The reasons behind the vote, youth sports and the parents who ruin them, when soldiers come home, is America's religious freedom under threat, and the Eichten countdown.
Today, with any luck, I will sit down in a cubicle for the first time in two weeks and blog. It's not that I dislike watching the world from the safety -- not to mention sanctity -- of the World Headquarters of NewsCut, it's just that sometimes I run across things that make me think about the things I would do if I were young again.
Somewhere in that image is Lonnie Dupre, the explorer from Grand Marais, who is about to start a solo climb on North America's highest mountain, Mount McKinley.
Did I mention that Dupre is 50?
He tried this last year, too, but a storm pinned him down so he spent 22 days alone on the mountain. Maybe he spent some of that time dreaming of blogging in the comfy confines of a cubicle.
He hopes to make it to the top during a full moon on January 9th.
Discussion point: What are the things you'd like to do?
The Mrs. and I watched the International Space Station fly over Saint Paul last night. Eleven minutes later, the Soyuz space capsule followed (though we couldn't see it) as it was chasing down the space station for today's docking of the two.
Pretty amazing stuff.
"I wonder if they get bored just flying around in a circle for months at a time?" I asked as we watched the overhead show last evening.
One question I didn't ask is the one NASA actually answered today: Why is a dash to the toilet the first thing on the agenda of arriving astronauts?
Pretty amazing stuff, indeed.
By the way, the next directly-overhead sighting of the pair of spaceships will be Monday afternoon at 5:18 pm (in Minneapolis).
Posted at 12:49 PM on December 23, 2011
by Bob Collins
You're a kettle-ringer with one of those little tinny bells, trying to raise a few bucks when all of a sudden the big guns show up...
When you read the first two paragraphs in today's Star Tribune story about the way Minnesota treated mentally ill patients in St. Peter, you may have to struggle to remember that this is the 21st century.
Two mentally ill patients at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter were repeatedly abused by staff members -- including, for one patient, being forced to sleep on a concrete slab for 25 nights -- according to a yearlong investigation by the state Human Services Department.
The abuse, which included isolating the two for extended periods and wrapping their faces in mesh rags, took place in late 2010 and led to a much wider investigation. That examination found evidence that staffers covered up abuses and repeatedly violated isolation and restraint policies.
None of the employees implicated in the abuse has been fired and all continue to work at the hospital, the paper said.(3 Comments)