National Parks and me

I am a “late convert” to visiting National Parks.
Although my first “national Park” is technically the Gateway National Recreational Area in NYC, and I visited several of the historical ones in New York, my National Park experience really dates to my emigration to Minnesota. (Although, funny, as a prelude, one of my courses in College had a textbook of the geology of National Parks, which was an eye opening experience. I got, and lost, a poster map of the Grand Canyon geology from that course).
So, my visits to National Parks:
2005 Teddy Roosevelt National Park
2005 Yellowstone National Park
2005 Grand Teton National Park
2005 Mt. Rushmore National Monument
2005 Badlands National Park
2007 Teddy Roosevelt National Park
2007 Jasper National Park, Canada
2007 Banff National Park, Canada
2007 Yoho National Park, Canada
2007 Waterton Lakes, National Park, Canada
2007 Glacier National Park
At this point, I convinced myself to get myself a DSLR! I was hooked into visiting and photographing National Parks.
2008 Badlands National Park (2nd visit)
2008 Mt. Rushmore National Monument (2nd visit)
2008 Devil’s Tower National Mounment
2008 Jewel Cave National Monument
2008 Wind Cave National Park
2008 Pipestone National Monument
2008 Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
2009 Teddy Roosevelt National Park (2nd visit)
2009 Yellowstone National Park (2nd visit)
2009 Grand Teton National Park (2nd visit)
2009 Glacier National Park (2nd visit)
2013 Arches National Park
2013 Mesa Verde National Park
2013 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
2013 Grand Sand Dunes National Park
2013 Capulin Volcano National Mounument
2013 Florissant Fossil Beds National Mounument
2013 Rocky Mountain National Park
2013 Mt. Rushmore National Monument (3rd visit)
2013 Badlands National Park (3rd visit)
2014 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
…Where will I go next?

St. Urho!

March 16th is the Feast Day of St. Urho, of Finland. An entirely imaginary Saint, Urho is celebrated in Minnesota, mainly in the Finnish town of Finland on the North Shore.
This statue, though is found in Menahga, in the Mississippi headwaters region of the state.
St.Urho Statue

Beware the Ides of March

Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music,
Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.
Beware the ides of March.
What man is that?
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Set him before me; let me see his face.
Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
What say’st thou to me now? speak once again.
Beware the ides of March.
He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.
Sennet. Exeunt all except BRUTUS and CASSIUS
Julius Ceasar, Act I, Scene II

Reaction to “The Problem of Engagement –by Toni Weisskopf

That a respected editor of a major imprint is driven to write this…I don’t know.
I don’t know where things have gone wrong. Is this an acrimony large enough to destroy fandom?
I *do* want us to get along. I want voices respected. I want people respected.
I do NOT want conventions where women are harassed, and the behavior is dismissed as “That’s the way Pikul always is. He’s harmless.”. Not harmless to those he harasses.
I do NOT want authors hijacking the SFWA thread to promote posts that call an entire race “subhuman”. Racism and sexism have no place in my book.
I do NOT want witch hunts on either side.
And yet, sides are drawn. I get banned from commenting at a blog because my beliefs are divergent. Armed camps and bristling anger.
I want to read, and talk to authors, and enjoy genre. That’s what I want.