You Only Yurt the Ones You Love

In the waning days of August in 2015, my family and I trekked northwest to Glendalough State Park. Formed in 1991 with acquired private land, Glendalough is Minnesota’s youngest state park and one of the few to feature the rolling prairie that dominates much of the state. Situated next to a few small lakes, the […]

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Modern Man vs. Mini-Van

I am a 42 year-old American man who drives a mini-van. I don’t feel weird about it. I like my mini-van. I would like it a lot more if it had better gas mileage, but hey, we are who we are. My mini-van happens to be a large, red, gas-guzzling vehicle that transports my children […]

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The Internet of (Needless) Things

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Internet of Things. You may have such questions as: What is the Internet of Things? Why should I care? and Didn’t I tell myself not to read another article by Scott? I can answer at least two of those questions. The Internet of Things (or IoT, if you want to […]

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Emerging from Purgatory: School Band Music

An odd feeling settled over me while attending my eighth-grade daughter’s band concert. I had just sat through the seventh-grade performance, which was… unique. Brave. Exploratory? I’m at a loss to describe the quality of the show, but it was truly something only a parent or a grandparent could enjoy. Having no participants from my […]

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Wintering in a Wonder Walking Land

Shackleton visits Minnesota in winter.

After complaining for much of the winter of 2013-2014 (with good reason), I made a solemn vow that I wasn’t going to be such a crybaby if the winter of 2014-2015 was equally treacherous. I decided to continue my summer tradition of daily lunchtime walks into the winter months, regardless of what the weather is […]

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What I Learned from Sibling Roughhousing

With Thanksgiving safely behind us, I reflected this weekend on what I enjoy most about spending time with my siblings (two brothers and a sister). Things have changed since we’ve grown older and more frail, and chief among those changes is that we no longer “roughhouse.” I define roughhousing as “beating the crap out of […]

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