Friday, September 17, 2021


4D with Demi Lovato - Guest: Emily Hampshire

Demi Lovato is platinum-certified pop-culture icon; her roller-coaster career from Disney child actor to a successful recording star to near-fatal drug over-doser and her subsequent recovery is the stuff that bio-pics are made of. “They” (as she terms her non-binary self) is also an outspoken advocate for various expressions of gender. Demi is truly a pop star with all its baggage but, as an interviewer, they is a delight nonetheless.

Emily Hampshire is an actor (who has also been working since childhood) who has recently seen her career take off as a result of her nuanced portrayal of Stevie Budd, the sarcastic/depressed motel clerk, in the critically acclaimed sitcom Schitt’s Creek.

These two women recently got together for an interview video-cast. Watching it was a big surprise for me—actors and singers can be something of a letdown when you experience them when they are not performing and are often self-serving and vapid. This is not the case here. It is immediately apparent that their intelligence and the rapport these “besties” display is unfeigned and, as the interview progresses, it reaches heights of intimacy and emotional release that is seldom seen anywhere. Demi had even asked Emily to go out on a date! While much of the conversation centers on eating disorders and how they can affect sexual identities and self-worth, their observations are life-affirming and even hilarious at times.

Here is the interview, in its entirety, it is well worth 53 minutes of your life:

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

More Horse Power

Men and their horses—Morrison County, MN, circa 1920

From the Oscar Aaron Anderson archives.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Buzz Me

Another look at labor.

The end of summer brings a flurry of activity at the Flippist World Headquarters. Some cement repair, final paint touch-ups, composting the tomato plants and generally getting ready for what The Old Farmer’s Almanac says is going to be a long and cold winter.


I’ll let you know how that prediction pans out.

The bumble bees are still hard at work, too. They are gathering pollen while they may, steady workers who never take a break until the sun goes down:
“Fairies with gossamer wings, Bring forth beauty, grace and joyful things. Fairies of the earth are caretakers of our soil, water and trees, They watch over beautiful creatures such as bears, bunnies and bees. Fairies ask that you breathe in and appreciate the vantage point from which you stand, Then trod carefully and respectfully with each intentional step you make across this beautiful land.”

~ Molly Friedenfeld

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Horse Power

A couple of images from my paternal ancestors this time, Circa 1900:

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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Bitter Fruits of Labor

Morrison County, Minnesota, circa 1920

This is a picture of the old homestead on my Maternal Grandfather’s side. From the look of the slightly overgrown vegetation, it appears to have been taken sometime in the late summer.

I’m not sure of all the identities although I suspect that the man second from left is my grandfather and the man on the porch resembles his brother Oscar. Oscar was a dynamiter by trade; in the 1930s he worked on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota and on the Ford Dam (Lock and Dam No. 1) between Minneapolis and Saint Paul. He was also an amateur photographer, this image is from a collection of about thirty glass plates that he left behind. The women are probably their sisters. The other man may be my great-grandfather. The genealogy of this side of my family is muddy.

This homestead was the cause of some bad blood between the siblings after it had been left to decay. My Grandfather had been away working in various parts of the state and then he returned and fixed it up. His siblings thought they should profit from his labors and the rift caused by that misunderstanding fractured the family. This branch of my family tree was not much discussed with the younger generation.

I visited the homestead once in the late 1960s and it was again in ruins.

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Monday, September 06, 2021

Labor Day

Threshing Crew, circa 1920:
Relaxing after a hard day’s work:
From the Oscar Aaron Anderson archives.

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Friday, September 03, 2021

Summer Camp Rendezvous

Two old friends meet again, getting off the train to visit their comrades at a nearby camp.
Fellow campers rejoice in seeing their pals:
25 August, 1941. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini at FHQ Wolfsschanze, occupied Poland.

Both men would be dead in less than four years.

As a direct result of their actions millions of men, women and children would also be dead.

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