March 27, 2012
At the mere mention of the New Zealand national hockey team, Sheree Haslemore lights up.
There is nothing better to her than putting on the team’s black and white jersey. She is filled with pride when she stands at the blue line singing her national anthem. Sheree is one of New Zealand’s best hockey players, and for the past four years she has played hockey for Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn.
March 9, 2012
Names are important. They recognize an individual, make a person tangible, and give them worth. In the beginning of the first Harry Potter book, the villain is so awful that for a spell, they only refer to him as He Who Must Not Be Named. This is how I have come to think of the man who directed vile, lewd, and blatantly inhuman comments towards Sandra Fluke after her congressional testimony on the importance of women's reproductive rights.
February 28, 2012
When George Watsky was kicked out of his high school English class for talking back, poetry was the last thing on his mind.
That’s when his teacher referred him to Youth Speaks, an after school program that encourages young people to express themselves using their own vernacular, and for a teenager who had only been exposed to classic poetry like Shakespeare, witnessing spoken word poetry for the first time ignited inspiration.
October 31, 2011
This Halloween I find myself watching the spirit of revolution emanating across the United States (and across the globe) and wondering how my favorite holiday fits into it. At first it would seem not at all; the current obsessions with economic and social justice and demands for civic consciousness seem at odds with a holiday that unapologetically embraces materialism and carnal distractions. But this fall, Halloween comes as a necessary relief...
June 17, 2011
Minnesota may not have pineapples or oranges, but we have strawberries! For fruits grown in the U.S., strawberries are second only to apples in popularity. They are probably the most commonly planted fruit in home gardens. Traditional varieties bear fruit in late June or early July and for that reason have been called "June bearing" berries. New varieties that extended the season - but produced slightly smaller berries - were called "...
June 9, 2011
Ever since I heard a radio interview with the owner of a restaurant who won a prestigious James Beard Award for being the best place to eat in the United States, I have been pondering the owner's comments. Some of them may surprise you. They did me and I have been stewing over them, bad pun intended, ever since.
One of my favorite parts about writing is that it takes you to places you never intended to go...and then often right back to where...