Friday, April 25, 2014

Coming attractions
(in addition to Summer)

The Jackpine Writers' Bloc of Park Rapids/Menahga MN area announces the release of Volume 23 of The Talking Stick. This publication is a collection of prose and poetry by writers with a connection to Minnesota, including work by me, My Minnesota's principal blogger. Books will be available for sale later this year at the Jackpine Writers' Bloc web site ,, and several northern MN book stores.

On a different front, although I haven't written about it much, I'm on the board of the United States Green Building Council—Minnesota. In a few weeks we'll be presenting our Third Annual IMPACT Conference, IMPACT 2014– Building a Better Tomorrow.

Thursday May 15 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Union Depot
214 4th St East | St. Paul MN 55101

IMPACT 2014 will bring together Minnesota’s green building community for outstanding education opportunities, quality networking and a showcase of innovative products and services. Education tracks are Energy & Performance and Design & Human Factors, along with innovative keynote sessions including Matt Grocoff's closing address titled "Designing for the Post-Carbon Economy: It's Zero or Nothing".

As an added bonus, the Union Depot will receive their LEED plaque during the conference opening and the story of the Union Depot’s historic renovation and journey to LEED certification will be incorporated into the conference experience. If you're interested in helping to build a more sustainable Minnesota, why not plan on attending. As Wendell Berry notes, our future is, in part, about our places.

Learn more and register

Wendell Berry


Planting trees early in spring,
we make a place for birds to sing
in time to come. How do we know?
They are singing here now.
There is no guarantee
that singing will ever be.

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