A brief moment of each day.


18/365 Election Day

Last year was a whirlwind of last minute door knocking and hopeful anticipation of my electoral victory.
This year? Kittenz. IMG_6748.JPG


17/365 Back to Reality

Only kitten pictures today, and none of them could stand alone so…IMG_6650.JPG

16/365 Domelife

The theme, if there was one, was “Moderate in moderation.”


15/365 Colorado Hike

This past weekend we spent in Colorado living in a dome house celebrating a milestone birthday and marrying our friends. It was lovely.IMG_6793-0.JPG

14/365 First Visit

Totoro and Optimus met the vet today. It went well. Despite a blood draw, kitten and boy both seemed unfazed by the adventure of meeting a medical professional for animals. Whew!IMG_6414-0.JPG

13/365 Influence of Consumption

Walking to the parking garage today I had to stop and take this photograph. I was struck, after walking past a man heading the other direction, by how much more often I wonder about people that I encounter on the street’s lives since following HONY. IMG_6406.JPG

12/365 The Latest in Urban Forestry, Tree Tubes

Last week I noticed white flags and then yesterday white poles popping up throughout the 5th park district. My district. I’d been sending emails asking what was happening, and finally received some background on the project underway in my parks.

These poles are actually young tree saplings protected by a tube that are part of a research partnership between the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and part of our ongoing efforts to diversify the urban forest.

Some of the trees planted were propagated from Minneapolis Heritage Trees at the U of M tree nursery, and others a unique species that we are unable to typically obtain from nurseries.

The tubes, while awkward looking in the landscape, serve several important functions in helping these trees be successful.

• The tubes protect the saplings from grazing by animals.

• The tubes function as a greenhouse in the Spring, encouraging straight growth with fewer low branches and encourages a strong central leader.

• The tubes are very visible to park users and equipment operators so the saplings are less likely to be stepped on or cut down during routine mowing.IMG_6383.JPGI’ll try to remember to post photos of them next year a few times as well…

11/365 Adorable Distraction

Not a whole lot went well this evening, but Totoro does make an adorable distraction from my last read through of the 2015 MPRB budget book before I send off my email of questions. IMG_6360.JPG

10/365 Walking While Commissioner

It is incredibly difficult to relax when in a park while serving as a park commissioner. I try, but can not help but leave each walk, ride, ski with a few questions of staff. Like this sinkhole forming in the shape of a fish, immediately adjacent to another large sinkhole patched the previous year. . .

Why is it still here?
When will it be fixed?
Can’t we just cold patch it for now?
Is it part of our FEMA claim?
And so on…

Difficult to enjoy things for the awesome they are, but it doesn’t stop me from trying! IMG_6313.JPG

9/365 Last of the Garden Flowers

Had some friends over to share a meal, rescued some flowers before putting the garden to bed. IMG_6255.JPG

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