Neil Diamond, June 1970, Minneapolis Auditorium

The next concert–way more to come in a long list. Not a big fan of the guy—then or now. He definitely had a great voice then. But it wasn’t about the music. That was a warm-up, a reason to be out for the evening and part way into the night. Jill liked Neil; me occasionally. […]

Winter’s Grip Comes Early to Much of America

Been there, done that. A phrase perhaps out of favor by now, through overuse. Still, it applies. Growing up there and spending many years off and on, Minneapolis is feeling an early cold snap right now. One January, some decades ago, the average temperature for the month was well below zero. But here’s a fond […]

The Angler

The angler puts his line into the clear cold water in hopes of hooking one of the shiny beauties below. Sometimes he succeeds, more often not. So it is with the guileless young man with amatory intent—or perhaps more accurately a lusty quest. At the bank where he cashes his check every other week he […]

Snow Like Diamonds Gleam in a Minnesota Night

Snowflakes fallen under the streetlight Diamond dust sparkling A Minneapolis winter crisp and cold Morning skies bright blue Beauty blinding bright white Powdered snow-gems fall from boots Mini cloud breaths pass cold lips, Fifteen degrees—a pleasant day, Mid-January in the land of 10,000 lakes