Category Archives: minnesota life

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

I’m a good hostess. Plus, I’m a Libra, so I naturally gravitate to plumping pillows at the same time I’m plying delectables and treats. I invariably worry that I won’t make enough and I pore over menus and plans, arrange … Continue reading

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MIDSUMMER

If it wasn’t for Midsummer, I wouldn’t be here today.  My family likes to tell the tale of Jennings who, in the early 1930’s, returned to his hometown after a voyage in the Merchant Marines. That particular year, his town … Continue reading

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BEE-WARE

When we lived on the west coast we rarely had a lawn. Let’s face it – water is next to gold in California, grass is incredibly thirsty, and anyway, I would always opt for vegetables and perennial beds given the … Continue reading

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THE CATALYST

Looking back at my frivolous and naïve platitudes about weather and snow over the past two years, and my personal thrill of Minnesota extremes, I stand humiliated and repentant. What a silly-billy idiot I was until now. Enchanted with the … Continue reading

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READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Some days you just hate to pick up the morning paper for all the disastrous news of the world. We have a routine at our house. I put on my boots (this time of year), button my down jacket over … Continue reading

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THE AVENGER

When Thumper explained to Bambi about the forest folk who were “twitterpatted,” he wasn’t just expounding on the thrill of new love. He was referencing the joy and excitement of new life in the Spring. In Spring worms emerge from … Continue reading

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BOSSY PANTS II

When I was 7, 8 10, thereabouts, I was the one in the gang to write, cast, direct and star in the neighborhood productions. We had different venues. The Burgess yard was perfect for western dramas. Their dad, a frustrated … Continue reading

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FOOD FIGHT

When I was still in high school, an enormous event happened in a neighboring community. Disneyland opened. Relatives from the far northern prairies now had another grand reason to visit, other than soaking up the California sunshine, and my family … Continue reading

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THE SNOW QUEEN’S PALACE

Here on my hill, looking out at crystals and icicles, I can imagine I am the Snow Queen surveying my wintry domain. It’s 40 below with the wind chill tonight and I need to use snowshoes to refill the bird … Continue reading

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ORKO

All day today we have been under the influence of Orko, who has provided the most snow downfall in our year and a half of Minnesota existence. A real blizzard. Church services cancelled. Even the YMCA closed. Drifts gathering up … Continue reading

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