Author/speaker Jodi Schwen thrives in the heart of central Minnesota’s north woods by keeping her wit about her.
Her book, Northern Comfort: The Musings of Jacqueline Pine Savage, will be published June 1, by North Star Press, St. Cloud, MN.
Some call it “outstate” or the “boondocks” –Jacqueline Pine Savage calls it home. Either way, living in a rural community means finding the humor in north woods living. Laugh anew over the sacred holidays of hunting and fishing seasons, family bonding when the dogs get “skunked,” and how to politely refuse the house tour when guests come a-calling.
I've always liked this necklace.Look closely . . . the sides of the heart are created from nails.What a fitting reminder for...read more
It was a simple Easter sunrise service put on by the church youth. With trembling hands, the gangly boys pushed back wheat-colored hair that fell across their oily foreheads. Wispy-voiced girls tugged at short skirts as they rose to read scripture before the assembled...read more
I had a brief, but interesting conversation with my 13-year old last weekend.A drummer, he said, "I usually have drum beats going through my head.""Even at school?" I asked."Yeah, all the time.""I understand," I replied. "I like to sing, so I usually have song lyrics...read more
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Heb. 11:1) There is no evidence of spring in my yard. I don't count the robin I can hear, but that hasn't shown his face. He's probably busy learning how to knit a new sweater...read more
I've often said my life feels like a hamster wheel -- some days more than others. Racing through work, juggling my son's schedule, managing grad school homework and writing my thesis are just a few daily challenges. Free time? What's that? I own two new DVDs I haven't...read more
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. —Pablo Picasso I've heard that life is what happens when we're making other plans. If that's true, how do we capture the moments and remember them? Sometimes it means taking the road...read more