Showing posts from June, 2012

"A Legacy"

This poem, "A Legacy," was written for and first read at the Rice County Votes No! Community Kick-off event on Monday, June 18. The event was organized to bring together local opponents of the proposed amendment to the Minnesota marriage amendment. The amendment was voted down on November 6, 2012.

A Legacy
To my sons
I’ve thought long and hardabout what I can leave you.After all, my greatest treasuresare things I don’t possess:
the bur oak and the pasqueflower,and the prairie grass rising from fire each spring;
the bluebird dissolving into flight;
the clouds and the snow-pleatedwinter fields;
and the river that runs throughthe middle of this town,that unites us more than it divides us.
On the night before I traveled to Athens,I watched the sunsetting behind Manitou Heights
and believed that not even the Acropoliscould be so full of wonders.
I have loved this place like no other,this place which has given us you.
You came from more than one woman and one man—
You came from these people,…

Making Movies

Here's a teaser for my most recent feature story on, about two 2012 Carleton College graduates who are getting ready to spend the next year making a feature-length film. They need your help to make the film. You can become a backer of their project through Kickstarter.

Kaitlin Randolph was writing stories before she started kindergarten in northern Wisconsin. Sam Dunnewold started making films as a seventh grader at Northfield Middle School. Sam was also a member of the last class of Northfield eighth graders to go through their entire middle school career in the building which is now the Weitz Center for Creativity.

Both Kaitlin and Sam ended up at Carleton College, where they majored in Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS). Now the two young filmmakers are preparing to graduate from college and embark on the next stage of their careers: making their first feature-length film.

With several other partners, they’ve created a production company, Lucid Films LLC, an…