“You know, once you’ve grown up with a high quality hot dog, you find you can’t stand one of those sorry, limp things from the gas station,” said JP Mansour. “The texture is offensive, the flavor profile doesn’t awaken the senses — eating one of those is like going from driving a Rolls Royce to a Yugo.”
Like nearly all cat lovers, Gail Ventzke has loved cats since before she could remember. Her childhood days spent on her grandparents’ farm helped to seal the deal. “They couldn’t have had more than ten cats at any given time,” Gail remembered, “But to a little girl, it seemed like there was a new litter of kittens behind every other hay bale. I always loved playing with them, watching them looking for mice, or if there were no mice, for a sunny place to lie in. I wished that every cat could be so content.”
According to the American Cancer Society, there were an estimated 310,260 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed among men and women in 2017. Pink It Forward – a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide hope and empowerment by enriching the lives of all those affected by breast cancer – is continuing to do what they can to make a difference in the lives of each and every one of those individuals.
Sweetland Orchard is a little family farm and cidery thirty five miles south of Minneapolis. To get there you take a dirt road that is sentineled by cats. When I arrived, a border collie came over and gently laid a pine cone at my feet. I understand the language of dogs, so I threw it as far as I could. The pine cone soon manifested itself back at my feet.
It was my grandfather’s opinion of parachutes was that they were wholly unnecessary unless (A) it would be otherwise unhealthy to stay on a plane, or (B) you are invading Europe. His opinion of Europe was somewhat constrained as well: “It’s dirty and people shoot at you.” He didn’t plan his visit there at its best moment.