Good Friday Blue

Emilio DeGrazia…

After catechism, Communion, Confirmation,
The hardening of trust into truth,
We expected rain Good Friday afternoons.

No baseball then, no playing in streets,
No kicking the can, no
Playing robbers or war
Those painful hours from noon to three.

In those days we always saw the evidence: Rain,
A steady stream of punishment,
The Holy Spirit’s drizzle descending like ash,
Or wayward bursts, big as water balloons,
Dropped from passing clouds
Flying in formation overhead,
A certain proof of God.

Today, that April day again
When the only gospel is the same old news,
The dying still goes on.
But the sky is faultlessly blue,
An Easter sky ahead of its times,
One more kind of progress to endure.
In such skies one famous old death
Happened once and for all,
But new ones everywhere provide
Too much cause to agonize.

Live from Golgotha: The Gospel according to Gore Vidal

St. Paul freely improvises his tales as he evangelizes. “‘All things are contained within the single mind of Onespc_vidal True God in His three aspects.’ Saint Paul could dispense this sort of smooth bullshit while taking apart and reassembling a Holy Rolodex machine,” Timothy relates as he witnesses St. Paul in action. Paul speaks in “ye olde” when he quotes the voluminous Christ. Timothy remarks that when Saul of Tarsus meets the Christ vidal-cover-live from golgothaghost, he converts to a religion that Saul/Paul himself had not yet founded. People are consistently disappointed to learn that Christ weighed 400 lbs. and spoke with a lisp. “Why doth thou persecute-eth me-th?” There is an interesting plot twist when Judas is mistaken for Christ and almost crucified. It seems that the “real Christ” was a militant Zionist, and Paul’s golden-rule Christianity an improvisation. Paul journeys from town to town raising money and founding churches, adding to his Holy rolodex, and tap-dancing. Cameos from celebrities such as Nero, Petronius, and Shirley MacLaine are interspersed throughout Timothy’s odyssey from CE 33 to CE 96.”


Ardie in Chile…

My buddy Ardie’s in Chile for a couple of months… sending back some pics so I thought I’d try making some web albums… what I’d really like to do is make those albums interactive so when I get the uncounted stacks n bundles of family [Howe, Carlson, Buchholtz, Kolberg, Quast, Marks, Bollum, Schlueter, Jensen, etc etc] photos on the web people from these families can help identify some of the unknown faces… ya think ?
Anyway, here’s a link to Ardie’s snaps from Chile so far…

Blake’s Thanksgiving…

It is an easy thing to talk of patience to the afflicted,
To speak the laws of prudence to the houseless wanderer,
To listen to the hungry raven’s cry in wintry season
When the red blood is fill’d with wine & with the marrow of lambs.

It is an easy thing to laugh at wrathful elements,
To hear the dog howl at the wintry door, the ox in the slaughter house moan;
To see a god on every wind & a blessing on every blast;
To hear sounds of love in the thunder storm that destroys our enemies’ house
To rejoice in the blight that covers his field, & the sickness that cuts off his children,

While our olive & vine sing & laugh round our door, & our children bring fruits and flowers.
Then the groan & the dolor are quite forgotten, & the slave grinding at the mill,
And the captive in chains, & the poor in the prison, & the soldier in the field
When the shatter’d bone hath laid him groaning among the happier dead.

It is an easy thing to rejoice in the tents of prosperity:
Thus could I sing and thus rejoice: but it is not so with me.

William Blake (b. November 28, 1757), from The Four Zoas

Lanesboro Rhubarb Fest Sat., June 1st, 2013

Entertainment Schedule

10 a.m. – Festival begins

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Singing of the Rhubarb National Anthem

Rhubarb Run: Welcome/Awards

Bee-Bop-a-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie sing-along

Welcome from Bob of Cock-A-Doodle Zoo

Event Leaders – What you need to know about the contests:
Tasting, Games, Minute-to-Win-IT, Pie-making

Event Leaders – What you need to know about the Story Tree
and Fashion Show

10:30 a.m.

Rhubarb Games begin. KTTC’s Morning News Team Jess
Abrahamson and Ted Schmidt throw out the first stalk. Olympics
run continuously 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Rhubarb Jugglers Will they juggle flaming rhubarb?

Rhubarb Tasting begins.Taste everything rhubarb from savories to
sweets to drinks. Tasting continues until gone.

Minute-to-Win-it Rhubarb-Chopstick Contest begins. Contest
runs continuously 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. WALTER BRADLEY AND STEVE ARNOLD
will entertain with song.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. RHUBARB SISTERS will sing original
rhubarb songs.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. TOM SCHRAMM, well-known local artist, will
sing and entertain.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rhubarb Zumba with Melinda Lutes

1:30 p.m. Prizes awarded for Rhubarb Games, Tasting Contest,
Minute-to-Win-It Rhubarb Chopstick Contest, and Largest Leaf and
Heaviest Stalk Contests. Remember – winners must be present to

take home prizes!

1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Rhubarb Fashion Show

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. RUTABAGA BROTHERS will sing and entertain.

The Rhubarb Rant will be going on at the top of the hour every hour
during the Festival so tell us your personal Rhubarb story.

Don’t forget to visit The Story Tree, where local storytellers will entertain
at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.

Cock-A-Doodle-Zoo will run continuously throughout the festival, but for
informational talks about the animals stop there at 11:00
or 1:00.

