Archive - Oct 2006

October 8th


A cormorant perches with its webbed feet high in a dead tree two miles outside the city limits of Rindal, along the Sand Hill River.

October 7th

Good 8 Evil 3

Detroit beat the Yanks! Without the Twins to pull for, a person is left to root against the Yankees. And there is no team which deserves to lose more than the Yankees, the arrogant, evil Yankees who seem to think they should be able to purchase a pennant and who get indignant when it doesn't work out that way.

The Detroit vs. Oakland series will be a no-lose proposition. No matter who wins, it is a great story.

October 6th

The falling leaves

Today's strong south wind stripped away any leaf that was on the verge of falling. Suddenly, I can see the field through the woods where yesterday I only saw foliage.

The Twins' season ended with a whimper. We'll have to just remember last Sunday when the Twins took over the division lead on the last day of the season.

I am shot from this week. Classes, four speaking engagements, one in Mankato--and Laural's funeral.

Aunt Olla's 95th birthday party, cont.

October 5th

Aunt Olla's 95th birthday party

Well, Aunt Olla's long-anticipated 95th birthday party went off without a hitch. For some reason, I had gotten the idea that it was to be held at 3 p.m. Still tired from yesterday, I took a nap and got started getting the house party-ready about 1:30. I had no more than swept the garage floor when three cars pulled in the yard. The party was off and running.


Oh, let's skip it.

October 4th

Prairie Home Funeral

My student Laural's funeral was held today at the 4-H Building on the fairgrounds in Ada. People kept pouring in until there were more people standing than sitting. Then, they had to open the big garage doors and have people stand outside to the west looking in. With the perfect fall day, having the big garage door open worked well.

October 3rd


After I finished my speech in Mankato today, a woman grabbed me as I walked out of the room.

"Kevin Garnett is in the bar!" she said.

I wasn't sure what to do with that information, but I sort of felt obligated to go to the bar.

When I walked through the doors, I found myself in the middle of fifteen Timberwolves and their general manager Kevin McHale.


For all the beautiful fall colors I saw in the past two days driving to and from Mankato, the only photo I had time to take was this one of the town square in Hutchinson. Hutchinson is a beautiful town just west of the Twin Cities. The building in the background is the library. The town square reminds me of the town squares in Mexico. Every town should have one, for they are beautiful spaces.

Breakfast with the Wolves

Well, not exactly. There was a beautiful buffet laid out in the hotel restaurant, but that was for the Wolves. I had to order off the menu. Blogging nurserymen get no respect.