Through These Eyes: Monster

A man wearing a surgical mask moves anxiously through a maze of fluorescent lighting and packaged food. He maneuvers quickly and methodically–no time for browsing, for meandering, for thinking. He knows this supermarket. He knows […]

A Word In Edgewise: When Did “Science” Become a Dirty Word?

When I was a kid, “Science” brought to mind wonder–the discovery of new things and the explanation of old mysteries. From the Latin scientia or knowledge, it has roots also in words meaning divide, separate, split. Breaking […]

Skirting the Issues: The Other L Word

The subject at Sunday Buddhism was “calming the mind”—how to handle fears and worries that pop into your brain multiple times a day. The guiding teacher, Tim, opened the floor to questions after his lecture. […]

Books: 458

Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples Roger Streitmatter Beacon Press $26.95 Cultural historian Streitmatter demonstrates, through the lives of fifteen same-sex couples, that gays and lesbians have led not just ordinary, but extraordinary […]

Organization of the Year: An Interview with Richard Carlbom, Campaign Manager of Minnesotans United for All Families

  Andy Lien: Congratulations, Richard.  Lavender Magazine naming Minnesotans United for All Families as Organization of the Year pales in comparison to your victory on Election Day.  How are you feeling, a month after Election […]

Land of 10,000 Stories: An Interview with Stewart Van Cleve

Stewart Van Cleve’s Land of 10,000 Loves: A History of Queer Minnesota offers a distillation of over 100 years of material on the state’s gay background. Van Cleve, former assistant curator of the Jean-Nikolaus Tretter Collection in […]

Music: Best of 2012

I heard a pretty good 2012, with tons of intriguing, enthralling, exciting and entertaining albums issued over the past 12 months. One of my favorite bits of the year is the terrific quality of Twin […]

Slice: Year End Wrap-Up

As the lights dim and twinkle, the snow falls softly on the frozen ground and we gather friends and family to mark the passing of another year. This is the time to cast an eye […]

Holiday Recipe: Parmesan Herb Crackers

Holiday entertaining is already underway and these savory crackers are always delicious as part of your party buffet.   The dough can be made ahead and then baked off as needed.  Include them as as part […]

“Earnest Money:” Repeal DOMA Now!

Some have commented my article “The DFL’s Big Gay Farce” is too dismissive of Minnesota Democrats’ efforts for same-sex marriage.  They argue it is too difficult and politically perilous for the victorious DFL party to […]

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