Saying Goodbye to My Little Buddy Max


It’s nearly impossible for me to look at the above photo and not tear up. It was taken on Thanksgiving, and features two dudes I love dearly — my dad and our family cat, Max. I’ve seen the two of them embracing like that countless times over the years. These days, however, the circumstances are unique. […]

2015-16 Minnesota Timberwolves Preview: On the Right Track, But Not There Yet

Wiggins and Towns are studs, but Rubio might be the Wolves' most important player this season.

— I’m suspending my hiatus from blogging to post a little 2015-16 Minnesota Timberwolves preview column I put together for Howlin’ T-Wolf, a blog I’ll be contributing to this season. Hope you enjoy it! — The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t made the playoffs in 11 years. Let’s get the negativity out of the way: that streak — by far […]

Trying to Make Sense of Cancer

The view from my dad's hospital room has become all too familiar recently.

Having a sick family member is a psychological tug of war, for lack of a better way of putting it. As my dad enters his third week in the hospital, I obviously feel a lot of sadness for him, my mom, family and friends… even my dad’s cats. It breaks my heart to think about […]

“All Lives Matter” and “Pigs in a Blanket”; Striking Videos from Black Lives Matter at the State Fair


Part of the controversy surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement here in the Twin Cities involves where the loosely organized group has decided to demonstrate — at family-friendly places of commerce like the Mall of America and, last Saturday, at the State Fair. But something that shouldn’t be particularly controversial is that if you’re white, it isn’t […]

Nicollet Mall’s Pavers Pose Problems for Women

These pavers look innocuous, but they're no fun if you're wearing heels.

Sometimes, we fail to notice the subtle ways in which we’re privileged. So it was for me last week when I wondered aloud to a friend about why Nicollet Mall’s attractive granite pavers are going to be torn out as part of the just-underway redesign of downtown Minneapolis’s signature pedestrian/bus/taxi corridor. Read also: Why This Mpls Resident […]

Northern Minnesota’s Take on the Pedal Pub

I wish my friends were this creative!

I noticed something odd while enjoying a glorious day at the family cabin on Round Lake over the holiday weekend — there appeared to be a group of people sitting on a picnic table right in the middle of the damn lake. Since I wasn’t on any hallucinogen stronger than High Life, I figured there […]

Online Dating and the ‘Shop Around’ Mentality


My first foray into online dating came back in the fall of 2010, when I was working for the daily newspaper in Faribault, Minnesota. After I complained to a friend about how spending so much time in the small southern Minnesota town had resulted in me basically retiring from romance, he suggested I check out […]