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Music Under Construction

The day before my April 20 knee surgery, I was scared. I knew what I was in for and it wasn’t going to be pleasant. I was desperate for a distraction, so I pulled out my credit card and starting buying stuff online that I’d had my eye on for awhile, including a custom-made ukulele.

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Bad Art Can Be Charming

I dislike being new at anything. It makes me feel uncertain and lost and frustrated, none of which are my favorite feelings. Yet despite this,

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Ukelele Porn

The pandemic has had interesting side-effects in our household. To combat the stress, Melissa pursued her love of orchids. I’ve pursued a different addiction.

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Swearing is Good for You

Swearing is Good for You

I might have purchased this excellent book (Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, by Emma Byrne) in search of a justification for swearing more … and I found it!

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The Big Pivot

About Me

After twenty-five years on the farm, I’m adjusting to the adventures of city life. Part of that adjustment is figuring out what I want to write about now, since sheep are no longer part of my daily life. I’m challenging myself creatively by painting with pastels and playing the ukelele as I seek my new writing path.

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Clean Water Land & Legacy

Catherine Friend is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.