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merry christmas!

picture is from a little video I shot in 2002, so long ago…

song of the day, Merv Griffin, Christmas City

today’s early morning phenology: gray skies, fog, 31 degrees, icy.


Record Store Day, Hymie’s Vintage Records

Song of the day, Nina Simone, Mississippi Goddam


March, 2018

Song of the day: Kansas Joe McCoy, Evil Devil Woman Blues


End of the Season, St. Paul Saints, last home game of 2017

Song of the day:Louis Armstrong, When the Saints Go Marchin’ In


Reduction I, 2013, by Kondō Takahiro, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Song of the day: Laurie Anderson, Gravity’s Angel


happy halloween!

Song of the day, Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet, Dracula

 


8.17.16

Song of the day: Paul Simon, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes


Angel from Maiden Rock

Yesterday’s Phenology: Summer continues. Sunny. 91. Not so enjoyable. Very dry.

Song of the day: Bonnie Raitt, Angel from Montgomery


need more of this…

Yesterday’s Phenology: What can you expect? Hot and mostly sunny. Mid 80s and humid. Big rainstorm last night went north and south of us. We stayed dry.

Song of the day: Patsy Cline, Walkin’ After Midnight


One from the archives, June 2006, art institute

Yesterday’s Phenology: A fairly perfect day; sunnyish in the morning, clouded over in the afternoon, rained in the evening. Nottalotta wind, maybe got into the 80s.

Song of the day: War, Four Cornered Room


Common Good Books, St. Paul

Yesterday’s Phenology: A bit of a boring day. Sunny, mid 70s. Walked around the pond, the baby geese are about.

Song of the day: Percy Sledge, When a Man Loves a Woman


record-store day

Yesterday’s Phenology: A surprisingly nice day, after recent weather occurences, with sun, and blue sky, and reasonably warmish April temps. Wood ducks, mallards, and canadian geese all getting along around the pond. People could learn a thing or two from these water fowl.

Song of the day: Joe Cocker, With a Little Help From My Friends


Dine / Dance

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny and warmish — though the day did start off with scraping ice off the windshield. But, a momentary disappointment. The day improved. The sun warmed. Wood ducks waddle by the pond. Geese pout by the paths, all surly and annoyed. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a cheery Canadian Goose. They are malcontents.

Song of the day, Petula Clark, I Know a Place


the Ritz Theater, Mpls, Peter the Starcatcher

Yesterday’s Phenology: Back into the 40s, and back into the clouds. Overcast, calm, looked like it wanted to rain. Another month of above average temperatures. That’s 19 months in a row, here, that we’ve had above average temperatures.

Song of the day: Harry Richman, Putting on the Ritz

 


One from the archives: Brian Boru Pipe Band, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Paul, 2010

Yesterday’s phenology: March continues. Temps maybe crept into the 40s. Snow receding. Grass beneath all brown and dead looking. Martha reports seeing a murder of crows harassing a great horned owl in the morning. There certainly are many crows aboot. That must be a sign of something. “When hundreds of crows do thee see, then…?”

Song of the day: Sinead O’Connor & The Chieftans, The Foggy Dew


one from the archives, august 2009, out for a row…

Yesterday’s Phenology: We are suddenly getting some very March-like weather. Rather unexpected. Sunny day today, but the temp stayed in the low 30s. The snow is melting slowly. The crows seem querulous. Always bickering about something or other. Sidewalks still have some snowy patches (those neighbors who have given up on shoveling for the winter) and some icy patches, where they’ve been shoveled. All that’s missing, really, is about 15 or so inches of old snow. Then it would really be like March.

Song of the Day: R. Crumb and his Keep-on-Truckin’ Orchestra, River Blues


one from the archives, Kat-Keys, march, 2010

Yesterday’s Phenology: Sunny but not so warm. Mid 30s? Slow melting. Crows. Jupiter and the Moon up in the early morning sky, very bright.

Song of the day: Harry James and his Orchestra, It’s Funny to Everyone but Me


night caffe

Yesterday’s Phenology: Any day, now, phenology is going to start busting out all over. But not yesterday, which was overcast and cold like February should have been. It was in the upper 20s, but felt colder. Probably due to the 60s we’ve experienced lately. Context is so important. Anyway, it was cold, and getting colder now by the minute.

Song of the day: Frank Sinatra, One for my Baby


monday at the dogpark

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Yesterday’s Phenology: Cold. Mostly due to the wind. Sunny bright. Got up into the low 20s today, but the wind brought it down by about 10 or so.

Song of the Day: The Shangri-Las, Remember (Walking in the Sand)


and now, today’s headlines…

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Yesterday’s Phenology:  Sunny and cold(er). What was it, maybe 17 today? Yes, 17. Again, wildlife is staying under cover. A brisk little wind made that a good idea.

Song of the Day: Charles Mingus, Better Git it in Your Soul


funeral torch, art institute

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Yesterday’s Phenology: the start of the January thaw? When I woke up in was about 5 degrees, but when we left the house about 1ish it was up to about 30 degrees, and we ended up sneaking up above freezing, up to 33 degrees. Needless to say, there was widespread enthusiasm for this. Bermuda shorts were out and the young folk were tossing frisbees in the parks. A nice sunny day, reminding us of what things can be like on occasion.

The Art Institute was crowded today, it being the last day for the Martin Luther show. I missed it.

Song of the Day: Orff, O Fortuna


The Bard of Redwing

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This Shakespere  fellow is up on the outside of the Sheldon Theater in Redwing. It kind of looks like he’s doing time up there.

Yesterday’s Phenology: A beautiful October day; sunny and in the mid 50s. Seemed a little bit breezy in the later afternoon. Needed to scrape ice of the car windows in the morning, which is never fun in the pre-dawn dark. Or ever, really. I’ve been looking extra hard for phenology the last couple days, but there’s not much to report. We are getting the last raspberries out of our garden, and they are very good. Same with the kale. Have we finished putting the winter storm windows up? No, we haven’t.

Song of the day: Joe Cocker, With a Little Help from my Friends


Happy Halloween!

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Yesterday’s Phenology: A very fall-like day, overcast, a chilly breeze, in the mid-40s. Went to the dogpark in the morning, and many of the trees there are bare, especially so at the top of the trail, but even down below, by the river there is a nice soft carpet of leaves for the dogs to run on. And run they do. Had some fresh-picked raspberries with my granola this morning. Unusual for late October, but I may still be getting some in November, by the look of things.

Song of the day: the Police, Spirits in the Material World


gifts and oils

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Yesterday’s phenology: Dark and rainy morning. Flynn did not enjoy our morning walk, in the dark, in the rain. 10 hours and 25 minutes of daylight, and I think I was at work for 8 of those. A month ago we were at 11 hours and 56 minutes. A month from now we’ll be at 9 hours and 9 minutes, and Thanksgiving will be over, and we’ll be listening to Christmas music while huddled around candles in the cold and the dark.

Song of the day: David Bromberg, Dehlia