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Jan 22 2014

Letterpress Craft Beer Labels Celebrate My City

Have I mentioned how much I love my town? Of all the coolness my friends are doing and making, one of the ones that makes this 100,000-person town feel even bigger* is the amazing city magazine that launched barely a year ago. Recently, I was asked to participate in The Lakelander's special craft beer issue. With rumors (and construction) all abuzz surrounding our fair city's budding craft beer scene, Contributing Editor (and Polk Museum of Art...

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Jan 20 2014

Music Mondays | August and Everything After

I don't recall how it came to me, but I'm glad it did. It was possibly my favorite piece of music journalism ever and it taught me something about myself. It's something I'm still trying to figure out, but an important lesson is unfolding.I don't know @Steven_Hyden from Adam, but somehow he knows me.His Grantland piece from the latter part of 2013 marked the 20th (you've got to be kidding me) anniversary of two markedly...

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Jan 12 2014

Broken is Better

I've always had a fascination with well-loved objects, even if I don't know the people who originally did the loving.I attribute this to having grown up in an entirely disposable culture. It's the same thing that draws me to fountain pens and straight razors and a century-old printing press.In obvious mends, I find evidence of devotion and care, of love and story. Well worn objects are a rarity when most most of our lives are made of...

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Jan 10 2014

Finding a Wedding Venue May Have Just Gotten Easier

If you just got engaged and are looking for a venue, The Hitch might be your new best friend.The Hitch is a website that allows couples to browse venues from a single place. As to be expected , this new digital offering (it's available as a website and an iOS app) is straight eye candy. But The Hitch doesn't stop with eye candy; it has homogenized the information available from each venue and provides a...

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Jan 08 2014

inspiration everywhere | Speick

I find inspiration in a lot of places. My medicine cabinet is one of them.Shaving supplies - those used for wet shaving (with a double-edge, single-edge or straight razor) -  run the range of styles from old-world classic to modern-chic to downright ugly. Somewhere in that range is that tube of shaving cream in the bottom right corner. Speick shaving cream hails from Germany, its scent of sweet lemon, bergamont and the speick plant reminds me of walking into an...

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Jan 07 2014

James Victore’s Reading List

If you're not watching James Victore's Burning Questions videos every Tuesday, you're missing something great!James is a man who does life by his own rules and is an inspiration.Today, James shared what will be my reading list for 2014. I'm familiar with a few of these books (including James' own) and excited to get to know a few of the others.Here's the list, along with the links James provided on Youtube. Below that, I've created...

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Jan 03 2014

a visit from David Lawrence

I've got to think it's been more than a year since I met David Lawrence. It was at John and Lee Anne's house; he was visiting from Seattle.David and his wife Dawn are now our neighbors for a season - a sojourn of sorts - and David stopped by the print shop while I was working on a personal project. He brought his camera along and took some photos that make me look like I...

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Confidence | On Writing What You Know

I'm not a confident person, though you'd be forgiven for thinking that untrue. I'm outgoing, sure, but confidence isn't something I find naturally. I fancy myself a lot of things. A storyteller. An artist. A writer. A musician. But I harbor plenty of doubt as to whether I am really any bit remarkable in any of these.When I was I'm middle school, I was (I kid you not) a competitive writer. It was through a program...

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Be Moved

I often choose not to post on US holidays. I don't want to crowd your stream of information and certainly don't want to use a holiday with deep meaning as a ploy for easy clicks.Please rest assured this is no such thing.While military life has not been a part of my story, I know how deeply it affects those it touches.It is a great tragedy that men and women who have risked themselves (their lives, their...

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