Book Review of Silent Winter Solstice

D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review Nothing speaks of murder and mystery more than a body discovered and then gone missing. Library assistant Beth Williams faces a special conundrum when this happens to her in Silent Winter Solstice, a cozy historical mystery set in a small town in Northwestern Minnesota in the late 1960s.... Continue Reading →

Goodbye to Summer

The long goodbye to summer ended a couple weeks ago when the extended warmth of September turned into a brisk October. The 10-day forecast confirms what we already know here in Minnesota, autumn is short and winter is right around the corner. A hard freeze is just days away, and snow flurries will soon follow.... Continue Reading →

Cover Reveal and Roads Not Taken

I just finished reading The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig. As I read it, I pondered the junctures of my life where I made fateful decisions. For example, what if I’d stuck with my first choice of being a pre-med major instead of dropping that, floundering about, and eventually choosing English Literature and then an... Continue Reading →

Arrests throughout the Ages

Part I: Naked he Fled. Sometimes, by chance or by choice, you happen to be in a place when everything changes. Like that naked young man. Who was he, and what was he doing in the story? Unused to standing in hard-soled shoes, after a pandemic year of attending mass via YouTube in my stocking... Continue Reading →

Endings, Beginnings, and Crows

What a month!  What a year!  I will attempt a glance back over my shoulder.  This month marked the end of one presidency and the beginning of a new and, I hope, better one.  Like so many people, I watched in horror at the final crescendo of idiocy as a band of riled up rowdies... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Okay, so 2020 wasn’t a great year.  But, here are a few things that made a not-so-great year, not-so-bad, in no particular order: Take outOutdoor dining at restaurants (summer)Parks, trails, and sidewalks for walkingBeachesSocial media (a mixed blessing, I know)TV & moviesDeliveryStaying HealthyGarbage pick-up (Odd, you say?  After a missed week, when our block was... Continue Reading →

Time to Hunker Down

These are dark and disturbing times.  Recently, soot laden air from western wildfires further dimmed the darkening skies, as winter slouches towards us.  Ominous signs abound--cue the distant drumming.  Disease stalks the land.  Civil bonds unravel.  A sudden change in the weather prematurely forced us into our seasonal cocooning.  A pleasant start to the month... Continue Reading →

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