Category Archives: North Dakota

Landscape as Poetic and Sacred Architecture

Eons ago, a retreating glacial blade gouged a region through the center of North America known as the Great Plains. It left a vast and rugged beauty, an endless sky, and from it came peoples that are also enduring, pragmatic and spare. Continue reading

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Easter Menu and Tablescape

Gentle Reader: Our weather frequently demands North Dakotans keep things simple. Easter on the 47th parallel often means the juxtaposition of winter coats worn over frilly frocks and snow boots replace Maryjanes carried to church in a plastic bag. With … Continue reading

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U.S. Highway 83: A Plumb Line of Pavement

Gentle Reader: My recent participation in the Facebook Page for Fans of U.S. Route 83 has caused me to reflect on the important touchstone that stretch of road has been for me and its vital role as corridor from North Dakota to … Continue reading

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Grilled Corn on the Cob– Mexican Style

SERVES 6 Original recipe from Cook’s Illustrated has been adapted by Bonnie Staiger. WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: This recipe is easy–it just looks long because I’ve given detailed instructions. Grill husked corn directly on the grates over a very hot … Continue reading

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Friday Rituals – In Search of Work/Life Balance

Here on the Upper Great Plains and the 46th Parallel, work/life balance comes easier in the warmer months. Being nearer the Land of the Midnight Sun gives us almost 17 hours of sunlight in June. As a result, the scale … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Comes Full Circle

Gentle Reader: This has been a premature Christmas. Traditionally, decorations begin in this house on the first Sunday in Advent. Certainly NEVER before Thanksgiving. But this year is unusual since my home will be featured in today’s Holiday Home Walk—a … Continue reading

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Weather Report: Lost and Found

Gentle Reader: Got a sec? Yes, I know you are busy but give me 4 minutes for a Thought for the Day. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. Fall is a very busy time in North Dakota. Everyone … Continue reading

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