In the month of May 2007 I had an artist in residency at the Anderson Center for the Arts, in Redwing, Minnesota. Alexander Anderson, the inventor of the puffing process, as in Quaker Puffed Rice and Oats, built this really interesting homestead, laboratory and research center in 1907. Totally tornado-proof. Complete with underground tunnels to each building in case there is 8 feet of snow outside, which is very possible in the Minnesota plains. I was there with 5 other artists for the month of May. There was one other visual artist. Everyone else was a poet, play-write, or writer. On the top of the tower there was a really cool little writing studio. I feel very fortunate to have been there and found the Anderson people to be really supportive. The center has since been populated with sculptures from previous acquisitions and artist residents.