More Memorial Day Weekend photos came in yesterday, and these latest show how closely we're connected even when we are far apart.
Sunday gave us a beautifully textured evening sky - powerful and memorable whether you were with Steve on the water at Lake Superior ...
... or with tim, taking in the Twins game at Target Field.
Watching the sun vanish over the horizon might be our most widely shared group astronomical activity, at least until the Moon Shuttles start running.
What's your most memorable sunset?
good morning, All -
in recent memory, the sunset on March 19 this year. just after Alba's triplets were dried, checked, had nursed, and were safely tucked with their momma, we three midwives (well, friend Janet, midHub Steve, and i) were walking up the driveway to get a beer. i couldn't think of a name for the third doeling. i knew Crema and Luna instantly. i wondered about the name as we walked, a stunning sunset at our backs. friend Janet turned around, looked at the sunset, and said "Rosa." perfect.
Good morning all. Sunsets are best seen in open areas and the best one I can remember was seen looking to the west over Lake Michigan when I lived in that state. As the sun went down many different forms and colors kept changing as the dropping sun hit the clouds in different ways.
We can see some nice sunsets from the road to Clarks Grove if we are going that way at the right time. There are too many trees and houses in the way to see good sunsets where we live. It would be great to live in the country, like Barb does,so that it would easy to see sunsets.
perfect story barb, thanks.
nice shot from the oatmeal box steve,
i am one who shuffles through life being aware of all the beautiful stuff but not taking note of the wonders in a memory committing way. i am lucky to have children to point this out to and to get a feedback from. we are neck craning people driving down the raod watching eagles and hawks in the sky above the car. seeing dew on the spiderwebs on the walk to the bus, snow stuck to the branches for that precious hour or two before the wind blows it off and of course the full moons and glorious sunsets out there.
ill think of rosa on the next red sunset barb
happy wednesday to all
love john fahey thanks
I had no idea the sunsets were that cool at Target Field. No wonder the place is so popular. Great shot, Tim.
My favorite sunset might be one we enjoyed along the banks of the Missouri River in Chamberlain, South Dakota. My former wife, my buddy Jerry and I had just shot a limit of rooster pheasants and cleaned them at our motel when the western sky lit up in a stunning sunset. We had scotch on ice cubes and were feeling mellow.
"This is it!" cried Jerry. "This is absolute happiness! This meets every possible condition for perfect happiness!"
"Happiness is relative, Jerry," I insisted. "We are happy when things go better than we expected. There is no absolute standard for happiness."
"You two are beyond pathetic," said Kathe. "We had a great day. That's all that counts."
That little conversation perfectly captured the differences of three people, and our lives from that point went on to develop and express those differences. And so, each of us was right. Sort of.
Greetings! A particular sunset I remember along with a peak experience was when I was 19 or 20. I had just spent a hot Saturday working my butt off in the creamery lifting 70 lb blocks of butter for 7-8 hrs. Then we drove 2 hrs north to my parent's cabin in Northeastern Wisconsin. After settling in, we rushed to the nice beach a few miles away and I went swimming.
I'm not one for laying on a beach. There was a gorgeous sunset, lovely cool water I was swimming in, and the feeling of relaxation after a hard day's work. I was hyper-aware of everything -- the fresh air, cool water, beautiful sunset, muscles churning and just generally feeling invigorated. I remember gazing at the sunset, then diving in the water, gulping fresh breaths of air and gazing at the sunset again. I couldn't get enough of any one thing. An amazing kinesthetic experience I still remember.
Great photos, Steve and tim!
I remember some spectacular sunsets when living a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean, but I lived alone then. My favorite memory is my 6th grade year when my family lived in an upstairs apartment. We were crammed into this tiny west side kitchen, eating as usual, and my mom noticed the gorgeous winter sunset... we all got up and oohed and aahed for a while before finishing our (cool) supper. I'll always appreciate that my folks made a big deal about anything in nature.
