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Noticing

Noticing

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Marcia Hyatt is a leadership and life coach who provides a weekly feature on WTIP's North Shore Weekend titled "The Best of Ourselves," which explores how we can be resilient and creative in these turbulent times.

MN Reads: “Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions” by Patrice Johnson

MN Reads: “Jul: Swedish American Holiday Traditions” by Patrice Johnson

The warm and whimsical Patrice Johnson recounts her Minnesota childhood as a Catholic kid in a household where children weren’t allowed in the kitchen, her “Lutheran envy,” and how bacon could perhaps be the key to bringing lutfisk* to new generations.

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MN Reads: “Prince: Before the Rain” by Allen Beaulieu

MN Reads: “Prince: Before the Rain” by Allen Beaulieu

Allen Beaulieu was happy when Prince asked him to shoot some cover photos for an upcoming album. (Frankly, he wasn’t a fan of the previous cover photos.)

But when Prince asked him to abandon his studio and go on the road with him, photographing the musician live in concert and behind the scenes, Beaulieu stepped into a completely new life.

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MN Reads: “Beginnings: the Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny” by Thomas Peacock

MN Reads: “Beginnings: the Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny” by Thomas Peacock

Thomas Peacock says it was an idea he had years and years ago — but he says the first manuscript was “horrible.”

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Tim Sparks and James Buckley Deliver Great Versions of Great songs

Tim Sparks and James Buckley Deliver Great Versions of Great songs

Guitarist Tim Sparks and bassist James Buckley. It’s a duet that adds to the legacies of the great songs they play. Phil Nusbaum talked to Tim and James, and filed this report.

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MN Reads: “The Mukluk Ball” by Katharine Johnson

MN Reads: “The Mukluk Ball” by Katharine Johnson

Katharine Johnson’s story of Karhu the little bear deals with universal themes: earning money to buy something you want, finding a mentor to teach you a skill you need, and how to get out of bed on time.

Oh, and perhaps the most important: including those who are different from you.

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MN Reads: “Laurentian Divide” by Sarah Stonich

MN Reads: “Laurentian Divide” by Sarah Stonich

Sarah Stonich doesn’t let go of things easily.

Or perhaps they just don’t let go of her.

Even though she lives in the Twin Cities, northern Minnesota — and the characters she’s created who live there — keep reappearing in her work.

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MN Reads: “The 13: Ashi-niswi” by Lorin Robinson

MN Reads: “The 13: Ashi-niswi” by Lorin Robinson

Lorin Robinson talks about this work of historical fiction, and the modern-day pitfalls of writing across cultural lines.

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MN Reads: “Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers” by Phyllis Root, photographed by Kelly Povo

MN Reads: “Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers” by Phyllis Root, photographed by Kelly Povo

The story of how Searching for Minnesota’s Native Wildflowers came to be written, starts, as the very best stories do, with a road trip.

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MN Reads: “Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota” by Welby R. Smith

MN Reads: “Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota” by Welby R. Smith

They look like grasses but aren’t.

They have “reduced morphology,” which means they’re hard to identify.

But not only are sedges and rushes an indicator species of the health (or not) of wetlands, you, too, can be stricken with “sedge fever”!

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MN Reads: “The Book of Beasties” by Sarah Bamford Seidelmann

MN Reads: “The Book of Beasties” by Sarah Bamford Seidelmann

Sarah Bamford Seidelmann fell in love with a (dead, stuffed, expensive) walrus in a second-hand store. And even though they didn’t end up leaving together, he changed her life.

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