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Still Paddling

Boundary Waters Blog - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:08pm

People are still paddling the Boundary Waters even though it may seem too late in the season for some folks. We had a couple of groups come off of the water today who reported good fishing and wildlife viewing.

We have a few groups in the bunkhouse tonight who will begin their canoe trips tomorrow.  While the weather was somewhat rainy today and there’s a chance of rain tomorrow the extended forecast looks beautiful.

The sun is in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday and the temperature is supposed to be in the high 60′s. It looks like a great time to take a camping trip. If you can get out for a quick trip then go for it, I’m looking at my schedule to see how I can manage a quick trip myself.

Happy Paddling!

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Share your input about Highway 61: Tuesday 2 pm at the Senior Center

Moving Matters - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:50pm

Miss the first meeting? Share your ideas about Highway 61 this Tuesday!

Join the City of Grand Marais on Tuesday, September 23rd to share your ideas to improve Highway 61 through Grand Marais. If you missed the first meeting on Sept. 4th, join for this abbreviated version and have your input included as the City considers a new design for this stretch of Highway 61.

Tuesday, September 23rd
2:00 pm
Cook County Senior Center

10 N. Broadway, Grand Marais

Questions? Contact Mike Roth, City Administrator at or call (218) 387-1848. Can’t make this meeting either? Share you input for this stage online at:

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Gunflint Trail Garage Sale-Used Canoes and Equipment

Clearwater Lodge Tales - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:42am
Clearwater Lodge is the first stop on this weekends Gunflint Trail wide garage sale.  We will be selling a lot of camping/outfitting equipment including Granite Gear portage packs, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stuff sacks, pots and pans and cooking utensils, stoves and a variety of tents.  We will also be selling canoes including Alumacrafts, a Wenonah MNII Kevlar canoe, a Wenonah Encounter Solo Kevlar canoe and one Bell Northwoods Kevlar canoe.  As always we will be selling baked goods, but will be running some specials this weekend so come on in for some camping equipment and pie!
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9/18/14 - Used Equipment Sale

Sawbill Newsletter - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:13pm

9/18/14 - It is the end of the season, which means that it is time to phase out some of our older but still perfectly useful equipment. We now have a large assortment of lifejackets, packs, tents, and miscellaneous gear for sale at our online store.

As for used canoes, we know that many of you are anxiously waiting for our annual canoe sale. Don't worry, we are hard at work prepping the sale canoes and will post them online in the coming weeks once they are ready! - Peter

Electric shears are handy for cutting out a new skid plate for one of the Wenonah Minnesota II sale canoes.

Here I am using a popsicle stick to saturate the skid plate with epoxy. All of those air pockets need to be worked out!

Once the skid plate is ready, I gently lay it in place to protect the stern of the canoe.

A gouge in the bow gets filled with kevlar paste. Any excess can be sanded off after it dries.

All done! Once these repairs have dried, we will recoat the hull with a fresh layer of epoxy and post it online for sale.

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Be a Part of the Brewery Team

Voyageur Brewing - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:31am

Are you looking for a change of scenery and ready to have some fun at work? Then we may have what you are looking for at the Voyageur Brewery in Grand Marais, Minnesota. We’re interested in people who have a positive attitude and who others describe as energetic, enthusiastic, hard-working, dependable and fun. If you think those words describe you then we encourage you to think about being a part of the Voyageur Brewing Team.

We are currently seeking individuals to serve as beertenders and people who want to cook. You can find out more about these positions by visiting our website. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.

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Voyageur’s Garage Sale Goodies

Boundary Waters Blog - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:51am

We have been going through our equipment and cleaning out cubbies to bring our garage sale visitors the best selection of goodies to gander at. This Saturday and Sunday many of the businesses and homeowners on the Gunflint Trail are participating in the Gunflint Garage Sale event. We want to see you all of the way at the end of the Gunflint Trail so we’re offering some great items for sale.

We have life vests, packs, tents, therm-a-rest pads and canoes for sale along with other items from our store.  Items are available on a first come first served basis and will not be held. If we have canoes or other gear left that we want to sell after the weekend then we’ll let you know. We’ll be open on Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm so come on up for a visit.

Feature Item…

Equipment for two!  $1200- you get to keep the equipment!