Looking up into the sky in the evening can effect the mind, as seems to be the case for some of you who have associated sunsets with thoughts. When on a camping trip, the person that I was with began to think that there was something strange approaching from the sky as we sat out in the evening at our camp site. My partner decided that we should get in our tent to hid from the aliens or what ever it was that seemed to be coming toward us.
Dale - thanks for the lake swimming songs -- very lovely pieces I haven't heard before. We always appreciate how you pick songs to perfectly accentuate what we write and share about ourselves.
Very nice you two. All such pictures are part luck or patience and part skill. I think the new camera works, steve.
If you look about 60 niles straight into the middle of Steve's pix, you will be looking at where I lived for 28 years, a place from which, thanks to the Sawteeth right behind us, we saw no sunsets but had some memorable sunrises. But that's a diffferent topic.
Happy adoption Day!! Love it.
My wife was incapable of having children, a definitive diagnosis, so we started the adaoption process. In 1969 we were within less than a year of receiving a child, whern my wife was at the dr. for something else and he told her that she was pregnant. We almost adopted anyway. But 40 years ago tomorrow, our son was born. I am the parent of a 40-year-old! I'm tired from all this blogging and need a nap. Have a good day all!!
Fantastic pictures!! Sunset pictures are my favorite :) My desktop on my work computer is of a sunset I took over Lake Superior while camping at McLain State Park. It's my favorite picture of all time. One of my most memorable sunset moments was also during a ballgame, but it was the St. Paul Saints, not the Twins :) My first (and so far, only) time going to a Saints game, they lost, but the sunset was fabulous. I got a picture, but it was much better in person, haha. I took a couple of pictures this weekend just after sunset, but I haven't been home to upload them.
Thanks for Lake Swimming :) I love that song!
back in from milking - Alba is amazing.
i forgot to say, Tim and Steve, that i just love those photos! so beautiful. and Tim, it looks like some heavenly support coming for the Twins. or is that trouble on the horizon? pretty anyway.
For better or worse, my most memorable sunset is one I watched for a class assignment. I took a lighting design class in college and we were charged with watching a sunset ("a few clouds add to the colors and make it more interesting," we were advised - today's pictures provide lovely examples) that then we would have to replicate in the theater using only lights and a cyclorama. No small challenge. Taking notes was mostly coloring with pastels - which is always fun. Managed to watch a nice one along the banks of the Mississippi river one evening. I think I remember the walk down to the river and the drawing as much or more than the sunset itself.
Clyde, how did we get so old? I have a 13 year old grandchild! However, I think it is too early in the day for nap. Are you really going to take one?
Oops, duh!! My desktop pix on this computer is a sunset at GM harbor about 3 years ago, perfect: my son walking on the breakwater, a sailboat coming right through the opening in the breakwaters, the Angry Trout off to the right. Colors look so good you would think I had filtered it.
Did anyone see if I took my pills this morning at home?
Napping at my desk for 10 minutes or so has long been a habit of mine. Will do so, Jim. Fortunate to have a job that allows me to.
It's unfortunate, but we have some of our most beautiful sunsets when there is smoke from range or forest fires in the air. The fires don't even need to be nearby. sometimes we get smoke all the way from Alberta.
A communist era Russian father got his son into a yacht club because he wanted to see his red son in the sail set.
@ Clyde: grooooaaaaaannnnnn. (But in a good way.)
Dale, Larry Adler--forgot about him. Thanks!!
"A woman is an occasional pleasure but a cigar is always a smoke."
I don't know why, Clyde, but your joke conjured up more Groucho. Some may consider him swine, but I loved him.
Beautiful photos Steve and Tim. Anytime I see a sunset or full moon, I'm sure it's prettier than the one before.
Great swimming memory Joanne. The absolute most lovely swimming song I know of is REM's Nightswimmiing. Is it in Jasper's collection, per chance? Nary a bad word in it. Truth.
Clyde - is the Angry Trout you mentioned a restaurant in Grand Marais? If so, I saw their cookbook when I worked at Birchbark Books... Made me want to go check it out.
Donna - Groucho provided a favorite quote of mine, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Spent a lot of my childhood waiting for Marx Bros. movie re-runs on TV. These were cause for sleepover parties with my pal Lisa, and if we were at her house, that also meant home brewed ginger beer. Good memories.
