The Vogelian Adventure Bureau is a production studio and resource library for adventurers all sorts. We specialize in poetry, books, short film, web design, and general hilarity. We are for promoting social change in the form of laughing more and being honest etc, and also for education in regards to let’s all have some fun. Welcome, enjoy.

Lucy Quote
My first publishing credit, ca. 1998

A Description of the Bureau by Katie Vogel, Adventurer in Chief

In the fourth grade, my teacher gave our class an assignment, which was to write a one-page essay about someone who has influenced our thinking or inspired us. I must have been feeling cheeky that day, because I chose to write only one sentence, as follows: “Other than my parents, one person who has influenced me a lot is Lucille Ball because she has filled the world with laughter and I would love to do the same.” My teacher sent all of our entries into a contest called “Mindworks,” a column in the variety section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune in which a thought-provoking question was posed each month and elementary school children were encouraged to submit entries. A cartoonist for the Star Tribune (L.K. Hanson, wherever you are, I hope you’re well) found my entry amusing enough to illustrate, and so – to my mother and father’s shock and parental glee – my words were published on the front page of the variety section the next Monday morning.

Thinking back on this event, I am always flattered (and intrigued) that the paper and Mr. Hanson thought my entry worthy of sharing. What moved them to publish my words? I guess they found it entertaining to imagine a 10-year-old watching I Love Lucy reruns and dancing along in admiration to Ricky Ricardo’s latin beats, and thought that others would find it entertaining as well. My entry made them laugh, I suppose, and so they chose to pass it on. Laughter is powerful that way, making mirthful fools of anyone who is so wise as to let it. I implicitly understood that power as a 10-year-old, and I have since learned the importance of not forgetting those things I knew as a child.

The world is at once a silly and sinister place. There are people out there who may try to persuade you to be who you’re not, or to think how you don’t, and those people make it rather difficult for the rest of us to get on with things and beat our drums. I believe that if those people spent more time laughing and listening – and less time moaning and monologuing – we would all have more time to be curious and thoughtful and all sorts of nice things that are all too often thrown by the wayside. It makes sense that there should be a place for all people – fearful, joyful, and everything in between – to come together, share a story, and perhaps partake in a little laughter, as once advised by a cheeky child.

Thus, the Vogelian Adventure Bureau was born. It is a place for stories to be shared, laughter to be fostered, and ideas to be collected. You may always at any time email the Bureau asking for counsel or contribute counsel of your own. Above all, the Bureau is a resource for explorers, entrepreneurs, artists, adventurers, revolutionaries and renaissance lasses and lads of all ages, genders, orientations, races, religions, colors, shapes, sizes, states of mental/emotional/spiritual/physical health, etc ad nauseum to infinity.

As Stephen Colbert once said, “Do you know what I like about comedy? You can’t laugh and be afraid at the same time—of anything. If you’re laughing, I defy you to be afraid.” Come afraid, come laughing, come any way you wish. This is your creative haven, your port in the storm, your sweet hell, your earthly paradise. Welcome, you’re just in time – the next adventure is beginning.

Katie Ball
Katie just hanging out at a friend’s house.

About Katie Vogel

Katie graduated from Tufts University in May of 2011, where she studied maritime history, computer science and calligraphy. Since graduating, she has had the pleasure of canoeing 300 miles of the Mississippi River with her friend and trusted advisor, Aaron Birr, training as a whitewater raft guide and technical ropes rescuer in Costa Rica with Outward Bound, working as a sailing intern with Thompson Island Outward Bound in Boston Harbor, starting up a little limerick business, and finally landing in Monterey, California, where she currently enjoys working as a kayak and natural history guide in Monterey Bay along Cannery Row.

Katie also enjoys watching Friends, 30 Rock, Shark Men, and anything hilarious. Her favorite books are “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke and “Matilda” by Roald Dahl. Katie always carries around a notebook with her to record her own secrets, adventures, and good ideas. She loves to sing and does it loudly and often.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. There is a brilliant Roald Dahl movie called Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter. Ok, it is a book too. Anyone that holds the hallowed position of Adventurer in Chief really must watch/read about this intrepid, little adventurer as well.

  2. Dear Katie Vogel,
    A friend forwarded your blog to me, and I’m delighted to see it. I’m LK Hanson, the artist who picked and illustrated your observation about Lucille Ball. I have to say I’m happy to see that your first publishing effort inspired you to greater things. During my tenure at the Star Tribune (I left there almost 6 years ago), Mindworks was one of my favorite ongoing projects, and I had a great time working on it for a number of years. I hope this finds you well and doing what you want to be doing. Warmest Regards, LKH

  3. Dear LK Hanson,

    I happened into the Laurie shop for the first time yesterday. It’s on my way to work and in the few months I’ve been in Minneapolis I have wanted to stop in, and yesterday I indulged the curiosity and I’m rather happy I did. No need to introduce yourself — after I received your work and letter (do you remember you wrote me a letter? It’s lovely), I made it my task as a precocious paper-reading 10-year-old to snip out all of your art from the Star Tribune. I had quite a collection going for awhile, until I started collecting stamps and needed the box for those instead. You understand how stamps are very important in 4th grade, no offense meant. Anyway, for the past 15 years I was under the impression you, LK Hanson, were a wizard of oz-like character and that the drawings pretty much just appeared in the paper like magic straight out of your brain, you being a cartoon figure much like your drawings, or something like that, I didn’t quite know. It was incredible to wander into Laurie yesterday and see your work on the wall and ask James Do you know LK Hanson? and for James to say Yes, do you know LK Hanson? and for me to say Yes, in fact I do — sort of, etc. Your work inspired me to continue writing (which is for better or worse, depending on which friends/writing subjects of mine you talk to), so I have a lot of words to say to you, but the most important two are THANK YOU. If you happen to be in Minnesota again any time in the next few months, I would love to cross paths with you at a watering hole of some sort. I hear you’re in Mexico now writing a book or something like that? I just wrote my first books (a trilogy in fact!) and don’t know what to do with them so maybe you could say some things about that, who knows. In any event, I’ve had an objectively shitty year of 2013, yet I’ve managed to keep a smile on because lovely surprises like e-meeting you keep happening, so again, thank you for all you have done, simply by being inspired. Welcome to the Bureau, feel free to email me kvogel.esq@gmail.com, and see you soon. Cheers, Katie

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