Mary Lisa lives in rural Minnesota and practices the ancient art of home economics . . . the key word here being “practices.”  She grew up in her family’s weekly newspaper business and is uselessly over educated with degrees in English, linguistics and business administration.  She mothers three adult kids:   favorite stepdaughter (s’daughter) Shelby, stepson (s’on) Jeremy, and cute as a button (CAAB) daughter-in-law Rachel.  She and “Big Daddy” Brent also parent the still-at-home kids: High School Colin and Elementary D.

Not afraid of middle age, she has recently taken up running. (Stop laughing regular readers.)


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  1. Hello, my name is Veronica, Vee, because I don’t have time for eight-letter names.

    A few years ago you posted this: http://leastweknow.blogspot.com/2010/04/poem-for-tuesday_20.html and today I found it and it’s made me cry.

    You have no idea who much I have searched for the poem in the above link. I didn’t remember the authors name. I just remembered some lines from a poem that I read as a 5th grader back in 1990. I’ve searched for it on and off using only the words I remembered but that always led me nowhere. You will never know how much this means to me, this poem and “Where the Sidewalk Ends” are the reason I fell in love with reading. Through them I was able to escape my life at the time and live within the pages of books. I am here today because of books.

    I am so grateful for you, your happy family and your blog. Thank you, a million times over.

    • Our dear new reader-friend Vee (Oh, how I wish there was something shorter for Mary Lisa!),

      How marvelous you’ve stumbled upon us! Isn’t a poem a wonderful thing? Isn’t reading a wonderful thing? Sometimes even crying for the love of reading is wonderful. Didn’t it turn out for the best that D was sick at home that day? Sometimes it’s hard to see how things are going to turn out at the time. I am so pleased you’ve found this poem!


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