Posts Tagged ‘Friends’

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MY NEW WORLD

May 29, 2014

I’ve had a bit of a sabbatical here as I was immersed in plans to relocate and indeed, I am off in search of my third career,  and also to return to my roots….not only in terms of where (Civic Square in Rochester, MN) but in terms of medical support (my clinic number starts with 1 and some of us born in my era were Dr. Spock’s “subjects” before he wrote “the Book”-that means a long time ago).

As with everything in life, the REASONS are complicated, but it all began in desperation as a result of the disasterous  “fall” off that darn platform in 2002. Since 2012, I’ve been fighting the residual effects that have now all appeared with a vengeance as I age and finally, in desperation, I turned back to Mayo for help….and the rest is history!

They actually helped me!  No, I did not have to travel all over the metro seeing “specialists” that participated in the referral payments plan of MSP nor was I subjected to endless MRIs.  No need to revisit all this; basically, I saw three specialists in a DAY; have had a couple return visits and 30 months later, my personal out-of-pocket costs totaled $65 with much better care and advice than I was getting here.

I tried to switch back to Mayo for primary care, but I am too far way for today’s cutoff-which is out in Lakeville, I think.

And then Mayo announced their expansion plans and the rest is history.

Although I have never earned a living with my old college degree in city planning, the interest did not go away.  When I sold my house and moved out of the dreary suburbs and into the city, I was already committed to involvement in the “Mississippi Mile” and last year, I gave almost 1000 hours of volunteer time to “Creative City Making.”

From East Bank to West Bank to Above the Falls on the Mississippi; to Plan It Hennepin, Nicollet “Mile” redesign, the initial redo of five blocks of Washington Avenue and revisits to the Gateway; plus lots of meetings and plans for the Downtown East redevelopment….it has become my life as I gradually recognized what my physical impairments could mean to the success/failure of Creative Events by Kranz.

And then the DMC was launched.  WOW!  Long before we all heard about it, Mayo had done its homework and yes, the resulting plan is an ambitious one.  Double the size of the Mayo footprint in Rochester means double the support services in downtown RST and yes, I want to be a part of that!

Maybe its a little payback to the Rochester/Mayo Foundation for scholarships that- along with loans from an older brother-made it possible for me to graduate from the U; maybe it is simply the wonderful opportunity to work with the pros on a great placemaking project….it does not matter; I am off! 

Will I be as involved there as I am here?  We will see what happens.  Maybe a small part time job will keep my brain occupied…maybe an usher at MCC…maybe an on call helper for one of the several event companies that have emerged in RST…or maybe I can help expand the ISES MSP presence with some new blood from RST.  Who knows?

All I know, is that it is the right thing for me now…and I am very excited.

As I set out on this journey, I am so grateful to friends and family who’ve helped me think it through; who have questioned and suggested and supported me through all the twists and turns I’ve taken as I contemplated taking this journey.  As I look back on the last six months, I realize how rich I am in friendships!

Each of you were supportive and encouraging as I slowly moved to make this big change.  You know who you are and I thank you for your presence and encouragement every step of the way!

 

 

 

 

 

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A WHOLE NEW WORLD

April 25, 2010

Over the years, I have been fairly active in the arts and culture scene here in the metro area. From long time memberships at the MIA and MHS to rotating season tickets for the Guthrie to the MN Orchestra, Hennepin Trust Theatres and local dance and theatre companies through-out the area, I sampled and enjoyed what MSP had to offer. I’ve had concert series tickets, dance and lecture series tickets at the University, and was a frequent visitor to the Dakota at Bandana in its first iteration-not to mention the occasional event from the Penumbra to ballet to a jazz concert to an exhibit at the Science Museum, the Walker, or the Soap Factory that caught my interest. I’ve experienced the wonderful world of the Capri with friends, many a neighborhood arts crawl, and a variety of culturally diverse pageants and celebrations-not to mention some absolutely wonderful fund-raising events that support the local arts and culture scene. I was even privileged to assist with events in conjunction with the opening of the new Guthrie and the re-newed Walker.

But one medium I have never experienced either here or during my extensive world travels in my youth was the opera. I am not sure why – mostly, I think, because it seemed intimidating. I had never been exposed; I was sure I would not understand it; and more certain that I would not like it. Although I had been intrigued by the Grapes of Wrath production, time passed, and I missed the opportunity to experience it.

But last night, a dear friend invited me to the closing performance of the Minnesota Opera season – Salome, and a whole new world opened up before me-proving once again, I guess, that it is never too late to learn! The English captioning certainly helped- as did I think, that it was in German- where if I really concentrated, I could understand a phrase or two along the way. I was captivated and so glad I accepted the invitation.

This morning, I found myself re-reading the program and making a note to get tickets – at least for the Garden of the Finzi-Continis next April – if not some of the earlier productions!

So another wonderful Spring Weekend – from a field trip with a friend to explore Target Plaza and traverse its entire circumference; then on to a visit to the Arboretum to see the 36,000 blooming tulips, early spring blossoming trees, and lunch; to helping another friend do a set for a special family wedding being filmed for TV, and then, after a nap, off to a great dinner and conversation followed by the Ordway for the opera; to finally, to spending a rainy Sunday afternoon by myself-browsing amongst the book stacks-as I think and puzzle about a pending consulting opportunity. What more could one wish for?

I’m sure with that kind of weekend, I will be well-poised for a great week. Here’s hoping the same to all of you!

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AN AFFAIR

October 24, 2009

A year ago, we heard a rumor that involved a friend, and posing as event guests, we set out to investigate the scurrilous gossip and scandal. We secretly gathered the evidence and offered suggestions to curb the exploits we found objectionable. And our friend thanked us for the expose.

Over the last many months, we have kept our private eye on the behind-the-scenes intrigues- offering our support, suggestions and praise for positive actions as the situation warranted.

Yesterday, that friend and I had a catch-up breakfast at the Wilde Roast, and I was absolutely delighted to hear that this touchy situation has exploded into a full-blown AFFAIR!

Life is short! So Share the AFFAIR with the Chocolate Extravaganza. I am going to be there and you should be there too! Check out all the provocative details at http://www.theaffairmpls.com