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Going to the Dogs
In 1894, Rudyard Kipling wrote The Jungle Book in which he wrote of Mowgli (probably my new name), a little boy who was raised by …
Then and Now
As I sit in my trusty electric wheelchair, looking out the window, I am in awe, at my past – as it flashes in front …
Been There, Done That. Took Notes. – Blog 2.0
All of the subjects covered over the last couple of years in my "Been There, Done That. Took Notes." Blog have covered my activities, mostly …
33,900 Days
I was born on March 25, 1929. Since that day, I have awakened 33,900 mornings, including 23 leap year days. Since I am a "morning" …
The Infamous Block E
All of my blogs have related to the years during my professional career in Minneapolis. During these sixty plus years, the physical environment has changed …
Today I am 93 Years Young!
I was born in Eitel Hospital in Loring Park and now I live in the Kenwood – less than a mile away, not far in …
Cedar Riverside
The installation of the Interstate Highway System during the Eisenhower Administration caused major changes in urban areas throughout America; changes to our psyche, our lifestyles, …
Thanksgiving
"A picture of a turkey, not me (Ray) AS a turkey." My instructions for this image from one Ray Harris – Aleah Thanksgiving week has …
Why
Some of the people reading my blogs are asking and often I wonder why I have chosen to take on some of these risky and …
I am a STRULDBRUG
One of my favorite and most memorable books is Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. The book portrays the lives and travails of the Lilliputians, a …
Favorite People
My professional career in Minneapolis began in the late 1950s, almost sixty five years ago. I've been a part of many changes/improvements in Minneapolis – …
Affordable Housing and Rent Control
The need for more affordable housing is one of the top priorities for every community in the United States. Minneapolis is no exception. City officials, …
Another Withdrawal from My Memory Bank
My memories are overflowing my memory bank again. Today I'm going to provide some interesting facts about Minneapolis that only a few of us can …
The Douglas School Site
In the early 70s when Douglas School was demolished, the future use of the site and the effect it would have on the surrounding area …
The Dunwoody Saga
The first development proposal for the 4 and 1/2 acre Dunwoody property in the Lowry Hill neighborhood was submitted to the City of Minneapolis and …
Berger’s Dandelion
The Berger Fountain One day when I returned from a peaceful stroll with my dog, I noticed my phone answering machine (this was before iPhones) …
The Marlboro Man
Smoking and Matchbooks In the distant future when archaeologists explore landfills around Minneapolis, they will undoubtedly uncover some soggy packages containing unused "cancer sticks," (now …
Let’s Go to the Movies!
Before the existence of a fancy TV set or more than one in every home and long before the availability of movie theaters with wide, …
Minne and Me
Some of my recent blogs have prompted comments from several prominent Minneapolitans – about the blogs but mainly about me: From Burt Cohen – publisher …
Better Way – Find It
"There is a better way – Find It" – a well known quote by Thomas Edison. Finding a better way to carry out my assignments, …