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31 May 2013 . Comments Off on Tweets of the Week

Tweets of the Week

24 May 2013 . Comments Off on Tweets of the Week

Tweets of the Week

  • Love it: “@marycecconi: It looks like we have an E12 bill. Waiting for cc http://t.co/xNDbApNX03” in reply to marycecconi 2013-05-17
  • FB: Ed conference committee met just long enough to extend their deadline to 1am. The night gets longer. 2013-05-17
  • Harambee in the Education Bill, but Crosswinds is not. Sad day for Crosswinds. #emid 2013-05-18
  • FB: Harambee is in the education bill, Crosswinds is not. Mariani calls the committee to task for failing Crosswinds. 2013-05-18
  • FB: We had a great Crosswinds press conference at the Capitol today. The orchestra was beautiful, the kids were great, even legislators l… 2013-05-19
  • Vector Tiles! Super impressive work going on by MapBox team. http://t.co/Ir2M2zZrxq 2013-05-19
  • Waiting in Capitol 125 for a press conference on Crosswinds and Harambee. #mnleg #emid http://t.co/5WQ5sVm9ec 2013-05-20
  • JoAnn Ward and Carlos Mariani both speak up on the floor for Crosswinds. #mnleg #emid 2013-05-20
  • FB: JoAnn Ward and Carlos Mariani both speak up on the floor for Crosswinds. #mnleg #emid 2013-05-20
  • Minnesota just abandoned two state-of-the-art schools tonight. House fought to save at least one, can't say same for Senate. #mnleg #emid 2013-05-21
  • Hard to fathom how #mnleg could fail to authorize Roseville to take over Harambee when there was no opposition to the plan. None! #emid 2013-05-21
  • FB: I am sad to report that tonight the Minnesota Legislature failed to authorize the Perpich plan to take over our wonderful Crosswinds … 2013-05-21

17 May 2013 . Comments Off on Tweets of the Week

Tweets of the Week

  • I bet you've seen the water talk making the rounds. Pay attention. http://t.co/nwiwfS71C2 2013-05-10
  • GeoGuessr is a lot of fun! Just breaking 10,000 with Alex. Thanks @johnwchapman. http://t.co/8Nm0JOBMIx 2013-05-11
  • Hadfield knows how to leave the building… http://t.co/wTcQoL4DUB 2013-05-12
  • "Geography of hate against gays, races, and the disabled" ouch http://t.co/KJvux7PjlZ 2013-05-13
  • FB: Minnesota Senate just voted 37-30 for marriage for all! Governor plans to sign MN marriage equity bill tomorrow. This is a Minnesota … 2013-05-13
  • Looking for a new home for a non-profit WordPress site that is limping on DreamHost. Need SSH too. Recommendations for <$25/mo hosting? 2013-05-14
  • FB: I help manage many WordPress sites for non-profits, most of which are on DreamHost because of their free-for-non-profit accounts. How… 2013-05-14
  • Is @katiesieben holding Senate bonding hostage to get free #EMID school bldg for her district w/o hearing? $26M to kill integration. #mnleg 2013-05-15
  • Thanks to @DreamHost for a smooth move between data centers tonight! 2013-05-16
  • FB: Spending the morning at the hospital with Alex who is having his wisdom teeth out. Quite the process he's going through. Here's to ho… 2013-05-16

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26 April 2013 . Comments Off on Tweets of the Week

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23 April 2013 . Comments Off on Twenty Five Years

Twenty Five Years

I made the best decision of my life on a snowy April morning in 1987. Mary and I had been living with one another for several years and she had suggested a few times that we might make a commitment to do so for the rest of our lives. I was reluctant. I was afraid of becoming my father, of being unable to live out such a commitment without an alternate life and harbors of secrecy. I was afraid that saying I’d do anything for the rest of my life was a bit insane when I was only 24 years old.

We were living in Ohio at the time, and I woke up one April morning to find the world covered in white. An April snowstorm had transformed spring to winter overnight. The bright light of spring on the carpet of snow, the thick sticky white on the branches of the trees, struck me dumb with wonder. What a crazy spring. What a topsy turvy world. As I looked at the transformation outside I realized I could transform inside. I decided if God could be so impulsive as to drop snow on us in April, I could be crazy enough to say yes to Mary. We decided that morning to get married a year later, in April, whatever the weather.

We had a beautiful day, of course, no snow, many friends, and a wedding we structured so that our vows could be shared by many friends who were not (yet) allowed to be married. Saying yes to Mary and this path was the best decision I’ve ever made.

Mary and I have been blessed with two wonderful children and a wonderful journey together. Whatever the future holds, I am grateful to be on this road with Mary. It has not always been smooth sailing and I’ve railed at God (easier to believe in God when I’m angry) plenty of times for the awful and oppressive. But I’ve never been alone, because I find God in my nearest neighbor every day. As our rings say, “journey is reward.” Just being next to one another through thick and thin has been such a great reward.

So today, our twenty fifth anniversary, is a magical morning not for any of the grand plans we’ve made (it looks like we will simply be home together) but for the gift of a snowy April morning outside. This very gift 26 years ago helped me say “yes” to the partner of my life. I give thanks for another April snow, and for the reminder that life is full of the unexpected, transformations are possible, and even beneath the cold white blanket likes the promise of spring. I give thanks for Mary in my life. I love you, Mary!

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19 April 2013 . Comments Off on Tweets of the Week

Tweets of the Week

  • FB: Thinking of friends in Boston today. 2013-04-15
  • FB: A big "thank you" to Ward 4 DFLers who were so generous in welcoming this first-timer to chair their convention tonight. I really app… 2013-04-16
  • FB: Had a wonderful day at St Kate's with frequent reference to MIT, so I am particularly distressed to hear tonight's story of shots on … 2013-04-18

5 April 2013 . Comments Off on Tweets of the Week

Tweets of the Week

22 March 2013 . Comments Off on Tweets of the Week

Tweets of the Week

  • Back at MN Legislature for second HF592 hearing… It could be a long time before our agenda item comes forward. #emidsos 2013-03-15
  • Agenda is so long that Rep Winkler asked us to give up our parent testimony time. No parent testimony today. Which is fine. #emidsos 2013-03-15
  • Agenda is so long that Rep Winkler asked us to give up our parent testimony time. No parent testimony today. Which is fine. #EMID 2013-03-15
  • We've been told HF592 is next up in Govt Ops… Maybe this won't take all day! #emid #emidsos 2013-03-15
  • But ahead of us is school bullying, so we aren't up yet! #emid #emidsos 2013-03-15
  • HF592 passed Gov Ops and is on to Cap Investments! #emid #emidsos 2013-03-15
  • Education must include diversity in a #BetterMN, save integration in the east metro w #SF530 and #HF592. Budget-neutral, but vital! #mnleg 2013-03-16
  • Supreme Court upholds first-sale doctrine in textbook resale case, I'm aghast that this was even a question! http://t.co/h5NS7Pd3ps 2013-03-19
  • FB: Reading the St. Kates 2008 strategic plan, which includes the following quote: "Hope is the presentiment that imagination is more rea… 2013-03-20
  • my sites and http://t.co/onjZ2aGrKh won't load @bluehost 2013-03-21
  • @bluehost your 888 number is hanging up on callers, your website is down, my websites are down, but email forwarding still working 2013-03-21
Eric Celeste / Saint Paul, Minnesota / 651.323.2009 / efc@clst.org