Very nice pictures! Thanks tim and Steve!
...too many irons in the fire today/week/month so off I go again-
(...don't know why I've started saying "y'all" lately....)
Angry Trout, on waterfront at GM, I would call it the best restaurant on the NS.
I would name Rusatic Inn, but it belongs to friends, so I would never name it on here.
Clyde Don't forget the Scenic Cafe. I've never been disappointed there.
Also, belonged to friends, has been back in the family again and then gone again I think. A family with more than their share of tragedy.
Thanks for Nightswimming, Dale. You are the beast. (That's what one of my first graders wrote in a card to me at the end of the year.)
Donna, I always get a laugh out of your school stories. I once wrote to my first grade teacher who was getting married in June, "I hope you have a nice wetting." Made the local paper.
If we're name dropping restaurant owners, Clyde, I know some folks who started up the original Malt Shop in S. Mpls. Now I'm gettin hungry.
666, Donna, although that number is a mistranslation, if you do not know.
Wish I were at the Malt Shop. My son used to live a couple of blocks away, a good neighborhood in which to live.
Just rode to get the mail, after our little bit of rain quit, after hanging on for hours. The Japanese lilacs are in bloom all over downtown Kato, a tree/flower I never knew until I moved here. Such a delicate blossom (and stinks, but I will live with it). The city is putting out flower baskets and planting the beds. We will see how much was cut for economy reasons. They hung on last year despite the cuts. But I know a few summer employees are not here this year.
I just received a very sad e-mail from MPR regarding Radio Heartland. I would imagine many of you on the blog would have recieved it, too. Please check your e-mails and take some deep breaths. June 4 is Dale's last show on MPR.
Renee - I just saw the message.
Oh how sad.
The trade-off is that we will continue to hear RH and Mike will still be doing song programming. But this continuation certainly comes with a heavy price.
contact me to keep the group in contact down the road. i can be the go between and keep us in contact until we figure out a better way
thanks tgith. way to find a silver lining
Thanks Tim, indeed. I'm in shock...and wondering why I haven't received The email.
Just got the email as well... and I've already called MRP and told them that when Dale leaves, my pledge leaves with him.
Maybe if we make ourselves loud and vocal...
Personally I don't thinkg 18 months is enough time to gauge the viability of something when it's a brand new technology that hasn't spread very far yet.
I haven't seen the email, so I have to respond to just what has been said here. This is a tragedy for all of us who have come to love Dale's unique approach to radio and to life. I can only compare the loss to the loss I felt when Garrison would have one of his snits and disappear. I assume TB disappears.
It is poor consolation that the music goes on. There is already Folk Alley out there, and I often like their mix better than the RH m ix. But RH was Dale, and that for me was all the difference.
I assume some brutal economic facts drove this decision. The people who make such decisions are not demons. But I can remember when MPR announced it would cut "The Morning Show." Not many months after that stupid decision was reversed, the station admitted that research showed that the show they had tried to cut was THE most popular show MPR was airing.
Maybe RHers deserved this because we didn't support the station well enough. I don't know. Dale didn't deserve it.
For those of you that haven't gotten the email, here it is. Feel free to insert your own name at the beginning.
I'm writing to share some news with you about Radio Heartland.
It's been eighteen months since Radio Heartland has been in existence. We've closely monitored its growth during this time and have come to the conclusion that in order to continue with Radio Heartland music on Web and HD, we need to decrease programming expenses.
We're continuously evaluating all of our activities, programs and services as we focus on serving your needs in a financially sustainable way. Along with Dale Connelly, we have been constantly assessing the sustainability of Radio Heartland since its launch and we all agreed that we would make changes, if needed, after eighteen months. Unfortunately, the sustainability we all worked toward was not achieved.
As a result, while we'll be able to continue providing the wonderful music that you expect from Radio Heartland, we've cancelled Dale Connelly's weekday morning show and his Saturday evening show on MPR News. This means that Dale will leave MPR. His last show on Radio Heartland will air on Friday, June 4.
