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Hi. I’m Maery, a writer in the Twin Cities. Although I no longer have the body for extreme adventures, I love to bicycle, go horse trail riding and take hikes with my dogs.  

One thing you should know before you join me on my quest -- I don’t have a map. And I’ve been known to wander off course and stop to listen to birds and look for agates. I also have a few issues with fear and anxiety. In other words, I’m not a good role model or adventure guide. But in this time of uncertainty and polarization, I'm not sure anyone has a reliable map. We'll just figure it out as we go.

cat and dog
cat and dog

In memory of my cat Shy
(2012 photo of Shy and Java)

I came home from work yesterday and crumbled into a boneless heap. So I’ll have to share the story I was going to create about Wild Women (yesterday’s post) tomorrow. (I’m being optimistic that today will be a better day)

Last night, I did get in a few laughs by pulling out a book called “How to Cook a Wolf” by MFK Fisher and reading a few pages before I slithered off to bed. The book was first published in 1942, during World War II. I figure that if someone can find humor about living through war times and harsh shortages and rationing, and then write a book containing a few recipes and wisdom about getting by with less, I should certainly be able to humor my way through a stressful time at work.

Here’s one example of how Fisher makes the best of what is when recommending how to feed pets:

“Dogs are more of a problem than cats, since they are believed to be carnivorous and have small scope to exercise that nature, fortunately for us… They must be fed with more expense, if not more care, than the ordinary house-cat…who if she’s worth her salt will do a bit of mousing, war or no war, and can fend for herself with the inspiration of a good saucer of milk now and then, and a comforting bite from the kitchen leftovers… She [my cat] and I nibble at the same food, from different dishes and physical levels, and feel companionable. It is another good argument for the spiritual value of leftovers, with their accumulated savor.” ~ MFK Fisher

magical forest

magical forest
Just for fun, because I could use some right now. Can’t everyone? I’ve decided to take a bit of a story as a writing prompt and see where it takes me. I invite others who like to amuse themselves with words and imaginings to play along, and hope you’ll post a bit of what you come up with.

In other words, I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.

The following excerpt comes from a short story called “The Raw Brunettes” by Lorraine Schein. I found it in the book “Wild Women,” a collection of short stories edited by Sue Thomas. There are so many parts to this story that make me smile that it’s difficult to choose which sentences to use for an imagination kickstart, but I think this will do…

“The Raw Brunettes sometimes run through the night, howling in their secret language at the moon. Or they ride on their black motorcycles, dark tresses flayed by the night air, skirts hitched up to show…”

concrete pipes

concrete pipes

“Work the shot,”
experienced photographers say
So I stand at a distance
move closer
back off
move closer
sidestep to the right
then the left
like someone doing a country line dance
I crouch half way
then take the position of a toad
maybe a snake’s eye view will do the trick
Looking for that ‘thing’
that no one else has seen
quite this way