Saturday, August 19, 2017

PRIDE 2017: Wanderers

I am not certain who these four lovely ladies are.   They stopped me as they walked by me and asked if I would be willing to take their photo.

Ahhh....yes.   Of course.

Thanks ladies!  You are all quite stunning and delightful!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PRIDE 2017 and a Connection to Renn Fest

Meet Deirdre!

She was at PRIDE and was in her Renaissance Festival costume.   She was having a wonderful time visiting with people passing by.   She is a musician and, as she says, plays everything!

Thanks Deirdre!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

PRIDE 2017: Trying to Get Back

Meet Rachel!

She is a starving artist who grew up in Minnesota.  She's trying to get back to New York to college.  She works with screen printing charcoal and digital formats.

It was lovely meeting you, Rachel!

PRIDE 2017: Handmade Classical Guitars

Meet Jourry (if memory servers me correctly!)

He is part of the ownership and creation of Kamaguna handmade classical guitars out of the Philippines.  Take a look.

The mother of pearl inlay was stunning.  

He was kind enough to let me play it for a while.   It was incredibly light and responsive to my fingers.   I am not sure I did it justice.

These are fantastic guitars. 

Thank you, Sir!  They are magnificent guitars.   And they sound fantastic.


Meet Andi!

First, loved the hair, Andi.  Very cool!

Andi was at a booth representing SWOP:  Sex Workers Outreach Project from Minneapolis.  They seek to legalize sex work.  And, they provide help for sex workers caught in the judicial system.  The system can be ripe with abuse.  

Thanks for the lovely conversation Andi.  And, I believe I agree with you and SWOP.  

Be safe out there!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pride 2017: Naked Minnesota

Meet Ron!

 Ron is part of Naked Minnestoa.  It is a gay and bisexual men's naturist (formerly called "nudist") group! 

I love the outfit. 

Thanks Ron.  It was a pleasure meeting you!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pride 2017: The Mankind Project

Meet Ken!

Ken is part of the Mankind Project.   If you are curious, the MK project, "is men's community for the 21st Century. MKP is a nonprofit training and education organization with three decades of proven success hosting life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. MKP supports a global network of free peer-facilitated men's groups and supports men in leading lives of integrity, authenticity, and service."

Nice meeting you Ken!

Oh, Ken is also a blogger!   So, he was most interested in my blog!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Pride 2017: Veterans

Meet Mike!

Mike was at PRIDE representing the Green Party.  He's been an activist since he retired out of the military. 

Nice meeting you Mike!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Pride 2017: Kiss-a-Wiener

This was just funny.  Meet Jennifer and Bella!  Yup, Bella is the dog.

For a nominal fee, you could kiss a wiener.   I did contribute.  But, I passed on kissing any wieners.

Thanks Jennifer!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Pride 2017: Hope

Meet Clara and Andrew!

They were active in a booth handing out "Hope Kits".   The idea is for people to take one or more kits with them and, as they see homeless people, hand them out.  The kits contain socks, a toothbrush, a snack bar, water, fruit cup, and local shelter information.

It was a nice offering.  Something similar to crowd sourcing, I guess. 

Thanks Clara and Andrew!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

PRIDE 2017: Companion Animals

Meet Jeremiah and Joslyn!

They love rabbits!  And, they promote rabbits as companion animals!   Check out their site at:

Thanks to both of you!   Cute rabbits, too!

Friday, August 4, 2017

PRIDE 2017: Strange Girls

Meet Lesi and Syd

They are part of an organization called the "Conspiracy of Strange Girls".  I hadn't heard of them before.  Lesi and Syd did a nice job explaining it to me.  It was, however, more than I could copy down on my phone!  So, I looked up their website.

This will do a much better job explaining what they do.  The organization:

creates and promotes creative work by, for, and about Strange Girls. Part creative collective, part arts organization, our Minneapolis-based women-trans-femme+ group is open to ciswomen, transwomen, femmes, non-binary, and genderqueer folks that identify with Strange Girls. Our Conspiracy currently consists of over 60 inaugural members with a variety of creative backgrounds, including visual arts, tattooing, music, performance art, skilled trades, crafts, and arts organizing.

Thanks Lesi and Syd!   I enjoyed our chat.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

PRIDE 2017: Animal Care

Meet Susanne!

Meet Molly!

And, meet Jennifer!

These three are all employees of Mission Animal Hospital.  They provide a non-profit full care facility for all kinds of pets. 
For more on this organization, click here!

They offer a wonderful service for our pets.   And, I like their website, too!

Thank you, ladies!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

PRIDE 2017: Alzheimer's Assistance

Meet Kristin and Cheryl!

They were volunteers with the Alzheimer's Association.  They have a fund raising walk on September 9th at Target Field in Minneapolis. 

This is a cause I can strongly support.

Thank you, Ladies!

Monday, July 31, 2017

PRIDE 2017: Help for Aging LGBT People

Meet Marsha!

Marsha is the Education Director for Training to Serve, a social service company that works to provide education, tools, and resources to LGBT people as they age.   They are connected to another group working to address concerns about dementia.  For more on this organization, click here.

It was lovely meeting you, Marsha!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

PRIDE 2017: Beauty and Skin Care

Meet Kayla and Christy.

They were representing Rodan and Fields.  R&F is a skin care company that was founded by two doctors, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields in 2002.  They market primarily through independent consultants and it is one of the fastest growing companies in the market. 

