In her poignant memoir “Watershed”, Ranea Lenor Hanson points out that Minnesota is an apex whose rivers flow north to Hudson Bay, east through the Great Lakes, and south to the Gulf of Mexico. I rather enjoy the concept of our state being central to three directions. For me, it is a reminder that wherever you are in our state, there are three places you can flow.
Taking breaths, pushing through mistakes — the process of creating beauty out of mistakes and never throwing anything away was so important. I am quite emotional writing this. I am realizing how therapeutic that process was for me.
The state has been “headed in the same direction for 162 years. Trying to turn the ship is a tall order, but we are in a moment where we have to get it done. If folks are not willing to be in that work with us, then they just have to get out of the way.”