Loosened from the mud, I find myself floating in a world of possibility.

So can you.

When the temperatures highs don't go above zero...

what the heck do you do? A high of 3 below can be a fairly depressing thing in the first few days of the new year. In previous years, I would have opted to stay in my home with a sense of hibernation. This year is different because we have been getting out most days to work out at the health club. The reward for this effort is a latte in the afternoon.

My new favorite coffee shop is Lily's on Central Avenue in Northeast Minneapolis, across from Columbia Park. The lattes are yummy and decaf (for me, of course). The food is delicious, a menu that includes sandwiches and luscious chocolate cakes, as well as a variety of salads and fresh fruit.

But I think the big appeal for me is that I feel like a rock star whenever I go there. Lily's is just a few blocks down the road from Eastside Co-op and since getting elected to the Board of Directors, I get approached a lot at this coffee shop. People recognize me and it feels good. Co-op member-owners come to me with congratulations and suggestions. It's those suggestions that make me feel great because they approach me with a such a strong sense of confidence in my ability to create positive change in this neighborhood.

There is a variety of seating, most of which is fairly comfortable, all of which is great to view.

The artwork from local painters and photographers is fantastic. It fills both rooms of the coffee shop and looks great against the red walls.

I have Co-op committee meetings at this coffee shop and there always seems to be some folks playing violin in the mornings. I love that about this place. Also, there is this resident guitar which is just wonderfully encouraging. The Big D eventually grabbed it and started strumming, muttering under his breath something about bringing his tuner next time. I could sit and listen to him all day.


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