Minnesota Dreaming


This is where I live now rendered as a watercolor (Lawrence, KS)

This last Friday I left Lawrence, Kansas and drove up to Minnesota. My wife’s father and stepmother had recently purchased a cabin, and they wanted to have us up to see it before closing it down for the winter. Then, on the way back south, we stopped at my wife’s mother and stepfather’s house to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. I don’t often get to indulge in Minnesota-ness, but this five day trip was pretty packed–lakes, Scandinavia history, junk food, and beer.

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Whacha Reading?

I tend to read a slew of books around the same time. A few chapters here, then set it down and pick up another for a few chapters there. It’s a way for me to read more and keep my mind engaged. So for my first video blog, I thought I’d offer up the list of books I’m currently reading. My goal for the year is to read 365 books. I’m floating in the 270s right now. 

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Foodiesphere: Artichoke Chicken, Sriracha Black Bean Burgers, & Tuna Fish Melt

So this week I didn’t make it to the grocery store and needed to make space in my cabinets. A slew of canned goods were demanding my attention. I thought I’d take the opportunity to share three easy, quick recipes that are healthy and tasting pretty good. The first is perhaps my favorite in no small part because it requires the least amount of prep and ingredients. The second is recipe makes for some excellent lunch fair. Finally, the third is perhaps the best tasting. All of these recipes are no more than 40 minutes total, including prep and cook time.

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Casual Drunk: How Untappd Helped Create a Mild Beer Obsession



It’s been just over a year that I’ve been using Untappd, an app that describes itself as “a new way to socially share and explore the world of beer with your friends and the world.” I’ve become more than a bit obsessed with it and as we’re in the midst of Oktoberfest, I though this would be a good time to take stock of the ramifications of this app. What does this entail? Over 900 beers and nearly three hundred unique brews. It’s also led to me looking into home-brewing and acquiring various accouterments.

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You Are Not an Athlete

I never played soccer as a kid. It wasn’t an option when & where I grew up (western Wisconsin). But then again, my father was an ‘outdoorsman,’ which means that he hunted (ambushed deer) and fished (sat in a tin boat on a fetid lake rather than spend time with his family), so I never had anyone to actually prod me into athletics or foster what interest I did have. I had more catches with my mother. I was never an athlete and I’ve lately been reminded of this thanks to a mild injury.

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“The lake looked like a poem today.” –Allison Gruber (pic Gruber)

There was a time when I wrote poetry pretty much  daily, those days have gone away. I think the last sustained real writing that I did was back in 2010 or 2011, when I did a poem-a-day during April. Since then, my writing has been almost entirely soccer related…or these ridiculously unreadable blog posts.

However, an actually talented poet–Dena Rash Guzman–invited me to InkNode, a platform for writers to share work. Sometimes it only takes a push to get things going. Today I dug out an old poem, re-titled it, and threw it up. A small move that hopefully leads to more substantial content.


Altering Vegan Food for Normal People

Once again, I present you with recipes. The food I’ve been making lately has been more than a little bit vegetarian and, more often than I would like, vegan. Here’s the thing though, I tend to take the vegetarian/vegan recipes and make them for normal people. Simple fact is, I’ve lived my whole life eating garbage. Typically, it’s expensive garbage (at least, over the long term). As a piece-of-shit nearly 40 year-old, I can’t keep eating like a 20 year-old. Fortunately, as a house spouse I have nothing but time to make something that doesn’t taste like paste and is easy to throw together.

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