Description – The Complete Outfitting Package is everything you need for your next Boundary Waters trip except for clothes, personal items, toiletries, and permit/park fees. This package is designed to equip those looking to experience a full-blown canoe trip into the BWCA. The package includes:

  • We-no-nah Spirit II Royalex Canoe ‘09
  • Two We-no-nah paddles
  • Two NRS life vests with pockets
  • Granite Gear Traditional Portage # 4 pack
  • Granite Gear Traditional Portage # 3 pack
  • Granite Gear Traditional Food pack
  • Eureka TL4 Outfitter Edition tent
  • Two sleeping bags
  • Two self-inflating Thermarests
  • Single burner camp stove (first propane tank included)
  • Bear rope
  • Utility cord
  • Ground cloth for tent
  • 12’ by 12’ weather tarp
  • Folding camp saw
  • Small shovel
  • Cook kit (pots stack inside each other, lids double as fry pans)
  • Mess kit (plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons, filet knife, pot holder)


 We-no-nah Seneca Kevlar Canoe ’08


Description – For three-person paddling adventures, few canoes perform like the Seneca. Whether reeling in eight-pounders or power paddling to the next lake, the Seneca’s great initial stability and efficiency turn you into a harmonious paddling team. The Seneca is a big canoe with enough freeboard to keep gear and equipment dry. Designed for family and general use, the center seat is removable if you are looking to comfortably fit two large people with a lot of gear.


We-no-nah Seneca Kevlar Canoe ‘13


Description – For three-person paddling adventures, few canoes perform like the Seneca. Whether reeling in eight-pounders or power paddling to the next lake, the Seneca’s great initial stability and efficiency turn you into a harmonious paddling team. The Seneca is a big canoe with enough freeboard to keep gear and equipment dry. Designed for family and general use, the center seat is removable if you are looking to comfortably fit two large people with a lot of gear.


We-no-nah Boundary Waters Kevlar Canoe ‘13


Description – The Boundary Waters offers a unique blend of excellent stability and easy paddling. Extra fullness throughout the middle gives this canoe extra capacity. The bow and stern height are kept low to catch less wind. Curved webbed seats keep you in the center, yet offer flexible seating.


We-no-nah MN II Kevlar Canoe ‘13


Description – The MN II is the most efficient, straight-tracking, tandem tripping canoe ever made. They are fast and seaworthy even when loaded with heavy gear, yet they are fun to paddle lightly loaded just for the thrill of it. This boat revolutionized both portaging and long-distance paddling and opened places like the Boundary Waters to many.


We-no-nah Prism Kevlar Canoe ‘12

$1100 (includes detachable portage yoke)

Description – One of the most popular solo canoes, incredibly versatile, it will take you comfortably over all kinds of waters. Blending efficiently, stability, capacity, and finesse, it is ideal for cruising with a light load, but also has the volume needed for medium-length trips.


 We-no-nah Kevlar Canak  ‘12

$1650 (includes detachable portage yoke and compartment sip over covers)

Description – The Canak is great for solo lake camping when the capacity and portability of a canoe is needed, and the touring ability of a kayak is desired. The one of a kind bow and stern storage compartments are spacious and more accessible than standard kayak hatches for easy loading and unloading of canoe camping sized packs. The slip over covers (included) provide a dry ride no matter the weather conditions. The floor mounted sliding seat and adjustable kayak style foot braces make this boat as comfortable as any kayak.


We-no-nah Spirit II Royalex Canoe ‘10


Description – Royalex canoes are incredibly tough. This makes them the ideal choice for sportsman, whitewater paddlers, families and kids, or anyone in the market for a durable canoe. Roomy enough for Boundary Waters style trips, the Royalex is even more stable when fully loaded. If you could have only one canoe to serve all your needs, for the rest of your life, the Spirit II is one of few candidates.


We-no-nah Spirit II Royalex Canoe ‘12


Description – Royalex canoes are incredibly tough. This makes them the ideal choice for sportsman, whitewater paddlers, families and kids, or anyone in the market for a durable canoe. Roomy enough for Boundary Waters style trips, the Royalex is even more stable when fully loaded. If you could have only one canoe to serve all your needs, for the rest of your life, the Spirit II is one of few candidates.


Alumacraft Quetico Canoe ‘91


Description – The Alumacraft is your classic canoe.  It hauls heavy loads with ease while dealing with wind and waves easily. The durability of this canoe along with stability makes the Alumacraft an excellent choice.


