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Sometimes it

Snows in April.

Isn’t that what

U said?

Last April,

 it not

Only snowed.

There was

Purple Rain

In Minnesota.

 

Fans gathered

At First Avenue

And Paisley Park.

Sadness, despair,

Radio silence,

The Beautiful One

Is gone too soon.

 

Loved by many,

Understood by few.

But u knew,

Didn’t u?

 

How u

Would go,

Leaving a cosmic

Void for those

Whose music

U touched.

 

Now there’s something

Else: The Afterworld.

Nothing compares

2 U,

Nothing ever will.

 

Your talent,

Your words.

Your creativity,

The way u

Moved us all.

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As some of you may know, I live in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley…. Stillwater to be exact.  Ever since I was a child, I have always loved being here, of all the places I have lived (and there are many), Stillwater has always felt like home to me.  Don’t get me wrong.  It has it’s share of traffic issues, political issues, small town gossip, etc, but honestly, there is no place else I would rather live.

There is a lot of history here, some of it widely known, some of it untouched.  I have been thinking about this a lot lately, partly because of the fact that I love researching history, and partly because I am concerned that some of the beauty and history will be wiped out very soon.

Yesterday, I was compelled after leaving work to go Downtown Stillwater and snap some pictures.  The quickly melting ice and rising level of the St. Croix has me really worried about the possible outcome of the flooding this year.  Maybe the devastation in Japan has me appreciating my immediate surroundings more, who knows?  All I know is that I really feel for the proprietors and homeowners along the rivers that will be affected by this year’s flooding.

And.. then there is the bridge.  The Stillwater Lift Bridge is a historical landmark that has had much controversy over the last 20 years.  I won’t go into that right now……..but I will say that I feel it’s dangerous and in terrible shape.  If the river gets high enough, or the currents get strong enough, it may take that decision right out of anyone’s hands.  It could very possibly be swept away.  Thus, the end reason why I decided I wanted to go down and take pictures of it.  It sounds grim and rather negative, but I wanted to appreciate it before it came to a point where I couldn’t appreciate it any longer.

Without further adieu, I give you my pictures of Downtown Stillwater and the Stillwater Lift Bridge.  My humble tribute to the place I call home.  🙂

(The Water Street Inn’s parking lot is completely blocked off right now.)

(This is by the Water Street Inn.  They are so close to the water, it’s scary.)

(You can see how close the water is to the bottom of the bridge here.)

(This is over by the Dock Cafe)

Random Minnesota


Many people who have never lived in Minnesota have a somewhat skewed view as to how we must live.  Between the frigid cold and the snow, I’m sure it doesn’t paint a pretty picture to someone who lives in say… California?

I’ve been asked by out-of-towners…”Do you guys even go outside in that weather?  How do you see people?  Isn’t it a pain to put all that crap on just to go outside?”  Yes, it can suck… it can suck a whole lot.  I’m a person who likes to have my bare toes in the sand… I like to be warm and not have to wear three layers of clothes outside.   However, there are very beautiful things about where I live and I plan to show you the beauty of living in Minnesota.

The above and below pictures are of luminaries.  They were made with ice and the fun thing about this weather is that it is plenty cold enough to keep them that way!  My friend made a whole bunch of beautiful luminaries for New Years and the Winter, and on a beautiful, clear night he lit them for me so I could see how gorgeous they look!  He wasn’t kidding!  It has to be one of the prettiest Winter spectacles I’ve seen this year… and I was reminded that if I lived somewhere warmer, I wouldn’t have had this experience.  Here is one of the small things about living in Minnesota that I consider to be beautiful, charming, and most of all…. home.  It may not seem like much, but to a girl who has lived here all her life, these are one of the things that make me smile.  🙂

Enjoy the pretty pictures!


Okay, dear readers, I have finally made some decisions about some upcoming topics for this page!

First, Mondays will now feature a biography of the week…. it’s just going to be random how I choose the person, unless I get some requests.  A friend of mine requested Mark Dayton, so I will be researching and featuring him at some point in the near future.  Extra snaps to the reader who can help me come up with a catchy “name” for my Monday Bio Feature of the Week!  🙂

Second thing I have decided…. I have chosen a series to write about from beginning to end.. it was also at the mention of a friend (SEE?  I take requests seriously, LOL!).  I will be doing a weekly feature on the Showtime series, “Weeds”.  I have decided that Nancy and her crew would be a hell of a lot of fun to write about, episode by episode.  I still plan on doing other series as well, but I think “Weeds” will be a great start!

Third thing I have decided is that I will be doing one other sort of feature and it’s going to be called, “Random Minnesota”.  I came up with this idea because although this state is horribly frigid a few months out of the year, I do truly love it here and could never think of anywhere else as home.  My mom raised us on a lot of knowledge out our very changeable state, and I want to share some things I learned and grew to love as a kid.  Having a sister that works for the DNR helps when I have a shortage of ideas, LOL!  Who knows?  Maybe I will have her as a guest on my blog sometime!  The basic purpose of this particular feature is going to be to show others who have never been here before what it’s really like to live here.  Maybe some are not interested and that’s fair.. but I do know that some people are incredibly curious about how in the world we even manage to go outside with all the cold and snow!  🙂

So there you have it, my friends, readers, passersby and curious onlookers.  Some decisions made and changes coming and I’m super excited to start my research!  Happy Wednesday!!!!