My fickle friend, the summer wind

Week #27 of my photo-a-day project takes us through that peak week of summer, when most of us take a time out, maybe cook some kind of animal on the grill, and find ourselves seeking shade and bodies of water.

It’s the time of year that makes me think of my favorite Frank Sinatra song. So sit back, open a window, close your eyes, feel the breeze, and have a listen.


“Like painted kites, those days and nights, they went flyin’ by” . . .

And now, a photo from each day of the week.


(7/2/17)  Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis

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(7/3/17) Roderick Cox conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in Independence Day Eve concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis. The weather was perfect and the orchestra sounded great.


(7/4/17)  You thought I was going to have a picture of fireworks, right?  Nope, couldn’t stay up that late . . . but can you think of a more patriotic dessert?   —  RED strawberries, WHITE ice cream,  BLUE blueberries — that’s as American as apple pie!


(7/5/17)  Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis


(7/6/17)  I saw this in someone’s front yard while I was running — a very nice twist on the “Little Free Library” phenomenon.  “Blessing Box: Grab a bag, take what you need.”

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(7/7/17) They don’t make ’em any cuter than this.


(7/8/17) While on a bike ride by the Mississippi River (downtown St. Paul in the distance) we stopped and talked with this young man about fishing.  He told us he usually does pretty well here — once landing a 45-pound catfish!




A photo a day for the last week of June


(6/25/17) Stained glass above doors at the old Veterans Home in Minneapolis.

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(6/26/17) We have a hummingbird! The new feeder is a success.


(6/27/17) Late afternoon soccer practice at the little park down the block by Minnehaha Creek.


(6/28/17) Minneapolis

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(6/28/17) Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis


(6/29/17) Otto’s favorite spectator sport

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(7/1/17) 2nd hole, Keller Golf Course, St. Paul. One of the great features of the remodeled course is the abundance of wild flowers and prairie grass.

“Then, if ever, come perfect days”

My photos from Week #25 follow at the bottom, after a poetic message from James Russell Lowell.  Now is the “high tide of the year”.

“Whether we look, or whether we listen, we hear life murmur, or see it glisten”


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(6/18/17) Big Stone Lake, on the Minnesota/South Dakota border, as seen from the Ortonville Golf Course.


(6/19/17) The 16th green at the Ortonville Golf Course is perched on the edge of a deep valley containing Big Stone Lake.  South Dakota is visible in the distance.


(6/20/17)  OK, so this is one of the reasons I like my teeny little car so much — 45.2 mpg on the trip back home from Ortonville!


(6/21/17) We got the deck staining almost done today.  Now, when the stucco gets re-dashed later this summer, I think it’s going to look pretty good.


(6/22/17) What’s a beautiful day in June without as least a little time in the basement?


(6/23/17)  Justin and Linh Buoen invited us to their summer solstice party again this year.  Their house and its setting are stunning and the party was wonderful.  Thank you, J and L!!


(6/24/17) Downtown Minneapolis at dusk looking north up I-35W from the 50th St. bridge.

From Lanesboro to Ortonville

Week # 24 was bookended by weekend trips — one southeast to Lanesboro and one westward to Ortonville, on the South Dakota border.  In between, a couple of rounds of golf and a little time with the G-Kids made for a memorable week.  I’m a very lucky guy.

Here is a photo from each day.

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(6/11/17) Along the Root River Bike Trail between Lanesboro and Whalen.


(6/12/17) Jerry and Roger on the 18th at Gross Golf Course, trying to finish under a menacing sky.

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(6/13/17) I have a feeling that rabbit ears are about to pop up.


(6/14/17) Here’s one that will probably only be impressive to other golfers. Graydon fixes his ball mark, showing where his tee shot landed on a 170-yard par 3. The tee is behind me, so his ball flew past the hole by 3 inches, backed up and hit the flagstick (clank!) then came to rest a foot away (ball marker). 


(6/15/17) Parking lot behind the hardware store.

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(6/16/17)  Can something be cute and dreary at the same time? Hopeful and sad? Colorful and dull?


(6/17/17) Rain in the distance on the Minnesota prairie, a few miles east of Ortonville.



Out and about and a couple of oddities

Here are my photo-day-shots from Week #23 of 2017. We went to the theater, I played golf, and then we went north and we went south, and went to the theater again.


(6/4/17) The back yard is coming along.


(6/5/17) guess how old she is?


(6/6/17) “Backside” of the Guthrie Theater catches the early evening light.  We saw “Refugia” — a mostly excellent and thought-provoking play.


(6/7/17) This is one of the oddities of the week — a tree at the University of Minnesota/Les Bolstad Golf Course entirely covered by . . . not sure what, but it’s like cobwebs or something.  Anybody know what this is?  It would make a great Halloween tree.


(6/8/17) We headed north for the day, to the town of Oklee, Minnesota, for a Frette family funeral.  This is Karen’s cousin Lowell walking with his mom, Karen’s Aunt Myrtle.

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(6/9/17) After heading north for a day, we turned the car around and drove south to Lanesboro for some biking, two plays, and good dining and conversation with friends Judy and Craig.


(6/10/17) The Rushford Depot Historical Museum along the Root River bike trail has a lot of cool old stuff, including an upstairs full of creepy dolls and mannequins.


Trying to stay a month behind

Here are my photo-a-day pictures from a little over a month ago (Week #22 of 2017, if you’re keeping score at home.)


(5/28/17) The view from Ford Parkway bridge over the Mississippi River never fails to please the eye.

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(5/29/17) Birthday Breakfast for Emily at the Colossal Cafe in south Minneapolis. All four of these guys are worth celebrating.


