Soiree ’22 (Part 2)

August 9

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. ~ Carl Sagan

He was observed wandering the premises. It was not clear as to whether there was any point to this. He is generally considered to be rather harmless. He has never been reported as being dangerous unless you consider a PBS tote bag full of milkweek pods to have weapon potential. He ultimately slunk away under the cover of darkness . . .

You’re only as good as your last haircut. ~ Fran Lebowitz

We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance. ~ Japanese Proverb

[We then turned that portion of the evening for pledges and auction items. Rush Benson, whose wife Renee Guittar (red dress) led off the dance sequences in Part 1, played a similar role at last year’s soiree . . . ]

In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge. ~ Bob Dylan

The way to become rich is to put all your eggs in one basket and then watch that basket. ~ Andrew Carnegie

[Glen Fladeboe of Fladeboe Companies was once again the auctioneer host . . . ]

Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference. ~ Kathy Calvin

The most effective way to do it, is to do it. ~ Amelia Earhart

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it. ~ Robin Williams

Do a loony goony dance cross the kitchen floor, put something silly in the world that ain’t been there before. ~ Shel Silverstein

[Puck . . . ]

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ~ Plato

You miss 100% of the chances you don’t take. ~ Wayne Gretzky

[A long time friend of TLHD expressed her appreciation for the theatre . . . ]

If all the economists were laid end to end, they’d never reach a conclusion. ~ George Bernard Shaw

If you call yourself Save the Whales, every once in a while you have to save a whale. ~ Tom Ahern

If music be the food of love, play on. ~ William Shakespeare

If you can dream it, you can do it. ~ Walt Disney

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~ Aldous Huxley

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

When I dance, people think I’m looking for my keys. ~ Ray Romano

No one dances sober, unless he is insane. ~ Cicero

[Ruthie finally chased down Rush . . . ]

Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. ~ Bill Nye

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ~ Bob Marley

[If we were Table No. 2, this must have been Table No. 1?]

Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. ~ J.D. Salinger

Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go. ~ Oscar Wilde

We’ll meet again, Don’t know where, don’t know when, But I know we’ll meet again, Some sunny day. ~ Vera Lynn

[Thor presided over the stage . . . ]

I’ll see you in another life. When we are both cats. ~ Tom Cruise

[Ceremonies completed, it’s time for the parting glass . . . ]

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. ~ Margaret Mead

[New board member Brian Nelson discusses things theatrical with the aforementioned Mr. Berg . . . ]

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. ~ Elizabeth Andrew

[See the photo at the bottom . . . ]

Volunteers will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no volunteers. ~ Ken Wyman

So long, and thanks for all the fish! ~ Douglas Adams

[The parting shot . . . ]

I look up so much to those movies, ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun.’ I think that stuff is so funny. I grew up just loving all that stuff and sort of idolizing Leslie Nielsen. ~ Ron Huebel

Say good night, Ruthie (a Leslie Nielsen fan)! [Photo credit for this and the one at the beginning to Janet Baker, the ultimate volunteer.]

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. ~ Dr. Seuss

Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

It is so hard to leave until you leave and then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world. ~ John Green

Up Next: Camp . . .

Soiree ’22 (Part 1)

August 11

This is the belated report of Theatre L’Homme Dieu’s annual fundraiser, par-tay, and general celebration of barn quilts and ring baloney. The Super and I had to leave for summer camp that very weekend, which delayed reporting at the time and will delay the reporting on said camp. In keeping with the traditions of Alexandria summers, we had wonderful weather for the evening and a good time was had by all . . .

Theatre L’Homme Dieu (TLHD) has a rich history of presenting theatre to the Alexandria Lakes Area. Founded in 1961, TLHD is the oldest operating summer stock theatre in MN. Formerly partnered with SCSU, we have been operating independently as a presenting theatre since 2009. That means that we don’t produce community shows, rather we present professional theatre on our stage. 

TLHD audiences are comprised of permanent residents, seasonal residents, tourists, and guests of the Alexandria area. TLHD’s campus is a former resort that was converted into a theatre campus with housing for 38, a lodge with an industrial kitchen, and a 272-seat proscenium theatre. The campus sits on 22 acres of wooded land, with access to Lake L’Homme Dieu.” []

July 27

The old with the old, the young with the young, the hostess by the tea table, on which there were exactly the same cakes in a silver basket as the Panins had at their soiree – everything was exactly the same as with everyone else. ~ Leo Tolstoy

I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things, and I have succeeded fairly well. ~ Robert Benchley

[Early arrivers checked in at the patio, a hint of excitement was in the air . . . ]

How devastated I am to say that I will not be present at your petite soiree on June 10th. Unfortunately, the exceptionally weak drinks you ordinarily serve at these occasions are not sufficient to dull my senses to your boyfriend’s futile efforts to grope me in the hallway. ~ A.C. Kemp

I never said most of the things I said. ~ Yogi Berra

[The Supervisor checks in while I pretend to be cub reporting . . . ]

[As I recall the dress code for the event was “resort elegant,” here elegantly displayed by Dave, the theatre’s CFO, and Karin Berg . . . ]

Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with that it’s compounding a felony. ~ Robert Benchley

[Dave pours a bit of bubbly for Jim, theatre board president, and Jan Pence, while Paul Trumm acts as a witness . . . ]

[Cassie was the professional photographer while I dabbled around the edges. She is known to regular diners and music aficionados at the Garden Bar . . . ]

All people from small islands dance funny. ~ A. A. Gill

[Known patrons of the arts arrive . . . ]

God damn it, you’ve got to be kind. ~ Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

[Also known as Tom and Jeanne Mulder . . . ]

If God wanted us to bend over he’d put diamonds on the floor. ~ Joan Rivers

[Let the mingling begin . . . ]

Humor has to surprise us; otherwise, it isn’t funny. It’s a death knell for a writer to be labeled a humorist because then it’s not a surprise anymore. ~ Garrison Keillor

[The vast expense of greenery looking to the campus entrance from the theatre building – landscaping is a continuing work in progress . . . ]

A room is like a stage. If you see it without lighting, it can be the coldest place in the world. ~ Paul Lynde


I was the class podiatrist. I never made it to class clown. I wasn’t funny enough. I would examine feet and prescribe and ointment. It was a sad childhood. ~ Gilbert Gottfried

[The old lodge . . . ]

It just seems to me that there’s no particular reason comedy albums should be dead. There’s a lot to laugh at. We have very funny people, still. ~ Eric Idle

[Even more patrons of the arts: Marianne and Tim Moe . . . ]

I have no agenda except to be funny. Neither I or the writers profess to offer any worldly wisdom. ~ Julia Louis-Dreyfus

[Thank you Sidney Imsande and Jenna Nowak, we could not have pulled this off without you. Therefore, this Bud’s for you!]

[The entertainment begins. The performers from The Class of ’85, the theatre’s play at the time, put on a terrific display of dance for us . . . ]

It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than to watch it accumulate. ~ Gloria Steinem

[And away we go . . . ]

From the first time I saw Sid Caesar be funny I knew that’s what I had to do. ~ Billy Crystal

There is something about sex that always brings out the funny in me. I think it’s because we make such fools of ourselves over it. ~ Rita Moreno

It’s simple, if it jiggles, it’s fat. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

I grew up in a time when women didn’t really do comedy. You had to be homely, overweight, an old maid, all that. You had to play a stereotype, because very attractive women were not supposed to be funny – because it’s powerful; it’s a threat. ~ Lily Tomlin

The ‘Billionaire’ song is what my kids tease me with. They sing it to me. It’s funny. ~ Bill Gates

The Show . . .

And this is my table! ~ The Supervisor

Certainly there are things in life that money can’t buy, but it’s very funny – Did you ever try buying them without money? ~ Ogden Nash

I don’t know who the hell Paul Lynde is, or why he’s funny, and I prefer it to be a mystery to me. ~ Paul Lynde

[And this was our table. It appears the executive director (see the following photos) was pouring our wine . . . ]

To me, the funniest American of the Twentieth Century is Richard Nixon because he had the most to hide, and he was so bad at hiding it. To me, that’s what’s really funny – people who think they’re doing a great job of hiding stuff, and it just keeps leaking out. ~ Harry Shearer

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. ~ Robin Williams

[Taking the stage, i.e., time to raise money, is Nicole Mulder, the theatre’s executive director, and Katie Eiser, theatre board vice president with the lead role for this event . . . ]

Richard Pryor introduced me to the world of the inner city, and the urban world, and did it hysterically. My favorite comedian, even though we work 180 degrees differently, but funny is funny is funny. ~ Bob Newhart

Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving. ~ Hank Rosso 

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. ~ Booker T. Washington

[Thank you Nicole and Katie . . . ]

I think forever is an incorrect concept,” I answered. He smirked. “You’re an incorrect concept.”
“I know. That’s why I’m being taken out of the rotation”. ~
John Green

Once you get past funny, my other qualities are so below average. It’s not like I’m handy. ~ Seth Meyers

Up Next: Part 2 . . .

Back in Action III *

July 25

* OK, I think I’ve worn out this theme . . .

I’ve always wanted to smash a guitar over someone’s head. You just can’t do that with a piano. ~ Elton John

And OK again, I didn’t take this photo. NASA did. I need a grabber for Facebook postings . . .

July 17

Playing guitar is a never-finished journey. ~ John Fogerty

[The most usual of the usual suspects . . . ]

[Assembled at Jack’s Pub at Carlos Creek Winery . . . ]

[To see and hear Anthony Miltich . . . ]

If you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play!… ~ Eddie Van Halen.

I grew up in a world that told girls they couldn’t play rock ‘n’ roll. ~ Joan Jett.