Alumacraft Quetico Canoe ‘02


Description – The Alumacraft is your classic canoe.  Always reliable, it hauls heavy loads with ease while dealing with wind and waves easily. The durability of this canoe along with stability makes the Alumacraft an excellent choice for paddlers.


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The Pines & Briand Morrison’s CD Release Party

North Shore Art Scene - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:02am

David Johnson took this shot on the harbor shore recently. He calls it “Boat Sunrise.”

It’s another busy music weekend in Grand Marais — the popular Twin Cities band, The Pines, performs at What’s Upstairs? Stage on Friday night and Briand Morrison & Friends will hold a CD Release Party of “Blues Galaxy” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday night. Both will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.

 The Pines, David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, is a great indie-roots band from the Twin Cities, weaving together many musical style to create their own unique style.

The son of Greg Brown’s producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, Benson was reared on folk and blues music and those influences continue to shine through, even on louder electric songs.

David shares Benson’s deep love for traditional music, and together the two craft songs that evoke the ancient, while incorporating newer rock and pop grooves.

Both strong writers, singers and instrumentalists, David and Benson have distinct voices that complement each other, causing audiences and critics alike to tout them as a powerful young force in American roots music.
The doors at What’s Upstairs, above Betsy Bowen’s Studio, open at 7 p.m. Friday night. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. (To hear their music, click here.)

Briand Morrison. Photo by Stephan Hoglund.

On Saturday night, Morrison and a number of other musicians who perform with him on his Blues Galaxy CD will play at the ACA. A guitarist and composer who has been playing the guitar since he was a boy, Morrison partnered with the North Shore Music Association through funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board to write 12 original jazz, rock and blues pieces for the guitar with an array of backing instruments and vocals. The CD was recorded in his studio on the Grand Portage Reservation. Morrison is a member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

In an earlier interview, Morrison said that his CD includes performances with 17 local musicians. At the CD Release Party, Morrison will be joined by Roxann Berglund, John Mianowski, John Varga, Robin Anders, Jim Elverhoy, Todd Miller, Joe Paulik, Amanda Hand and Amy Varga.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 youth and are for sale at the door. To hear his music, visit

There’s lots of other great music opportunities this weekend, too. See the music schedule below.

Art takes front/center stage this weekend, too.

David Gilsvik won the People’s Choice Award, the Red Suspender Invitational and third place overall with his oil, “Morning at the Dockside.’

The Grand Marais Plein Air Exhibit and Sale opened at the Johnson Heritage Post last Friday to accolades and excitement.

During the week of the Plein Air Competition, 60 plein air painters painted up a storm, participating in two paint-outs, at Sugar Loaf Cove and Artist’s Point (the Quick Paint), as well as tried the Night Paint, and worked on their own at locations throughout Cook County.  Many of their paintings were submitted to the show — 240 in all.

Bob Upton won first place in the Main Category for his oil, “Artist’s Point,” Paula Gustafson came in second with “Mary Pratt Home,” David Gilsvik came in third with “Morning at the Dockside.”

Andy Evansen won the Night Paint Award with his “Beaver House.” Christopher Copeland won the Quick Paint, and David Gilsvik won the Red Suspender Invitational and a set of red suspenders, a bow to well-known Grand Marais painter Howard Siverston who favors them. Gilsvik also won the People’s Choice Award.

It would not be exaggerating to say that a walk through this exhibit is a journey through the beauty and wonder of the North Shore. The exhibit continues through Sept. 28. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

To see a great selection of photos taken during the event and at the opening, click here to view the Grand Marais Art Colony’s Facebook page.

Potter Bob Husby exhibits in the Lake Superior 20/20 Art Studio Tour.

The Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour begins this weekend featuring open studios in a 20-mile loop from just outside Duluth to Two Harbors.

Artwork from the 20 artists participating in the tour includes everything from ceramics and fiber art to printmaking, painting, woodworking and photography.

The event also includes live music and refreshments. For more information, hours and maps, visit . 20/20 will be held Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28.

The Crossing Borders Studio Tour and Sale begins next week, Sept. 26, and runs through Oct. 5. For more info about the artists and the event, visit

The installation at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery includes a turtle with more than 200 moccasin vamps (tops) on the turtle’s back.

This weekend also marks the opening of a powerful exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

Entitled Walking With Our Sisters, the national tour honors the lives of murdered and missing indigenous women of Canada and the United States. It opens at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery with a special ceremony at noon (EST) Sept. 19.

