Author Archives: Les

Black Lives Matter

James and his daughter Aria. With each generation comes the potential for the Phoenix to rise from the fire and ashes of previous generations. On Monday last, I went to the Black Lives Matter encampment in front of the Governors … Continue reading

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Face of the Machine

I’ve begun to simplify my life by getting rid of the clutter of 69 years. Because I have no siblings, wife or children I have no one to whom I can leave the jetsam and flotsam of my life. So … Continue reading

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Smoke

Photo is from 08/21/2015 when smoke from western forest fires transformed Minneapolis sunsets. This morning, I woke up early. My subconscious alarm, that reptilian part of my brain that automatically warns me about ancient threats, had gone off. Something was … Continue reading

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Veterans Day: Geometry of Loss

It was a warm, late summer day. I had dropped off a friend at the Twin Cities airport and was heading home. My drive took me passed Fort Snelling Military Cemetery.  I’ve lived in Minneapolis for 35 years and had … Continue reading

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My Response to Black Lives Matter

Recently, I was walking down an alley and saw this lonely glove lying on the pavement. Immediately I thought of the Black Lives Matter movement and took this photo. It was only later, while creating the above image, that a … Continue reading

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Ice Safety: what to do if you go through

Minneapolis Fire Department firefighters present an ice safety demonstration to a group of parents and children at the Lyndale Farmstead Park ice rink. Pictured from left to right are FMO Dean Anderson (kneeling), Capt. Dennis Scott, and Firefighters Pete Hallstrom … Continue reading

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Cancer and a Positive Spirit

My neighbor and friend, Pete, with his radiology team at the University of Minnesota. He’s giving a thumbs-up which reflects his positive spirit. Over the last few weeks I’ve been privileged to accompany my friend Pete, a couple of times, … Continue reading

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Bragging Rights

Lake Harriet Kite Festival 01/18/2014 In recent years Minnesotans have been feeling a little under appreciated. Climate change has moderated Minnesota winters during the last 10 years. Yes, we have an ongoing drought but we share that distinction with about … Continue reading

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Modern: What’s In A Word

Modern Times Cafe, Minneapolis, MN   12/12/2013 Built in 1909, the Modern has had an interesting past. Most recently as a restaurant in an ethnic neighborhood. But before there was the Modern Times Cafe there had been: Meat Market Dry … Continue reading

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Edgar Allen Poe and the Snow Angle

Clean Water Action activist braving -10F windchill to spread the word about toxic chemicals in children’s products. Last night, as the winter darkness froze into place and an arctic wind chilled the air to -10F, I settled down in front … Continue reading

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