Memo from Minnesota Niceland

One of my favorite parts of the Bryant and May mysteries written by Christopher Fowler is the hilarious staff memo at the beginning of the books. So in a nod to Mr. Fowler, here is a memo on my last … Continue reading

Bird Watching and Writing

I am a birdwatcher. Not the kind who can’t go out without my binoculars, but the kind who feeds hummingbirds and notices when a sharp-shinned hawk is building her nest in the woods behind my house. I also watch the … Continue reading

Maudie: A Romance with Art

If you think you’ve got it bad, get over yourself and go to Maudie, a quiet yet moving film about Canada’s most famous folk artist. Sally Hawkins is incredible as the irrepressible, smart, yet fragile Maud Lewis. Ethan Hawke admirably … Continue reading

Quotes on Babies, Unicorns, Smart Women

A lot of people are saying a lot of cool stuff, and I decided, because I am a daughter of a man who had Alzheimer’s, to jot them down before they disappear from my brain cells. Some are from favorite … Continue reading

Just Go On Into the Bathroom; I’ll Be Right with You

I don’t sit around thinking of trouble for my characters all the time. Sometimes, I have to pursue writing that pays. One way I keep the wolf from the door is by writing press releases for Karastan and Mohawk Home. … Continue reading

The Change Cometh: MIB vs. MIL

Maybe it’s not disease or crime or tripping over the cat that kills us. Maybe it’s change. In this winter of impossible snows, devious ice, and sub-zero temperatures that stab through bone, I am thinking of my mother-in-law (MIL). Hoping … Continue reading

Why You Need a Nature Lover in Your Life

We should all know someone who reminds us of the joys of natural phenomena. These are people who drag you into a snowstorm to feel the cold kiss of snowflakes on your cheek. They grab your book from your hand, … Continue reading

Why I Spend Halloween in the Basement

Our marriage is a Halloween-free zone.We also avoid restaurants with themes, ever since the waiter at Renaissance Buffet plopped down on one knee, thumped his chest, and said, “My liege, might I suggest a hearty meat pie or a joint of … Continue reading

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