The exhibit is a commemorative art installation of more than 1,200 moccasin vamps (tops) created and donated by hundreds of individuals to draw attention to this injustice.

The exhibit continues at the the gallery through Oct. 12.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, poet Kate Hallett will read from her new books, “Salt Heart” and “Catalpa,” at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books. The Salon starts at 5 p.m.

Tickets are still available for the Grand Marais Art Colony’s “Tour d’Art: The Legacy,” a homes tour of artists and instructors associated with the Art Colony. The tour includes the homes of Hazel Belvo and Marsha Cushmore, Sharon and Steve FrykmanLiz Sivertson, Byron Bradley and Dan Quick. The tour is Oct. 4. For more information, call 218-387-2737.

There’s lots more music this weekend, too. Here’s the schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 19:

  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Pines,What’s Upstairs? Stage, 8 p.m.
  • The Wrong Omar, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20:

  • Portage Band, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 3 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Big Bear Lodge, 7969 Northwoods Loop, Gunflint Trail, 6 p.m.
  • The Don Juans, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6-8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison CD Release Concert, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 :30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 21:

  • James Moors, Gunflint Tavern, 6 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Charlie Parr, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 24:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Moguls Grille & Tap Room, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Lucky for us, photographers were out taking some great shots this week. Here’s a selection.

Thomas Spence calls this “Live Sunrise.”

Photo by Thomas Spence.


Here’s an intriguing shot by Carah Thomas. She calls it “Maple Hill Sunset.”

Photo by Carah Thomas.


This one was taken later in the evening. Bryan Hansel shot the Milky Way with the night lights of Grand Marais reflecting on low clouds.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


Here are a few wildlife shots.

The first is by Paul Pluskwik. He calls it “Sunrise Flight Through the Morning Fog.”

Photo by Paul Pluskwik.


And Michael Furtman caught this merlin taking an early morning bath.

Photo by Michael Furtman.


Here’s a peaceful wilderness scene by David Johnson.


Bryan Hansel captured the stark beauty of dusk in Two Harbors in this photograph.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


Fall has arrived. Kathy Gray-Anderson shows us here.

Photo by Kathy Gray-Anderson.


The northern lights were really crackling around the world earlier this week, but we couldn’t see them here because of cloud cover. Here’s what they saw in Norway.

Photo by Harald Albrighten, Kvoloya Tronso, Norway. (Courtesy of


On the other hand, we have beauty here, too. Paul Sundberg caught this incredible shot at Split Rock during our September gale. Enjoy!

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Have a great weekend, everyone!



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Coming Soon to a Forest Near You

Boundary Waters Blog - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:18pm

The trees are starting to show their true colors along the Gunflint Trail. There are some leaves turning yellow, orange and red but it will be awhile before the colors are peak.  To find out when we’ll have peak colors on the North Shore read the press release below from the Minnesota DNR.

DNR NEWS – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Sept. 8, 2014

DNR’s fall color finder will help travelers with trip planning

Minnesota state park and trail visitors will soon be seeing red and orange and yellow and countless other shades of autumn as the leaves and prairies grasses put on their annual show.

To help travelers plan their fall hikes, bike rides, paddling trips and scenic drives to coincide as closely as possible with peak color, staff at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will update an online fall color finder at every Thursday, starting Sept. 4. This online trip-planning tool includes a map showing where to find peak color across the state, a link to fall color programs and special events, a slideshow and a photo uploader that provides an easy way for people to share their favorite fall color images.

“We’re anticipating a beautiful fall color display,” said Patricia Arndt, communications and outreach manager for the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division. “It will move across the state quickly, though, so we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy it while it lasts. The fall color finder can help people locate a park or trail to visit or a naturalist program that the whole family can enjoy.”

Family-oriented fall color programs are also listed in a free “Feel the Wow of Fall” brochure available at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas, at Twin Cities libraries and at metro area outdoor retail stores. The DNR Information Center will also mail the brochure to anyone who requests it.

Colors typically peak between mid-September and early October in the northern third of Minnesota, between late September and early October in the central third, and between late September and mid-October in the southern third (which includes the Twin Cities). Peak fall color typically lasts about two weeks, but that can vary widely, depending on location, elevation and weather. Trees at higher elevations are the earliest to show color change.