I’m just a guitarist in a kick-ass rock and roll band. What more could I ask for? ~ Eddie Van Halen

If you really love guitar, you’re going to spend every waking hour stroking the thing. ~ Frank Zappa

July 19

Don’t use your brain to play it, let your feelings guide your fingers. ~ Jimi Hendrix

[Then it was on to the Tuesday Night Club at the Garden Bar on Tuesday . . . ]

[It was a full house for the boys . . . ]

Everyone has their own sound, and if you’re heard enough, folks will come to recognize it... ~ Chet Atkins

The guitar is a small orchestra…Every string is a different color, a different voice. ~ Andres Segovia

I would advise you to keep your overhead down; avoid a major drug habit; play everyday and take it in front of other people… ~ James Taylor

[My medium rare, 6 oz. filet mignon with smoked guoda mashed potatoes with corn succotash was more than tasty . . . ]

Melvin D. Lamar, age 91, of Alexandria, MN died on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at the Sauk Centre Nursing Home.  A Celebration of Melvin’s life will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 11 AM at the Vie Church in Alexandria. A visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.

[Mel was a local legend and guitar tutor to many. He often played with the guys of Tuesday Night Club . . . ]

[I thought this a great shot of Mel posted by Terry Kennedy . . . ]

July 22

No heron is an island . . .

But for their cries, The herons would be lost Amidst the morning snow. ~ Chiyo Ni

Memory in these incomparable streets, in mosaics of pain and sweetness, was clear to me now, a unity at last. I remembered small and unimportant things from the past: . . . blue herons on the marshes . . . ~ Pat Conroy

There was an infinity of greens, rendered all the greener by splashes of red hibiscus and the herons floating past, so white and big it seemed as if sheets hung out to dry had suddenly taken wing. ~ Geoff Dyer

July 23

Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there. ~ Prince

I like Hollywood. I just like Minneapolis a little bit better. ~ Prince

I like constructive criticism from smart people. ~ Prince

[Jerome Newsom reprised the role of Morris Day performing The Bird from the movie Purple Rain (canned photo). We “ran into” him in the theatre parking lot. The Super wondered how he got such a great spot. I reminded that her was a member of the band, an assumption on my part . . . ]

My hair is capable of doing a lot of different things. ~ Prince

[Killroy was there . . . ]

[Killroy has problems shooting behind because he has to tilt his head far back to focus through his bifocals . . . ]

When I first started out in this music industry, I was most concerned with freedom. Freedom to produce, freedom to play all the instruments on my records, freedom to say anything I wanted to. ~ Prince

People say I’m wearing heels because I’m short. I wear heels because the women like ’em. ~ Prince

I learned from Jimi Hendrix. They all wanted him to do the tricks, and at the end of his career, he just wanted to play. I lived longer than he did, and I can see how those pressures can really play with your head. ~ Prince

[Our view from seats E1 and E2 . . . ]

I don’t want anyone to fail, so if you can make money off music even though you can’t sing or dance, that’s genius. ~ Prince

[Part of the regulars of the regular crowd . . . ]

I don’t talk to old people; they try to find ways to stay static. Young folks are the ones with the ideas and constantly moving forward. ~ Prince

You ever get that feeling that you just have too many hits? ~ Prince

[TLHD’s executive director Nicole Mulder greets the attending masses . . . ]

Each audience is different. ~ Prince

[Chase & Ovation take the stage (well, actually this is at the end during the wrap up and encore (Purple Rain) when the entire audience felt comfortable taking photos) . . . ]

I’ve always understood the two to be intertwined: sexuality and spirituality. That never changed. ~ Prince

Well, my musicians are my friends. ~ Prince

[The guitar player on the far right is Alexandria’s own Spencer Bradley Christensen. His Alex background was oft noted during the performance. The Super and I went to his high school graduation party. He then matriculated to McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. And he recently turned 30 . . . ]

[Brian “Snowman” Powers on saxophone . . . ]

I like to open people’s eyes. ~ Prince

At one time, MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. ~ Prince

My bankers are very happy with me. ~ Prince

[Chase noted that at the time, VH1 polled its listeners and When Dove Cry was voted the No. 1 dance song. I don’t dance, but When Doves Cry is my favorite Prince song . . . ]

YouTube is the hippest network, and they abuse copyright right and left. ~ Prince

[And a well-deserved standing ovation . . . ]

[Say good night folks (a 2 1/2 hour show) . . . ]

Good night!

July 25

This morning. 61 degrees. Victoria Heights. Alexandria, MN. Where Ozzie and Harriet lived on every corner. Perfect.

This is where I grew up (well, got larger). Playing ball, fishing unabashedly from other people’s docks, and otherwide enjoying the life of Ozzie and Harriet . . .

I didn’t grow up in a mom-and-pop, Ozzie and Harriet type of environment, but who did. ~ Lucinda Williams (Well, me.)

 We lived a lovely, middle-class, suburban life in Philadelphia. And I really thought that the TV programs of the ’50s, like ‘Father Knows Best’ and ‘The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet’ Nelson were documentaries filmed with hidden cameras in our neighborhood. ~ Richard Corliss

 Man, y’all make the Addams family look like Ozzie and Harriet. ~ Tami Hoag

Well, when I was growing up it was Ozzie and Harriet on TV – nobody’s parents were like that. ~ Liza Minnelli (Well, mine.)

I really wasn’t too interested in writing “Father Knows Best” and “Ozzie And Harriet.” I thought they were pleasant enough, but it wasn’t really what I wanted to do. ~ Garry Marshall

Those rosy memories we all share are actually memories from our favorite TV shows. We’ve confused our own childhoods with episodes of “Ozzie and Harriet,” “Father Knows Best,” and “The Brady Bunch.” In real life, Ozzie had a very visible mistress for years, Bud and Kitten on “Father Knows Best” grew up to become major druggies, and Mom on “The Brady Bunch” dated her fifteen-year-old fictional son. ~ Cynthia Heimel

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is a TV program that first aired in 1952 on American Broadcasting Company. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet ended in 1966. (

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was on for 14 seasons and 435 episodes. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is created by Ozzie Nelson. (

[Just looking for a strong finish . . . ]

A night none of us will soon forget💜

A BIG THANK YOU to the community of Alexandria, and to the gracious hosts of a MOST beautiful Theatre L’Homme Dieu who helped us welcome a *SOLD OUT* crowd to this Central MN gem of a Performing Arts Center. 🙏🏼..

Such a special night we all had this weekend coming together in Celebration of LOVE.. LIFE.. AND THE MUSIC OF *PRINCE!*.. ☔️

The energy in this room and the love shared with one another is everything we could have hoped for during our visit with our neighbors to the North..

We’ll certainly be back to see you all again..

BIG Love☝🏼💜🙌🏼

~C&O~ (As posted on Facebook)

Up Next: In the immortal words of The Gong Show host, Chuck Barris, more stuff . . .

Back in Action II

July 13

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawnmower is broken. ~ James Dent

Summer activities in the greater Alexandria metropolitan statistical area once again set a trend leaving the solo participant to struggle in the dust trying to keep pace . . .

Heat and cold alike last only till the equinox. ~ Japanese Proverb

July 6

Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun. ~ Brian Wilson

[On scenic drive County Road 42 on the way to Theatre L’Homme Dieu . . . ]

[Passing Rotary Beach on Lake Le Homme Dieu . . . ]

[Turning east on County Road 120 to the theatre . . . ]

It’s summer and time for wandering… ~ Kellie Elmore

[Arriving at the destination . . . ]

A beautiful evening celebrating the music of Bread featuring Wayne Anthony and these tremendous musicians. And another sold out show at TLHD! Thank you everyone! (TLHD Facebook)

[TLHD Facebook photo . . . ]

[Driving entry into the campus . . . ]

[Enjoying the patio and a beverage prior to the concert . . . ]

[Fans also come by bus . . . ]

It was always the view of my parents…that hot weather encouraged loose morals among young people. ~ Ian Mcewan

[The theatre’s executive director, Nicole Mulder, greets a table of attendees . . . ]

[The Bread performers . . . ]

[If memory serves, the stage . . . ]

[Nicole offers greetings and introductions . . . ]

[Wrapping up another enjoyable evening at the theatre . . . ]

[Now it’s time to go home and go to bed . . . ]

[Kudos to Wayne and the band!]

July 9

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me. ~ Anna Quindlen (one of my all-time favorite columnists)

[Elsa Lee was back at Carlos Creek Winery. Woo-Woo!]

Vacation is that time when you wish you had something to do while doing nothing. ~ Frank Tyger

Life’s short. Eat dessert first, work less and vacation MORE!! ~ Lea Mishell

July is a blind date with summer. ~ Hal Borland

[America’s sweethearts were there . . . ]

Girls in their summer clothes . . . ~ Bruce Springsteen

And we’ll have fun, fun, fun . . . ~ Beach Boys

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. ~ Porgy and Bess

[A panorama view of the winery campus . . . ]

It’s a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do. ~ Walter Winchell

July 10

Reminder, the Alexandria Golf Club clubhouse is open to the public for fine dining. This morning the Super and I enjoyed a dearth of customers but with a plethora of ambience! ~ Me

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. ~ John Gunther 

Large, naked, raw carrots are acceptable as food only to those who live in hutches eagerly awaiting Easter. ~ Fran Lebowitz

Summer bachelors like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be. ~ Nora Ephron

[The clubhouse grounds in its summer splendor . . . ]

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if not has not dined well. ~ Virginia Woolf

July 12

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. ~ Regina Brett

[The city’s flower baskets in Big Ole Park, where the Fat Boys begin their daily saunters . . . ]

But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun. ~ The Beatles

During summer vacation, you get to do all your favorite things; cook hot dogs over a campfire (while being eaten alive by mosquitoes). ~ Bruce Lansky

It’s opening night! We are excited to share this show with people in the lakes area! Wondering if you’d like it? If you like musicals or don’t like musicals you probably will. If you like Shakespeare or not, you probably will. This is a laugh out loud show, with humor that may leave you wondering “did they really just say that?” We’re ready to rock the renaissance! Happy opening to the Cast, Crew, and Staff! (Minnetonka Theatre)

Minnetonka Theatre is recognized as one of the premier high school programs in the Midwest.  It is our mission to prepare our cast and crews to be creative and critical thinkers, successful scholars and advocates for the arts.

