A few weeks ago when Husband and I were on a Minnesota stay-cation, we were honored to attend a memorial service for a man who had been a real "mover and shaker", someone who was active in many arenas and really got things done. In addition to this, he was considered a "radical." On a hilltop overlooking the gorgeous green valleys of Southeastern Minnesota in August, people told stories about this man for three solid hours - how he kept to his principles, questioned and at times defied authority, blazed trails, and worked incessantly for environmental and community-building causes.
I grew up in a household of mixed messages: Be Different (but not So Different That You'd Embarrass Us). In the late 60s and the 70s, there were so many ways to Be Different! You could blaze a little trail by trying out vegetarianism or marching in protest to the Vietnam War. Some of us left for the East or West coasts, or abroad, hoping to find something radically different, and of course we did. When ready to settle down, I came to Minneapolis in the late seventies hoping what I'd heard was true - there were Radicals in Minnesota. I've never been disappointed - the coastal hot spots had nothing on this state!
Most of us are now more subtle in our radicalism - there are hundreds of ways to be a little bit radical. I still enjoy getting people to raise an eyebrow by telling them, say, that I listen to this eclectic radio show on - what! - an HD radio.
What is the most radical thing you've ever done, in your mind OR someone else's?
Enter now! Or at least before 1 p.m. Wednesday October 7 for your chance to win tickets to the Over The Rhine concert at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at 8pm. Official Rules in fine print available.
VW Bus image courtesy Julia Schrenkler