Dale is part of the fabric of what built MPR into the strong service that it is today. We know that he will be greatly missed by you, and that's why we wanted to let you know about this change first hand. We're deeply grateful to Dale for his 34 years of innovation and service to MPR and to you for supporting him. It's because of this that we do not take lightly the difficult decision to end Dale's involvement with Radio Heartland.
Radio Heartland producer, Mike Pengra, will continue picking the music that you'll hear on Radio Heartland. And you'll continue to hear Thistle and Shamrock with Fiona Ritchie, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, American Routes with Nick Spitzer, and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
You can send a message to Dale at email@example.com. We'll make sure that it reaches him.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-228-7123.
Senior Director, Membership
Listening to the archive from hour 2 from this morning...and just got to "Our Town" with the line about "nothing good ever lasts..."
There is consolation in Mike still being here to keep the music going.
ill forward the email steve. the funny part is that when i saw dale at membership day he said they have no way of tracking hd radio, there are no hits etc so they just can not tell who is listening. what a nightmare foe a dollars and cents organazation. make your noise. its all we can do.
Personally, I think MPR set RH up to fail from the beginning. How did they THINK the show would be able to generate the same audience using a brand new technology that most people don't even know exists. Whenever I get going about RH, most people have no clue about HD.
I refuse for Dale followers to take the blame for not supporting RH enough. It is MPR who doesn't support it enough.
When any media organization makes a difficult personnel decision, it can cause waves of pain and outrage among those readers/listeners/watchers who have come to rely on a distinctive voice to give their world order and delight. Some of you might remember the kerfuffle when Morning Edition dropped Bob Edwards. What usually happens is that people generally find some way to get used to the new format and staffing. The dispute fades away.
But not always. Some decisions like this are so painful and wrong that they bring about a permanent severing of the affection that people have been giving the newspaper or station or whatever. After 34 years of faithful and brilliant service, Dale is now being let go. So there isn't room in MPR for a person like that? So it was impossible to find a legitimate place for someone like that? Don't insult our intelligence.
I have been one of MPR's most loyal fans.I was listening the day the very first station began the very first broadcast. But this might be an unforgivable act. I worry that I'll never feel the same about this organization.
I will be pretty much unable to blog for the next two days I believe. I assume this ends Friday. Have a good life all, if I cannot communicate in the next two days.
Sorry, Dale, you deserved better.
With sorrow and affection,
Early on I heard this analogy somewhere: the new "HD Radio" being compared to FM Radio 30 years ago. Imagine if they had only given FM radio 18 months and decided to drop it.
I can't imagine mornings without Dale, or without the blog. I see the music will still be there, but this morning Dale programmed this trio:
9:30 Bill Withers - Use Me
9:34 Maurice Chevalier - Valentine
9:36 Cyril Neville - Blue Blue Water
ON PURPOSE. And as he said, where else in radio can you find that combination???
Good afternoon Heartlanders, and thanks for your supportive astonishment. I'll have more to say about this tomorrow, but the primary thing I want to express is gratitude for your companionship over the past year and a half. We've had fun!
And fun is what music and radio are about. This is not surgery or politics or poker - things that are deadly serious and worth agonizing over. We will all be OK and I hope to have two more delightful mornings with you!
I plan to take a lot of requests, so make a list.
While we have never met, I wanted you to know that you have been an important part of our family's early mornings for many years.
I recall a radio skit that you and Jim Ed did a number of years ago. It was our son's birthdays (in September).
We had requested a song by the group Tanglefoot with a pirate theme....I may have even dropped off the CD at MPR.
You and Jim Ed must have looked up our contribution history, (which was somewhat lacking) and the two of you performed a Cap'n Billy skit that managed to wish our sons a happy birthday while gently chiding us into renewing our pledge. It was hilarious, and brilliant, and one of the reasons I continued to support MPR whenever I could.
Attending the last Morning Show at The Fitzgerald still stands for me as a wonderful example of the strength of community and I pledged again when the Morning Show ended and Radio Heartland started.