Today, under the direction of Artistic Director Trent Boyum, our theater plays an integral role in our student’s well-rounded education and we know how valuable the arts are as they develop a better understanding of the human condition. We take pride in presenting a season of plays and musicals of wide-ranging genres that challenge and excite our students, and after months of preparation and rehearsals, we bring them to you – our supportive audiences (

And when people talk about a cast of thousands, this is what they’re talking about . . .


Reagan Aleman (Bea) – Reagan is delighted to be a part of Theatre L’Homme Dieu’s Something Rotten this summer! She will be a senior at Minnetonka High School this fall and enjoys being a part of the theatre community. Reagan began performing in 4th grade and fell in love with acting after being cast in her first ever musical, Clear Spring Elementary’s production of Oklahoma! Jr. Since then, Reagan has been involved in several Minnetonka Theatre productions, the most recent being Mamma Mia! this past spring. In her spare time, she loves spending time with friends and family, watching movies and enjoying the lovely summer weather while it lasts! Reagan would like to thank her parents and friends for all their support and encouragement. Additionally, she would like to thank the Minnetonka Theatre Staff and Theatre L’Homme Dieu for this incredible opportunity. She is truly grateful to be involved in reviving this musical for a new audience! Reagan is still finalizing her plans for after high school but has an interest in studying biological science. However, she knows that she wants to make theatre a part of her life when in college! She hopes you enjoy the show! 

Spencer Ammon (Spot Light Operator) – Spencer is going off to Colorado State University in the fall, continuing his theatre career out there and hoping to become a lighting designer. He says, “Theatre has always been a large part of my life because I’ve been exposed to it forever with my mom and sister being theatre majors in college. So, to me, theatre is family and brings us all closer together.” 

Alex Armstrong (Light Board Operator) – Alex just finished his first year at the University of Alaska Fairbanks pursuing a degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He plans to return in the fall and continue to pursue his degree in hopes of getting a job in the aerospace or automotive industries. In addition to working on Something Rotten this summer, Alex has decided to pursue his love of airplanes and is now working at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport as a ramp agent. 

John Armstrong (Tech Crew) – John says, “Theater is this place I go to just do something I enjoy with people I enjoy. It’s hard, annoying, and we don’t really get recognized or rewarded, but we do it anyway because we enjoy doing it.” 

Zhou Benson (Ensemble) – Zhou is a recent graduate from Minnetonka high school. She is beyond thrilled to be returning to Theatre L’Homme Dieu to reprise Minnetonka’s production of Something Rotten. This show brought Zhou so much laughter and joy and she hopes it will do the same for the audience! In the challenging times of the pandemic, she found it especially refreshing to do such a ridiculously humorous show that brought a smile to audiences’ faces. Zhou would like to thank everyone who has supported her through all her endeavors. 

Izzy Bloom (Tech Crew) – Izzy is excited to keep making memories, as well as gaining life experience and wisdom through theater. 

Sam Boime (Ensemble) – Sam is a 2021 MHS graduate who plans to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth in the fall. Sam says, “I’ve been involved in theatre since I was in third grade and have made some great friends along the way, and I’m very happy to be able to share this experience with some of those friends. Something Rotten was one of the highlights of my senior year and I’m thrilled to get to do it again.” 

Ella Bricker (Stage Manager) – Ella is a senior at Minnetonka High School and has been involved in theatre for three years. 

Kate Brown (Costumes, Hair & Makeup) – Kate has been a part of the costume crew all throughout high school and has been involved in theatre since elementary school. She’s so excited to experience one last show with the cast and crew, especially one as funny and upbeat as Something Rotten. This fall she will be attending the University of Wisconsin Madison to study Journalism. 

Marcus Carlson (Assistant Stage Manager, Spot Light Operator) – Marcus is a rising senior and has been involved with theater for as long as he can remember. Marcus says, “I love my theater family and feel incredibly lucky to get to spend time putting on great shows!” 

Alex Colmenares (Brother Jeremiah) – Alex says, “Theatre to me is a way to express my love of roleplay and acting. I don’t have many means in my normal life to act. So, theatre is a great way to get into character and just have fun with it.” 

Jenna DeJong (Sound Board Operator) – Jenna will be a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire this fall. She is on the Pre-Med track with ambitions to become a doctor. Some of Jenna’s fondest memories involve her time at Minnetonka Theatre, especially her stay in Alexandria for Bright Star in 2019, her time behind the sound board, and most importantly the friends she made in the theatre. A special thanks to her mentors Nathan Humason, Jeff Geisler, and Matthew Kudas for helping her even when she asked stupid questions. This will be Jenna’s 19th show with Minnetonka. She is excited to be back at Theatre L’Homme Dieu rejoining her Minnetonka Theatre family one more time. 

Andrew Denhardt (Ensemble) – Andrew plans to attend college and pursue acting. He says, “Theatre gives me a sense of community. I have been acting since 5th grade and the people I have met become my favorite people. It feels like I am a part of a big family which allows me to express myself and be a part of something. I cannot imagine who I would be without theatre. It brings me joy to be a part of a show!!!! I am excited to be a part of Something Rotten. It was an experience to perform it live outside, and now we all have a chance to perform it inside! I would like to take a moment and thank my family (parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins) and friends for supporting me through my acting career.” 

Joe Douglass (Tech Crew) – Joe has been doing crew since 6th grade and says, “These years in theater have proven to be central to my journey of self-discovery and growing up. Theater is a place to find confidence and passion, even for someone like me, who is never actually on stage. These experiences are truly magical, and Something Rotten is one of the most fun shows that I’ve had the opportunity to work on. I’m so excited to have the chance to help bring it back here this summer!” 

Jason Elyea-Wheeler (William Shakespeare) – Return to Theatre L’Homme Dieu? Thou surely doth jest. Perform Something Rotten again, with the cast that is best. A bard in training, Jason Elyea-Wheeler may be. To play William Shakespeare again what other honor shall he need? A Hamline University student, Tonka alumni with pride. He won’t stop performing until you are all mesmerized. 

Stanley Gagner (Sound Effects Operator) – Stanley is excited to finally get to do Something Rotten in a real theater where we can have full control over the sound, the lights … and the AC. Thank you to all the Theater L’Homme Dieu staff for accommodating such a large cast and crew, and to the Minnetonka staff for striving to give opportunities like this to students. In the fall Stanley will be attending Fordham University at the Lincoln Center campus. 

Molly Geldert (Ensemble) – Molly is so excited for the opportunity to be able to perform this show for a second time! She says, “Something Rotten is like no other show that I have been in, and it is simply so funny and entertaining to watch, making it all the more fun to be a part of. Theatre is such an amazing and collaborative activity, and I am so grateful that I have been able to work with such incredible directors, actors, crew, and friends with Minnetonka Theatre. I will never forget the wonderful experiences that I have had here!” 

Hailey Guptail (Minstrel, Dancer, Ensemble) – Hailey is so excited to get to do Something Rotten again!! She says, “It is one of my all-time favorite shows I’ve done and I’m so grateful that I get to perform it again for new audiences! I’m going to be a senior this fall and am excited to be a part of the directive team for the Students Arts Showcase at MHS this August. Lastly, I want to thank my parents for always supporting my theatre ambitions, I love you!” 

Joe Harris (Nigel Bottom) – Joe was singing before he could form words, so it only makes sense that he would join Minnetonka Theatre at an early age. His first role was as Buckwheat in Our Gang Follies of 1938 in 4th grade, and he has performed on stage in 24 productions since then. He also served as a Student Advisor for Broadway, Here I Come! and composed and performed the original score for Subject to Change. Joe is excited to return to the role of Nigel Bottom and share this show with TLHD audiences. He will attend the University of Oregon in the fall to study Psychology. 

Bjorn Johnson (Student Director) – Bjorn is happy to have been participating in theatre productions with his friends since elementary school. His favorite part of student directing is watching the show come together from a different perspective as to how he usually sees them come together as part of the cast. He’s excited for people to see the show, as the entire cast and crew of Something Rotten have put together something really special! 

Ruby-Mae Karason (Dancer, Ensemble) – Ruby says, “To me, theatre means working with a family of cast, crew, directors, and audience to apprise a message through performance and empathy. My favorite part of theatre is being able to have the freedom and support to explore many different mediums with the same outcome, whether it’s acting, set crew, or directing. Even though each role has a different goal and duty, the overall outcome is the show.” 

Max Kedrowski (Run Crew) – Max has worked on crew for 20 shows with Minnetonka Theatre, and Something Rotten is one of his favorites. Max is excited to be back at Theatre L’Homme Dieu for the second time. 

Chase Kickhaefer (Ensemble) – Chase is an incoming junior at MHS and loves performing. She says, “Being involved in theatre at Minnetonka has been an experience that I am incredibly grateful for. Something Rotten was my first spring show at the high school and first show on school property. Originally performing this show in the parking lot created some of the happiest memories and strongest friendships. I am so excited to get to do it all over again!” 

Jason Kizilos (Bottom Brothers’ Troupe, Dancer, Ensemble) – Jason says, “This coming fall, I am going into my sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin Stout for Psychology. My plan is to become an adolescent therapist. We are performing Something Rotten in the beautiful lake region of Alexandria, and I’m looking forward to spending time on the lakes and catching up with friends I haven’t had the opportunity to see during the school year. I’d like to thank my close friend Gabe Smerillo for his support and friendship since kindergarten.” 