For smartphone and tablet users, the DNR offers fall colors “to go” on a mobile fall color finder that is integrated with Google maps. To access the mobile version, scan the QR code at or visit and bookmark the site.

For more information, visit the online calendar at
or call the DNR Information Center at 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A vehicle permit is required for entrance to Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Anyone who purchases a one-day permit ($5) can exchange it for $5 off a year-round permit later the same day. Year-round permits, $25, provide unlimited access to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.


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Wildlife Coming out of the Woods

Boundary Waters Blog - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:59pm

When the two legged creature visits to the Gunflint Trail slow down the four legged creatures appear more frequently. Numerous sightings of wolves, bear, bald eagles, fox, grouse and more have been reported and yesterday I saw our moose back on the road. Fall is a great time to visit the Gunflint Trail, come see for yourself.

Moose on the Gunflint Trail

Gunflint Trail moose


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Land Use Guide Plan Meeting: Wed., September 17th 6:30pm

Moving Matters - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 8:03am

Our county is in the process of revising the Land Use Guide Plan, that acts as the guiding document for planning, zoning and ordinances on county-owned and private lands.  This is an opportunity to voice your support for Cook County continuing to create opportunities for safe walking, bicycling and accessibility for our residents, from age 8 to 80!  Share your thoughts at the public meeting (Wed., Sept. 17th 6:30 the Cook County Community Center), or email Planning and Zoning Director Tim Nelson at

It’s not often you get an opportunity to help craft a future for a place you love. When you do, you should take it. Residents of Cook County will get such an opportunity Wednesday, Sept. 17. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the community center, a team from county government will listen as residents describe what they would like the Cook County of 2035 to look like in terms of land use, community appearance, economic vitality and community life. Residents also will also have the opportunity to offer specific action steps needed to achieve that desired future.

County residents are strongly urged to attend the Sept. 17 meeting and help sculpt a healthy, prosperous and environmentally responsible Cook County future.

This is all part of an effort to update the county comprehensive land use plan. The plan now in effect was written in 1997, a time of dramatically different circumstances. It does not fit the Cook County of 2014 very well, nor suggest the path the county should follow as it moves into the next several decades.

A central issue is how the county can achieve the proper balance between protecting the environment and creating conditions for a prosperous economy that can support a community of diverse ages, needs, skills and interests. The land use plan addresses only the 8 percent of the county that is in private or county hands, excluding Grand Marais.

This update process is a really big deal. The plan that results from this process won’t just be advisory; for the first time, it will have the force of law. It also will directly influence Cook County’s access to IRRRB funding. The IRRRB board has served notice that henceforth it will evaluate grant proposals against the land use plan from the county where the request originated.

The Sept. 17 meeting is designed just to hear what county residents would like the updated land use plan to emphasize. Residents will have opportunities later to give feedback on drafts of the update.

The County Planning and Zoning website contains background materials on the current plan and the update process, including the agenda for the public meeting (

– Jim Boyd, Member of the Plan Update Committee


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Government coffee?

Unorganized Territory - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:40pm

Many years ago, several elections ago, the Cook County Coalition of Lake Associations held a candidate forum. There were many hard-hitting questions about property taxes and protecting water quality and so on. But the question that sticks in my mind from that long ago Q&A session was—who pays for the coffee and treats consumed at county board meetings?

There was a round of laughter when the question was asked, but it was obvious that people— voters—wanted to know. What government fund was used to purchase the coffee? How much was allocated to cookies and donuts each year? Was this an acceptable use of our tax dollars?

The audience seemed pleased to hear that the commissioners themselves provide the goodies shared during the midmorning break. There is a schedule and they all take turns bringing a treat. In fact, they not only bring enough for their board colleagues, they bring extra for county staff and citizens— and members of the press—in attendance. I’ve been fortunate over the years to sample some tasty treats prepared by local politicians. My favorite treat is the rum cake made by former Commissioner Walt Mianowski.

And the coffee itself? That is paid for by donations from the commissioners and county staff as well. No tax dollars wasted on coffee.

However, I don’t think money spent on coffee would be a total waste of county funds. I know, people who know me will be quick to say that I am addicted to coffee, so of course I would be supportive of the government providing coffee. But there is more to it than that.

A lot of problems could be solved if we all shared a cup of coffee (or tea!) now and then.

