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Feb 26


Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Crossroad_in_winterLast week a snowfall dumped ten inches of snow in our yard, driveway and on our streets. Many mysilentscream readers need no explanation, but allow me to explain for the rest. 1

When snow falls in urban areas, especially when snow falls in large amounts during weekdays, life continues. It may continue at a crawl, but people need to get home from school or work. They take the bus home, commute home, or drive home; they need to get home.

And, last week cars, buses, and trucks did what they do; they transported. They also compacted the freshly-fallen snow.

Jan 15

It’s Time For A Jump-Start

Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Sometimes, I wrote yesterday, when our hearts are exposed we seem like a car in need of a jump-start: cold, (e)motionless and hard as steel.

I asked: How’s your character?

Does Your Character Need A Jump-Start?

Our music affects us.
Does yours lift you up or tear you down?

Our friends’ influence us.
Do your friends build your character or burden your conscience?

Our books teach us
Is  your reading list bad, neutral or helpful? Why settle for bad or neutral?

Our mentors guide us
Do you follow your mentor’s lead or make excuses and postpone progress?

Jan 14

Need A Jump-start?

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

I’m anticipating cold temperature this week. In the Twin Cities this week is the week that historically has the lowest low temperatures.

While I’m driving to work today I realized how cold it really was.


I’m blessed to own a running vehicle.
It’s not always been that way.

Dead in the driveway.
Freezing cold outside.
The wind blowing through my coat.
Howling, as India.Arie sang, “where the wind calls my name.”


My car was cold, hard, motionless steel.


Those words make me cringe: cold, hard, motionless steel.

Apr 12

Trust – Can I Trust That Spring Arrived?

Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

As a Minnesotan springtime involves profound change.  If you’re a Minnesotan you know what I mean.  It’s not just the weather, it’s an entire mindset!

Springtime is my favorite time of the year. I want to believe it’s truly Spring.

There is evidence beyond my feelings and my hope for change.

The calendar says the “First Day of Spring” arrived; according to infoplease on March 20, 2011, at precisely 7:21 P.M. EDT, the Sun crossed directly over the Earth’s equator; the temperature soared above sixty; and the snow is finally gone, BUT for how long I wonder?

Dec 9

Self-Pity Abounds!

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

I love snowboarding.

My favorite time to snowboard is during or just following a snowstorm. Yesterday & today the first snowstorm of the 2009-2010 winter descended upon the Twin Cities.  We have three inches of snow in the driveway with more coming.  The winds carving beautiful etches in the snow.  Drifts and drifting snow  danced through the streets and yards.

I wished that I was snowboarding.

I’ve had wonderful snowboarding buddies over the years.  Miska & I tearing it up.  My dad & I in sub-zero weather.  Wonderful memories snowboarding with Josh & Shannon: laughing, chasing, playing follow the leader, muttering, and challenging one another.