Truman Klein (Nostradamus) – Truman is a 2021 MHS graduate and currently attends the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a focus in History and Spanish. Theater has always played a very large role in his life, and it will remain as a great passion of his going into the future. Truman would like to thank his loving parents and his close group of friends for constantly inspiring him and supporting him through thick and thin. 

Olivia Kronzer (Assistant Stage Manager) – A 2022 MHS graduate, Olivia has been on crew since her freshman year. She says, “Theatre to me is all about the community and I’m so happy to be doing Something Rotten again with a great group of people. In the fall I plan on going to the University of Minnesota and majoring in environmental science.” 

Lily Krueger (Costumes, Hair & Makeup) – Lily says, “I love Something Rotten because it’s a show you can’t explain to another person. It’s such a pleasure to be on the crew for this show again with my favorite people.” 

Elliot Lee-O’Halloran (Bottom Brothers’ Troupe, Dancer, Ensemble) – Elliot will be a junior at Minnetonka High School this fall and is delighted to be able to perform Something Rotten again! Theatre has always had a big impact on his life ever since he was 6 years old, and he hopes to continue it after high school. Elliot would like to thank the artistic team for giving him the opportunity to perform this fun and comedic show again, as well as his parents for supporting him over the years! 

Greta Lindberg (Portia) – Greta says, “I am so excited to be back with the Minnetonka Theatre community to perform my senior show for a second time! I am an incoming sophomore at St. Olaf College, and I have the incredible opportunity of studying Theatre in London next year. I would like to thank my family, as well as the Minnetonka Theatre staff, for consistently supporting and motivating me during my time with Minnetonka Theatre. It has truly been a blessing.” 

Wilson Lindberg (Bottom Brothers’ Troupe, Dancer, Ensemble) – Wilson says, “Theatre has always held a special place in my heart and a lot of that space is taken up by the people I’ve made connections with. What I really love is that Something Rotten is a show that takes you out of your reality and allows you to have the most fun you could possibly have on stage!” 

Jennifer Xinyi Liu (Ensemble) – Jennifer says, “Something Rotten is one of my favorites among all the shows I have done! I would like to give thanks to the directors for making the show so funny and delicate. Also, thanks to the talented cast and crew for creating the loving and welcoming atmosphere that made the production even more fun! I will continue to pursue music when I go to college next year!” 

Aaliyah Lowry-Luther (Dancer, Ensemble) – Aaliyah says, “I am so excited to perform Something Rotten at Theatre L’Homme Dieu. I’m thrilled to perform in one last show for Minnetonka Theatre before I head off to college. Minnetonka Theatre has allowed me to meet some amazing people and make some lasting friendships. I’ve made many memories that I’ll cherish forever so thank you for everything.” 

Savannah Lowry-Luther (Costumes, Hair & Makeup) – Savannah has been involved in Minnetonka Theatre since the 5th grade when she was in the ensemble of Oklahoma Jr. She has gone on to help in 11 shows as part of the costume and set crews for the high school. Savannah is excited to revisit Something Rotten this summer and spend time with friends before going off to North Carolina in the fall to attend Meredith College where she will be majoring in Fashion Design and minoring in Business. 

Emma Lee Macosko (Ensemble) – Emma Lee has been performing with Minnetonka Theatre since she began in The Scarlet Pimpernel. She is thrilled to be able to work with such a great community again for her Theatre L’Homme Dieu debut of Something Rotten. Emma Lee has loved getting to perform so many incredible shows with such amazing casts and crews. She would like to thank her family for encouraging her love of musical theatre and keeping her on stage. Emma Lee will be attending DePaul University this fall. 

Silver Oakman (Tech Crew) – Silver says, “Theatre has caused me to grow as a person and I am thankful for it. Over the year I’ve done it at MHS, I’ve made a lot of friends and gained new skills. It’s also inspired me to continue in the future, and I hope to do it as a career.” 

Henry Olig (Bottom Brothers’ Troupe, Ensemble) – Henry attends the University of Minnesota studying Computer Science. He is super excited to perform Something Rotten again because it is a show where he got closer to a lot of amazing people. Henry would like to thank all the cast and crew involved in putting on such a fun show. 

Sara Pender (Ensemble) – A recent graduate of Minnetonka High School, Sara plans to go to Australia to study International Relations at The University of Sydney. She has loved participating in theatre throughout high school and hopes to continue into college. To finish off the year, she is very excited to reintroduce Something Rotten back to the stage with this wonderful cast and crew. 

Max Perdu (Shylock, Ensemble) – Max says, “Whenever I’m not in rehearsal for a theatre production, my life doesn’t feel complete. I’m so grateful for the opportunities Minnetonka Theatre provides me. Something Rotten is the perfect lighthearted show for a good pick-me-up. I love it, I love it, I love it!” 

Sean Peterson (Ensemble) – Sean says, “My biggest hobby is the performing arts! I love all aspects of theatre and I hope to minor in some sort of theatre practice in college. Theatre to me means having the courage to be yourself but also someone else at the same time onstage. If you can achieve both, you are a rock star!” 

Tessa Ramsden (Lady Clapham, Ensemble) – Tessa just completed her freshman year at the University of Iowa, where she is majoring in Creative Writing and Chinese. She is so happy to be back with her Minnetonka Theatre family for the summer! Tessa would like to thank her parents and sister for always being her biggest supporters. Fun fact: her favorite song in Something Rotten is ‘God I Hate Shakespeare!’ 

Alli Richter (Tech Crew) – Alli says, “I first got involved in theatre at Minnetonka Middle School East and enjoy working behind the scenes with the cast and crew. For the future, I plan on continuing with the crew and can’t wait to see what performances they have planned. There are so many people I’d like to thank for helping me with theatre, but I just want everyone that I’ve worked with to know I am grateful for their guidance, support and encouragement.” 

Luke Rowen (Master of the Justice, Ensemble) – Luke says, “I’ve performed in Minnetonka Theatre productions for 3 years, and before that at the Breck School. My passions excluding theatre are hiking and math. My favorite role I’ve played is Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity and I am looking forward to being in Something Rotten!” 

Jocelyn Saint-Louis (Run Crew) – Jocelyn is at MHS and has done 11 shows with Minnetonka Theatre. 

Olivia Salmi (Ensemble) – Olivia has been involved in musical theatre since third grade. She has primarily acted on the stage but has also worked as a part of the crew behind the scenes. Her favorite part of being in theatre is the community it creates, and the incredible productions a team can create working together. Next year, Olivia plans to attend St. Olaf College to further her education. 

Ella Schindel (Dancer, Ensemble) – Ella is planning on going to Western Washington University in the fall. She says, “Theatre has been a great home for me in the past 3 years. I have met so many amazing people and I’m gonna miss them so much next year. I’m so excited to have this opportunity to perform this show again for you all, I hope you enjoy it!” 

Adam Schulenberg (Bottom Brothers’ Troupe, Dancer, Ensemble) – Adam has been doing theatre since 4th grade, so it definitely made its mark on his childhood. Next year he will be heading off to the University of Oregon to study Cinema. Adam would like to thank the many people he met along the way for creating an experience he’ll never forget. 

Jack Schuster (Bottom Brothers’ Troupe, Ensemble) – Jack says, “Something Rotten is such a positive memory in a hard time, and it was an amazing end to my high school career! I’m now going to the University of Minnesota Duluth for Mechanical Engineering and spending most of the time I should be studying outdoors. Music and laughter are so important to daily living and this show has a lot of both!” 

Hannah Seeman (Minstrel, Dancer, Ensemble) – Hannah recently graduated from Minnetonka High School and plans to attend Hofstra University this fall where she will major in Television Productions and Studies. While she is currently an actor, she plans to pursue directing in college. Hannah has been doing theatre since she was five years old at multiple theatres around Minneapolis. She was in Bright Star at TLHD and is so excited to be back!!! She wants to thank her dad, mom, and sister Clare for continuing to support her through her theatrical journey! 

Chloe Stromberg (Ensemble) – Chloe has performed in various Minnetonka High School and Minnetonka Community Theatre productions. She also has enjoyed performing in other local community theatre shows. Theatre has always been an outlet to escape from reality and be able to both understand and portray a perspective different from your own through storytelling. She has thoroughly enjoyed performing in Something Rotten as it tells a beautiful story of staying true to yourself regardless of others’ opinions. Chloe would like to thank Minnetonka Theatre staff as well as Theatre L’Homme Dieu staff for providing us with this opportunity to bring to life this heartfelt story. 

Kat Tran (Costumes, Hair & Makeup) – Kat says, “To me, theatre means connecting with people you wouldn’t normally get the chance to. Whether that means interacting with people outside your grade and daily group of friends at school, or working with people within the community, both older and younger, that you wouldn’t typically have the opportunity to, everyone is able to come together to create something they’re proud of and all had a part in making happen.” 

Nate Turcotte (Nick Bottom) – Nate is thrilled to be back on the L’Homme Dieu stage with Minnetonka Theatre. A 2021 graduate of Minnetonka High School, he has spent the last year studying Acting and Computer Science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he will be returning in the fall. He would like to thank the artistic teams at Minnetonka High School and Theatre L’Homme Dieu for the opportunity to perform this show again, and he can’t wait to see what the future holds! 

Ella Van Engen (Minstrel, Ensemble) – Ella says, “I am so happy to be back on stage with Minnetonka Theatre, and very excited to be back at Theatre L’Homme Dieu since our run of Bright Star. I’m currently double majoring in Art and Psychology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, but I would like to thank Minnetonka Theatre and Theatre L’Homme Dieu for giving all of us Minnetonka High School graduates a chance to come back to the stage to do what we love.” 

