The Keweenaw: Why I Moved Here, Why I Stayed

I’ve lived in the Keweenaw (Peninsula, of Michigan) a long time now—longer than pretty much all of my friends, who also moved here from other places. When people ask about where I’m from or how long I’ve lived here, my short response is “I came up here for college and stayed.”

But recently I joined Toastmasters and had to give an icebreaker speech and introduce myself. That, combined with the realization that this year will mark my 15th Keweenaw winter (What is that: 250 cumulative feet of snow?!), it was a good time to reflect on things. Why did I come here? Why did I stay? And what does that say about me? This is the written version of that speech. Continue reading “The Keweenaw: Why I Moved Here, Why I Stayed”

GO: Get Outside!

How much time do you spend outside? If you’re like most people—including me—it’s probably not all that much. Last fall I made a small challenge for myself, code name Project Get Out, to spend a half-hour outside each day, even in crappy fall weather, which is the worst.

I’m going to do it again this year. Only this time I’m starting earlier. I’m starting now—the beginning of September—with the goal of going all the way through December.  So here we go:

Monday (8/30): A gorgeous late-summer day made it easy to kick off thisproject! After dinner I sat on the porch to finish up a blog post. Then I got out my aerial silk and climbed in a tree. What’s that? you ask… that’s for a future post!

Tuesday (9/1): I biked to work, which took a tad over an hour, and then home from work, which took just a little longer than that. I love riding my bike to work, probably becasue it seems like an exponential win: exercise (win!) plus time outside (win!) plus money savings, fossil energy savings, badassity (win! win! win!)… Continue reading “GO: Get Outside!”

Surprising Things I Learned After Giving Up Alcohol for 2 Months

I love to drink things that taste bad to most people: cheap wine, scotch neat, and IPAs so strong they’re named for their bitterness. I also love the feeling each of these brings to me in the first few sips: that cue that it’s time to relax, hang out with friends, or kick back and enjoy a particularly pleasant day. After a long day or busy week, it seems so right to knock back a cold one, have a glass (or sometimes bottle!) of wine, or hit the bar for happy hour.

Which is why it might be surprising that I decided to give up alcohol completely for two whole months. Read entire article at >>

Why you Need a Garden


I’m extremely busy with my garden; it’s such a joy to me, and on fine days like those we’ve had recently I am in raptures at the wonders of nature. (Claude Monet)

As I predicted last December, I planted tomatoes yesterday. Actually, I spent pretty much all day yesterday getting my vegetable garden ready for the summer. True gardening generally doesn’t start until Memorial Day weekend for me becase Upper Michigan is cold and covered in snow 5months of the year, but you might start your garden at a different time based on your local climate Continue reading “Why you Need a Garden”