Stay Well, Stay Sane

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It’s been about three days since all the closures started, and one day since Minnesota declared a state of emergency. Everyone in my household is already feeling cooped up and anxious about how we will spend the next days and weeks. And we’ve already told the kids they’re going to have limited time with friends for a while. So, if we’re going to spend less time in public, avoid movie theaters and restaurants, and otherwise practice hermit life, what can we do? Continue reading “Stay Well, Stay Sane”

Do Something New: Tapping Trees and Making Maple Syrup

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When you try something new, sometimes it doesn’t go so well. A week ago, my first attempt at making maple syrup looked bleak. It seemed I wouldn’t see so much as a drop of maple sap come from my taps. There was more than a foot of snow on the ground, and although the temperatures seemed perfect, nothing was happening.  Continue reading “Do Something New: Tapping Trees and Making Maple Syrup”