Category: In the Moment

Ditches, Diet Coke, and Dad

The glorious sun and the open road beckoned me with their siren song that fateful April Sunday afternoon. Just hours before, I had stood before the congregation of my little country church and professed my faith in all things Lutheran, thereby proving to the…

Life According to the Trees

If you want to experience wild beauty, you can find it in a region of northern Minnesota known as the Iron Range. Every season has a magnificence that is deeply rooted in the souls of the trees. There is nothing like sitting on a…

How Does Your Garden Grow

A couple of years ago, I had a “funeral” for someone who was (is) still living. Okay, fine—it wasn’t really a funeral, per say, but more of a goodbye ceremony for someone who used to be a central figure in my life but now…isn’t….

Lady in Red

It was July of 1989, the summer before the start of what I had been anticipating my whole life—my senior year at Virginia High School. There was a detailed script to follow, and the first item on the official agenda was getting my senior pictures…

If This Paddle Could Talk

Here is the latest addition to the deck glamper (where I like to sit and write in the summer months)—my big brother Cedric’s canoe paddle. I should explain to those of you who are new to my universe that Cedric died in 1987 when…

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