I don’t live in Minnesota anymore. But while you can take the girl out of Minnesota, you can’t take Minnesota out of the girl.
We Minnesotans are a special lot. Good work ethic. Nature lovers. Politically schizophrenic. Minnesota once elected the most conservative senator in the U.S. Senate and the most liberal one. At the same time. And yes, we’re the state that called Jesse Ventura “governor.” We’re a hearty stock who would rarely ask, “Is it hot enough for ya?” but would often say, “Cold enough, eh?”
When a Minnesotan leaves Minnesota, she never completely acclimates to her new surroundings. They’re always seen through the prism of a buttoned-up Scandinavian with a Lutheran upbringing. And warm boots.
I’m a 54-year-old writer, storyteller and occasional accountant. A few days a week, my two cents are worth a post on a variety of issues, sometimes offered with humor, sometimes wistfulness, sometimes outrage.
This blog is about my everyday life as a former Minnesotan, spending my summers in a 128-year-old former Methodist church in southern Wisconsin and my winters in the glorious sunshine of Texas. A news junkie who loves books, I enjoy Major League baseball (I root for the Twins and any team which plays against the Chicago White Sox) and discussions about spirituality, politics and culture. And I love a good recipe, usually accompanied by a bad picture. Like the Farmers’ Almanac, this blog contains “bits of logic, formulas for good cookery, weather prognostications, humor, poetry and odds and ends designed for your enjoyment and edification.”
I’ve published five books:
- Fruitful Labor: How to Live to 104 Gracefully, Gratefully (2020): A biography of my grandmother who lived, gardened, believed and baked pies in a small town in Central Minnesota.
- Church Sweet Home: A Renovation to Warm the Soul (2020): The story of how my husband and I converted an old Methodist church into our home.
- Truth, Dare, Double Dare, Promise or Repeat: On Finding the Meaning of “Life” in 1982 (2017): I’m classifying this as “historical fiction” about the year I turned 15 and learned to French kiss.
- How to Look Hot & Feel Amazing in Your 40s: The 21-Day Age-Defying Diet, Exercise & Everything Makeover Plan (2015): A combination health-and-fitness memoir and beauty manual for 40-somethings battling perimenopause.
- The Percussionist’s Wife: A Memoir of Sex, Crime & Betrayal (2012): This page-turner is a memoir of my first marriage.
To follow news about my books and posts about writing, check out http://mindfulmonica.wordpress.com/
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