It’s finally summer, at least for us

It's been a long school year: the snowstorms, snow days, and all the normal upheaval that accompanies higher ed. (If you have no clue what that means, you should read Julie Schumacher's The Shakespeare Requirement. It's hilarious and over-the-top sarcastically, but it...

Getting Better with Age…

You + Blue | BlueCrossMN Due to pressure, I'm posting the link here to the story Blue Cross and Blue Shield made about six of us senior athletes in Minnesota. Here it is. Scroll down to "Better With Age" and there we are. My story is the first one in the program....

Merry Christmas

Poem (I always loved John Updike; here is a delightful Christmas poem he wrote) A Sound Heard Early on the Morning of Christ’s Nativity By John Updike Issue no. 155 (Summer 2000) from a special edition of the Paris Review Redux The thump of the newspaper on the porch...

Do What you are Doing, addendum

In response to my last post about "Do what you are doing," I have thought in the last twenty-four hours how cell phones have all so often kept us from doing what we are doing. How many young people have you seen at a table together, all looking at their phones? How...

Do what you are doing.

Sometime during my senior year of high school, I listened to a motivational speaker named Clayton Barbeau. He came to our church in Huxley, Iowa, and I remember being enthralled with what he had to say. At the time, I was entirely, utterly dedicated to being as...

Yeah, I’m in a commercial.

Today, one of my students stood a bit awkwardly beside me and finally said, "Becky, I have to ask. Are you in a commercial?" Yes, this is me.  During the senior games in August, a production company for Blue Cross asked all participants if we had stories of...

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My novel Slider’s Son has been published by North Star Press! Get it here.

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Steph Borklund has completed the short film based on my novel Chasing AllieCat! It’s being submitted to film festivals and contests. Stay tuned for news!



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