Category Archives: favorite things

TREASURES OF THE HEART

I grew up with a father and a godfather who went to sea. That was their world and their profession – chief engineer and captain respectively –   Norwegians who broke from the farm and sought the greater world. I was … Continue reading

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BUNNY LOVE

  My kindergarten teacher mother had a favorite book which she would read to her group of five-year-olds each year. And to me. Repeatedly. And so I grew up physically imbued and psychologically branded by the tale of “The Velveteen … Continue reading

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GROUP HUG

  When I was growing up in Long Beach, California one of the landmark buildings was the Pacific Coast Club which resembled a medieval castle, high on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Built as a private club with dining and … Continue reading

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BOSSY PANTS

  What is up with these Minnesotans? Oh, there’s “Minnesota Nice” – and that particular nomenclature couldn’t be closer to the truth. Hospitality and courtesy abounds in this state. The artistic life is not only alive and well, but exceptional. … Continue reading

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LET’S PRETEND

  When I was five and my friend Sandra Snelling was 6 we went in search of the City of Silver and Gold. It was a mystical quest not unlike that undertaken by the Knights Templar, except that it took … Continue reading

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER

  A few years ago, when we were still living in California, T.M. (Bob) connected up with his cousin Dennis. They were the same age and had participated in some coming of age hi-jinx during the summers that my husband … Continue reading

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SCHLUMPING BALES: AN UPDATE

When I first reported enthusiastically on the experimental fun of gardening in straw bales, I promised an update. To recap, it is a process created by a Minnesota horticulturalist, Joel Karsten who was the keynote speaker this year at the … Continue reading

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ABOUT A GIRL

Sugar and spice and everything nice? I certainly wouldn’t have described myself in those terms when I was Cassidy Rose’s age. Not that I wasn’t nice or a little bit of sweet and sour at times. Not that I didn’t … Continue reading

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CHANNELING SUSAN ORLEAN

When Liz called to tell me that there was a field of orchids near her house at Jewett Lake and I had to come quick, I had no idea just how memorable that find would become. First of all – … Continue reading

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HELP, I’M MELTING!

  In one hour we’re picking up our daughter, Sheila at the Fargo airport. This will be her first trip to Minnesota and we’re hoping to entice her and pull out all the stops. Most likely it’s too much to … Continue reading

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