Cooking, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

World War 2 History and SPAM® (The Meat, Not the Mail)

On my last run to Costco a few weeks ago, they had a whiteboard set up listing items that were out of stock. One of them was "SPAM," which got me thinking that this might be time to revisit an old post on the history of that iconic, tinned meat. I hope you find it… Continue reading World War 2 History and SPAM® (The Meat, Not the Mail)

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?

There are plenty of things to poke fun at in Minnesota. Don't get me wrong, I love the state of my birth- even after years away, it still feels like home. But just as it's easy to give a beloved family member a hard time for his quirks, it's easy to laugh at the little… Continue reading What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?

Family History, Life, Uncategorized

Summer Travels and Midwest Curiosities

Hello all! The Clare clan has returned from our visit back home to Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Even after thirteen years in the Pacific Northwest, and in spite of the Midwest's violent weather changes, blood-thirsty mosquitos, and horizons that can feel lonely in their vast emptiness, those blue skies and rolling fields still whisper "home.") Our… Continue reading Summer Travels and Midwest Curiosities

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?

There are plenty of things to poke fun at in Minnesota. Don't get me wrong, I love the state of my birth- even after years away, it still feels like home. But just as it's easy to give a beloved family member a hard time for his quirks, it's easy to laugh at the little… Continue reading What If My Setting is ALL WRONG?