Hello, everyone --

On this, the last day of 2020, I send you all the best wishes and blessings for 2021. 

I also want to thank you for coming along on my adventures of writing, publishing, eating, yoga and moving back to my Minnesota home state, which I'm realizing is not only a place but a state of mind. 

I'll keep this short, but I have a couple of things to share:
I recently wrote about a leap of faith, taking my faithful hound out for a run on a 1-degree F morning. The post includes a brief foray into the January I spent studying winter ecology at Itasca State Park, including how my fellow students and I counted beavers by ... um ... nudging them out of their lodges.
Speaking of beavers, just today I happened to see a truly amazing video shot over 13 months by researchers who set up a motion-activated video camera on a northern Minnesota beaver dam. If you would like to see and hear a six-minute sampling of northern Minnesota wildlife, here you go:
On a completely different topic, I've recently been sharing a couple of family recipes for Christmas cookies that most people don't consider Christmas cookies -- Nanaimo bars (left) and Matrimonial bars. They're both pretty quick, really easy and ridiculously delicious. Perfect for a New Year's Eve (or anytime) at home. 
As I mentioned in my last newsletter, I've begun offering writing classes and collaborations online -- the first one begins Tuesday, Jan. 5! Everyone has stories to share, and sometimes it's helpful to start with some encouragement. If you'd like to learn more about this opportunity, please see my Memoir Moment webpage, or drop me a line.
Finally, I want to thank you for reading my memoir, The Same Moon, and other writing, and for sharing it with others. I have been touched by stories of readers sending my book to friends and relatives. It's an honor to be able to share my story, and I couldn't do it without you. 
(Apparently I had more on my mind than I realized! This is all for now ... except a closing photo, of course.) 

Take good care,
This morning's moon from my yoga mat (beside the Christmas tree).
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