A Tale of Three Cities

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Just kidding, it was just regular times—most of them great! We just finished up a two week trip to Minnesota to attend the wedding of my little brother. It turns out he isn’t so little anymore, and I couldn’t be happier for him and his new wife. It was a beautiful wedding on a lovely Wisconsin farm.  The weather didn’t cooperate but it helped prove that their love conquers all! After six years of getting to watch them grow in love and life, their marriage is sure to be a great one.

The adorable couple during the reception.  What an amazing building!

The adorable couple during the reception. What an amazing farm building!

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  1. Pamela says:

    Coming from an Urban Planning & Environmental Science background, I really appreciated your perspective and this blog. Your insights are so true even for Kansas and my home
    state of Massachusetts. Thanks for taking the time from your busy schedule to write.
    Greetings from rural Kansas.

  2. bonnie ellis says:

    Hello from Minneapolis. Give me a shout when you are in town some time. It would be fun to meet. I have lived in this city for many years and I really don’t like the growth either. My roots are rural and I would love to be back. I also HATE the traffic but it comes with growth too. On the up side, everyone who lives here is 5 minutes from a lovely lake and we have a fabulous system of parks.

  3. Marilyn says:

    Congratulations to your brother and his bride. Have a spooktacular Halloween

  4. Laura R. says:

    Hi Alex,

    I find your observations interesting, because I too grew up in a small town surrounded by bigger cities but mostly when my parents moved here in 1950 it was farmland. Most of the apple orchards are now being sold for development and as I still live here, I can feel the difference as times goes by and rural becomes less rural more suburban. I find myself preferring the back roads always over the main highways and I too cannot stand traffic. Another issue lately is the increase of property taxes in our small town. Most people who lived here their whole lives can no longer afford the taxes on their homes! Our little rural community is becoming a bedroom community for NYC ! Because of this, I find myself wanting to move farther afield so to speak. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and don’t hold it against me that I am now rooting for the Yankees in the playoffs. Lol.

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