Monarch

While visiting my sister's family in St. Paul last month, I went the Minnesota Zoo. The Aveda Butterfly Garden was open at the time, located at the end of the Tropics Trail, and it featured more than 40 different species of butterflies and moths. I learned a secret about butterfly gardens. They have the power to …

Adventures in Self-Publishing with Lilly Maendel

While many of you are slogging through years of classes in pursuit of your MFAs and sketching outlines of your first novels, my 6-year-old niece Lilly is already one step ahead of you. With only a kindergarten education, she has penned numerous short stories and is well-known in her North St. Paul neighborhood.  Lilly travels door to door, selling her work for 50 …

Breaking Free

Human beings crave boundaries and defined limits. We spend a great deal of our lives protecting and defending them. They make us feel safe. But, sometimes I feel like we've fenced ourselves inside a property and then boxed ourselves into a house. Wouldn't it be great just to let go of all that for a little …

RoozenGaarde

The tulips are here! Every spring, for a few short weeks, the Skagit Valley glows with miles and miles of blossoming fields. My friend Sarah and I visited the RoozenGaarde fields last night for some photos. I'm in the middle of sifting through a couple hundred and plan to post more this weekend as well as …