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Delight and Imagination at the Newly Reopened Minnesota Children’s Museum

Under a stormy sky, the wind gusted as my son and I hurried through the streets of downtown Saint Paul, hoping to get inside before the rain began to fall. It was around 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 11th, and the Minnesota Children’s Museum had been reopened for exactly three days. We were excited to experience the magic. Though it was still 10 minutes to opening, families crowded into the foyer of the museum, patiently (and, in the case...

Build a Support System with Geek Tribe Parenting

If there is one bit of parenting advice that has made my life as a parent so much better, it is this: find a geek tribe and nurture the heck out of it. Think of a geek tribe as your extended family, like extra siblings, parents, and cousins but bound together by friendship and common interests instead of blood. These are the people with whom you have a close friendship—you likely share a number of mutual friends, and chances...

Sleeve Tattoos and Sage Salmon Come Together in Knives & Ink

If you are a chef or author of food-related things, the International Association of Culinary Professionals is a pretty big deal. The organization as it is now is a 1990 merger between the International Association of Cooking Professionals (which has been around for 40 years) and the Food Marketing Communicators organization. It has both hosted conferences and given awards in a number of categories over the years. They have seven main categories of awards on various aspects of food—impact on community,...

Lucia Hawley Helps Minnesotans Balance Their Well-Being through Food

“How can we get you feeling awesome?” That seems to be the catchphrase for Twin Cities nutritional therapist Lucia Hawley, who runs her practice out of Solcana Fitness and Wellness in Minneapolis. It also describes the driving purpose behind that practice—ever since Lucia was little, she has been finding ways to use food as a healing tool. This came out of having numerous physical and emotional issues dismissed with a diagnosis of “Oh, you’re fine,” or “You’ll grow out...

Target’s Science-Related Shirts for Girls Make My Geekling’s World

Dear Target: Thank you for including a wonderful range of science-related shirts in the girls’ department. This phrase runs through my mind whenever I peek into the girls’ clothing section during my weekly shopping trip. Seriously. Since Cat & Jack, Target’s new clothing line for kids, launched a little under a year ago, I’ve had way too much fun peeking through the various offerings to see what they could offer my little geekling. I’ve been happy with what I’ve...

Pledge to Bike in April with 30 Days of Biking

Given that I’m someone who attends weekly cycling classes in the winter and bikes various trails with my navy-blue mountain bike in the summer, you could definitely say biking is a hobby of mine. Biking is also a hobby for Patrick Stephenson, the Twin Cities bike enthusiast behind 30 Days of Biking. Patrick got into biking in 2009, riding a single-speed Surly Steamroller to work most days of the week. About a year in, he felt in tune with...

Warm Up for Dessert with These Delicious Slow-Cooker Glazed Apples

The slow cooker must be one of the greatest kitchen inventions ever. It’s especially great for making soups or stews, as they are usually really easy to assemble and leave to cook while you’re working or running errands—and with the warm option, it’s unlikely to overcook. My favorite slow-cooker cookbook is Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes by Robin Robertson, and one of the reasons I love it is because of the layout of...

How Visions of Hope Unite the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien

Of all the common threads in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, I propose that the uniting theme is hope. It can be found in his popular works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as well as his more obscure writings like The Silmarillion and Morgoth’s Ring. If one were to assign a theology to his writings, it would be a Theology of Hope. It is a multifaceted hope, with trust as the foundation—the belief that...

Taking Your Little Geek to a Convention

So you’ve decided to bring your geekling to one of the area fandom conventions. Awesome! Even if you’re no stranger to the convention scene, the first time with a kid, no matter what their age, can be a bit daunting. First, don’t panic. You are a hoopy frood who knows where their towel is. Second, add some favorable modifiers to your “have a good time” roll by thinking about these tidbits of advice from the greatest of adventurers: other...

Why White Minnesotan Liberals Really Need to See Get Out

As soon as I saw the trailer for Get Out in October, I knew that this would be a movie I needed to see. However, at that time I honestly did not anticipate Get Out to be legitimate horror film, even though it was being marketed in that genre. I thought the first trailer was a cleverly edited comedy film to mimic a horror film satirically (similar to the SNL skit “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black”). It only made sense to me...
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