since I switched careers has been to work for a more responsible business someday.
with my career change from day one has been that I help people make products that will end up in the landfill.
has been to take what I have learned with this career change and use it for the better good.
I am not one to advocate for change by shouting loudly and carrying a sign,
I speak quietly and make purposeful decisions with how I live my life and spend my money.
I want to take what I do for a living and help people make things with a moral, environmental, and human conscience that is well designed, purposeful, and thoughtful. And yes, I still want to make money doing it.
winter has set in here in the North. the arrival of over a foot of snow in 24 hours tends to have the feel of instant tundra and as a Minnesotan one fears this is it. no breaks from winter for a very long time. luckily, we had another phenomenal Autumn and no early winter, so at worst we are only looking at less than 3 months of deep, dark, winter. After 6 years it has become easier for me to wrap my head around winter and try to maintain a positive air.
It was an OUTSTANDING Day for a ride. I'm always Thankful for Thanksgiving Day rides, today was no exception. 60 degrees Sunny Calm. Ahhhh...sigh... Perfection! and, true to Minnesota form, 6 hours later it began snowing. so it begins...
When the medicine finally kicked in, I suddenly felt restless and wanted to get out of the Hotel. I wanted to see Shanghai! For once during the trip, I wanted to be able to be a tourist! I wanted to be part of life. This walk was the highlight of my trip.
my home base in Shanghai - and the view during my recuperation
Before I left for China I was just getting over a cold that had never really turned into much, UNTIL I got on the plane to Shanghai. Midway through the 15 hour flight my throat was so sore I could hardly swallow and by the time I landed in Shanghai what I thought was the return of my cold was on full force.
I have just returned from China where I let my eyes and ears take in as much as possible between meetings and dashing to planes, trains, taxis, and cars. In a rare opportunity to explore alone, I went for a walk down the street from my hotel and was transported a world away... This is a short video I took that sums up Shanghai mobility. A confusing and fascinating mix of cars, scooters, bicycles, and pedestrians. It should be noted, this was the only rainy day during my week in China. I even saw blue sky and SUN every day during my Shanghai stay!
My Tuesday Commute - the Mighty Minne My Saturday Ride - the Mighty Miss Deep down I am terrified of what happens when all these leaves fall and when my Sun leaves me. BUT on the surface I am maintaining a happy face and riding my bicycle as much as time allows. Happy Autumn from Minneapolis! Please stay awhile...
Cabs in San Francisco have always made me nervous. The drivers go too fast and are impatient. But I was so happy to see this sticker on the window as soon as I was whisked away from the airport. Right on. I have mentioned before that when I travel I tend to see the world through bicycle colored eyes. Remember NY?
San Francisco day. I already had a big smile on my face after a great breakfast with my girlfriends, and meeting a new friend who was 2 weeks old, plus I was walking the streets of San Francisco and the NorCal Sun was shining down on me~ I wasn't sure my day could get any better, it was already pretty darn great.
I initially thought to myself... really Levi's? I love you and all, but really? Is Levi's Commuter bicycle specific clothing what the world really needs? I see you rock it plenty on the men of Minneapolis on their bicycles. Then I watched this and I thought to myself - ok, I get it, you are still cool, I think I still like you. But really Levi's? Only men's Commuter? Really?
The Art of Louise Bourgeois moves me. I have been enthralled since the first time I saw her works. Really, really, really good art is about being moved, about a feeling, about a certain je ne sais quoi.