Grandma

I moved away from Minnesota when I was 18 and haven't always been the best at communicating with family members back home. This is especially irksome to my mom's mom, who happens to be a prolific letter-writer. Once, when I returned for my parent's 25th wedding anniversary, Grandma asked me, "Have your hands healed?" "Nothing's wrong with …

Advertisements

40 Days

My mom turned 40 at Kramer’s Supper Club in Evansville, Minnesota, a no-stoplight town in the West Central farmlands. It was a surprise party. I was 17-years-old at the time and the only one of my 4 siblings to snag an invite because I had a car and agreed to sneak in the cake ahead …

In the Nest

I bought my first lawnmower on Friday.  It was super hard. I logged onto Lowe’s website, browsed through the selection of available lawnmowers at the Bellingham store, and then paid for the one I wanted. My plan was to breeze into the store after work, pick up my order at the Customer Service Desk,  and roll …

The Heart Recovers

Have you ever noticed how, in our pursuit of the perfect home or job or relationship or image, there's usually this one problem in life - some offshoot of annoyance that's so close to being right, but it just isn't? It steals our focus, and all of our accomplishments and potential blur into the background. Some …

Why I Travel

If you look at the earth from 37,000 feet, you’ll see rivers. You’ll see the scars left by those that dried up, snaking through the deserts. Farmland will be divided into little squares by red gravel roads, and you’ll see the hovering cumulous cast shadows on fields. There will be glowing patches of city lights, …

The Essence of Being Human

I received some disappointing news earlier today about something I had wanted very badly. It just so happened that a good friend of mine got the thing that I wanted. My first reaction was negative; I spouted off a rant on Facebook, growled a little at my desk, pouted and then took a walk around …

Screwed

I couldn't resist the title. The word conjures up a fond memory for me. (And where did your mind go just then?!) I last made it home for Christmas in 2008. My oldest niece and my nephew were both 4 at the time. Just before Christmas Eve dinner, Ella tore down the stairs from my …

Top 12 Memorable Moments of 2012

2012 was a year of extreme highs and lows, surprises, and good friends. Here are 12 of my most memorable moments from the past year, with pictures! 1. Posing for Trish Harding I am not exactly what you’d call model material. But, Trish doesn’t care. All shapes and sizes are welcome in her art classes. …

The $6,500 Cigarette

$6,508.02 to be exact. It’s amazing to me that one little cigarette could cause so much damage - one little cigarette, improperly extinguished in a wooden planter filled with potting soil. (See "There's No Place Like Home" for the full story)  But, I should count myself lucky. I only lost my deck. I Googled “potting …