Jazmin Westlind (Props) – Jazmin says, “Theatre has been a passion of mine since elementary school, it is a way for me to not only meet new people but to also express my artistic creativity in many different ways. I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of the cast and crew for previous productions which have really made me appreciate the hard work and dedication put into both positions. I would like to thank all the staff and students of Minnetonka Theatre that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I can’t wait to create even more incredible memories with the Minnetonka Theatre community in future productions. 

Jane Williams (Minstrel, Dancer, Ensemble) – Jane has been acting in shows with Minnetonka Theatre since fourth grade. Among her favorite productions were Evita, Bright Star, Something Rotten, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Circle Mirror Transformation. She had the great joy of performing in Bright Star at Theatre L’ Homme Dieu in the summer of 2019 and is so happy to return for Something Rotten. She wants to thank the TLHD staff and the Alexandria theatergoers for their welcoming and warmth.

[It’s nice to be serenaded while sipping wine on the patio prior to the show . . . ]

Thirty ways to shape up for summer. Number one: eat less. Number two: exercise more. Number three: what was I talking about again? I’m so hungry. ~ Maria Bamford

I like swimming in a sun shirt. People always look at me like I fell in the pool. ~ Jim Gaffigan

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~ Russell Baker

[The venue, the stage, where the excitement soon began . . . ]

[The full house was in rapture from beginning to end . . . ]

July 13

If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed. ~ Unknown

[Thanks be to Jim Hafdal for giving us a pontoon ride around beautiful Lake Darling on a beautiful day . . . ]

[The Super settled in for a two-hour tour . . . ]

[Ye olde homestead . . . ]

[Our old master bedroom deck . . . ]

[Arrowwood in full summer bluster . . . ]

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… ~ Susan Polis Schutz

Sun is shining. Weather is sweet. Make you wanna move your dancing feet. ~ Bob Marley

She had that whiskey sipping skinny dipping smile. ~ Atticus

Yo, Crazy Dave!

Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains. ~ Diane Ackerman

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Up Next: Something exciting (at least to me) . . .


July 11

Golf is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well. ~ P.G. Wodehouse.

I’ve been losing too many of my old golf buddies lately. But Gordy gave it a helluva run, didn’t he. I’m not sure if he kept track or not, but we know he shot his age or better probably hundreds of times. I remember one of the last times I played with him (and I gave it up seven years when I could no longer play it as a recognizable sport), he eagled hole No. 12, a par 5. I think he was about 125 yards out and knocked his 3rd shot into the hole with a hybrid. Keep on swinging, Gordy!

Relax? How can anybody relax and play golf? You have to grip the club, don’t you? ~ Ben Hogan

[Gordy Anderson, at age 100, teed off in the 100th Resorters Golf Tournament at the Alexandria Golf Club on August 3, 2021. Gordy received some national notoriety for this event . . . ]

In Hollywood, we have some of the richest unemployed people in the world. They have sun tans. Some of them have chauffeurs in Rolls-Royces waiting outside. They have their golf clubs ready in the car. There is no law that says you cannot play golf while being unemployed. ~ Allan Sherman

Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an ever smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose. ~ Winston S. Churchill

[Gordy, with Warren and Martin, a Senior Men’s team of players over 90 on June 12, 2012 . . . ]

I am past writing angst songs for kids. My angst is when I can’t get my Porsche roof up and when I can’t get my golf handicap down. ~ Alice Cooper

[Gordy with a Senior Men’s League team of players over 85 on September 25, 2012 . . . ]

The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf – it’s almost a law. ~ H. G. Wells

[Ruthie and Gordy celebrating the 100th birthday of the Alexandria Golf Club on July 17, 2015 . . . ]

A major golf tournament is 40,000 sadists watching 144 masochists. ~ Thomas Boswell

[Ruthie hopped a ride with the honorary centenarian of the 100th Resorters Golf Tournament on August 2, 2021 . . . ]

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one – particularly if he plays golf, which he usually does. ~ Bertrand Russell.

[The sign says it all . . . ]

A great deal of unnecessarily bad golf is played in this world. ~ Harry Vardon

[Gordy having a chat with Joe Korkowski for the Voice of Alexandria . . . ]

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air. ~ Jack Benny

[Gordy and Gloria at The Don Carlson Memorial Senior Soiree, Steak Fry, and Putting Contest, Alexandria Golf Club, August 31, 2010 . . . ]

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it’s open to anybody who owns hideous clothing. ~ Dave Berry

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. ~ Bryan White

But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown. ~ Carl Sagan

Up Next: I’m not sure, but as I was finishing this, we got word that an old family friend, also 101 years of age, died last night. Rest in peace, Merill Kiehne . . .

Back in Action

July 6

I’m trying to elevate small talk to medium talk. ~ Larry David

The Super and I had been away to college for 10 days. Upon returning home, we were ready to get in the swing of things again. I awoke with a dry cough, which I thought nothing of. Nevertheless, the Super dragged out the COVID test kits. Mine was positive, hers negative (until a couple days letter). Back into the protocols for another 10 days. Neither one of us ever felt sick or in anyway incapacitated. We both had had all four of the Pfizer shots. Protocols complete, we were ready to rock and roll again. We missed plenty but were fortunate the first play of the season at Theatre L’Homme Dieu, Glensheen, was scheduled for a two-week run. Those on the early “shifts” reported back to us:

You were missed last night. Glensheen was one of the best things I’ve ever seen at TLD! Full house! And the patio is wonderful! ~ Mary Pohl

Thought the play was fantastic with perhaps one of the strongest casts of any play I’d seen there.  Not one weak link.  Had to listen carefully because some of the best lines little more than “asides.”  ~ Jim Pohl

Full house and fantastic! ~ Tom Mulder

June 30


Elisabeth Congdon and Velma Pietila were murdered at Glensheen
mansion in 1977.
By Christa Lawler ( Star Tribune
JUNE 26, 2022 — 3:25PM

DULUTH — Monday marks 45 years since an elderly heiress from one of the region’s
most high-profile families and a retired night nurse who was working a pick-up shift
were found slain in the Congdon mansion — a story that remains one of the city’s most
buzzed about murders.
On June 27, 1977, Elisabeth Congdon — at 83, the last living child of Northern Minnesota
mining magnate Chester Congdon and his wife, Clara — was found smothered in her bed
in the family’s 39-room Jacobean mansion on the shore of Lake Superior. Nurse Velma
Pietila, 66, who had recently retired but was subbing for a former colleague, was found
on the staircase — beaten to death with a candlestick.

[The Super enters the theatre, stage right . . . ]

The energy of live theater is indescribable. You are just in the moment for an hour and a half. ~ Adrianne Palicki

I want to do stage again, because there just aren’t words for how great it is. People say that all the time, ‘There’s nothing like live theater, blah blah,’ but it’s really true. I see a show and I know how they feel, and it feels great. ~ Anna Kendrick

[A terrific set to replicate the Duluth mansion . . . ]

Unlike film, live theater is an anti-naturalistic medium in which character is mainly illuminated through speech and movement. ~ Terry Teachout

[The theatre audience begins to wander in. For two weeks “Glensheen” all but sold out every performance as forecast by our executive director. It was every bit as terrific as all the reviews claimed . . . ]

July 1

Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache. ~ Mae West

[A beautiful morning – the babies could hardly wait for Mom to let them go outside to play . . . ]

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. ~ Lily Tomlin

I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ’em later. ~ Mitch Hedberg

Every time something pops in my head, I think twice about it and I do it anyway. ~ Gilbert Gottfried

[A country that does not know its past (even in the form of a novel from 36 years ago) is doomed to repeat it . . . ]

[Thunder, lightning, very very frightening . . . ]

Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man – there’s your diamond in the rough. ~ Larry David

[And yes it was a beautiful day. Late in the afternoon the Super decided we needed to go on a road trip in the convertible. We passed the Lowry water tower mid-route . . . ]

[After Lowry comes Starbuck . . . ]

[With all thirteen hundred of its citizens . . . ]

[Driving through Starbuck one passes by the West Coast of Lake Minnewaska, flush with boaters and bathers . . . ]

[And the Waters Edge, where the Boys of ’65 have dined . . . ]

I’m not for everyone. I’m barely for me. ~ Marc Maron

[Arriving at our destination on the south side of Lake Minnewaska. To avoid construction detours, the trip was 36 miles from home . . . ]

[Rolling Forks Vineyards . . . ]

[The from our table on the patio looking north across three fields of grape vines and Lake Minnewaska . . . ]

Peel me a grape . . .

