Tettegouche State Park is a winter favorite of the Minnesota Rovers' outing club. Nestled in the Sawtooth Mountain Range between Beaver Bay and Finland, its steep rocky Palisades rise from Lake Superior northwestward. At the park's heart, snuggled around Lake MicMac, are four cabins and a rec hall built in the 1910s by rich Duluth men after the area had been heavy logged.
Twenty years ago, novelist and playwright friend Wesley Brown told me that he always watches movies about artists. What a remarkable way to learn, I thought. When Netflix emerged, I began to hunt for documentaries of musicians and writers whose work I, as listener or reader, loved.
> For me, winter was a major reason I came home after 35 years of living elsewhere — Washington, D.C.; Lansing, Michigan; Colorado's front range; the Bay Area; Chicago; and central New Jersey. I missed the snow. The sun sparkling on the snow. Those winter nights when I'm drawn out of the house to dance with the Northern Lights. The snow sports: ice skating, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing. <
Ironically, the current bills would penalize most heavily those states and cities that have chosen to tax themselves for more and better schools and public services. Convolution No. 3. Fourth, the health insurance mandate. As a gesture toward repealing Obamacare and also to save money, the Senate tax bill currently in debate would eliminate the requirement that all Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty.
It's "his word against her word." It's remarkable that this issue emerged around workplaces. Mostly, we used to think rape was something that happened if a woman were on a dark street at night, accosted by a stranger. Now we know that powerful people raped and molested in the normal workings of glamorous Hollywood and in the halls and offices of political institutions. <
> For more than a decade, businesses small and large have been complaining they can't find qualified mechanics, electricians, sound engineers and assemblers who understand machine tolerances and can also program machine tools. I'm still hearing from my son, David, who runs a successful metalworking business in New York state, that it's challenging to hire workers who "work smart."
I love every stage of this magic-making, from apple-on-the-bough to heavenly jelly. On the first of several nights, I made at eight quarts of juice and immediately transformed two of them into pint and half-pint jellies. It's a bit tricky to do both at once. I follow the "Joy of Cooking" instructions, and they never let me down.
But many of our fundamental American values such as freedom of speech, the right to elect our leaders fairly and competitively, and the right to organize labor unions are not honored by political systems in other countries. And herein lies the problem with "free" trade. A country like China that does not permit its workers to organize for improvements in pay and working conditions opens the door to exploitation. Many American firms have taken advantage of these conditions, moving production overseas and laying off workers at home.
We recently spent a month in Brazil. You can't help ticking off features you find familiar and those you find strange, and of the latter, those that are delightful and those that aren't so attractive.
> Remember President George W. Bush's proposal to privatize social security? Fortunately, the Democratic Congress would not budge. If they had, millions of seniors would have been bilked by the Wall Street derivative and mortgage scandal, their retirement incomes permanently downsized. The American labor movement was a key group opposing privatization.