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Another (death) Murder in Minnesota

Guns, pandemic, insurrection. This is our world.

I started reading Flynn Berry’s new novel yesterday, set in Northern Ireland in the time after The Troubles…and then, I heard the news that a Black motorist was shot and killed in suburban Minneapolis. These are our Troubles. They are not new. They are not unique.

The Derek Chauvin trial is underway in Minneapolis. I won’t kid myself and say Minnesota has changed since back in the days of Paul Wellstone. The Prairie Home northern bastion of liberal thought and fairness never existed for all.

In the 80’s I lived in South Minneapolis. We drove a little diesel VW Golf and put tinted anti-glare paper on the side windows; I hung a dream catcher on the rear view mirror. I got stopped by a cop one time. He gave me a ticket for a moving violation and said we had to take the film off the windows because we needed to be visible. I am still alive. I am a white female. Now read the article about Daunte Wright and say his name:

Police fatally shoot man, 20, in suburban Minneapolis, sparking protests
By Jared Goyette and Andrea Salcedo

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/04/11/daunte-wright-brooklyn-center-minnesota/

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Coffee and Covid

First off: what a blessing all of you are!

Reading your posts and updates make isolation a bit easier…and, of course, enjoying a good cup of coffee with friends. All my best, Christine

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

 

Liz bluewatermarkRecently, people have been asking me to take pictures for them. It is a joy and adventure.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/adventure/

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Blogging Relationships

Blogging Relationships as Preventive Medicine…

Curious? Well, it has to do with my connection to ‘expat blogger’, who writes  Oh My God My Wife is German. In a recent post he wrote about visiting the Portland, OR kitchen store, Kitchen Kaboodle (http://ohgodmywifeisgerman.com/2014/03/10/my-german-wifes-first-encounter-with-kitchen-kaboodle-in-portland-oregon/). I checked out the website and saw this cool tool for avocados (and ordered one- the rest of the story follows the photos):

Expat and I ended up chatting about Kitchen Kaboodle and I shared the story about slicing my middle finger on a steak knife while pitting an avocado a few years back. So the way I see it, informative blogging and sharing may prevent unnecessary trips the the emergency department for stitches!

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Minnesota Driver’s License Renewal and the Cat Toy

cat toy birth certificateThe four-year ritual is upon me, renewal of my Minnesota state driver’s license. I turn a whopping 56 in February (but don’t feel, or act, a day over… well– it’s all relative, I suppose :-)).

As I suited up (long underwear, scarves, double mittens) and went to jam my foot in my right insulated boot, I felt something I had not noticed yesterday. A round, red, sparkly cat toy! Bagheera’s favorite! Long-lost, apparently since the boots were worn last winter. Looking for him, I could see he was already dead to the world, buried under a quilt. Play-time would have to wait.

The birth certificate

This year I go to the DMV armed with my birth certificate. At some point I became “Chris Louise…” on my license. The dreaded nickname– ‘Chris’; the name that causes airport security to look me over thrice because it does not match the name on the ticket; the name to which Chris Alfieri ( a BOY) and I both responded when the teacher called upon us (to our mutual horror) in the 3rd grade.

Happy endings

The woman at the DMV was lovely, my name is now amended and Bagheera is, once again, in possession of the fave toy. My boot fits better, too.

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Blogging Employment

The United States Postal Service, Travel Writing and so on…

WOW! I am starting off the New Year with a bang. The results are in from the latest job entries:

*In house Travel Writer: “Thank you for your interest in the Associate Travel Writer (in-house) position at D****P***G*. We have reviewed your application, and unfortunately we are unable to offer you a position at this time.” (I suspected this would be the outcome due to a rather nascent interest in travel writing, but one never knows.)

Rockers at Chestnut Street Inn
Rockers at Chestnut Street Inn

And then…

After an amusing visit to the post office, I also decided to apply for a position as a part-time mail carrier. This is a very straightforward process, all online. After a standard employment application one takes an exam via a computer delivery method. 180 (or so) questions later, I just knew, unless I lied through my teeth, the outcome would be bleak. The (desired) employ-ability factors seemed to be: absolute emotional fortitude– no matter what scenario might be unfolding, accepting authority without question, saying yes to repetitive tasks, and so on. Here is a snap shot of my immediate, automated rejection letter (in PDF format). I will not bore you with all three pages…

CITY CARRIER (2310-2009) INELIGIBLE

CITY CARRIER ASSISTANT 1 (2310-0045) INELIGIBLE

Brava! My sense of humor is in great shape and I am on to new adventures. Day 3 awaits!

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“About” Page: Revisited

bagheerabacklit2My first post on WordPress was October 18, 2012. It didn’t get views, but the second was the first of many photo challenges and introduced me to many of you!

Since that time I have tried many themes and ideas, sticking primarily with the notion of developing skills in photography. The cats, Dylan and Bagheera, have been a huge support, and have graciously agreed to photo-ops on numerous occasions. Despite their best efforts, they have not been able to help mama land a job that buys the veterinary prescription food and will pay for the upcoming dental visit (anesthesia and all that…)

So, with their encouragement, I am adopting more of a ‘magazine-style’ blog in which I will test my writing muscle– and get a bit ‘testy’ now and again. Photography is still a huge interest and the boys will no doubt appear in all their sweet glory.

So on we go– boldly in to 2014 with a new look and lots of ideas for stories and photo-ops. Thank you all for continuing on the journey…

Christine, West Seventh Freelance

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Joy

A few pictures and then some words:

For the last year I have been on a journey to figure out my “creative self”.

I know I love to work with, and photograph, kids. I also feel really good supporting the work of local organizations and I would do just about anything for free. This is where things start to fall apart. I have not had success finding meaningful work- that pays. I have decided it is time to set aside dreamy notions and get practical. Perhaps it is time to rethink everything…Hopefully, I will be back soon with a happy update. All my best, Christine

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Daily Prompt: Harsh (Revisited)

Oh boo hoo to me for previous post re: harsh.

Harsh was watching the foreclosed house torn down this morning. Check it out:

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http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/daily-prompt-harsh/

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RE: Frizztext Blog post- Cats in Boxes

Frizztext always has wonderful posts…today it was http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/cats-fit-in-boxes/

I just came across old photos of Smathers, the original, beloved cat.