The Paradigm Symposium, a four-day journey into the realm aliens and the paranormal, descended upon the Woman's Club of Minneapolis this last weekend, and while the themes of the event were truth and bridging the gap between the fringe worlds of Ufology and paranormal studies with mainstream society, the theme just as easily may have been “everything you know is a lie” and “the world is out to get you.”
If you have ever uttered the words “Christmas envy” or feared that your kids would suffer from that condition, then I have the holiday for you. Forget about Hanukkah! Well, don’t forget it. You should keep enjoying Hanukkah. But don’t bother comparing it to Christmas since our holiday has never come out on top and never will. The good news? The real action happens at Sukkot.
It was nice to be spoiled by the lovely sun and some warmth so late in the season, but last week’s chill and rain told me two things: one is that I have to go into some warm coffee shops and bookstores for the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac Literary Festival. The second is that we have to hope and pray for great weather for the Saint Paul Art Crawl this weekend!
I was walking out to the chicken coop in the early morning, a pail of seeds and cracked corn swinging on my left and my right hand raised to shade my eyes. The sun, just a few degrees above the trees, hit the dew-drenched grass and sent spears of bright light into the air. It was like a white fireworks: busy, slightly chaotic, riotous.
I’ve been a social justice warrior since midway through the first grade. The “new girl” in my class, who also happened to be blind, was unable to participate in our lunchtime kickball game. I responded by declaring that we couldn’t play kickball anymore because the game excluded Melissa. Then I staged a sit-in; I lined all of the kids up against the school building wall and forbade anyone from moving away from the wall until we had brainstormed an inclusive game.
My Minnesota mind cannot help but wonder if we are going to be “punished” for the abundance of beautiful weather that has greeted the many wonderful activities in the Capital City. One look at the Almanac arts calendarand that imposed pennance is not in sight. The summer officially ended under the cover of a deceptive sun and a couple of kind, brief sprinkles of rain. That’s great momentum to carry us into this week.
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