Traditions are customs handed down through the generations by word of mouth or example. They start in memory or honor of an event, time, and/or person. They enrich our lives by providing meaning and cultural continuity. They divide time … Continued
It has been months since I have posted. I did not consciously set out to take such a long break. However this past season has been a season of reading, listening, observing, learning and processing. It is my intent to … Continued
A New Year’s Resolution is a promise to yourself to do better, to erase bad habits and form good ones. Yet it can be hard to make those changes stick. Why is the decision to change for the better … Continued
It is your personal resources: your health, finances, personality, passion, purpose, energy, values, time, strengths, weaknesses, education, knowledge, skills, talents, experience, possessions, and your expenditures of the same. In short, it is all the elements that make up You, … Continued
Nested along the western shore of the St. Croix River is the historic town of Taylors Falls, MN. First incorporated in 1858, this small city has maintained its historic charm through maintaining historic structures and remodeling or repurposing others. … Continued
History is the sum total of choices and actions that make up the past. A historic record is evidence that is left behind for those in the present and future to read or ignore, interpret, try to understand. Do … Continued
Did you know that a variety of German ethnic groups settled in Russia between the 16th and 19th Centuries at the invitation of the Tzars? Do you know why they immigrated to Russia? Where and how they lived? What precipitated … Continued
May the Gratitude of Thanksgiving make your heart Merry for Christmas. May the Spirit of Christmas bring you Peace and Hope for a Joyful New Year.
In December, many people are feeling generous, wanting to impress, or thinking that they’d really like to surprise that special someone(s). All it takes is a blink of an eye, a swipe of a card, and our finances are over-extended. … Continued
What do you do with a structure that has been part of the landscape for many years; but has outlived its original purpose? With a little creativity, cooperation, and collaboration, you can do a lot. The Steam Plant Grill is … Continued
“Green Restoration: Sustainable Building and Historic Homes” by Aaron Lubeck is a basic book for understanding some of the nuances of older homes and remodeling in an eco-friendly fashion, while staying within historic preservation ordinances and utilizing incentives. Many weatherization … Continued
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