[From their own Marquette grapes – Carlos Creek Winery 25 miles north of here couldn’t sustain Marquette grapes any longer because it’s too cold. I guess 25 miles can make a difference . . . ]

[Why yes, ‘The Joe’ pizza was just fine . . . ]

[Lake Minnewaska, through a telephoto lens . . . ]

[To me, there seemed to be a dearth of boats on the lake. The Super thought maybe everybody was preparing for the holiday weekend . . . ]

[Kind of a walk out peninsula for a better view . . . ]

[On the way back home . . . ]

[One mile down the hill to the shores of Lake Minnewaska . . . ]

[‘Natural Preservation’ is good . . . ]

[Minnewaska is a BIG lake. ‘Minnewaska’ in Ojibway means “less real estate taxes than Alexandria” . . . ]

[I didn’t realize at the time of the photo, another shot of the Lowry water tower, that a pteradactyl was flying overhead . . . ]

[So, if you thought Starbuck was small . . . ]

June 2

Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers. ~ Matt Groening

[The first concert of the season at Theatre L’Homme Dieu – Quinn Sullivan . . . ]

[The regular (and irregular) crowd shuffles in . . . ]

[From the band’s POV . . . ]

[The couple sitting behind us. They were kind enough to advise me that I spilled my wine . . . ]

[With apologies to the theatre’s executive director, Nicole Mulder, my camera, on its own, decided to focus on the people standing behind her because they had better lighting . . . ]

[And here’s Quinn with his band . . . ]

Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away. ~ Benjamin Franklin

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.There is another theory which states that this has already happened. ~ Douglas Adams

I would like to die on Mars. Just not on impact. ~ Elon Musk

Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times. ~ Helen Rowland

[Quinn is 23 and has been performing since the age of 6 . . . ]

[Our next door neighbors . . . ]

[Got up to cut the asphalt . . . ]

[I commended their impersonations of Fred and Ginger . . . ]

Facebook just sounds like a drag, in my day seeing pictures of peoples vacations was considered a punishment. ~ Betty White

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. ~ Mark Twain

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby. ~ Natalie Wood

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory. ~ Paul Fix

[Putting the wraps on this puppy . . . ]

[After the show I, as a person of lots of age, had to thank Quinn personally for playing a song I could recognize in . . . three notes – “Dear Prudence”! You can find a video of him performing that song on YouTube. He’s an amazing guitar player . . . ]

[A standing ovation from the assembled masses . . . ]

You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: it wasn’t that long ago we were swept away by the Macarena. ~ Jon Stewart

I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theatre is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture. ~ Laurence Olivier

[This is Sidney, operations manager for the theatre, which consists of the theatre, an old main lodge and four cottages, and 22 acres. Hang in there, Sidney!]

[My phone camera was fighting me the night of Glensheen. The new patio was full of happy customers that night. Well, at least this a view of our beautiful outdoor setting . . . ]

[The concert is over – it was quite a performance . . . ]

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family. ~ Jerry Seinfeld

Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television. ~ David Letterman

[The concession stand from which one can enjoy an adult beverage on the patio pre- and post-performance . . . ]

[My chauffeur impatiently awaits completion of my cub reporter duties . . . ]

[Passing a crowded Zorbaz on the way home. The Lure was similarly overflowing . . . ]

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb cholesterol if you take it from another person’s plate. ~ Dave Barry

July 3

Folks, I don’t trust children. They’re here to replace us. ~ Stephen Colbert

[An afternoon at Carlos Creek Winery with the Cropdusters . . . ]

[They’re from Fargo and accordingly close personal friends with one of our favorite groups, Tucker’d Out . . . ]

The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life. ~ Oscar Wilde

[I heard the keyboard player was 19. That’s really young, right?]

According to a new survey, 90% of men say their lover is also their best friend. Which is really kind of disturbing when you consider man’s best friend is his dog. ~ Jay Leno

The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius. ~ Sid Caesar

Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded. ~ Yogi Berra

July 5

If your parents never had children, chances are… neither will you. ~ Dick Cavett

[A new feature at Gathered Oaks . . . ]

[The night was for Josie, who announced she was getting married on the weekend. They grow up so fast! And she’ll be heading into her second year of medical school . . . ]

Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know. ~ Daniel J. Boorstin

[The Gathered Oaks property as seen from the patio with Lake Charlie in the background . . . ]

All men are equal before fish. ~ Herbert Hoover

I’m in shape. Round is a shape. ~ George Carlin

[The Bergs got us (I was just trying to get my camera to work) . . . ]

[So, we got them back . . . ]

May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. ~ George Carlin

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. ~ Isaac Asimov

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it. ~ Laurence J. Peter

[Enroute to a new CD of original songs some time this summer. May I suggest you check out her “Season of Not Knowing” on YouTube . . . ]

[Gathered Oaks has received national media coverage for its uniqueness. New, upscale rooms inside repurposed old grain bins; generous views and natural light make these rooms so special! 8 separate hotel-style rooms, each offering: queen bed, bathroom + shower, television,1 comes as a suite that also offers a small kitchenette and seating area (from their website) . . . ]

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left. ~ Oscar Levant

[Where the Super parked her VW convertible, outside Bulter bin 2 . . . ]

I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that! ~ Tom Lehrer

[The Bergs are leaving as well after a loverly evening . . . ]

[Until next time . . . ]

I don’t really believe that all theater needs to be filmed – for some things, the special part of live theater is that it exists and then it’s gone. ~ Marielle Heller

I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. ~ Oscar Wilde

Up Next: Likely similar stuff . . .

College, Day 8

June 28

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph. ~ Marvin Phillips

And so it ended. No pomp and circumstance, no diploma, no overdue library books. One morning class, one breakfast, hit the road . . .

Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible. And I mean that literally. I hurt my knee this week on the treadmill, and it wasn’t even on. ~ Amy Poehler

Graduation photo . . .

June 17

The first day of school is always a fashion show. The rest of the school year? A pajama party. ~ Unknown

[My last class, on 17th century Dutch paintings with Esther Ham. This was a class you can’t get just anywhere . . . ]

[She was very Dutch, with the accent to boot . . . ]

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. ~ Albert Einstein

[This was cool. Professor Ham showed examples from three 17th century Dutch artists, and then displayed a fourth to see if we could name the artist, one of the first three. I won, I won, an all expenses paid trip to Alumni Hall for breakfast . . . ]

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~ Lily Tomlin

If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything. ~ Marty Mcfly [Editor’s note: I tried a Vulcan mind meld. It didn’t work.]

[It’s not pronounced “Hooch.” It’s pronounced like a cough sounds (her description, as I recall) . . . ]

[The Friday morning breakfast farewell . . . ]

I guess I’m sated? ~ Super

You can never be overdressed or overeducated. ~ Oscar Wilde

[After the morning breakfast farewell, we drove back to Nashville to spend the night with Rita before the next early morning getaway to home . . . ]

[The Grand Carillon on campus . . . ]

[The famous Brown County State Park in the beautiful “mountains” of Brown County . . . ]

[The 18-mile trip from Bloomington back to Nashville on State Road 46 . . . ]

[Very scenic, but you’d better be paying attention . . . ]

Not all those who wander are lost. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

[Coming into Nashville . . . ]

[A tourist destination artist community . . . ]

[We beat the tourists . . . ]

[Oh, here they are as we hit the main intersection . . . ]

[The Brown County Art Gallery marks the turn to Rita’s house . . . ]

[Arrived at Rita’s in early afternoon. Reetz was excited to discover her road was paved while we were gone . . . ]

[The front of ye olde log home – we presented the back on the first day. Rita has lived here since before the Pilgrims landed . . . ]

June 18 – Home Again

[Home after a 12-hour, 791.6 miles drive from Nashville, Indiana, with another college diploma in hand (OK – not!). A big thanks to Jami for watching the babies all week (though she snuck off last night before I could get a photo of her). The babies got along great with her but were happy to have nap time again with Mom. That was our first trip in 2 1/2 years. Have to get started on the months of afterwards catching up now . . . ]

June 19

[The babies helped us unpack . . . ]

[It’s always nice to have household staff . . . ]


We all learn by experience but some of us have to go to summer school. ~ Peter De Vries

[A few more photos from the Super . . . ]

[Gwyn Richards, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean Emeritus,
Professor of Music (Choral Conducting)]

[He lead the tour of the Musical Arts Center . . . ]

[Sang an opera piece by Mozart for us. Got a standing ovation. Don’t remember his name.]

[And now some samples from our 2017 class by Ann Schertz, the attending professional photographer who took photos again this year . . . ]

[The Super really likes this photo (must be the model?) . . . ]

[And this is the photo I took of Ms. Schertz as she was shooting the above photo . . . ]

[The princess and prince of Fort Wayne . . . ]

[My (green shirt) class on finances, as I recall . . . ]

[Fine dining with the same group we had this year . . . ]

[I think it must have been a departing shot . . . ]

You have to stay in school. You have to. You have to go to college. You have to get your degree. Because that’s the one thing people can’t take away from you is your education. And it is worth the investment. ~ Michelle Obama

I took the speed reading course and read ‘War and Peace’ in twenty minutes. It’s about Russia. ~ Woody Allen

What’s another word for thesaurus? ~ Steven Wright

Up Next: Summer . . .

College, Days 6 & 7

June 28

The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education. ~ John Updike

Most schools have a loud system of loud bells, which startle the students and teachers at regular intervals and remind them that time is passing even more slowly than it seems. ~ Lemony Snicket

June 15

The 2022 class photo . . .

[Lest you’re interested, I’m in the 2nd row, non-red shirt, with the Supervisor next to me and Reetz in the front row slightly to the left of the Super . . . ]

High school isn’t a very important place. When you’re going you think it’s a big deal, but when it’s over nobody really thinks it was great unless they’re beered up. ~ Stephen King

[First class of the day, a light little ditty on eugenics and CRISPR. As you will recall from a previous class, IU’s first president, David Jordan, lost his campus naming rights because he was a eugenicist . . . ]

[Steve Vigdor, professor emeritus physics, led the discussion on CRISPR. Our nonfiction book club read “The Code Breaker” this spring, so I was able to follow it with a 3rd-graders degree of comprehension . . . ]

An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting than sex. ~ Edgar Wallace

[While Tim Londegan, professor emeritus theoretical physics, led the discussion on eugenics. I don’t recall how two physics professors knew about these subjects, but they were excellent . . . ]

[This is Ann Schertz, the professional photographer for this week long event . . . ]

[She’s trying to get all we students in place for the photo at the top of this page . . . ]

I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers. ~ Woody Allen

[This was the class I was least excited about it. It was nice to be surprised . . . ]

[It was a big class so the others were obviously excited about it . . . ]

My father wanted me to have all the educational opportunities he never had, so he sent me to a girls school. ~ Jack Herbert

But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret. ~ Ronald Reagan

[The nitty gritty of classes . . . ]

When the well is dry, we know the worth of water. ~ Benjamin Franklin

[Jeff White, professor emeritus of environment science, spent many years studying this phenomenon in Greenland . . . ]

[And here we have it . . . ]

A restaurant is a fantasy—a kind of living fantasy in which diners are the most important members of the cast. ~ Warner LeRoy

[Fortunately dinner with some old friends saved the rest of the day. This was at Janko’s Little Zagreb in downtown Bloomington which specializes in large portions of MEAT. We all found it quite satisfying though I opted for the salmon . . . ]

[You can see a bowl of meatballs in the center of the table – ordered for all by the locals. As ye olde commercial used to say, they were some spicey meatballs!

