I have a cousin who I find astonishing. I think he is my second cousin. His mom and my mom were first cousins. Our grandfathers were brothers. We are the same age and graduated from Luverne High School together. We used to chase each other around the grade school play ground. He always had a fascination with reptiles and amphibians. Baboon Krista knew him from his work with the Minnesota DNR as well as the Rock Bend Music Festival (Free, Free, Free). He used to examine frogs to see if they were missing legs. PJ knows him from their Danish Heritage Society. His dad was Danish.
His recent Facebook posts reveal that he doesn’t work for the DNR now, but for some reason he is travelling around Madelia conducting field surveys trying to find and count Great Plains Toads. I wonder how you count toads? How do you know you haven’t counted them twice? They jump around!
My cousin is also a luthier, and creates the most beautiful mandolins, Hardanger fiddles, nyckelharpas, and Viola D’ Amores. What a range of interests. How on earth does this happen?
Who are some of the most astonishing and fascinating people you know?