thINK local: Bar Buffalo – Rochester, MN

An amazing thing happened recently. An international reader of ink. contacted me to let me know that she and her family were traveling to Rochester, MN, and they had looked up our Airbnb rentals that I have previously spilled some ink about. Unfortunately, all three of our apartments were booked over part of the time…

Your day in one bag

Earlier this year, I attempted to overall the way I went about my day. I generally carry at least three bags to work. I had my work/computer bag, my gym bag, and my lunch bag. I also carried a purse, which I often left locked in my car as I didn’t have a great place…

Four interesting cheeses and what to do with them

I grew up in Wisconsin, land of the cheese heads. I mean, who doesn’t love a good sharp cheddar on crackers, or cheese curds so fresh they squeak when you bite into them!? But really, Wisconsin took it to the next level sometimes. I mean, people spend $20 to wear foam cheese wedges on their…

Stop, drop, and roll footage! Comparing the Fyre Fest documentaries

In late spring 2017, hundreds of wealthy, millennial influencers boarded flights to the Bahamas for what was supposed to be the next up and coming music festival. Promised private villas, VIP meet and greets, five start cuisine, and breath-taking sunsets on the beach, travelers paid tens of thousands of dollars for tickets to Fyre Festival, a…

Two books to kick off your best year yet!

This Christmas, my brother and I participated in a very 21st century version of the ritualistic exchanging of Christmas lists by sharing our Amazon shopping lists. Correction, I exchanged with him a modified Amazon shopping list because my actual wish list includes the shampoo I regularly reorder and at least 16 things I’m saving for…

4 Christmas playlists to spark your holiday cheer

Currently at work, students are trying to raise money for the ALS Association. Of the many creative ways they’ve cooked up to try to get funds, they’re playing music over the intercom system during the passing time between classes. If students can raise $400, the music will stop. This may sound counterintuitive. Christmas music during…

Four things for the start of December

December 1st was the day that my whole outlook on life was going to shift and things were going to feel instantly better than they did at the end of November. Pushing the reset button can be super healthy and refreshing, and here in the first few days of December, I hope that you’re finding…

Five movies based on books…that are better than the originals

This past weekend, my high school theater program completed their run of The Giver, a dramatic stage play based on the young adult novel of the same title. The Giver is my favorite book of all time, and when the movie was announced in 2014, I was going to be first in line to see the story…

Four things for the start of November

We’re down to the final two months, months packed with holidays, shopping, food, decorations, and lots and lots of holiday themed movies, most of which will include a sappy love story for good measure. Though many of the local department stores began displaying their Christmas decor weeks ago, I like to subscribe to the general…