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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 12/19

A radical bus seating proposal; health insurance for all; rethinking Hanukkah traditions; and more.

What if we took half the seats out of buses?

from by Nick Magrino

Sorry if that sounds crazy! But do you take the bus? A local route in one of the cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) that gets used a lot, like a 6 or a 21 or an 18 or a 5? Anything that travels down Nicollet Mall or Hennepin Avenue during rush hour?

Wouldn’t it be better if we took all the aisle seats out?

Health care enrollment: Is 100 percent coverage possible?

from Community Matters by Laura Martell Kelly

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Open enrollment is under way for MNsure, the state’s health insurance marketplace. We’ve heard a lot about the technical glitches that have caused roadblocks for signing up. But, for some groups – including immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, and individuals with fluctuating incomes – there are additional barriers to enrolling in coverage that must be addressed if we expect all Minnesota residents to have health insurance.

Rethinking Hanukkah traditions, or why I’m not buying Mensch on a Bench

from TC Jewfolk by Rabbi Jill Crimmings

Every year at this season, the Jewish community reignites the debate about the extent to which Jews can authentically participate in the holiday season without compromising the true meaning of Chanukah. We look at new traditions and products and ask ourselves: when is it okay to borrow and adapt, and when does a practice cross that highly subjective line of just feeling too much like Christmas?

6 tips for a healthy holiday

from I Think I Can Fitness by Jocelyn Mathern

While caught up in the spirit of the holiday season we may eat and drink more than normal. After all, many foods are made only once a year (and thus should be enjoyed)! Packed shopping and party schedules often leave us crunched for time to work out.

As a result, many people may find themselves carrying a few extra pounds into the New Year. Holiday weight gain isn’t inevitable. You don’t have to throw in the towel on your health goals until January. Here are some strategies to help you enjoy the holidays while also maintaining your health.

John Berryman at 100

from Macaroni by John Toren

Much of the pleasure in reading Berryman’s poems comes from the effort required to make the rhythms fit the lines. More than most other poets, he sounds like someone declaiming to an audience, or at the very least, trying to work up muttered interior monologues into something orderly and substantial. There’s something almost Byronic about it all. Word inversions and the substitution of non-words for common ones help mask the banality of much of the subject matter. There are half-rhymes and fractured syntax, missing words and dropped word endings, but such effects and affectations soon grow tiresome, at least to me.

Minnesota ice fishing

from Bradley Tutoring by Jason Bradley

The ice fishing houses on Minnesota lakes are a common sight for natives to the state, but visitors are often confused by the small shacks on the ice. I explain it to outsiders slowly, and watch their eyes light up.

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