In a restaurant, choose a table near a waiter. ~ Jewish Proverb

[Oh, and Jennifer got the shrimp, so our end of the table went seafood . . . ]

[Super got a 4-pound steak . . . ]

[I always wanted to have a dinner date with a co-ed . . . ]

I never eat in a restaurant that’s over a hundred feet off the ground and won’t stand still. ~ Calvin Trillin

[The far end of our side of the table . . . ]

[A chance to fine dine with Katie, a young lady we’ve known through her close personal relationship with Reetz since she was a little girl. Katie is now a junior at IU in environmental studies, as I recall . . . ]

[Jeff and Jennifer, like Vickie and Scott, are from Fort Wayne. We first met them at Mini-U in 2017 . . . ]

[Rick and Mary, longtime Bloomington residents, set up this gig. First met them, like Vickie and Scott, many years ago at IU’s Camp Brosius in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Their daughter and son-in-law live in Minneapolis, and Rick and Mary recently bought their “retirement” cabin near Ely . . . ]

June 16

No wonder the teacher knows so much; she has the book. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

Our class on this morning couldn’t have been more topical . . .

[And this was quite a prelude to what SCOTUS has been doing to us this week . . . ]

[I remember taking this class from Professor Cate five years ago . . . ]

[When it comes to SCOTUS, she knows whereof she speaks . . . ]

Does college pay? They do if you are a good open-field runner. ~ Will Rogers

[Amazing, only the EPA case has yet to be decided, and the court is 0 for 3 so far!]

[This a Super photo somewhere on campus. I wonder if it ever had a moat?]

[This photo (sneakily by the Super) reminded me that back in the day, IU did not have a mortuary science program (likely still not?). I knew that then because we had friends in the dorm from Indiana who were at the U of M for its mortuary science degree, one of four universities in the country that offered such a degree . . . ]

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated. ~ G.B. Trudeau

[Next we students trod off across campus ISO the Musical Arts Center (MAC) . . . ]

[Both the temperature and dew point were approaching 100. To the best of my knowledge, we didn’t lose any students enroute . . . ]

[Alexander Calder’s Peau Rouge Indiana outside the MAC . . . ]

Gwyn Richards, David Henry Jacobs Bicentennial Dean Emeritus, Professor of Music (Choral Conducting), was our host . . . ]

The Musical Arts Center (MAC) seats 1,460 patrons and features advanced acoustical design and technical capabilities, making it one of the grandest performance venues in the United States. Regularly compared to [2nd only to] the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the main stage is 90 feet wide by 60 feet deep. The backstage area occupies more than half the building and provides a state-of-the art theater space for technical work (

[Different angle on the Calder . . . ]

[I took a whole bunch of photos here: Discover the heights and depths of this wondrous facility as you wander through its costume, paint, and carpentry shops; dressing rooms; rehearsal rooms; and recording studio. Explore what few get to see with your guides Gwyn Richards, Tim Stebbins, and Tom Wieligman (Mini University Directory) . . . ]

[Of local interest, the son of Theatre L’Homme Dieu’s executive director recently graduated from this school . . . ]

The freshmen bring a little knowledge in and the seniors take none out, so it accumulates through the years. ~ A. Lawrence Lowell

I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing. ~ Gloria Steinem

You can lead a boy to college but you can’t make him think. ~ Elbert Hubbard

Do not be afraid to ask for help. Nobody gets through college on their own. ~ Michelle Obama

A college education should equip one to entertain three things: a friend, an idea and oneself. ~ Thomas Ehrlich

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car. But if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

When they hand you your diploma, keep moving. Just in case they try to take it back. ~ Unknown

I could have said something profound, but you would have forgotten it in 15 minutes – which is the afterlife of a graduation speech. ~ Art Buchwald

My dear terrified graduates, you are about to enter the most uncertain and thrilling period of your lives. ~ Lin-Manuel Miranda

You are graduating from college. That means that this is the first day of the last day of your life. No, that’s wrong. This is the last day of the first day of school. Nope, that’s worse. This is a day. ~ Andy Samberg

At graduation you get to wear a cap and gown, but it’s a good idea to also wear something underneath it. ~ Greg Tamblyn

If anyone needs me, I’ll be reading. Please don’t need me. ~ Unknown

[The sign on the wall as one exits the costume department . . . ]

Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. ~ Groucho Marx

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. ~ Sir Francis Bacon

[An opera solo for our departing pleasure . . . ]

[The Super got a close up of the soloist (in the last post), but we can’t remember his name. He received a standing ovation . . . ]

Everyone has a right to a university degree in America, even if it’s in Hamburger Technology. ~ Clive James

[A little word play with the professor . . . ]

[I had Professor Hamburger for a class in 2017. I was impressed, thus the reason for taking this class. At that time, he was part of a six person scientific team (as an expert on earthquakes) under the Obama administration that traveled the world offering their expertise where requested. The program was ended under the Trump administration . . . ]

[While his class was very informative, I wish I would have opted for “A History of Hell.” It was the one time period in the entire week where I was conflicted as to which class to take . . . ]

[Our old “friends”, the Shindells, patrons of the Art Guild . . . ]

[This was the last supper, Thursday night, in Alumni Hall . . . ]

[a/k/a, the Faculty Reception (dress was business casual) . . . ]

Colleges are like old age homes, except for the fact that more people die in colleges. ~ Bob Dylan

If hard work is the key to success, most people would rather pick the lock. ~ Claude McDonald

[I somehow manage to catch the attention of the professional photographer . . . ]

[Is there enough mustard to cover this ham?]

[And then one of favorite professors, James Madison, stopped by our table . . . ]

Professor Madison, I think I just stepped on a Hoosier?

[But we settled in for a team photo . . . ]

[And with Vick and Scott as well . . . ]

80 percent of the final exam will be based on the one lecture you missed and the one book you didn’t read. ~ Unknown

[And then the best is always saved for last . . . ]

[“Protecting Our Democracy: How Well Does American Politics Do That?” with Marjorie Hershey]

[Marjorie Hershey, Political Science professor emeritus, Indiana University, should video her lecture and demand it be played on all major media networks. She beautifully distilled how election fraud (enough to change results) is impossible. And she got good laugh from all when she said that those who think there was election fraud are “batshit” crazy. Then she told us not to tell her grandchildren she said that . . . ]

Apparently, reading during lunch and ignoring others is considered ‘rude’. ~ Unknown

This is the sixth book I’ve written, which isn’t bad for a guy who’s only read two. ~ George Burns

Up Next: The last day of college . . .

College, Days 4 & 5

June 20

Youth is to wander! Adult is to act! Age is to assimilate the beauty of thoughts. ~ Debasish Mridha

There were approximately 450 students in this year’s class. There were 74 classes available in these desciplines: The Arts; Business, Computing, and Technology; Domestic Issues; Education, Health, and Human Development; Humanities; International Affairs; and Science. From Monday through Thursday, we had one class each morning and two classes each afternoon, with an evening class on Tuesday and Thursday, and a morning class on Friday. You sign up on-line for the classes you want, just like your college days . . .

Today, 8 million adult Americans, more than the entire population of Michigan, have not finished 5 years of school. Nearly 20 million have not finished 8 years of school. Nearly 54 million – more than one-quarter of all America – have not even finished high school. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

[This year’s professional photos are not yet available. But here we are with the graduating class of 2017 – I’m in the back row, far right; The Biddies are in the front row, far right . . . ]

[Where our classes were held – and yes, just like high school, we had to pick up and change rooms after each class . . . ]

[Where our classes were, part 2]

June 13

The sentiments of an adult are compounded of a kernal of instinct surrounded by a vast husk of education. ~ Bertrand Russell

[The first day of classes day began with an opening convocation in Alumni Hall . . . ]

An adult friend of Lincoln’s: Life was to him a school. ~ Doris Kearns Goodwin

[Here we are convocating . . . ]

[Jumping into the learning process. My first class was great fun. And Professor Weinberg was quite knowledgable and entertaining . . . ]

[I wanna get his book. Creationists are anti-evolution on a morality basis: it’s against the Bible, it’s bad science, it’s the root of all evil (why yes, I did take notes) . . . ]

[Then another superstar professor for my next class . . . ]

[Slavery was very profitable and was the largest system of forced labor in the history of the world. Great replacement theory isn’t new – it began in 1923. The KKK was essentially dead by 1930. The confederate flag became the white supremacist flag long after the Civil War . . . ]

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. ~ Albert Einstein

[I told Professor Madison I didn’t understand the white supremacy argument when 9 out of 10 people on this planet are people of color. He gave a wry smile and shrugged . . . ]

[Now even more fun with Caty Pilachowski . . . ]

[The universe is 68.3% dark energy, 26.8% dark matter, and 5% ordinary matter. The James Webb telescope is in the L2 orbit (one of 5 Lagrange Points) a million miles from Earth.  “L2 is ideal for astronomy because a spacecraft is close enough to readily communicate with Earth, can keep Sun, Earth and Moon behind the spacecraft for solar power and (with appropriate shielding) provides a clear view of deep space for our telescopes” (

[Mauna Kea is the best land based site for telescopes. The first stars formed 560 million years after the Big Bang. Bloomington will experience a solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 – order your porta potty now!]

