Bird Outline/Line Drawing

I’m always looking for outline drawings for the girls’ projects, but it’s hard to find good-quality image files. I needed a bird outline for our word tree, and while this sketch I found on Pinterest looks great, it is really small and poor quality. So I made a similar bird in Adobe Illustrator—and added wings once we ran out of space on the tree branches.

On the off chance you need a high-quality bird outline/line drawing and this fits the bill, here are the files:

Reflections on Fasting

In the end I fasted for three and a half days instead of the four-day fast I originally planned. Sure I had to snack a bit, but I think I got the general idea. Here are my thoughts on the experience.

In the end I fasted for three and a half days instead of the four-day fast I originally planned. Sure I had to snack a bit, but I think I got the general idea. Here are my thoughts on the experience. (And here are my journal entries.)

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Experiment: Four-Day Fast

I’m not going to eat for four days. Stay tuned if you want to know what comes after hangry.

I’m not going to eat for four days.

For the second year in a row, I am taking a personal retreat at the St. John’s Abbey Guesthouse. It’s nice to have a few days of quiet to relax, read, and reflect. Plus, CSB/SJU is a special place for me. My parents (and some of my aunts and uncles) were married there. I was baptized there. We lived in a dorm at St. Ben’s when I was a baby, and I bounced in the doorway in my Johnny Jump Up. I remember sitting on Sister Dennis‘s lap at a kick wheel in the pottery when I was 5 or 6 while she showed me how to throw a pot. And I always love sitting and talking with Father Rene. St. John’s feels a bit like home, even though I didn’t go to school there.

I’m not religious in the least, by the way, but I’m glad other people are so that places like St. John’s exist.

Anyway, this year I’m going to fast during my retreat.

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The Best Espresso in Minneapolis

These are the Minneapolis coffee shops where you can usually find me during coffice hours.

These are the Minneapolis coffee shops where you can usually find me during coffice hours. All of them are excellent places to order plain espresso and espresso drinks, and some of them are also good places to sit and work.

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Tips for First-Time MinneBar Attendees

If this will be your first MinneBar, here are a few tips to make for a great experience.

It’s almost Spring, and that means MinneBar is right around the corner! MinneBar is a big, free, all-day (un)conference about technology, design, and business.

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