Dear Mother Nature, I’m sorry.

Dear Mother Nature, I’m sorry.

Dear Mother Nature, It’s time to come clean and admit that I have failed. I’m sorry, Mother Nature, you deserve better. We talked about climate change in high school. We saw pictures of smokestacks and smog, of miles-long traffic jams and mountains of trash in landfills. I’m aware. I’m supposed to be a part of an aware generation; we Millenials who are changing everything for the better and undoing the damage of past generations and all that. I mean, I grew up watching Fern Gully. I was scared shitless of the Tim Curry-voiced gas monster that was destroying the pure and beautiful forest and the pure and beautiful fairies who lived there. But I haven’t really done anything about it. You’re sick, and I’ve failed at making you better. I vote for the people and policies I think (hope, pray) will make things better, so I don’t really have to do anything myself. I “like” articles from Mother Jones and my progressive friends on Facebook. I tell people how important the environment is. I’m conscious that climate change exists. I know that the Paris Agreement might actually enact some real change. Or at least I hope so. Reading about it makes me feel better at least. And then I continue on my way. I check email. I go to work. I have lunch. I look at my Instagram to see how many people liked a picture I took of the green leaves turning red and orange for autumn because they’re there and pretty, and even if I know that someday they won’t be I don’t really know what to do except appreciate them today. I...
Confessions of an introverted ex-party girl

Confessions of an introverted ex-party girl

The party life of nightclubs and glamour has an appeal, an allure that promises we’ll never get old. At least that’s how it looked to Sarah, a marketing manager who recently moved to downtown St. Paul. A veteran of the Twin Cities nightlife scene, she shares with us her take on moving from Minneapolis to the capital city, the differences between two, and why you don’t have to go out if you don’t want to. This interview was conducted, recorded, and transcribed on 1/30/2016. This is the first interview.   From party-life to couch-life   What is your ideal Friday night? Man… (Laughs) Movies. And Popcorn. Go out to the movies or stay at home? Stay at home. They’re trying, but nothing is better than my couch. So you’re not big on going out. Depends. I don’t know. Put on your best and hit the town. I did. I mean I will still. I used to all the time. But. (Shrugs) I don’t know. It got to be stressful. What do you mean? Get ready. Find parking. Well honestly we got valet a lot. And we didn’t have to wait in any lines. They knew us downtown. Well they knew my friends and so they knew me. So I don’t know. I would just get exhausted. Party. 2am. Pizza. After-party. And then all of a sudden it was 5am and the sun was rising. (Pause) It got exhausting after a while. So now you watch your movies at home. (Laughs) Yeah. When I can. I mean I’m only 24 I guess I should be getting out more. I should be...
What is “old” anyway? | Minnesotans on aging

What is “old” anyway? | Minnesotans on aging

We’ve talked about the societal stigmas surrounding aging in What’s the point of living if no one wants to f#ck you? and we talked about the disruptors developing tech to make it a better experience in Why eldercare is the most important tech sector. But how do people actually feel about aging? What do people actually think about growing up and growing old? To an a kid in elementary school, college is eons away. To a teen, 30 seems so old. To someone in their 60’s, 30 is just the beginning of life, and they themselves still have so much more of it to live.   So… WTF does old really mean? “I don’t know, like 35?” Cara, 15, says. “When you have a good job and can’t go out anymore.” Ann, 19, thinks for a moment. “When I hit 50,” she says, “I think I’ll start to feel really old.” “72,” Sam, 31, says. “Everyone else is wrong. It’s 72.” So it’s determined only by age? “Of course.” Ahmed, 24, says, “How close you are to death, right? The more years you have lived. It’s that simple.” Apryl, 29, describes it as fluid as per the individual. “The older you get the more it changes to avoid being the old person,” she laughs. “Maybe 55? That’s when everyone around you will call you old.” “And,” she adds, “when you start to get the good deals before death.” Like at Perkins? Where 55 is the starting point for senior discounts? “Yeah I remember my grandpa getting those,” Lisa, 32, says. “It’s crazy to think that I’m over halfway there.” “55?” Jake (who...
Music&Events September 2016

Music&Events September 2016

Fall comes quick and cool and, this year, wet. Although summer doesn’t end officially until September 21, everything after Labor Day more or less feels/smells/tastes like autumn. We’re done with the State Fair, heading back to school, mourning the death of heat or looking forward to sweatshirt weather. There is so much to do in Minnesota, so we compiled a list of the best, most exciting events coming your way. These are sure bets for music local and traveling, parties inside and outside and night and day, and festivals to celebrate Minnesota culture and tradition. To come this September All Access 2016 will be hosted at The Venue on September 10. The event supports reproductive rights and justice for women, with a focus on access to abortion services.  Music includes DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Villa Rose, ZuluZuluu, Lioness and more. Before you head to The Venue, Fiesta Latina will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at the Clues Center in St. Paul. Expect plenty of food, music, art, and history at this colorful celebration. The 10th of September is certainly a busy day, as the Selby Ave JazzFest is also going on, as well as the Prof Outdoors After Party, hosted by Prof himself. Any Minnesota models who think they’re mag-worthy can head to Southdale Center for the W Magazine Model Search (everyone knows Minnesotans are the finest). Reunited Ween will be in the Capitol City on September 15th to bring their particular brand of rock to the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. St. Paul will host Oktoberfest at Rice Park this year (this is especially necessary, as it’s the first anniversary of the Glockenspiel’s, and thus Glocktoberfest’s, closing)...