School Chums

School Chums

My favorite first-day-of-school outfit was a red plaid pleated skirt. To this day, that Stewart plaid is synonymous with the start of the school year, which in Minnesota is the day after Labor Day. No matter how old I get, I have visions of plaid in my head every year at this time. Read the rest

End of Summer

End of Summer

The end of August is always bittersweet for me. In June and July those long summer days seem to stretch out endlessly, but all of a sudden, it’s dark at 8:00 pm. Where did the summer go? I had so many plans, and I thought I had so much time, but now time’s up. Read the rest

Shaking up Tradition

Shaking up Tradition

Last weekend, my friend Mary and I made our usual trek up to the North Shore of Lake Superior. This has been going on for about 35 years, and in our early days, we camped. Now in our advanced age, we’re cabin ladies, but still with many traditions to follow.

Mary and I ALWAYS eat at Betty’s Pies in Two Harbors on the way up to the cabin, ordering either 5-layer chocolate or lemon angel pie for dessert. Read the rest

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

In Chapter 9 of Novel Friends, I write about being in Edinburgh with my Scottish friend Helen during the Fringe Festival in August 2010. Now that it’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival time again, I thought it would be fun to relive those 2010 memories. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 9:

The next day was Saturday, our day to tour Edinburgh.

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