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    Noodling a New Book Marketing Plan

    It’s time for me to face the facts. Instead of aging with grace and panache as I had planned, I seem to be simply disappearing. Invisible. Out of site. Past tense. Not that anyone would call me quiet or easy to miss. To the contrary, […]

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    Meet Mary’s New Book, If I Could Mend Your Heart, a small quiet walk toward healing

    Life offers plenty of rewards, adventures and opportunities. It also presents us with setbacks and challenges. Eventually, we all must come to terms with loss. In a new edition of her acclaimed book, If I Could Mend Your Heart (Shorehouse Books, 2017), St. Paul author […]

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    The Perils of Canine Agility Training

    Olly Takes a Face Plant This week my friend Stephanie sent me a video of Olly, a Jack Russell terrier who recently became an instant celebrity after face planting at the Crufts 2017 Agility Trials. An incident that many viewed as comical and even heroic […]

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    Six Steps to Operating a Drone

    My friend Nettie got a drone for her birthday. Unlike those high-tech models capable of photographing the origin of black holes, this one looked like something my brother once built in shop class. It did, however, possess a whimsical personality. So, Nettie’s husband John and […]

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    Night of the Wild Ones

    I’ve been gardening a lot this spring. In fact, Memorial Day marked my planting finale and official launch of hand-to-hand combat with local squirrels. This is not a new development. For years, I’ve planted begonias one day only to find them exhumed the next. Show […]

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    The Art of Healing Relationships

    You could call it spring fever, or just a perfect season to climb on a horse and head for the Western Wisconsin hills. My friend Nettie and I recently enjoyed a springtime jaunt on our mares CC and Nicky. Between fields of newly planted corn […]

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    Irish Pooka Fairy Strikes Again

    Last night my daughter and I were walking to our car after a St. Paddy’s Day cooking demonstration. A scrumptious dinner of corned beef, colcannon, and chocolate orange Guinness cake topped off the evening of Gaelic cuisine. As we hurried down a dark alley babbling […]

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    Choosing a Path to Heartfelt Success

    Success appears in countless shapes and forms. Achievements, acquisitions, accolades, awards—and those tap only the letter A. Yet when we consider success as it relates to building a new life plan, it’s more rewarding to treat it as an inner process toward worthy goals rather […]

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    Time for A Politically Incorrect SWOT Analysis

    One glance at a recent New York Times article—G.O.P Race Grows Cruder and More Aggressive—set me to thinking. I wonder how much cruder and more aggressive things need to get before the wheels fall off the proverbial manure spreader. So, it occurred to me, it’s […]

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    Better Parenting Through Polling

    Parents of a certain age no doubt remember Dr. Benjamin Spock. Virtually every nervous parent of the 60s consulted the good doctor’s best selling book, Baby and Child Care, for child-rearing advice. Conversely, humor writer Tim Jones tackles this formidable task with a slightly different […]

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