It was a pleasure meeting you both!  

Friday, July 28, 2017

Pride 2017: Suicide Prevention

Meet Cody (the dog) and Amanda and Becky (the humans!)

They were representing the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  

It was lovely meeting you both. And, thank you for the wonderful job you do.  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Back to Pride! Planned Parenthood Representatives

Meet Lucy and Cate!

They were volunteering their time at the Pride festival.  Cate is a teacher in both Middle School and High School.   They both love their summers!

Thanks for your time, ladies!   It was my pleasure meeting you.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Distance and Clarity

Late last week, I went to a large garden/park some distance away.   I decided I need to get motivated.  So, I threw the camera in the car and away I went.

I really like this first image.  The tree is probably 150 yds away from me.   But, it looks nearly miniature.  It looks as if it was taken with a tilt-shift lens.  I like it.

Walking around to the right of this photo I could get closer to the green algae on the pond.   And yes, that is really green.  It is the life-blood of all kinds of little creatures!

Including a turtle baking in the sun....almost unnoticed.

Sometimes, it is amazing what you see when you get close.   But, never lose your perspective.  It helps you keep your bearings.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Transitions: Farmers are Farmers the World Over

One of the things I noticed as I was wandering about the farmers looking at the equipment about to go on auction, is that they were just like farmers I had known years ago and in another country.  Well, some of these guys spoke French.  That was new!

But, there was an earthiness about them.  A matter-of-fact way of looking at the world that I've seen before.

I guess they know how much of life can be rather random.  Some good.  Some not so good.

But, in spite of the uncertainty of tomorrow, they were there.   Looking forward to a future with new equipment that just might give them a better edge over life's randomness.

Maybe there is hope for the world, after all.

Saturday, July 22, 2017


I found out a couple of weeks ago that the company I worked for no longer needed me.   I was...shall we say....not pleased.

Regardless, it was a job...and not my life.   So, I am in transition.

As I was adjusting, I made a trip "up north" to see friends of mine.  There was a reason I went.  He was retiring from farming and he had put most of his farm equipment up for sale at an auction.  I wanted to be there.

That beautiful yellow flower is canola.  That's what he grew.  Oh, I think he had some corn and maybe some winter wheat.  But, he had a lot of land with canola.

If you've never seen a farm auction, you should.  It was fascinating.   I watched a man's entire career come down to dollars in 2 hours.

When it was over, I sat with him in his farm house and we shared a beer. 

And, we talked about transitions. 

We will both be OK. 

Thanks C.   And thanks A, for inviting me.   It was lovely.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Backyard Visitors

I was working away in my basement a few days ago when I caught a glimpse of movement in the yard. 

I haven't seen turkey's in quite a few years!  It was nice to see them wandering around. 

 I had to shoot these images through a patio door.  So, they aren't quite a crisp as they should be.  But, then again, I didn't have a lot of time!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Pride 2017: VA Support

Meet Jen and Jenna!

They were in a booth supporting veterans.   They were happy to be there and were thinking about how much fun their dogs would have at the event!

It was lovely meeting you both.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Pride 2017: Pediatric Mental Health

One of the things that amazes me when I walk around the Pride festival, is that generally, people are very open and caring.  That was supported by the volume of booths present offering help to humans and animals, from food, to psychological, to spiritual.

Meet Jill.

She was from the Prairie Care facility.  It specializes in mental health for children.   They offer a variety of services.  But, camping is always popular.  Jill is their clinic care coordinator.

It was a pleasure meeting you!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pride 2017: Caring for Animals

Meet Colleen.

And meet Ceci

They were representing Urban Tails Pet Supply, a very pet friendly local store that focuses on high quality food for your pets.  This is a family owned business.  And, they were sincerely passionate about caring for pets.

It was a pleasure meeting you both!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Canada Day

Today is Canada Day.  Today, Canada celebrates it's birth, in 1867.  My understanding is that technically isn't exactly correct.  But, most Canadians will consider it the founding of Canada with a formal document that united three large provinces.  It was, however, still a British colony until 1982,

I get a chance to visit Canada often in my job.  And, I like going there.  I especially like Winnipeg.  It has a smaller, home town feel to it.   I have friends there.  And, I am not sure it is possible to walk down the street without them running into someone they know.

My Winnipeg friends are delightful, charming, hospitable, and more than willing to discuss American politics.  They have pointed out to me that most Canadians know a lot more about the US than the US citizen knows about Canada.  And, they are right.

So, I learned the provinces.   And, I learned a few of the prime ministers.  And, I listen to their news.  And, I watch their hockey.  I keep forgetting how many innings are in a hockey game.  But, they don't throw me out.

Happy Canada Day my friends.  I will see you in July!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Prairie Churches

I had the opportunity a while ago to make a long drive into the prairie.   I knew this little church, in the middle of no-where, was out there.  And, I was hoping I would be able to get to it before it was dark.

I was fortunate.  The sun was just 20 minutes from setting when I got there.

I was able to walk around and do a few photos with the light just about perfect.

This church has been there for over 100 years.  People still worship there.  But, there aren't many parishioners.   I suppose one day, it will disappear.

But for now, it stands as a testament to the hardy souls who settled here and made a living in a harsh world.

Well done.

This cemetery is not far from the church.

It marks the graves of the earliest settlers in this area.  I don't know if anyone ever stops here anymore.  But, I did.