Thanks to the fabulous Paige for letting me explore the themes of rootedness and staying put.

The Nice Thing About Strangers

Thanks so much to Paige for allowing me to guest post on her fabulous blog!

If you’re like me, you are inspired by Paige’s adventurous travels. If you’re like me, you also are filled with a twinge of envy! I have a major travel bug, yet I wrote a book that is, at its very core, rooted in one place.

We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter, reflects on my years growing up in small-town Waseca, Minnesota, where my dad indeed was the local gravedigger. This background gave me a unique perspective on both life and death.

I wanted my book to evoke a deep sense of place. My own roots run deep in Waseca. My grandparents settled in Waseca County to farm the rich, fertile soil—my paternal grandparents in the northern part of the county, my maternal grandparents right in the middle…

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