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The Tricky Balance of Learning & Doing

A friend and I attended a National Writers Series event this week at the Traverse City Opera House. New York Times bestselling author James Rollins was here to talk about his latest book, Bone Labyrinth. It was an interesting and informative night (as NWS events always are – more about that in an upcoming post), and Rollins talked about how, with no formal writing training or education, he decided he wanted to become a writer after 15 years working as a veterinarian. How he had to persevere through 49 rejection letters before his first novel was picked up by a publisher. And how, 32 novels and 7 million copies sold later, his writing process is much the same as when he started. He also spoke about his research process. He weaves elaborate tales mixing scientific and historical fact and fiction in his books, requiring him to do quite a bit of research...

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Embrace the Winter Blues…
Traverse City Style

We got hit with around 18 more inches of snow in Traverse City last week, and winter storms battered the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the country over the weekend. After a slow start to the snowy season, winter is on everyone’s mind. When we decided to move to Northern Michigan we knew that winter was going to become a more prominent and more present part of our lives. When we announced our move in the summer, second only to “What the hell?” was the question “What about all the snow?” I have to admit, while I was excited about the...

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Sky’s the Limit

The boxcutter blade tore through the packing tape, revealing the eclectic mix of candlesticks, picture frames and hardcover books inside the ragged cardboard. The box had broken down from the long journey, the bumps in the road sagging its corners. But the contents arrived intact, as had we. Exhausted from weeks of packing and planning, we had reached our destination, our new home.

We are the Harrington family. Welcome to Life and Whim....

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An Uncommonly Good Day: Adventurous Fun at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

With three high energy little ones, it’s almost never an option to spend a leisurely day lounging around the house. That is, unless your idea of leisure is dealing with constant fighting, screaming and whining while picking up toys, clothes and household goods strewn about the house. So we try to get out – preferably outside – as much as possible with the kids. In fact, most of the decisions we make on the weekends are run through the following filter: Will this activity make our children tired and more likely to go to bed early? If so, we do it. If...

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Sometimes You Have to Move Back in Order to Move Forward

It was the first snowfall of the season, not a massive amount but enough to make it tough for the plow trucks to keep up. And it was falling during morning rush hour, such as it is in Traverse City. Heather finished loading our three girls into the car – click!, click!, click! – and headed for school drop-off. Our five year old Madison’s school is at the top of a hill and there is a single road of entry – Hill Street – to the school’s parking lot. Heather took our usual route that morning, turning carefully onto Hill at a point halfway up the...

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