Author: Nancy Carlson

A huge weight lifted

November 2017 On the anniversary of Barry’s death, I knew it was time to visit the care center where he lived for the last three years of his life. I had no excuse because the bridge to get there finally

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The end of summer and autumn.

November 2017 I am up at a little cabin that sits just two feet from Lake Superior. It is a cold, rainy and windy November day. The huge waves today on the lake come crashing in and hit the cabin

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A sign from Barry on a family’s sentimental journey

July 2017 Last week my family gathered at Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota. I felt this adventure for all in memory of Barry would be a good way to spend some of the money left from

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Figuring more stuff out.

June 2017 When I was a little girl, I used to get an empty frozen orange juice can from my mother. With can in hand, I would crawl under the bushes in the front of our house and pretend that

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Finding life’s direction…

May 2017 I spent the first week of May in Grand Marais, packing my things after staying in a charming house there on and off all winter. It is where I worked on the third draft of my memoir. Most

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MY JOURNEY – Grand Marais, April 2017

Stuck in a rewind Another Minnesota winter has come and gone. The weather was pretty good, not too cold. March came in like lamb and went out like a lamb, as the saying goes. Getting into a spring state of

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OUR JOURNEY – to the wind….

Scattering ashes in Southern California Last week I was in Santa Barbara. Calif., visiting my best friend Jeanne. We have been the best of friends since seventh grade. I happened to see her in the hall on one of the

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MY JOURNEY – To the wind

Ashes update I am writing this up in Grand Marais. I had planned to snowshoe out to where I wanted to scatter some of Barry’s ashes along one of my favorite mushroom-hunting trails. But I got the flu and couldn’t

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OUR JOURNEY -The final journey.

February 14, 2017 It’s Valentine’s Day and Barry’s ashes just arrived at my apartment. I donated his body to the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Anatomy Bequest Program. A little persistence on my part helped him get accepted into the

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MY JOURNEY

Barry died on November 21, 2016 It has been almost two months since Barry died. During this time, I have found myself very busy trying to avoid the fact that he is gone. First there was a Thanksgiving dinner to

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