Who Done It?

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“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 6:1 I cradled my coffee and watched as two tow trucks played tug-of-war on the cul-de-sac out my front window. It was Friday morning after… Continue reading Who Done It?

On Becoming a Grandma

So, I had my first grandchild in August… He lives 1,000 miles away, which could be around the world, since I have limited vacation time. 🙁 Before his birth, so many people asked, “Aren’t you excited?” and I would answer politely, “Oh, sure,” but honestly, I wondered how much difference it would make in my… Continue reading On Becoming a Grandma

Leave No Trace

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My Adventures in the Boundary Water include meeting a bear and her cub. This took place in August 2017. Before you venture into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area between MN and Canada you must watch a video explaining “Leave No Trace.” And if you are fortunate to have experienced friends, they will insist you carry… Continue reading Leave No Trace

Mother’s Day is Loaded

It’s complicated. Mothers aren’t perfect. Don’t I know it? The pressure of being celebrated can be uncomfortable. What about my Uncle Ding? He definitely made a better “grammy” than his sister I called by that name. Ugh. I think of my own mother. I know there was a time in our relationship that I did… Continue reading Mother’s Day is Loaded

Boomer and the Bench

I was at my favorite open space which reminds me of the Andy Wyeth painting “Christina’s World,” an old farm now lined with walking trails. I had had numerous run-ins with Boomer at this venue, so he generally comes to mind. Boomer is the beloved dog of Someone Who Thinks He is Wonderful, like most… Continue reading Boomer and the Bench

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