Category Archives: Cultural Commentary
The Influence of the Chief Tecumseh Poem
You may recall sometime back we had posted about the Chief Tecumseh poem that we had become aware of from the Act of Valor movie. Well we just recently received a note from an active duty soldier that I had to share with you. Continue reading
Do you have any idea how bad the US debt problem is? Does it matter at all? I had those exact same questions so I set out to do a little research to try to figure this out and satisfy my curious little brain. This paper is the result of that search. Continue reading
Many of the visitors have been asking me if they can buy a print or some kind of wall hanging of the poem to hang on their walls in their home or office. So after many requests I contracted with the design team at OxRun LLC to come up with something that is beautiful and respectful of Chief Tecumseh, the poem and the movie. Continue reading
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filledwith the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weepand pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.Sing your death song and die like a hero going home. Continue reading
Have you ever heard of the concept Graffiti Graveyard? I did a little Google search to see if this was a common name and if there were places like this throughout the country or even throughout the world but all I have not come up with anything. So this must be something peculiar to the City of Duluth Minnesota. Continue reading
Would you agree with me that sometimes sales guys can have a questionable reputation? I do not know, there is just something about some of them that I can not quite put my finger on. Maybe the thing is I sense that I can not really trust some of them. I have many friends and family members that are indeed great people and great sales people so this does not implicate every single sales person but there maybe some generalizing wisdom that might be gleaned from this experience. Maybe hearing some recent conversations among sales men on the train, better known as the light rail, just maybe these conversations will give us some valid reasons for those queasy feelings in out stomach when dealing with some sales people. Continue reading
Why is Forrest Gump such a powerful movie?
My youngest son and I were going to be home all alone for the evening so we wanted to get some movies to watch. Tom Hanks was on the top of the list and both of us had Forrest Gump on our minds. We had been quoting Forrest who was quoting his ever wise mother saying “Life is like a box of Chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” So we were so happy that the movie store had the movie in stock.
Within 5 minutes of the darn movie beginning I was crying like a baby already and through much of the movie I was moved so deeply that my son would be hearing sniffles from me. Even this morning I woke up thinking of the movie and I was moved to tears again. So that raised the question in my mind what in the world is it about that movie that is so darn powerful? What makes the movie so moving to me and a few million other viewers? It the paragraphs that follow I think I have come up with a few ideas of why the movie is so powerful for me and probably for you also. Continue reading
Drug Deal on the Metro Transit Light Rail
So I had an interesting experience this afternoon riding home from work on the lightrail train in Minneapolis. I had left work early enough so that the train was not full of professionals and corporate types, you know like me. There were many lower income people most of whom are great hardworking individuals just trying to eek out a living for themselves and their family.
Mickey’s Diner is a 50′ x 10′ classic Art Deco diner car restaurant in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was prefabricated in New Jersey by the Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1937 serial # 1067, shipped to Saint Paul by rail, and installed downtown just before World War II. It looks much like it did then and is still open 24 hours a day (and according to its employees, non-stop since it started). It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 as the only building of its kind in Minnesota. It is shown in several Hollywood movies, including The Mighty Ducks, Jingle All the Way, and A Prairie Home Companion, where it is featured prominently in the opening and closing scenes.
I get asked the question all the time, what are the best places to photograph in St. Paul. Well of course that depends upon what you are really looking for but the way I understand that question is this way, What are the most popular, iconic, interesting places to photograph in St. Paul that will give me the photographer a good chance at getting a good picture? So that is the question I will answer here in this article. It is interesting to me that so many people think there is no beauty in St. Paul. Well I believe this article will dispense with such crazy thoughts and I will show you all kinds of incredible beauty.