I am truly saddened with today's news that you will be leaving Radio Heartland and MPR. I'm sure this is very difficult for you, too, and I can only offer my condolences and best wishes for you.
Thank you very much for innumerable mornings of a truly unique radio voice and approach...one that assumed the listener's intelligence rather than their ignorance, and the notion that an eclectic mix of music, radio theater and intelligent commentary would succeed as a show. It did, for a long time.
While the wound may be a little raw yet, I hope you'd consider bringing your talents to KFAI as a volunteer. While they clearly don't have the budget or cache of MPR, they manage to accomplish quite a bit in local intelligent programming. They would benefit tremendously by your presence.
Thank you again, for everything that your show brought into our lives.
My best to you, sir.
Good idea, Tim, to find a way to keep this going. Maybe we can get Dale to stay with us in cyberspace when he's not job hunting.
Geez, this is just.......heartbreaking. I feel like public radio listeners are loosing a true, gentle friend. Dale was a true class act on MPR. I just cant believe they would pull the plug on Dale's great show that everybody loved so much. As Tony said, really consider KFAI. They are in the midst of a huge programming change so you should at least consider. They need a general folk music show, they have a folk show that plays mainly female artists, the last general folk show they had was when the great Bob Feldman did his show, If you are considering more radio (which after 34 years I highly doubt it) email me and I will hook you up with info. I will miss your morning companionship. Love from Hopkins.
There are too many thoughts in my head to get a single one out at the moment!
Does anyone know how to create one of those Facebook Groups? Gosh I wish we could all meet at 6 am at MPR and have a sing along.....peacefully winding down the sidewalks of St. Paul by 4:30 am--like we did when they had the final run of the morning show. Dale, you deserve the same send off.
While I love the Radio Heartland music, I can get it elsewhere. You and your incredible wit were the reason I stayed an MPR member after the demise of the Morning Show. I know you'll do great wherever you land after MPR, but MPR can do without me.
Cindy from Minneapolis
Listener and Trial Balloon blog lurker.
I 'm not ready for Dale to ride off into the sunsets no matter how beautiful they may be. I wrote to MPR asking them to reconsider and recrunch the numbers.
About 20 years ago MPR management tried to cancel the Morning Show. In response to member/listener outrage, they relented. That response to members was my inspiration for becoming a member of MPR. I hope a similar response is possible here. I'd much rather have Dale than Thistle & Shamrock, etc!
If it's Facebook or something else, I think we need to find an online place to gather. (I am willing to do a little research on creating a Facebook group - I don't think it's too difficult.)
I will miss the online community of Trial Ballooners (lurkers, commenters, and those in between).
I've been mulling and crying over this news since 4pm and reading all the comments. I feel so confused and have a lot of mixed sentiments. Steve expressed how we are attached to Dale and RH for helping us to find order and enjoyment in our world, and that we might eventually get over such changes -- but also that this particular change is an outrage considering how long Dale has been with MPR and his immense talent.
Like Dale says, it's not politics or surgery and we had fun -- but it's still hard to let go and still feels terribly unjust. If this is strictly a bean counter decision, I would rather have Dale than the other shows -- as good as they are, they're not my main reason for listening.
I don't think I would pull my membership because of this -- but I'm tempted. I echo Clyde's sentiment -- Dale deserves better -- and so do we.
I agree with Joanne-While it's tempting to want to punish MPR, pulling a membership is like leaving your church and joining another one just because you're mad that the council decided to install air conditioning (one former member of my church did just that.) I think we can figure out a way to stay connected and try to influence MPR as best we can. I value my connection with all of you more than I can say.
I can only echo the words of so many others. Total shock, huge disappointment, sense of being cheated. I've listened to Dale for more than 26 years and can't imagine listening to MPR without his humanity, wit, and gentle humor. I've only been able to lurk of late but will chime in more tomorrow.
I've been listening to Radio Heartland more since satellite radio sometimes lacks in musical creativity. I'll definitely be listening to TDCS this Friday.
