Balancing Between

March 10, 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Three years ago this week, David and I retreated to the north shore of Lake Superior in early March. It was his spring break and we’d decided to buck the trend of going south, instead embracing the last remnants of winter by bundling up for a few blue-sky days of subzero sunshine. Outside our window, […]

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Stepping into the Storm

January 11, 2018 | Tags: , , ,

As I write this, the snow is swirling outside my window so fully I can’t see the pine trees just 20 feet away. It brings to mind an extraordinary and terrifying passage in a favorite novel,  Driftless, by David Rhodes. The scene takes place in the winter on a Wisconsin farm, where Graham and Cora […]

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Inside Story

November 9, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , ,

“Every moment happens twice, inside and outside, and they are very different histories.” Zadie Smith Decades ago, when I was studying the who-what-when-where-why’s of journalism, we used to talk about getting the “inside story.” By this we meant the real story told by primary sources – people who experienced or witnessed the events first-hand. Today […]

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