By the Shores of Gitche Gumee


Standing on the shores of Gitche Gumee, fwatching the waves crash onto the black rocky shore, it didn’t take long to understand why the Native Americans often called it the Big Lake of Shining Waters….

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Conviction of a Multitasker


My husband has recently become enamored with some of the wit of Albert Einstein. One of the quotes he’s shared with me is “A man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is…

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Finding New Reads


Finding a new book to read is like going on a treasure hunt. I open the pages, hoping to immerse myself in a new world and get involved with characters I start to care about….

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Some Fashions I Just Don’t Get


  Amazing what you can learn just skimming your Facebook news feed. Someone posted an article about tuberculosis on its effect on fashions in the nineteenth century. It seems that the elaborate cravats popular among…

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10 Books I’m Longing to Read


  Some of my friends set reading goals for the year, as in how many books they are going to read. One even is going for 100! I’m thinking a little more modestly, planning on…

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Why?


  “Why are we doing this?” my husband asked. “Because we are.” “It’s only going to be the two of us.” I ignored him and shook the branches of the Christmas tree we were dragging…

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(VIDEO) Benefits of Failure by JK Rowling


Success has a certain adrenaline, urging us one to greater effort. Failure, or at least lack of success, has the opposite effect. Or at least, it does for me. I’m feeling a bit stuck on…

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On the Edge


  Or what to do to keep an even keel when life seems to be pushing you over a cliff I’m going along, working toward my goals, big and small. Edit novel. Plant a geranium….

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Seven Odd Musical Instruments


  Travel anywhere in the world and what do you find in every culture? No, I’m not thinking about alcohol (but that would be true). I’m thinking of musical instruments. So as I build the…

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Has Anything Good Ever Happened on April 15?


  Next week brings us April 15, a day loathed by many: the day our taxes our due. My writing has had to take a back seat to the annual torture, doubled this year as…

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