MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 7/2

Americans: You Actually Live In A Free Country

from Thoughtful Bastards by Paul Udstrand

We’ve had some exciting and tragic events over the last few weeks here in the United States of America. A few weeks ago a white racist gunman murdered 7 black people in a North Carolina Church, that was tragic. However, that massacre was followed by a final recognition around the country that Confederate Flag flying above many Southern State Houses is a symbol of racism that has no business pretending to represent American sentiments. Now those flags are finally coming down in many places.

Another historic blow for liberty has been a Supreme Court decision establishing that Gay and Lesbian couples have a nationwide right to get married.

Responding to Gay Marriage

from Fundamentally Reformed by Bob Hayton

Should we be against “gay marriage” in the civil arena? In light of developments and where we are now at, many Christians would say “of course!” But it isn’t as easy as that.

On this question I have been moved (in a humane way) by the desire of two people for mutual connection and a permanent relationship, and especially about their need for legal status when it comes to end of life scenarios and other important concerns. Some thought “civil unions” was a way to permit this and yet hold marriage for one man and woman, as it has always been. But that solution no longer is viable, it would seem. 

Six reasons riding a bike is the best

from Biking in Mpls by Lindsey Wallace

There are so many benefits to riding a bike. It’s easy to explain all of these reasons to someone, to appeal with well researched arguments including statistics on health gained, CO2 reduced, and money saved. But, while I love the fact that biking is so beneficial in so many ways, laying out all the reasons doesn’t really get to the heart of the matter. The true reason I love biking so much is the pure, unadulterated joy it brings me. It’s that childhood rush of feeling free and invincible and like you can take on anything. That said, the other reasons are pretty compelling too. Let’s explore them.

Who to trust: your home inspector or the seller

from the Structure Tech Home Inspection Blog by Reuben Saltzman

I don’t get involved in real estate negotiations a whole lot; it’s not my job, it’s none of my business, and I’m not qualified to do so.  As a home inspector, my job is to inspect the home, report on its condition, and make recommendations.  Nevertheless, I try to provide the best service that I can to my clients, and part of that involves standing behind my recommendations and findings.  I frequently tell my clients that if some other party comes in behind me and disputes my findings, or says that I’m wrong about something I reported on, to please let me know about it.

If I’m wrong, I want to know about it.  It’s a learning opportunity.  I have no problem making a mistake, but I DO have a problem with making the same mistake again.  When I make a mistake or I hear about other inspectors in my company making a mistake, I educate everyone else in my company to make sure it doesn’t happen again.  I send out an internal company newsletter every month, and it’s pretty rare for me to not have any recent mistakes to talk about.  I’ve made a LOT of them, and my goal is to have the inspectors in my company not make the same ones.

If I’m right, I want the opportunity to defend myself.  I’ve gotta admit, part of that is just plain old pride.  I take a lot of pride in my work, and I hate the idea of any of my clients thinking to themselves that I didn’t know what I was talking about.

Commuter Chainmail: Small Business Holds Dice, Protects Against Swords

from Stubble by Tom Johnson

Stubble: Are you a regular chainmail supplier for your friends? Seems like an interesting business to be in.

Joel: Every so often people ask me to make stuff for them. It’s commission-based. I make a little bit of money off of it, but not too much. This piece would take around 10 hours and I usually charge around $15/hour, so $150 for a dice pouch of this size. This is almost done, I just need to do the cord after this row.

Sisters Who Farm: Eger Women Help Launch Weekly Nokomis Farmers Market

from RedCurrent by Tesha M. Christensen

Sisters Heidi and Andrea Eger of Radicle Heart organic farm haven’t stopped to think about whether they’re bucking the trend by being two young women operating their own farm.

They are, however, aware that they’re part of a generation of new farmers within an ever growing group of young people who recognize the damage that has been done to the Earth in the recent past and who want to reverse that damage.

The legend of Paul Bunyan

from Squeaky Green Machine by Heidi Van Heel

Paul Bunyan and Babe his blue ox are fairly legendary here. I’m not sure where I heard it, but growing up I knew that Paul Bunyan was a lumberjack who could “out saw, out chop, out talk, out roll a log or climb a tree faster than any other logger.” I was amazed to think that our 10,000 lakes were made from Paul and Babe’s footprints as they walked across the state, and the rivers from dragging his ax when he was too tired to carry it. When I set about Googling, I learned that there was a lot more to the legend of Paul Bunyan. First off, Paul Bunyan is not unique to Minnesota!

Memorable Geneva, Minnesota

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

RECENTLY I STOPPED in Geneva. That would be in Minnesota, not Switzerland, population hovering around 555. Or, if you have a sense of humor, 100,000. Someone scrawled that number onto a sign marking entry to this Freeborn County community just off Interstate 35 north of Albert Lea.

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