The English Language Class


To begin again after seventy, to change

from fluent Amharic, Ukrainian, Russian
to I speak a little English,

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TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, December 28th, 2015 – Sunday, January 3rd, 2016


I want to share a few of those important things with you this week, as well as an important note to our faithful readers over the past two years. We are changing more than just our calendars. We are going through some changes here at TWISP, and we want to keep you with us as we transform the new year and ourselves.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, December 21st – Sunday, December 27th, 2015


A brief taste of winter was scooped into our season’s palate for a moment last week. It was good to feel this check of reality in today’s atmosphere where reality is such an easy casualty of insane ambition and a pervasive willingness to accept entertainment as fact. It is no irony that the past month’s weather reminds us of the discourse of the airwaves.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, December 14th – Sunday, December 20th, 2015

North Pole Express Engine No. 261 at Saint Paul Union Depot © Jeff Terry

In Saint Paul, our sisters and brothers invest sweat and tears in freedoms, artistic and otherwise. Sometimes we offer a welcome hat, and other times we try our best to offer refuge against the protestations of neighbors who have forgotten how and why their great grandparents came here.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, December 7th – Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of  Shelly Losee

Almost a month late, a thin version of the winter blanket has come to the landscape. Shifting landscapes meet changing climates that days later gave me the opportunity to be outside in a strange December balm.

TWISP | This Week In Saint Paul: Monday, November 30th – Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Pablo Picasso Guernica 1937

Counting the brave faces walking the globe this week makes both the season and the daily walk seem pale. While the wanna-be rulers ask us to peer into their kaleidoscope of logic, the most important things we see and hear are coming from the crystal clear honesty of artists confronting the issues of the day head-on.