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Books

I’ve Arrived

"I’ve arrived in rural Minnesota — a small town where the Dairy Queen is the threshold guardian along Highway 75."

Prose: Reflecting From Time

Someday an old woman will tell a tale of this time. She will have white hair, thin skin, fragile ankles. Will be a master of revision, and offer the story. Not this version, but the rewritten one.

The Joshua Poems: Coping With a Child’s Suicide

We don’t move on. We live with him inside out. Day in. Day out. At night when we least want to. In public when it surprises us.

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Book Excerpt: “Impermanence: Life and Loss on Superior’s South Shore”

In my sixties, I am all too acutely aware of how transient our pleasures are.

Vignettes From a Badass Life

Or, the Foundations of Trying to Live Without Fear

Recipe: Purple Rain Salad

"Food makes community."

Readers Respond: What is your favorite children’s book?

“I never knew a book could make you think and cry so much.”

Publisher’s Commentary 1: Nurturing Healthy Collaboration in a Community Economy

The Community Economy is “a space of decision making where we recognize and negotiate our interdependence with other humans, other species, and our environment. In the process of recognizing and negotiating, we become a community.” 

Poem: Song for the Generations: December 26

Song for the Generations: December 26 by Gwen Nell Westerman   we…

When We Become Ours

Storytelling matters. It can make us feel seen and connected,…

The Magical Root

That’s what it used to be like in our very tiny, rural Minnesota town where everyone knew each other, they knew what you liked to drink, and they most likely knew a lot of your secrets too.

Postcards From Within

Sometimes, like today, it may not be a pleasure to play the caregiver.

Small-Scale Homesteading

Excerpted from Small-Scale Homesteading: A Sustainable Guide…

How to Learn a Language

Lately, I’ve been trying to dream a little bigger about what I do know in my first language.

Poem: “Be That Ripple”

Someday the stones are weathered