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LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — St. John’s Pottery Johanna Kiln

The firing of the Johanna Kiln, the largest wood-burning kiln in North America at St. John’s University and Abbey in central Minnesota only happens every two years. The 87-foot-long brick kiln was designed and built 25 years ago by the university’s master potter and artist in residence Richard Bresnahan, along with help from apprentices and volunteers.  The latest firing was completed …


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LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Living And Dying: It’s (Past) Time To Do Our Wills

There’s nothing like a funeral to remind you of your own morality. Especially when you’re 73 and the person’s whose funeral you’re attending is younger. So today, as I sat in the pew at Temple Israel listening to Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman talking about a man I’d ironically never met (though I knew his wife), that’s where my mind drifted. I …


LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings by Barbara La Valleur — Rise Up!: Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus’ Call To Action

For over 37 years, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus has built a large following, this past year attracting over 12,000 fans, to its concerts. Attendees have come to expect “adventuresome programming” (as their playbill promises) from this award-winning group of 150 singers. The spring concert was no exception as evidenced by rousing standing ovations. No one left disappointed Saturday …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — Downtown Minneapolis Adventure(s)

My husband, Arnie Bigbee and I went downtown today — my first trip on light rail — it felt like being on vacation in a different city seeing the sights from the train. Then, we went to the amazing new Star Tribune offices with Chihuly glass bowls behind glass cases to take in the discussion about the dining scene with …

LA VALLEUR COMMUNICATES: Musings By Barbara La Valleur — My First Blog As An ‘InForumer’

“Write a bio to put up on the site,” Jeff Tiedeman texted. Geez, you want me to write who I am, a photojournalist of more than 50 years, in one paragraph? Sure. It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t immediately have the thought that it’s like writing my own obit. I’ve written a few hundred of those starting at …