London: "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things"

I confess to being a bit of an Anglofile. I think saying something is “lovely” sounds much better than “nice.” Going on holiday is more appealing than a vacation. And nothing is more relaxing than a cup of Earl Grey in the garden. Shouldn’t we all call our yards gardens? The Olympics reminded me of all the reasons I love England. I had opportunity to live in England for a summer as a college student and work for a church an hour south of London. I have been back twice since and am quite happy to say I know exactly what it means to “mind the gap” and to enjoy a full English breakfast. Here are a few of my favorite spots, in no particular order:
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Home – A Lasting Gift

As published in The Star-Tribune's Thanksgiving 2010 issue. One of my earliest memories happened when I was almost 3 years old. I was standing in the backyard of the house my parents were having built. At the time, we were living in Chatham but moving to a small farm in Spring Garden next to my grandparents’ farm. As I stood there with my sister, Tonja, I remember thinking the construction project looked like a swimming pool.
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Finding Your Words

The holidays are a terrific time to do some writing. Most of us have a few days off to collect our thoughts, grab a pen or tap the keyboard. For many, the writing impulse starts at a young age. I love watching kindergarteners express themselves by forming letters into words and words in sentences.
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