New Jew in town: Meeting a "real" writer

I was running late to Federation’s Young Leadership happy hour one evening last November, which meant I was able to skip the awkward but necessary introductions and small talk. Instead, I hijacked my way into a conversation where someone said, “Daci, this is Rebecca! She’s a writer too.”


Women having their say: Not a love poem in sight

Last night I went out with my friend Patricia and we talked, as women do, over sushi and white wine. It’s an important ritual. We treasure the chance to sit and exchange our stories and have our say, at least with each other. What goes unspoken is that it’s a world where we do not always feel we get to have that.


Minicon at 48: Science fiction, aging attendees, and reverse shoplifting

From facebook:

I was wearing a bright red turtleneck and black pants from J Jill yesterday, and I felt I was too talkative and assertive. I even talked through a guy in the audience, which I never do. So today I am wearing a dark brown turtleneck, jeans and pearls. I feel the pearls will induce decorum, and the dark brown turtleneck with mute my mood down to morose and withdrawn. Unfortunately, I have no panels, so won't find out if this makes me a better panelist.
Along with the pearls I am wearing a 40-year-old Yves St. Laurant silk scarf that is brown, tan, green and bright reddish-pink. So the costume has a certain amount of cheer. The scarf is there to provide color and elegance.

"The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters": Clifford Canku and Michael Simon illuminate a dark corner of Minnesota history

An 1865 drawing of Camp Kearney at Davenport, Iowa. The Dakota prison can be seen at top left. Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society.

After seeing Django Unchained, I wrote about how slow Minnesota has been to see the plank in its own eye when casting judgment on the cruel history of slavery in the south. Dakota and other Native inhabitants of our land were treated brutally during westward expansion, and that treatment precipitated the deadly Dakota War of 1862—perhaps the darkest moment in our state's history.


BOOKS | University of Minnesota Professor Edward Goetz: Don't demolish public housing

Professor Edward Goetz believes residents have the right to remain in their communities; therefore, he opposes the demolition of public housing.


Cracked Walnut: A monthlong literary reading crawl in the Twin Cities

Since March 18, Cracked Walnut has been presenting 20 literary readings across the metro area, and one reading in Duluth. These readings feature a mixture of over 50 poets and prose artists. The series will conclude on April 12 at Cafe Bene in St. Paul.


Challenge America: National Endowment for the Arts offers a "Fast Track" for arts projects reaching underserved populations

If you're working for or with a small or mid-sized arts organization and you've been looking for funding to make your programming more accessible to underserved audiences, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) wants to hear from you.


Author Ka Vang's folk tale connects Hmong children with their culture

Ka Vang

There once was a woman named Ka Vang who had hair like polished black granite and a love for stories and many things Hmong.


Digital directories tell the Minneapolis story

More open doors to learning – and endless armchair meanderings – from Special Collections at the Minneapolis Central Library. I know because I have been lost for far too long now in the digital collection of Minneapolis City Directories, now accessible online covering the years 1858-1917. The collection is accessible remotely, free of charge, no library card necessary.

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