Looking for Local Food

When I lived in Knoxville, I often visited the local food co-op to get my groceries. I was on a budget and loved to cook. The food co-op was a small “no frills” establishment where I had to bring my own bottles and jars to take advantage of the bulk foods scattered among the aisles. […]

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A Splash of Thoughtfulness

In the darkness off Highway 131, I opened the door to the rest area. A dozen roses adorned the counter in sight of the doorway. I was shocked to see the burst of color and floral finery in a normally austere setting. As I entered the functional restroom another table caught my eye. It, too, […]

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The Rhythm of a Michigan Winter

There is a rhythm to winter in Michigan. Snow is not an everyday occurrence. In my opinion, every day seems remarkably different in its personality. The temperatures rise and fall, and there are three overarching rhythms that rule our weather. And you need a bunch of different kinds of footwear! The winter season causes our […]

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Don’t Mess With Me, Polar Vortex!

I am sick of the inside of my house. I’m quite sure my dog is sick of the inside of my house, but she’s not so happy outside the last few days. Her romps in the snow last seconds instead of minutes, and when she comes in she looks at me like “what the hell […]

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The Sound of Winter

The wind from the lake whips and wooshes around the corner of my house. Hurricanes from Louisiana days flash through my mind, but there is no pitter patter of raindrops. The squish squish of my boots squeak through the snow drowning out the silence of the snowfall. My heart beats with the effort of shoveling […]

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It’s All Fake

“It’s all fake,” my friend Becky said when I told her I got off Facebook for good. Facebook felt fake. I know some of those “friends” in real life, and they aren’t that damn happy. And how do these people in their 30s afford to travel all over the world when I’m lucky if I […]

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Challenges/Opportunities for Change in 2019

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I’m always listening to my body and making changes based on the way I feel and trying to improve my life along the way. But I do like to take some time each year to decide what is working for me and finding ways to motivate […]

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I Miss the Snow

Here’s a video of New Year’s Eve last year. So sad we have no snow this year. #damnglobalwarming New Year’s Eve 2017

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What If Santa Was a Shaman?

The New York Times featured a story this morning that was a compilation of short holiday videos. The first one sounded a little funky, so I clicked on it out of curiosity. Click below to watch it. We know that all of our holidays are some combination of folklore, paganism and religious storytelling. For instance, […]

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A Different Kind of Holiday

We have no snow this year. It really doesn’t seem like Christmas without the snow, but I guess we don’t have any control over that. On the other hand, it hasn’t been all that cold so it’s been easy to walk around Chicago without freezing to death. This morning, I walked down Rush Street to […]

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