Happy weekend

This week's column is about bees. Here's the link. 

Hope you've had a good weekend!

I got to see my friend (and roomie last summer), Anna! Whoot whoot!

Justin and I volunteered at Mixology last night which supports Hiawatha Homes. It was a blast.

Today I pulpit supplied at Trinity & Wanamingo Lutheran Churches.

Tonight = dinner with friends.

And Josh & Sweta got their American reception wedding pics back. 

Weekends fly! Trying to savor the moments!


Rochester Flag Project

Have you heard of Rochester's flag project?

I'm serving on the committee that's helping with the process, and it is has been massively educational! We met last night from 5:30-8:30pm to look at the first round entires. The public will soon be voting on round 1 as well!

Prior to this experience, I had no real awareness of flag design principles. 

Here's the website to learn more. 

Here are five basic principles:

  1.  KEEP IT SIMPLE: A child should be able to draw it from memory.
  2.  USE MEANINGFUL SYMBOLISM: The flag’s images, colors, or patterns should relate to what it symbolizes.
  3. USE 2-3 COLORS: Limit the number of colors on the flag to three, which contrast well and come from the standard color set.
  4. 4. NO LETTERING OR SEALS: Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.
  5. 5. BE DISTINCTIVE OR BE RELATED: Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
Interesting, eh? 

Round 2 will be starting soon, so if you're local, consider contributing a design and/or voting!


This week's column

This week's Post-Bulletin column is about suicide prevention, loss, and journeying together.


Weekend in Iowa

Happy Monday to you!

Justin and I spent the weekend in Denver, Iowa at his parent's place. It was a gift to enjoy relaxing nature time and great company. Here are some photos I snapped along the way.

Hope your week starts out with joy.


New issue of MN Conservation Volunteer

The autumn edition of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer is now available online. It's a resource published through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. I LOVE getting it each month in the mail, and the online version is great, too. 

The issue includes a story about Anna Barker, a Minnesota Water Steward (link). 

I'm grateful for the ways the state DNR encourages environmental stewardship, and this publication really highlights that! Spread the word! 


Four dog-friendly Rochester adventures

My first piece for Med City Beat is now live! If you have a pup and you live in southeastern Minnesota, hopefully this article will provide some adventure ideas for you and your canine!

Here's the link. 



This is Finn getting ready for a hike!

Over the weekend we visited four different local parks & trails with this handsome fellow.

I didn't think I'd ever really be a "dog person" (i.e. a person who really loves and appreciates dogs...especially dogs inside the house). I assumed I'd be a person who "warmly tolerated" my husband's dog because I love him and know how much he loves pets.

I have quickly become a person with a camera full of Finn photos.

What has happened to me?

I don't know.

It all happened so fast.

But I love this doggy. And I love the way his presence encourages Justin and I to be active and explore the many outdoor offerings of our community.

Thank you, Finny.



Monday, Monday

Good Monday to you.

Thinking of the people in Houston and the surrounding area as they deal with Harvey. Here's one way (of many) to help and support: Lutheran Disaster Response.

Over the weekend we were in Nevada, Iowa for my brother and sister-in-law's wedding reception. It was a lot of fun and so special to see family and celebrate Josh and Sweta and their love.

Mom arranged for us all to stay at a really awesome bed and breakfast called "Queen Anne." Very cool interior and exterior. Very historic, too. And Nevada has an arcade. We went on Saturday night after the reception. Family bonding time!

Here's a link to the most recent Post-Bulletin column. It's about Gold Rush. Such fun!

Last Thursday I went to The Launch Project at Good Earth Village. It was really fun to see my seminary professor, Dr. Monica Coleman. She talked about her new book, Bipolar Faith, and she also explored themes of loss. Excellent!

One other quick update - last week Justin and I watched the movie The Zookeeper's Wife. It is intense and emotionally draining - and beautiful and great. I definitely recommend it!


Gratitudes this week

Gratitudes for the week (returning to a practice from way back): 
  • thoughtful gifts
  • morning walks
  • week 2 of daily exercise (uffdah....it had been awhile!)
  • positive lab and ITC experiences
  • plantain chips
  • Gold Rush with Justin
  • pork chops at Mumzi's
  • productivity tools
  • St. Mark's

How about you? Highlights this week?