The idea came up recently in a meeting I had with some Blandin Foundation Community Leadership participants. I was meeting with them to talk about our shared experience with the leadership training. They were taking part in the traditional Blandin leadership program and I was in the midst of the Editors & Publishers program. We were comparing notes and talking about the topic they have chosen to work on—building government trust.

I shared some of the things we are considering at the paper, such as the yet-to-happen “Coffee with the News-Herald.” As I explained that I would like to get together with readers now and then to chat over a cup of coffee, there was laughter. One of the Blandin participants said, “I see a theme here!”

Apparently one of the group working to build trust in government had suggested that the county offer coffee to taxpayers waiting for help. One of their group liked the idea of a little coffee station in the lobby of the planning & zoning office or the assessor’s office—like those at the car dealership or fancy hair salon. She suggested that a beverage—it didn’t have to be coffee, it could be a nice rooibos tea or even a cooler filled with refreshing water—would go a long way to soothing an irritated soul.

It brought to mind the book by Greg Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea, about Mortenson’s accidental foray into humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Although his story was questioned as exaggerated and his charity challenged in 2011, it is clear that Mortenson’s nonprofit, Central Asia Institute, has built and helped operate some schools—and it continues to do so. So despite the cloud of uncertainty surrounding his story, Mortenson is doing good works.

And what good Mortenson has accomplished started with Three Cups of Tea. The book title comes from a proverb of a Tibetan/Pakistani ethnic group, the Balti: “The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family…”

I know, it would be complicated to have a coffeemaker and hot water and tea bags and containers of water scattered around the courthouse. It would be an additional task for a county staffer who already has enough to worry about. No one has time to sit and drink three cups of tea before conducting government business.

But it’s a nice thought. It’s good to see leaders thinking of ways they can build trust, even if it is with something as simple as providing coffee or orange pekoe to visitors. It’s a start.


There is no trouble so great or
grave that cannot be much
diminished by a nice cup of tea.

Bernard-Paul Heroux

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Favorite Everyday Products: Good-for-You Chocolate?

Aging Youthful - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 1:00am

Oh yes it is! One of my ultimate most favorite everyday product is IsaDelights Plus chocolates. These little buggers taste AWESOME, once you have them and try to eat a Hershey bar, you will think you are eating wax (OK, you kind of are…but I digress).

What makes these guys so special? They not only make you LOOK good as they help keep your sweet tooth satisfied without blowing your goals, and they make you FEEL good as they release dopamine to make your brain happy. When your brain is happy, YOU are happy, your family is happy, your partner is happy…etc. etc. etc.

A little more info from the website on these little wonders:

When your brain is low on “feel-good” chemicals, it seeks out sugar, junk food and caffeine to artificially boost your energy and mood levels. IsaDelight Plus is specially formulated with green tea extract, amino acids, antioxidants, B vitamins and minerals to help ease those cravings. The creamy Milk Chocolate and delicious Dark Chocolate squares also boost your energy, mood and fire up your fat-burning potential.

  • Curbs cravings on Cleanse Days or any day (Yes we can have chocolate on CLEANSE DAYS!).

  • Low in sugar, equal to 1/8 of an apple

  • Helps burn fat

  • Only 60 calories per treat

Contact me to get your hands and brain on this buggers or order them here.

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Stand up paddle boarders, what do you think?

Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 8:07am

Check out
and let us know what you think of it.

As the days get shorter and nights longer, our thoughts start turning towards the change of the seasons and dire predictions of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Our focus turns to winter activities but at the same time we are already talking about the summer of 2015.

The one activity we see increasing in interest is stand up paddle boarding. We are looking at ways to give you more and better instruction. Maybe we try doing a few more yoga classes along with demos, either in the harbor or in some warmer inland lakes.

What we really need is input from you. What can we do to make our offerings better for you? Shorter tours or longer tours? Do we move more inland or bolster up the big lake?

And while we are at it, look at this web site and some of the videos. Let us know what you think. Would something like a SUP rowing scull interest you? Should we sell them or rent them? Could you see racing them? The possibilities are endless. So take a look and let us know.

