Work in Progress — A Love Letter to Minnesota and Vermont

I'm putting together a new book full of my observations about Place -- both in Vermont and Minnesota. Here is a very short excerpt I read last Sunday at the Derby Line First Universalist Parish:   I go to register my car and get my Vermont driver’s license at the DMV in Newport, Vermont. The [...]

Blame it on Pittsburgh — The Hills are in My Blood

I started life out in a small town near Pittsburgh, PA. (I understand that I was born on a farm, which might have something to do with why I seem to be the most outdoorsy person in my family.) We left PA (for MN) when I was ten, and I really don't remember much about [...]

Mindful Cat Monday — Writing about Place

Those of you who know me know that I LOVE to write about place. I am fascinated with the way that different landscapes "feel," and how they impact our daily living. For instance, the Green Mountains are a big part of daily life here in northern Vermont. We drive them, we climb them daily. Even [...]

By |September 21st, 2015|Catherine Holm Author, creative writing, Place|

Mindful Monday: Blueberry Heaven

Yesterday we picked blueberries at a place called Blueberry Heaven. It lived up to its name. This is what you see after you park and head toward the blue-colored stand.                 The berry bushes are within a large fenced enclosure (1'd guess at least an acre or two), [...]

By |August 10th, 2015|Catherine Holm Author, Living close to the land, Place|

Mindful Cat Monday — What is Magic?

What is Magic? I use the term loosely, to define anything that seems to delightfully and naturally fall into place, or that simply brings me joy. Is it...   ...The indescribable quality of the blue sky light that is beginning to subtly change, and apparent when there are clouds in the blue sky? I've seen [...]

Mindful Cat Monday: Talking Too Much, Being Quiet, and Retreat

When I went through yoga teacher training, I had FIERCE yoga teachers who weren’t afraid to help us (force us) to really look at ourselves. At one point, our small group got called on the carpet. Some of us were talking too much, our teachers said. Some of us weren’t talking enough. Some of us [...]

Mindful Cat Monday: Time to Relax

This past holiday weekend, I let myself really relax. I let myself wander and do whatever I wanted, with no planning. It seemed to be just what I needed. I've gotten into a habit of taking a slow meditative walk at dusk and emptying my mind (nature is very helpful in that respect). Here are [...]

Vermont LOVE

The other day I had Minnesota Envy; today it's Vermont LUST. I can feel Vermont, churning gently beneath the snow, getting ready for SPRING. Spring in VT is out of this world. Locals don't care for mud season, but I don't mind it. Sure, it is not as pretty as the real spring, but it [...]

Minnesota Envy

This morning, I have Minnesota envy. And I miss my Minnesota friends. MN is having temps in the 60s and 70s, I'm told. Here, we had 10 degrees this morning. There is still lots of snow on the ground. I cannot complain. My first winter in Vermont has been the easiest and warmest winter I've [...]

Fall is almost in the air — I love it

I'm beginning to get giddy. I love fall. Fall is not here yet, but I am assured it will be spectacular. But...I am feeling the nudging beginnings of this transition. A few leaves are starting to turn Crickets are singing day and night It's a little too cool to swim in a pond Veggies are [...]

By |August 20th, 2014|Author, Catherine Holm Author, Place|