This is an incredibly eloquent post from today's Star-Tribune by a user named "brokenglass" - it is very much worth sharing on Trial Balloon:
"Dale Connelly is one of those great personalities and distinctive voices who defined the Twin Cities. He's in the same league as other indelible radio voices: Roger Erickson, Charlie Boone, Eskola, Franklin Hobbes, Leigh Kamman(sp?), John Hines, and Keillor when he did his morning show. And Maynard Speece. Boy, I miss Maynard Speece. We come to know these guys and rely on them. They are part of our comings and goings; they inform, entertain and reassure us. They are our friends. Friends that we never have met face to face, but friends nonetheless, who we invite into our homes to talk to us while we're brushing our teeth and making breakfast. They're there to warn us of storms, or to play tunes. The rhythm and pace of our lives, in the huff and puff of rushing around, in the cut and thrust of commuting, and when we're just there, maybe alone, listening to the radio, these people speak to us. Some of the best times we've had have happened when the radio was on. Dale Connelly has been a part of that. Sure, people come and go. It's true for radio, too. Sometimes they go and it's just plain senseless and wrong. This is one of those times. Dale, we'll miss you."
Wow, it's already been in the Strib??
Yeah... what tim said.
I've been stewing about this all night now and I'm only getting more angry!
Alas, I have to say that as a longtime MPR member I have been wondering if this was planned all along. Those "Renew now!" and "Give extra money now!" letters that I get from Valerie Arganbright every month have never, ever mentioned RH. I've just looked back at her letters and they've bragged about shows like Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk, bragged about renaming the web site something with a Q in the middle of it, and bragged about improving The Current to a full 24-hour station (in other words, canceling The Morning Show). Her letters certainly could have touted Dale & Mike's major accomplishment of launching a brand new radio service in a new transmission medium with new technology and new ways to stay in touch with listeners based around an old-fashioned playlist. This oversight made me wonder.
I stopped by the MPR booth at the State Fair, and there was no RH merchandise -- so I asked the booth workers, and two of them hadn't even heard of it (despite the Friday broadcast) while the others knew that it was "Dale's station" and wondered why it wasn't being promoted.
I now feel that my 20 years as a member will have to come to a close. I won't do this out of spite -- I treasure the other stations too, but it saddens me that MPR is no longer a place where a vibrant and creative endeavor like Radio Heartland would be given the best opportunity to succeed.
Dale, you have been a radio treasure. You will be missed.
bravo jeff bravo
I have a feeling about how some of this discussion will go.
What we will all agree upon is that Dale Connelly has been a class act and that we will miss him like a family member who is suddenly lost to us.
There will be two difficult issues.
The first will be whether we should attempt to reverse this decision. The Morning Show was saved once when MPR stupidly wanted to kill it. But RH is so tiny. Anger wasn't enough to save WCAL.
The second and most difficult issue will be how legitimate it is to be angry with MPR. I am personally outraged by this decision. I refuse to believe that in an organization as large as MPR there isn't a good role for someone as talented and loyal as Dale Connelly. Shame on you MPR. Shame.
I fully expect Dale to tell us to avoid anger when he comments today. He might say that this is partly his choice. And then each of us can decide what that means, for we'll never know the inside story.
tie frustrating part is the path that was taken, to go from popular on the classical music station to early morning on the headbanger station to hd and then keep the music but let dale go is penny wise and pound foolish, i dont know what dale is saving mpr by being dismissed but there are things you can not put a value on and excellence is one, mpr is cutting a gem for the almighty dollar. bill kling should be held up to the litmus test on this one, reality televisn ischeaper than quality programming and dumbing down to the audience is one way to get er done, ala the current, dismiss 3 hours of programming so we can hear 24 hours of classical instead of ony 21. bill kling is very successful and has a strong following in the community and i guess dale gets left out of the equation but dang.......something is very wrong... very very wrong
I'm not done fuming but I am making some requests..."The Cat Came Back" for old times sake, Peter Ostrouschko's "You Are My Sunshine Guys" for sentiment," and "Trees in Love" for spite!
your comment on the first sacking at MPR..reminds me of Steve Cannon and the boulevard of broken hearts..
now moving to Saint Paul? ..probably on Cedar..I'd guess
more Otto Mashun?/