Get Cozy: A Survival Strategy for a Midwestern Winter

Winter can get awfully long. Once the twinkling Christmas lights are put away and we attend our last holiday party, the final weeks of winter stretch in…

Claim Your Voice, Deepen Your Story, and Rewrite Your Life: Relaxing, Healing, and Empowering Writing Retreats

Jess Lourey was the first person to tell me I could write a book. We met at a workshop she conducted at the Moorhead Public…

Surviving Lutefisk And Other Hazards Of A Norwegian-American, Midwestern Christmas

This is the time of year when we daydream through the last hours of work, pack up the car and head off to see family…

The #WorstDogEver

Western North Dakota is a beautiful place and I don’t get out that way as often as I’d like. I live vicariously through Sabrina Ramey,…

Neighbors

I’ve been reading newspaper stories and first-hand accounts about a new group of immigrants that arrived in my home state of North Dakota. These new…

Have Less, Buy Smarter, Travel More

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” ― Marie Kondō Somewhere along…

Travel Inspiration: Poems For New Adventures

“Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose……

What I’ve Learned Halfway Through 30 Days Of Biking

Last month I was in downtown Fargo when I noticed a flyer that promoted 30 Days of Biking, a movement that challenges people all over…

A Mindful New Year

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks…

“The Wrong Shall Fail, The Right Prevail”

“And in despair I bowed my head; ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said; ‘For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace…

A Free Ride on LinkFM

If you’ve ever complained about parking in downtown Fargo, I’ve got a solution for you. Well, to be more accurate, LinkFM has a solution. It’s…

Lake Life

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or…

“Off the Radar”

I was reading in my hotel room after a conference last week when a passage made me gasp. It was one of those moments when…

The Sweet Smells Of Summer

The calendar says the first day of summer is June 21, but every day after the first warm stretch in May counts as summer to…

A Little Blogger Love: The Liebster Award

Earlier this week I got a sweet note from the lovely Midwest in Style informing me that she’d nominated me for The Liebster Award. Yay!…