"If you chase two rabbits, you won't catch either one." I found this old proverb in the terrific book The One Thing by Gary Keller. It changed the way I was thinking. It changed the way I am living, so now, I'm chasing the rabbit. (Here's a FUN book...

I had a grand four days in Austin, Texas. First of all, Texas is not North Dakota. The trees were blooming and the outdoor pool called my name. I had three free hours before the conference welcome and I spent it getting in a great swim...

    I love the drawing of this horse: his alert ears, his eyes that ask questions. I love these words: "On the breeze he heard a shrill song, it was a cricket, singing on a rock." Lately, all I do is listen. And write. I hear the singing of...

Last night at OK, Write! - the writing club I'm a part of - we chatted, brainstormed and daydreamed. And decided we'd like to branch out and Launch another Writing Club. The New Nameless Writing Club We've had several writers email and ask to join our club, but with...

W. Scott Olsen is set to launch his 11th book: A Moment with Strangers: Photographs and Essays at Home and Abroad. The book is a  fine collection of photographs and thoughts, Olsen at his best, as he travels and considers places as distant as London, Paris, Fargo,...

Last night I attended the Concordia National Book Awards. hosted by John Ydstie, National Public Radio. As I was walking out the door, my son's friend said, "Not what I would like going to!" The boys had an evening of woodworking on the lathe and Dremmel in...

I got an unexpected phone call last night. From Texas. On the other end of the phone, a very soft voice, with a hint of a southern drawl, gave me some wonderful news. So Many Africas has won the Sarton Literary Award!  Here's a little background on the...

Today the most famous Dairy Queen in America opens its doors, once again. It's tradition.  Never mind that March 1st can be twenty below. People show up by the hundreds to stand outside and eat ice cream. Our D.Q. is the old-fashioned kind, with a walk-up...

This week I had Italian Soda with Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, PhD., Editor-in-Chief of the newly named NDSU Press. I was intrigued by our conversation: A press that used to be called the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies A press that has published approximately one book per...

After I moved back the the U.S., after living abroad for ten years (The Netherlands, Zambia, Indonesia, England) I thought my international, cross-cultural days were over. What I didn't understand, was that I brought my international marriage along with me. Living internationally will always be a...