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. ~ Andy McIntyre

[That evening, a taste of Mini U in Alumni Hall . . . ]

The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has – I’m not kidding. ~ J.D. Salinger

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. ~ Will Durant

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~ John R. Wooden

[Senior citizens letting their hair (if available) down . . . ]

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. ~ Ben Franklin

[The outdoor temperature was a “feels like” over 100. What a nice time to gather round the fire . . . ]

A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall. ~ Vince Lombardi

Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated. ~ Lou Holtz

It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class. ~ Bear Bryant

The Biddies at the Biddle . . .

June 14

One of the greatest gifts adults can give – to their offspring and to their society – is to read to children. ~ Carl Sagan

He who opens a school door, closes a prison. ~ Victor Hugo

The Arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important. ~ Elliot W. Eisner

[This was our only ZOOM class, which was fine on a large screen. P. David Polly on National Monuments in Utah: Dinosuars, Science, and Politics. Grand Staircase – Escalante (established by Pres. Clinton) and Bears Ears (established by Pres. Obama) were both significantly downsized by Pres. Trump but then restored by Pres. Biden. Both are important research centers for paleontology. I suggested they were probably brought to Trump’s attention by Orrin Hatch, who hated all the federal lands in Utah. The professor would neither deny nor confirm my postulation . . . ]

[The Minneapolis StarTribune had a major story on these two national monuments in today’s paper (June 21, 2022) . . . ]

Most of us end up with no more than five or six people who remember us. Teachers have thousands of people who remember them for the rest of their lives. ~ Andy Rooney.

[In the Indiana Memorial Union garden . . . ]

Winston G. Shindell was hired as director of the Indiana Memorial Union in 1981 and served 23 distinguished years in that capacity before his retirement in 2004. In 1995, his title was changed to executive director of the IMU and the IU Auditorium to reflect his additional responsibilities for the oversight and programming management of the IU Auditorium. As someone who was dedicated to the cause of education, he served as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Education from 1995 to 1997. (

[Ruthie & I met Winston and Sue on our Miami to Los Angeles cruise in January 2018 . . . ]

[The Indiana Memorial Union garden . . . ]

[The Biddies in the garden . . . ]

There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. ~ Oscar Levant

The critic has to educate the public; the artist has to educate the critic. ~ Oscar Wilde

[Allegedly pointing at some insects . . . ]

[Always nice to discover the geography building . . . ]

[The Biddies lead me off campus for lunch during an excessive heat warning . . . ]

[I call the area across the street IU’s Dinkytown . . . ]

[Enjoying a sandwich at Potbelly . . . ]

Indiana, our Indiana, Indiana, we’re all for you!

[Above and below . . . ]

[Heading back to class . . . ]

[It was hot! Damn hot!]

[Fortunately, as alums, The Biddies knew the shaded route back . . . ]

Christianity may be OK between consenting adults in private but should not be taught to young children. ~ Francis Crick

[We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it . . . ]

[Rising to great heights . . . ]

[I had some background in this as the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division covered:

  • The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) protects migrant and seasonal agricultural workers by establishing employment standards related to wages, housing, transportation, disclosures, and recordkeeping. The MSPA also requires farm labor contractors (FLCs) and farm labor contractor employees (FLCEs) to register with the U.S. Department of Labor and to obtain special authorization before housing, transporting, or driving covered workers.
  • The H-2A visa program establishes standards related to recruitment, wages, housing, transportation, and recordkeeping for employers of temporary non-immigrant agricultural workers admitted to the country under section 218 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.]

[I thought I was sitting too close in class to take a photo so I grabbed this shot of Professor Mora off the internet . . . ]

[I thought this class was going to be about water shortages brought on by climate change. Actually, it was about how water is distributed in specific localities . . . ]

[Like Flint, Michigan stuff . . . ]

[As usual, it’s a black-white, have-have not issue. Many cities or communities have issues of equal distribution, where water lines will go right through have not neighborhoods to hook up to farther out wealthy neighborhoods . . . ]

[The census used to include questions such as running water in the house, indoor plumber, et al that provided useful information for planning purposes. That stopped in the 1990 census?]

[Wrapped up the day with an evening class on From Dixie to Swing: Traditional Styles Anchoring Jazz’s Mainstream . . . ]

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz. ~ Lou Reed

If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know. ~ Louis Armstrong

Jazz stands for freedom. It’s supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don’t be a perfectionist – leave that to the classical musicians. ~ Dave Brubeck

[With Detroit Lakes, Minnesota native Tom Hustad who graduated from Edina (recognizing he is a “cake eater”) . . . ]

As far as playing jazz, no other art form, other than conversation, can give the satisfaction of spontaneous interaction. ~ Stan Getz

Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like a children’s party taken over by the elders. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

[Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, 1929 . . . ]

A fool’s brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Look. Art knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn’t really have judgement in it’s the purest form. So just go, just go. ~ k.d. lang

Up Next: More college . . .

Addendum: June 22

College, Days 1 – 3

June 20

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. ~ Charles Kuralt

The Super and I had not been outside the borders of the state of Minnesota for two and half years. The farthest we had been away from home was to the Twin Cities in late 2020 – and that was to adopt the babies. Ruthie was gettin antsy . . .

The Middle Way included the largest public works project in American history: the Interstate Highway system, which updated American roads for a driving generation with leisure time on their hands, but expanded the federal government’s purview. ~ Heather Cox Richardson

[We had done Mini Unversity one time previously – in 2017. I think she who must be obeyed wants to do it every year from now on . . . ]

We didn’t build the interstate system to connect New York to Los Angeles because the West Coast was a priority. No, we webbed the highways so people can go to multiple places and invent ways of doing things not thought of by the persons building the roads. ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

June 10

[That morning we somehow got thru the Cities in record time and here were approaching Wisconsin in a little over two hours since leaving home . . . ]

We weren’t visiting. We live here!!

[Hudson, the first city in Wisconsin after one crosses the St. Croix River . . . ]

[Crossing over the St. Croix . . . ]

Interstate highways dull the reality of place and distance almost as effectively as jetliners do: I loathe their scary monotony. ~ Jonathan Raban

High-speed rail would revolutionise interstate travel and would also be an economic game-changer for dozens of regional communities along its path. ~ Anthony Albanese

[There once was a woman from this place who worked in the same Department of Labor office as me. I’ve always thought the school nickname should be the Hawks . . . ]

[When you come to the fork in the road . . . ]

[Take it . . . ]

[We thought this was either a yellow submarine . . . ]

[Or a Henry Moore sculpture . . . ]

[Home of the Fighting Illini . . . ]

[But, are they still the Illini, and are they still fighting?]

[The Super selected a motel in Urbana because of its proximity to a Steak & Shake . . . ]

[But because it was we who were traveling, the Steak & Shake was closed for renovations . . . ]

[We settled for Toro Loco, which was fine . . . ]

Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way. ~  Emma Chase

“Driving is boring,” Rabbit pontificates, “but it’s what we do. Most of American life is driving somewhere and then driving back wondering why the hell you went. ~ John Updike

A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car. ~ Emile Ganest

June 11

Arrived at Ruthie’s sister Rita’s in Nashville, Indiana, where we enjoyed a day of rest . . .

June 12

[The rear end of Rita’s house in Nashville. It was built in 1935, but logs came from another building from some 75 miles away. Nashville is a small (population 1,000) artist community and a lot of homes there are in this vein . . . ]

[Two blocks from Rita’s house – downtown Nashville . . . ]

I can imagine no sweeter way to end one’s life than in the quiet of the country, out of the mad race for money, place and power – far from the demands of business – out of the dusty highway where fools struggle and strive for the hollow praise of other fools. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

[The town’s main intersection. The white building on the left is the Hobnob, a 5-star Michelin restaurant (well, maybe not quite) . . . ]

[This is the road from Rita’s in Nashville to Indiana University in Bloomington . . . ]

[It’s a joy ride through the “mountains” of Brown County . . . ]

AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ is the greatest meshing of vocal, guitar, and content I’ve ever heard. That’s what I aspire to. ~ Bonnie Raitt

[We’ve completed our trip and are settling into our room in The Biddle Hotel and Conference Center, located in the Indiana Memorial Union where our classes were. How convenient!]

[The Biddle (canned photo) . . . ]

1810-28_10.CR2 1810-28 IMU Exterior Photos donated by SFL Oct 19, 2018 © Copyright 2018 – Indiana University Student Affairs Marketing

[Our window view – ensuring that our neightbors would be quiet . . . ]

[It’s a privately owned cemetary located on campus, the creek on the left was the River Jordan. Jordan was IU’s first president. However, Jordan was a eugenicist – the name of the creek was recently changed to the Campus River . . . ]

[And so the menage a trois with The Biddies began . . . ]

[Not to worry, we’ve been a traveling trio over the years . . . ]

[He seems happy about it . . . ]

People would far rather complain about high gas prices and blame those who have nothing to do with it. ~ Jacqueline Brux (Strib 6-14-22)

[The campus, from our portal . . . ]

[Rita’s son David told us to check The Biddle for art from his friend, Joel Washington . . . ]

[We found this one . . . ]

[Whom amongst us doesn’t like a good banquet . . . ]

[The Sunday night welcome dinner for the students . . . ]

[Which included the DOM, a longtime friend from IU’s Camp Brosius . . . ]

I’ll never forget when I was, like, 17, and ‘Highway to Hell’ came on the radio, and I was like, ‘Dude, listen to that guy’s voice!’ ~ Tommy Lee

[The Tudor Room, the next day classes would begin . . . ]

Throughout U.S. history, competent public investments have been an essential complement to private investments – from the Louisiana Purchase, to land-grant colleges, to the Interstate Highway System, to the Internet. ~ Felix Rohatyn

If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you are talking about! ~ Barbara Ann Mojica

Up Next: College continues . . .