic chills coat the lower corner of the window with ice and send cold drafts into me. I shiver in my green long sleeves, wishing I had a sweater with me. Bob Marley sings through the coffee shop speakers, and a three-person business meeting continues at the…

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Quiet rasping snores from my five year old at the table caught my attention. His yogurt sat untouched beside him, blonde tousled head resting on a green-striped right arm, while his feet curled into chair rungs below him. A moment later, his body startled awake and I carried him, protesting, to bed. For two days,…

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Image Source: © Subbotina | Dreamstime.com At a table with shiny olive oil spills, amid scattered bread crumbs and wrinkled Mediterranean olives, they would have pushed back their wine cups and straightened to sing. And we’ve all had that — a moment when familiar lyrics suddenly have deeper personal meaning to us, and it leaves us…

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Photo Credit to Thierry Gregorius  Rigor mortis drapes fingertips long on our Christmas tree still sparkling beside me. Fragrant pine needles wafted long after December 25th so I didn’t have the heart to throw it away then. Now the scent has passed, though, and it’s time.  Alongside strong French coffee this week, I’ve been following…

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Photo courtesy of NASA Vivaldi traipses scales in violins and lutes tonight while a deep white frost encases the glass on our front door. Record-breaking arctic windchills blast the Midwest, and Minnesotans everywhere huddle indoors today, after jump-starting frozen autos and avoiding the wind. Car dashboards blink temperatures in the negative, and tv news anchors…

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Photographed by Steve Bingham, Old Man  He stood between snowbanks on the passenger side of my car. Stopped at a red light, I read his cardboard sign, and studied the man holding it. A soft grey beard hung to his neck, and a woolen Russian hat wrapped around his ears and head. The gentleman’s eyes…

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