Lake Minnetonka Steamboat Trolley

January 9, 2017Places
The Steamboat Trolleys of Lake Minnetonka Story & Photos by Rebecca Silus Excelsior, Minnesota At the turn of the 20th century, Lake Minnetonka was a destination for vacationers from across the United States. They came to escape the summer heat at dozens of grand lakeside hotels, where even the hottest days were made bearable by [...]

Parallel worlds and creative foundations

April 14, 2013Creative Time

I became aware that there was an old world existing parallel to the present when I was about eight. We’d just moved into a brand new house built on land that not ten years earlier had belonged to a larger estate. The massive old house still stood—out of view—on the other side of the thick … Read More

Winter walks

January 29, 2013Travel, Travel Topics

Temperatures during our visit to Minnesota hovered around 10° F (-12°C) but we still managed to get out for walks almost every day. That’s Anthony on a frozen, SNOW-FREE Lake Minnetonka. It’s unusual for the lake to be frozen with no snow on top. These rare conditions mean that instead of shoveling a skating rink … Read More


December 27, 2011Travel, Travel Topics

By Rebecca Christmas Day. Too bad we didn’t have skates: there’s hardly any snow so the lake is one big ice rink.

Minneapolis Avenue

December 26, 2011Travel, Travel Topics

Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota by Rebecca Remember Minneapolis Avenue—the street my grandparents lived on from 1939 until just a month ago? I said my farewells on my last visit home, but the house is still there and the things aren’t all moved out yet. So we paid a visit the other day. A bittersweet visit…hard to … Read More

Farewell Minneapolis Avenue

October 15, 2011After Hours

My grandparents are old—in their 90s—and it is too dangerous for them to stay in this place with steep stairways and tiny spaces. So they are going to move in one month. I realized that I was putting off the visit because I knew that it would be the last time. How do you go … Read More

Field Report 031: Favorites

October 4, 2011The Field Report, Travel

We had a conversation about fields the other day because hey I’m still roaming these parts that I grew up in and in these parts fields are everywhere. The conversation got me thinking about a lot of things pertaining to fields and open spaces and what’s on the other side of open spaces and how … Read More


December 7, 2010The Distant Past

Mound, Minnesota circa 1950 This is how we roll where I come from; let the babes loose in the snow and let them figure it out. And yet despite my lifelong training, I almost managed to break my head last night on the Berlin sidewalks. + Fisheye, macro, and wide angle lenses for your camera … Read More

New sheriffs in town

October 31, 2010The Distant Past

Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, 1952 I saw a ghost from my balcony on Friday evening. Dusk was underway and no one was out—except for one really short, old-fashioned ghost (you know, the huge white sheet with cutout eye holes kind). The ghost was kicking its way through the fallen yellow leaves. I hadn’t seen any other … Read More

Out at the lake

July 8, 2010The Distant Past
At the moment, the talk of the town in Berlin is going to the lake: What lakes are the best for swimming? What lakes are the least crowded? Good questions because truth be told...I am a lake snob. My trip to the Schlachtensee a couple of summers ago reduced me to a deep despair. I [...]