Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: fear of failure. Never forget your personal legend. Never forget your dreams. Your silent … read more

Alaska — Land of surprises

Beautiful. Vast. Harsh. One. The sun doesn’t rise until after 9:00am and when it does it is intense and blinding white light. Even sun glasses don’t stop the glare. No wonder northern explorers wear goggles. Two. Whittier, Alaska, on Prince … read more

T minus 4 and counting

In four days we leave on our long awaited trip to Alaska. Alaska has loomed large in my imagination since childhood. My mom graduated high school in Fairbanks and my dad went up the Alaska highway twice in the years … read more

Eleven Who Care award

Again, it’s been a while since I last posted. It’s easy to procrastinate after I haven’t posted for a few days. But I have some exciting news to share. I won the KARE-11 Eleven Who Care award this year. Each … read more

Happy Memorial Day

I’m back in the swing of things. On Saturday we finished our 3-weeks of sailing classes at the Wayzata Yacht Club that taught us how to be good crew members. The session ended with a Graduation Cup race around Lake … read more

Three weeks of pervasive laziness

I intended to keep this blog updated weekly and just like that three weeks flew by with no new posts. I have many excuses as to why: the weather was cold and cloudy, we haven’t been sailing yet, I spent … read more

April snow: 103 days and counting

Today is April 20th, 2013. We have exactly 103 days to learn to race our sailboat before the start of LOWISA on August 3rd. As each April snow delays spring, our time to learn grows shorter. And with the temperature … read more

Ready, set — a whole lot of not much

There have been many complaints about the weather this spring 2013 and now I’m no exception. This never-ending winter is getting on my nerves. We went to Clearwater on Saturday to check on the sailboat. We hoped to pick up … read more

LOWISA — two steps forward

It’s April 11th and it’s snowing. According to the weather report it may snow on and off for the next four days. The average temperature for this time of year is 58 degrees. We are 20 degrees below normal. Do … read more

How did they survive?

I finished the book “A Storm Too Soon.” This is the Sean Seamour II’s 8-foot life-raft on the side of a mountain of water. These still photos are taken from the raw video footage of the USCG rescue. How did … read more

Where is spring?

Spring is certainly taking its merry time coming this cold 2013. While we wait, wait, wait for the ice to melt from the lakes and rivers (and our backyard fire pit) I read. Today I bought two books Fatal Forecast: … read more

Bald eagle bonding and a sailboat name

Yesterday I took Buddy down to the river for his regularly scheduled most-favorite-thing-in the-world walk. Right away we met up with a couple of dogs that liked to run as much as Buddy does. After a few minutes of high … read more


“All people dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they may … read more

This is the day

that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:34 My whole life I have struggled with belief. I was raised Christian but a combination of my crazy emotional turmoil, my natural tendency to worry … read more

Spring begins

Although the temperature here in Minneapolis does not feel like it’s spring, the glorious sunshine does. And with the sunshine comes thoughts of sunny days on our sailboat this summer. We still have ice on the lakes but sailing season … read more

Aleppo Lentil Soup

Today marks my first day of being intentional with my time rather than wasting it. In celebration I made Aleppo Lentil Soup from one of my favorite cookbooks: Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East and North Africa. Coptic Christians … read more

LOWISA here we come

Kevin and I attended the Minneapolis Boat Show twice this year. We stopped in at the Northern Lights Sailing Club booth and had the good fortune to meet a couple Canadians who were in Minneapolis to promote the Lake of … read more

Saving Sailing

Earlier this year Kevin and I joined the Northern Lights Sailing Club. ( One nice feature of being a new member is being assigned a ‘navigator’ to help us meet fellow NLSC sailors and learn about the club. Our navigator, … read more

Continuing to work on my worry problem

My year overcoming fear and worry has been moving along slowly, to slowly for my liking. I wanted instant relief and I’m not getting it. I’ve been nervous, feeling almost constant anxiety, and worrying about things I have no control … read more