Monthly Archives: November 2011


Here at a bend in the Otter Tail River, there is a surprising phenomenon at play.  At least it is surprising to me, new to this clime and environment.  We expected the Canada Geese to have migrated by now, down … Continue reading

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Life in the northern prairie is good.  We spent Thanksgiving with family in my grandparent’s house in Hickson, North Dakota.  It was traditional in most  respects (green bean casserole and marsh-mellowed yams notwithstanding) with the added Norwegian touch of  homemade … Continue reading

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I’m so proud I feel like I won the award myself.  And I’m not surprised  the teeniest bit that my cousin, Debbie Fowler, was the winner out of 100 nominations for the Fargo Forum’s Most Beautiful Women Project.  She is … Continue reading

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ANTICIPATION “We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway. And I wonder if I’m really with you now Or just chasin’ after some finer day. Anticipation, anticipation Is makin’ me late Is keepin’ … Continue reading

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  A few weeks ago I caught out of the corner of my eye, a fairly big flash of black and red whisking across the yard outside of the living room but as I rushed to the window, it was … Continue reading

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  Do you remember the hole in the wall that became a window box because the 130 year old plaster exploded in an overly large manner around the new window opening? Well, it did it again.  This time in the … Continue reading

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  I was all set to pour a glass of before-dinner-Chardonnay and plump down in my chair with the new issue of Vanity Fair last evening when I remembered Sven.  He was my housewarming present from my cousin Maryanne, a … Continue reading

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  It’s been “wintry” of late, but today is the first day that looks, smells and feels seriously of winter, in spite of the no-show snow. I can sense it coming and not, like the fog, on “little cat feet” … Continue reading

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Returning to California this past week was like flipping, helter-skelter, through the pages of an old and favorite book, bits and pieces jumbled and flashing all the way up the Pacific Coast Highway.  It was a quick trip to take … Continue reading

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