August 14th, 2009 by admin

 Good morning from Collegeville,

 Summer has finally arrived in central Minnesota.  It may hit 90 degrees today.  Last weekend Barby rented a four bedroom townhouse at Arrowwood Resort on Lake Darling in Alexandria.  Barby has three daughters and six grandchildren under the age of four.  It was not hot and sunny but with the Big Splash Indoor Water Park, it did not matter.  I took Elijah, age three, down the first small slide and then down the medium slide.  After that his dad went with him time and time again.  I think that we made four trips to the water park.  A good time was had by all.  The resort provided everything including a load of firewood for the out door fire pit.  We sat out there until 10 pm without any bugs.  They probably used Mosquito Yard Guard.  Needless to say I would highly recommend Arrowwood Resort.  Check them out at

 The show this week is a special show for English Majors, a poetry compilation show with a remembrance of Hayden Carruth, a poem by and a song for, Kenneth Rexroth and more Poets Laureate past and present than you can shake a stick at, including Billy Collins, Robert Bly and Maxine Kumin.  Other guests include Elvis Costello, Brad Paisley, Nellie McKay and Nick Lowe.  It sounds like a wonderful show.

 “Reputation is what folks think you are.  Personality is what you seem to be.  Character is what you really are.”  Alfred Armand Montapert

 Bonus quote:  Luke, age three, to sister Jillian age seven months old, on Monday after the water park trip:     “You can’t get in the bathtub, you don’t have a red band on”  


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