Keeping your day at the lake healthy and safe

We don't have a lot to worry about in the waters here in Minnesota: No sharks, no piranhas, no eels, or other things in the water looking to take a bite out of you....
Summer is watermelon season: Here's what you should know

Summer is watermelon season: Here’s what you should know

Mark Twain called watermelon, "Chief of this world's luxuries ... When one has tasted it, he knows what Angels eat." I agree with Mr. Twain - but only when it's eaten in season: A...

Protein from places other than meat, soy products

As we discover we don't need to each as much animal meat as we once thought we did, a mad search for alternative sources of protein begins. We've always liked soy, but we've also...

Defining a city by its food: 17 truly St. Paul dishes

Much poetry has been written as an ode to the city; the place where we were born and/or raised, that has shaped us. Poetry, pictures, paintings and films. We look for these things and...

Minnesota’s 10 Best Summer Break Activities

Summer break will soon be upon us - and instead of wasting your days stuck inside savoring the A/C, grab the local bull by the horns and enjoy some (one-or-all) of the...

Find balance after burnout with these 6 simple tricks

We’ve all experienced the burnout: Those moments, those days, and, yes, weeks where you’re both completely mentally and physically exhausted. I know the feeling well - where after coming home from work instead of focusing...

Cliff Mitchell, Vanity Lines, and New Hex Records

"Baby sometimes i don't understand you/But you're the abstract art in my modern museum/And baby sometimes we fall apart/But the ruins of my heart stand like the...
Ranelle Kirchner as a chef in the kitchens of Avignon, France

Stars in My Eyes: A Minnesota Chef in Avignon, France

I remember the day so vividly: Waking up to the golden statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking my window - she stood proud, unadulterated, and poised at the top of a palace...

Remedies for your spring allergies

Spring weather will get here eventually (though at this point I’m still relatively skeptical). With the joys of spring, however, come seasonal allergies as well. We have such a small window of lovely weather here...

Trauma and Light: Theater Mu and SteppingStone team up for “The Last Firefly”

The more we learn about how trauma affects children, both in the immediate and as they grow up and grow older, the more important it becomes to understand how to address this trauma; how...