Annual Fall Community Bonfire

Friday, October 13th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Location: Martin Luther King Park
We’ll have hot cider and s’mores, a story-teller and fire breathers after sun down! Bring a friend and a lawn chair–it’s free, and all ages are welcome!
Hosted by KFNA and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

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Advocacy for Those with Mental Illness

Last night the director of the Barbara Schneider Foundation appeared on Fox News to talk about the impact of a shooting in the Twin Cities 10 years ago. Mark Anderson heads this advocacy and crisis training organization.
Why did Barbara Schneider’s tragic death start a change for the better? Police officers entered her apartment, she was in a state of mania and threatened them with a knife, leading them to over-react and shoot her.
Visit the Barbara Schneider Foundation Website

KMSP Fox 9 interview of Mark Anderson on the 10th anniversary (6-13-2010) of Barbara Schneider’s tragic death.

Brown Christmas 2011

Let’s pray for a brown Christmas this year. I cannot think of one Minnesotan who is hoping for more of what we had last year. Seventy-three inches of snow by midwinter.

The Strib’s meteorologist, Paul Douglas, put it in perspective last February:

“If we pick up 10? from this storm we’ll have the unique distinction of living through the second snowiest winter since 1891. Only 1982 had more snow as of now (76?). Take a bow – this is turning into a truly historic winter for snow.”

Of course, I have selfish reasons for wishing this Christmas wish. Don’t you too?

Won’t Dance

I went to a prime dancing event this weekend. The band played for 4 hours and delivered a vast array of polkas, waltzes, big Band-era tunes. Also, the folks attending wouldn’t care a wit if you couldn’t do the chicken dance.

Moonflowers was terribly disappointed by her male companion’s refusal to dance. He has always been up for dancing before. I believe he downed 6 large pints of fine Munich beer. But no, he won’t dance. Hates. Polka.

When I related how I was disappointed with my first husband’s behavior in the same vein. He told me that it was “passive-aggressive” behavior. Funny that he missed my point.

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Redemption

Here is a journey to the dark side and back. The struggle that alcoholics face to maintain sobriety and regain the trust of the world is a tough one.

Joseph Balzer, American Airlines pilot, and author of “Flying Drunk: The True Story of a Northwest Airline Flight, Three Drunk Pilots and One Man’s Fight for Redemption” speaks of his arrest, incarceration, alcoholism and recovery. In 1990, the flight crew of three, flying a Northwest Airlines 727 from Fargo to MSP was caught flying while under the influence of alcohol. Many factors contributed to this error: personalities of the crew, incorrect flight charts and fear of intimidation, as well as intoxication.

Listen to the podcast: Joseph Balzer Interview on World of Aviation
Visit Joseph Balzer’s Website Flying Drunk

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