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Recipe Of The Week: Bulletproof Coffee

Aging Youthful - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:00am

I’ve talked about my love of bulletproof coffee on Facebook and every time I do, I have people ask me to share what it is. When I do, some are a little taken aback when I mention adding a tbsp. of butter to their coffee. Now before you go “ewwwwww”, just know I thought the same thing when I first read about it and then decided to give it a try. Let me tell you….it is AWESOME, as long as the butter is organic and unsalted, and comes from cattle that are grass-fed and raised hormone and anti-biotic free. It’s simple to make and will be better than any concoction you get at Starbucks. (For me, I love my Americanno, but it now pales in comparison to my bulletproof!

Here’s how I make mine:

Step 1: I start by cold-pressing my coffee. I grind my own beans as needed, place three 1/8 c. scoops in the bottom of a French Press and fill with water. I will let sit at least overnight and press in the morning. (I get two servings out of my press as I usually only have one cup a day). I fill my large coffee mug with coffee to measure and then heat on the stove (I choose to NOT microwave for personal reasons…I don’t microwave much.). You can use regular brewed coffee if you choose.

Step 2: While my coffee is heating, I put a tbsp. each of Kerrygold unsalted butter and Organic UNrefined coconut oil in the bottom of the coffee mug. (You can use straight MCT oil as well).

Step 3: When coffee is hot, I pour about 1/3 of the hot coffee over the butter and oil and then mix with a stick blender (I only fill to 1/3 full as the whipping action will have it overflow if you fill it too full!).

Step 4: Pour the rest of the hot coffee in the cup and enjoy!

Some recipes call for more butter, but my taste buds prefer the tbsp. of each. True Bulletproof coffee is suppose to be made with some specially roasted beans, (which I have placed an order…) and will let you know if there is a difference.

Give it a try and come on back and let me know what you think!


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What’s REALLY In Our Food: A Little Paint Additive as Salad Dressing?

Aging Youthful - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 1:00am

From the Rodale News website:

What it is: Titanium dioxide is a component of the metallic element titanium, a mined substance that is sometimes contaminated with toxic lead. 

Where it is: Commonly used in paints and sunscreens, big food corporations add it to lots of things we eat, too, including processed salad dressing, coffee creamers, and icing. 

Why it’s bad: The food industry adds it to hundreds of products to make dingy, overly processed items appear whiter. “White has long been the symbolic color of ‘clean,’” explains food industry insider Bruce Bradley, who shares the tricks, traps, and ploys of big food manufacturers on his blog, “Funny, when you use real food, you don’t need any of these crazy additives—I think I prefer the real deal.” 

These types of ingredients added to food is why I believe it is more important than ever to cleanse our bodies of impurities regularly. Contact me for more information by clicking on the “contact” floating button or text me at 407-545-8113.

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Aging Youthful - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 8:29am

IF ONLY YOU KNEW HOW POWERFUL YOU ARE! That flame that is buried within you, can impact hundreds if not thousands if not hundreds of thousands of lives! DO NOT keep it to yourself. YOU ARE a beacon of light, YOU ARE a leader….YOU MATTER! This image gives me chills every time I see it, because what you think you are/aren’t isn’t true….YOU ARE a light, you ARE, period. EXCLAMATION POINT.

I have shared this image a few times recently in the past, and feel compelled to do so again. This past week, I have been connecting with people and asking what excites them. I find it a little sad that so many cannot answer the question and when pressed further still have a hard time sharing what they would do if lack of time and money weren’t a barrier.

What is exciting is once they get past the mental block of feeling it’s selfish to voice what they daydream about, is watching their soul start to light up. Once they get out the material things they would like to do: travel, new car, new house, be able to buy their kids certain things, which they usually apologize for.

What is REALLY exciting… once they get their soul lit, in their heart, what REALLY drives most people is they want to make a contribution to this world and leave a legacy. The flame becomes a fire, the fire becomes a bonfire and for some, once they get going, it’s like a massive forest fire raging out of control!

Stop letting life pass you by and watching others LIVING LIFE OUT LOUD. You can too…you DESERVE to. We were all born to be great, to stand out to contribute with our hearts and souls wide open. GO GIVE IT TO THE WORLD. Shine your light so brightly, so others can find their light and feel like they can let theirs shine too. I wish I could tell each one of you HOW AWESOME you really are. Go for what you want. Chase your dreams. Pursue you passion. It will not lead you astray!