And check out to find out about helicopter
rides over Lanesboro departing from our nearby football field.
Their rates and schedule will be available the day of the festival.


Rhubarb Games Sponsors

  • Associated Bank
  • Cottage House Inn
  • Krage Insurance Agency
  • Rhinos Pizza and Subs
  • Scenic Valley Winery
Rhubarb Run Sponsors

  • Road ID
  • Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Artesian Fresh
  • Fillmore County Journal
  • Frank Wright
  • Lanesboro Fire Department
  • Joe Deden / Eagle Bluff Environmental
    Learning Center

Rhubarb Sponsors

  • Commonweal Theatre
  • Inn at Sacred Clay Farm
  • Lanesboro Web Management Group
  • O’Leary’s B & B
  • Ace Communication



Lanesboro – Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota!

“Everything Rhubarb” – The Book

Rhubarb Run

Rhubarb Games

Cock-a-Doodle Zoo


Call for Entries

Schedule of Events



Rhubarb Recipes

Day After Christmas


Emilio DeGrazia

It’s quiet where I sit staring out.
A car turns the corner and is gone,
Carting axels, rivets and oil
To the wide plains of carelessness.

Here, in this solitude, renewal ages
Comfortably within sight of the tree
Cut from another winter of our discontent
Frozen into another new year of war.

Peace on earth roosts and broods here,
The few of us permitted this quiet
The overwhelming majority self-consoled,
Hands useless in our laps, hearts voting yes.

Dropkick Murphys – “The Season’s Upon Us” (Video) – YouTube

A Christmas Poem

by Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate

Christmas Mail

Cards in each mailbox,
angel, manger, star and lamb,
as the rural carrier,
driving the snowy roads,
hears from her bundles
the plaintive bleating of sheep,
the shuffle of sandals,
the clopping of camels.
At stop after stop,
she opens the little tin door
and places deep in the shadows
the shepherds and wise men,
the donkeys lank and weary,
the cow who chews and muses.
And from her Styrofoam cup,
white as a star and perched
on the dashboard, leading her
ever into the distance,
there is a hint of hazelnut,
and then a touch of myrrh.

Global Sing Along at Winneshiek Courthouse Rotunda, Decorah, Iowa

Folks gathered Friday night to have
a sing at the old courthouse in Decorah.
Nice acoustics.

Christmas at Del’s

Published December 09, 2012, 11:00AM

del cook red wing computerized xmas archway

Cook’s Computerized Christmas Archway

A computerized Christmas Search YouTube for musical Christmas lights and youll find a variety of videos presenting holiday light shows that have been described as everything from fantastic to awesome to crazy.
By: Regan Carstensen, The Republican Eagle
PHOTO: Reindeer


The Christmas lights at Del and Deb Cooks house flash on and off to the tune of various holiday songs. Their display includes archways, reindeer, a homemade Christmas tree and several stars.

Click On Image Below Here to Watch

Search YouTube for musical Christmas lights and you’ll find a variety of videos presenting holiday light shows that have been described as everything from fantastic to awesome to crazy. [[Here’s a Link]]

Click on just one of them and you probably won’t believe your eyes at least that’s the reaction Del Cook had when he sat down to watch a clip.

“I was like, That’s not even real,” the Red Wing resident said.Originally in disbelief, Cook later came to realize exactly how the impressive light show was created and decided he wanted in on the action.

This year, for the first time, his home offers a presentation for both the eyes and ears. Songs as diverse as Santa Baby, Crazy Frog Christmas and the Trans-Siberian Orchestras instrumental medley Christmas Eve/Sarajevo are a few of those that can be heard outside as strands of lights flash on and off to beats in the music.

Organizing the show takes time and effort, but is made slightly easier with the help of special software, Light-O-Rama. Using the program, Cook was able to choose which lights he wanted to turn on at which times during certain songs that he selected. Not only could he turn them on, but he could direct them to flash, twinkle and fade, among other effects.

While its a large project to take on, Cook had less trouble with it than most people might because of his experience with computers. Hes been fixing them for years and one of his regular customers recently got the opportunity to see Cooks skills up close.

Red Wing resident Ray Howe had never been to Cooks house in Pepin Woods, but he didn’t exactly need detailed directions to get there.

“He said, ‘Well, you wont have any trouble finding me. Just watch for the Christmas lights,’ ” Howe said.

Cook wasn’t kidding. Enter Pepin Woods from Perlich Avenue, go to a T in the road and turn right. From there, flashing red and white bulbs in the distance make any further instructions unnecessary.

I thought we used to have a lot of lights until I started getting into this,” Cook said. We always kid the next door neighbors and say, You better put your sunglasses on,” Cook’s wife, Deb, joked. “It’s bright.”

This year, enough lights brighten the outside of the Cook home that if the strands were plugged in end to end and stretched out, they would cover the length of a football field seven times over. Still, that amount of lights hasn’t been as expensive as it sounds because the Cooks opted to decorate with energy efficient LEDs.

“As a matter of fact, I didn’t even notice it on my electric bill,” Cook said. As they continue their light show in coming years, the Cooks said they hope to make it more elaborate each time. Also planned for the future, Deb wants to turn the show into a fundraiser and collect donations for Toys for Tots or the local food shelf.

It really does bring in the spirit, she said, adding that right now their goal is to just make people happy.

Anyone interested in checking out the display should do so early in the evening because the lights automatically switch off at 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on weekends.The neighbors would like to sleep sometimes,” Deb Cook joked.