Is there a specific word for the joy we can feel when returning to a place that feels like — is — home? Continue reading Joy No. 46
I am doing a Zoom book event for The Same Moon TOMORROW (Wednesday, Oct. 7) at 2 p.m. (Pacific Time) as part of the “Power of the Pen” series … Continue reading Meet me on Zoom?
Moving across the country, back to the neighborhood where I grew up, has left me without words …. well, almost. It also has me wondering about the idea of belonging and how we find our place in the world. Continue reading Moving home
Book groups are a welcome break from isolating times, and this group of indominable women met in the midst of wildfire smoke (in WA) and my move (in MN). #thankful Continue reading Living the dream — book groups!
While we grumbled about rain drenching our tent, our socks and everything else, the region we so recently left suffered smoke and superheated winds. I worry about my friends. I wonder about the tomatoes and zucchini ripening in our garden, the hanging pots of petunias. Our hearts and minds are split between old home and new, our attention on friends and family in both places. … Continue reading From landscapes to skyscapes
I’m absolutely delighted to share with you the release of Inaka: Portraits of Life in Rural Japan! This collection includes my essay “Unexpected retreat.” Continue reading New release — a literary visit to rural Japan
As I pack books, I’ve been mulling a question that stumped me on my Lake & Prairie Book Tour last summer. I had just given a presentation and read from my memoir, The Same Moon, in front of a packed house — at least 90 percent friends and family — at my hometown bookstore, the Fargo Zandbroz. Having lived in Washington state for 18 years, … Continue reading Influencers
These days, when travel decisions involve the question of “armchair” or “sofa” instead of “economy” or “first class,” gathering to relive past adventures feels like a holiday. Continue reading Book group joy
Weaving — with its infinite possibilities of pattern — has been offering me a concrete way to think about life … and the beauty of Japanese baths! Continue reading Weaving in a Japanese bath
The definition of freedom I shared as a 16-year-old exchange student seems particularly relevant today. Continue reading A freedom flashback