• Stuff I’ve Learned

    Thinking. Learning some. Stuff I’ve learned: I’m lazy, selfish and self-centered. Self-concious (as evidenced right here). Other times, thankfully, I’m the opposite. I like that me better. Sometimes I want praise. Praise makes me uncomfortable. I hate being new. I like being known. I don’t need to be the center […]

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  • N of 45

    N of 45  Windy today. Waves on the lake. I am all talked out. Curtis, Michigan is a good place and so is AnnMarie Rowland’s N of 45 writers’ retreat. A grand mixture of writing styles, genres, with participants sixteen to eighty (or so). Good, useful sessions with terrific writers […]

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  • Much has changed. We’re leaving our century-old family farm in the heart of Illinois. I am now a former shepherd. The sheep are still right out back. They come to the sound of my voice (and my husband’s) but they belong to another good shepherd. younger, very kind and experienced. […]

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  • Most people wouldn’t think of November in the U.P. as beautiful. It is. My daughter and her daughter (16 months old) came away to the quiet with me. I’ve been writing, looking deep into the forest, staring at more stars than anyone in Illinois could ever see and rocking a […]

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  • Visited the beautiful little town of Negaunee, Michigan this week and decided on a whim to walk through their museum. They take their history seriously in this old iron mining town near Teal Lake in the U.P. I learned a lot walking through three stories of furniture, fabrics, journals and […]

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