“When you discover how fulfilling and exciting life can be, you don’t want others to know how amazing your life is now. You want others to live this amazing life as well!!!” Zach Sikich

#LiveOutLoud #FeedYourSoulSunday

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Eastern Meets Nordic: Autumn 2014 Trollbeads

Sivertson Gallery - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:36am


When I was first introduced to Trollbeads, it was the Scandinavian connection that first peaked my interest. The delicate, silver Dala Horse bead, Thor’s Hammer and the adorable photos of the Danish Family members who ran the company, I felt right at home. Trollbeads, even the name evokes images of mossy rocks, streams and the smell of the deep forest. I was hooked.

As the time has passed, and my love for Trollbeads becomes an addiction, my bracelet has transformed from Scandinavian … read more

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#FreedomFriday: Making Handling Finances Easy

Aging Youthful - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:00am

This post could almost fit under “favorite everyday products” because the app I am going to share, is one I use EVERY day. As of last week when I bared my soul with my last Freedom Friday post about not being ‘congruent’, I might as well put it ALL out there. In the past, I have SUCKED at managing my money. It is not something I was ever taught in school or by my parents. I grew up with a mom and dad who worked hard, my brothers and sisters never went without food or clothing, and they did the best they could, we just didn’t have a lot of it. So, being the free spirit I am, if it wasn’t something I was good at and didn’t THINK I needed to learn it, I was flying by the seat of my pants. The problem: Mark was the same way, but it’s never too old to teach and old dog new tricks, right!

Recently I have been reading Secrets of the Millionaire Mind (AND just signed up for a weekend Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar with THE T. Harv himself!), Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and have found this great little bugeting and money trackning app called “Mint”.  I have to say, it is pretty “mint” (is my 80′s girl showing here?).

It takes a little time and effort to set your budget, link your accounts and such, but it is SO worth it. It easily tracks spending and will even send you warnings and tell you “you’ve gone over your gas and transportation budget for the month. Perhaps you should take a look at that”. Yep, an app that is even nice when it really should say “DANGER. DANGER. DANGER. WHOA LADY YOU’VE BEEN DRIVING WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY TOO MUCH THIS MONTH. LET’S TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT THIS”.

It has been enlightening for me to see where our money REALLY does go. As Dave Ramsey says: what you don’t track will most certainly find away to leave. Keep an eye on your money, so you can keep more of it! Remember, no matter how healthy you are physically, if you are constantly stressed about money, you are not TRULY healthy.

I would love to hear some of your favorite ways of controlling and keeping tack of your spending!


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Favorite Everyday Products: Aging Youthful Next Generation

Aging Youthful - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 1:00am

Just when you think something couldn’t get any better…it does. Isagenix has improved my most favorite product in the world, Product B, by adding 20% MORE powerful anti-aging ingredients and creating a vegan capsule that makes it more absorbable, overall making it 10X’s more potent! They are also re-branding the product to make it’s name more in line with what the product is. Introducing the next generation of Product B: IsaGenesis!

While there is no one “magic” pill, this product packs a punch, especially when combined with our Ageless Essentials Daily Pak vitamins. All the ingredients of all the supplements are designed to work synergisticly to pack a MASSIVE punch for so you can be AGING even MORE YOUTHFULly (Hmmmm…may need to change MY brand! lol).

Here are the deets:

The latest formulation of Product B is so improved, we
gave it a new name—Product B IsaGenesis—and it’s
scientifically designed to deliver the benefits of Product
B you know and love from the previous version in a more
powerful, effective way. Product B IsaGenesis is a powerful
blend of complex botanicals and vitamins uniquely
designed to offer superior telomere support for youthful
aging. For optimal telomere benefits, take as part of your
daily Isagenix nutritional system.*
The new Product B IsaGenesis features improved
absorbability so that your body can effectively use the
nutrients for superior antioxidant and telomere support in
cells where they’re needed.*
• Supports better telomere health and youthful aging*
• Improved absorption for better delivery to cells*
• Includes more actives for more effective
telomere support
• Helps neutralize harmful free radicals that can
accelerate aging*
• Improves efficiency of natural enzymes increasing
antioxidant support*
Click here for even MORE information on this awesome product

By the time this posts, I should have my new order with IsaGenesis in the box! I can’t wait to share my results with you! If you’d like to order, give me a shout at 407-545-8113 (my Google voice number) and leave a message. I will call you right back to take your order and heck, even show you how you can get a free box every single month! How cool is THAT????? I can’t wait to see the lives transformed with this “newest generation” that will make my generation even younger than our kids!

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