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Can you believe November is half over? I can't! This is what I've been up to as the month races by: 

Despite continually raving about their scrumptious burgers (and I am not a big fan of burgers), I had't returned to The Nook since that first Nook burger a few years ago. In the interim, the place has been rebuilt following damage from a fire, and I tried a new-to-me beer, so this week's visit definitely counts as exploring. Earlier this week I joined a couple friends at the Nook and was not disappointed with the flavorful Alumni Burger, the fries that taste like Grandma used to make, the locally brewed Lift Bridge Chestnut Hill brown ale or the conversation with friends.

One thing I wound up learning this week involves the mass relocation of homeless, orphaned and abandoned children from the mid-1800s into the early 1900s. A museum and research center, the National Orphan Train Complex in Concordia, Kansas, works to preserve stories and memorabelia from what's known as the "Orphan Train Movement." I also learned here that in 1893, a Little Falls, Minnesota, orphanage expanded when 33 orphans arrived on the "noon train." This topic has arisen following a comment from my grandma, who suffered a massive stroke three years ago and whose memory is not always reliable, that her mother-in-law's sister rode an orphan train. Since none of us know much about my grandpa's mother's side, my family aims to research this claim. 

What I'm sharing today is a wonderful radio interview and in-studio performance with the band Dawes. It aired on Sunday morning, and I heard most of it. On top of their throwback sound with a twist of contemporary flavor, I love the stories Dawes songs tell through their lyrics. It was interesting to hear in the interview that Dawes records its albums in analog rather than digital form. In this online interview, front man Taylor Goldsmith explains that digital recoding felt disjointed and that analog "helps you listen with your ears." 


(Etc.): Last year at this time, Minnesota was already in the throes of winter; the snow that arrived in mid-November 2010 stayed for the whole long season. Today's mid-morning temperature hovers around freezing, but the only snow we've seen have been whispy flurries a few days ago. For that, I am grateful.

What ELSE? What have you been exploring or learning? What do you have to share, (etc.)? Comment here or send me a tweet!