(5/30/17) Graydon hits a wedge over the infamous tree on the short 4th hole at Keller Golf Course in St. Paul. Roger and Jerry prepare to comment.

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(5/31/17) Dean and Alan attempt to block the amazing view from the balcony of their downtown condo.  (It’s always about them.)


(6/1/17) June begins with breakfast at the Finnish Bistro in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul. Both the restaurant and the neighborhood are hidden treasures. (In case you’re wondering, all of the food visible in this photo was consumed on the premises — and yes, animals were harmed in the making of my meal.)


(6/2/17) No it’s not a barn. Yes, it looks a lot better now. No, I did not do half the work. Yes, I feel bad about that.


(6/3/17) We can grow Hibiscus plants in Minnesota, too! (for about 5 months and then we kill ’em.)

An Incredibly Terrific Plan for More Bigness


The President of the United States called in to Fox and Friends this morning to announce that he is planning a “really big, really terrific” lunar AND solar event to demonstrate America’s “power and bigness” to the world.  “I usually use Twitter to communicate important stuff, but what I have to tell you today is even bigger than a tweet, believe me . . .”,  POTUS tweeted at 3:28 AM,  “. . . and Fox & Friends is the only real news program, frankly, with the credibility and audience to deserve airing this announcement.”

A few hours later, “F & F” personalities Steve, Ainsley and Brian smiled very bigly, as the interim POTUS rolled out his “frankly, quite massive and very, very large plan — the biggest plan in history, unless you count sending men to the moon, which probably never really happened anyway — a lot of people are saying that.”

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This photo illustration will be on the cover of the upcoming TIME Magazine “Strongest President of All TIME” issue.

Here’s a transcript of the President’s announcement:

“I’ve instructed the amazing people at NASA to do whatever they need to do to move the moon to a position in front of the sun for a few hours on August 21st, 2017. The moon will block the sun’s rays and cast a shadow that moves across our entire country, all the way from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic — from the mountains, to the prairie, to the ocean, white with foam. (My words — poetic)  Never in the history of the world has the moon been moved in front of the sun and cast a shadow on the earth before. When I found out from my Junior/Senior Advisor Jared Kushner recently that it might be possible — and no other President ever knew this, not Abe Lincoln, not Frank Underwood, not even Benjamin Franklin, and he flew a kite up into space in a blizzard once.  I asked my Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to find out how long it would take to arrange such an event.  He checked around and told me that August 21 was the earliest they could get it done, so that’s the date we’re going with.

It’s going to be an all-American celebration like no other.  I originally wanted it to be a red-state-only thing, but my Chief Strategist Steve Bannon — he’s a great guy — suggested that we could play up a “Sea to Shining Sea” (trademark – I made that up, too) theme if we planned the route of darkness carefully and bit the bullet by including one blue state (Oregon) and the southern tip of Illinois — which votes red anyway. 

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97% of the districts under the shadow of the planned Trumpclipse2017 voted for Trump in 2016.  Trump calls the carefully chosen path of darkness an “amazing feat of lunar orbit engineering that could only be accomplished by me.”

Trumpclipse2017: Path of Darkness is going to be wonderful— a long overdue celebration of darkness in a world of too much light — I’ll bet you didn’t know that half the earth is always light — I’m going to change that. It will also show the so-called scientists that America and its rightness is bigger and better than the wrongness of their [airquotes] “theories” based on “evidence”.  If it were up to these “scientists”, they’d be sitting around stuffing pens in their pocket protectors, putting more masking tape on their glasses, just waiting for this kind of big sky show to happen on its own. Good luck with that, Science!  #idiotgeeks, #unamericanatheists, #stupidlosers, #weakmorons, #dangerous, #bad, #sick, #outofcontrolhillarylovers, #supernerds

So I’m asking that billions and billions of patriotic Americans from all of our 50 (or so) states to flock to places along the Path of Darkness route on August 21 and spend a lot of money on things like these special AmericaFirstGogs darkness-viewing safety glasses that my very sexy and talented daughter Ivanka designed and has available on QVC.

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Ivanka’s AmericaFirstGogs will block all light, allowing you to only see the darkness — and they’ll keep you safe from scary things, people, and ideas.

This event will be yet another win for America under my administration (as if Bill Cosby’s mistrial and the Golden State Warriors’ NBA Championship weren’t enough!). America wasn’t winning anything any more until I took office after my landslide electoral college win.  Other countries were laughing at us, but now they’re taking note of my accomplishments, and come August, they’ll be cowering in fear, imagining what we could do to them if we have the kind of power it takes to move the moon around in the sky and take the sunshine away. A lot of countries are afraid of the darkness, but not us. True Americans, true patriots, embrace the idea of being in the dark. In fact, many, many of us go through life with our eyes closed.

If Trumpclipse2017: Path of Darkness is as successful as I know it will be, I’ve got another idea up my sleeve. I can’t tell you much about it yet, but let’s just say that Jared’s been telling me that the Earth’s sea level doesn’t necessarily have to always stay where it is right now. Nobody knew that  — Jared’s brilliant and very smart — but all I can say is, let’s not miss out on the next opportunity to make America a leader again. Hey, I won the election — that was amazing, right? It doesn’t get any better than this, folks!

I hope to see all you incredible patriots on the side of a highway somewhere in the middle of Nebraska or Wyoming or South Carolina, or one of the other God-and-America-loving states that I’ve carefully chosen for the Path of Darkness on August 21st! (BTW – the eastern part of Oregon is OK, too!)”