Tag Archives | everyday life

40 Miles: A Birthday Walk

Last year, I read the story of an “Extreme FitBit user” who celebrated her 40th birthday by stepping a total of 40 miles. I knew immediately that this is how I wanted to mark my milestone year. Since my birthday is in January, I had to have a belated walking celebration. I chose Saturday, May 21 because it […]

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Chart of the Day: Household Appliances V. Household Work

Something fun to think about (via the World Economic Forum), the relationship between electricity, appliances, and household work. Here’s the chart:   Here’s how the authors describe the impacts of these technologies, in their report: Arguably, one of the most disruptive technologies of the last century is the refrigerator. In the 1920s, only about a third […]

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Podcast #70 – The Social Life of Yards with Ursula Lang

The podcast this week is a conversation with Ursula Lang, a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Minnesota who is just completing her dissertation on the social life of yards; I know Ursula through my experience in the same Geography Department. I sat down with her the other day at Cahoots Coffee Shop […]

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This Morning, I Wore a Sweater

July 14, 0700 hours, 61 degrees.   I put a sweater on.  I sat downtown to wait for my bus, closed my eyes, and took it all in. Buses rumble bumble down Marquette in between buildings with names of corporation-people past and present, whooshing warm wind after they’ve passed. Air brakes pump, kneeling bus ramps […]

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My Two Sense: 94 Bus at Rush Hour

I stand in the aisle to make room for all the meat in this freezer.  My arms are extended out in “Y” formation to clutch the cold bars, holding my stance steady as the vessel lurches and rumbles under my feet.  Sticky skins wick with delight. Even above the crying baby I hear the story […]

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Adventures in Transit

This piece was originally published on GreaseRag.org, where I regularly write and organize Grease Rag events.  Grease Rag’s mission is to encourage and empower women/ trans*/ femme (WTF) cyclists in a collaborative and fun learning environment through rides, discussions, shop nights and educational seminars in a safer space. 5 NB, 6:50a Everyone knows each other. […]

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