Root Bound
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Root Bound

“Root bound,” my mother said, texting me a photo of her fig tree and its delicate, ever-entwining trunk. “I’ve replanted it twice in its life, but it will need to be put in a bigger pot again soon.” She was gifting me the tree, after years of care, and was being up front about where … Continue reading

On Fable and Folklore
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On Fable and Folklore

I adore a good fairy tale, as long as it’s well done. For instance: George MacDonald. So when I read Harvard English professor, Stephen Burt’s take on Catherynne Valente’s five new Fairyland novels, I couldn’t help but be a bit intrigued and then fully charmed by her wildly inventive plot lines. After slogging my way through a … Continue reading

It’s the Weekend!
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It’s the Weekend!

Do you have fun plans this weekend? I’m taking a writing class at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and hoping to try my hand at some poem and essay-writing later in the evening. Also headed to a sweet, little gift exchange at a cozy restaurant in Uptown with the Tapestry Magazine team. We’re celebrating … Continue reading

Weekend Favorites
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Weekend Favorites

It’s almost the weekend! What are you up to? Drew and I are maybe/hopefully/fingers crossed purchasing a car tonight! It’s waiting for us in Rochester, and we just have to give it a good test drive before we make things official. The rest of the weekend I’m hoping to straight up chill with my family (they’re … Continue reading

(Thanksgiving) Weekend Favorites
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(Thanksgiving) Weekend Favorites

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re headed down to Iowa to spend the long weekend with the Elrick clan. I’m excited for some cozy holiday time with everyone and lots of rest and relaxation. And some potential early-morning shopping with my mother- and seesters-in-law too! Have fun with these links, and enjoy the glorious feast this weekend! 1. Are you traveling … Continue reading

Weekend Bits
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Weekend Bits

Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend? I’m getting brunch with some friends on Saturday, and then Drew and I are headed out of the Cities to pick up a mid-century modern dresser we snagged off of Craigslist. We’re quite excited about it (me because I think it’s beautiful, and Drew because he’ll finally have space … Continue reading

A Bit on Home
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A Bit on Home

As late autumn waxes and wanes, occasionally sidling up to fog the windows and frost the shrubbery out front, I can’t help but feel excited about the upcoming holiday revelry that always means celebratory feasts and community. I’ve never been too irked by winter because it means fresh activities, new foods, and much togetherness. Not only that, but I’ll have … Continue reading

Midwest is best
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Midwest is best

Drew and I got to spend some time up north at the farm and North Folk Winery with my Aunt Molly and Uncle Ron a few weeks ago and had the best time watching how wine is made, taste testing whites, reds, and cider, chatting on the porch, and indulging in the most delicious appetizers: our … Continue reading