Category Archives: Southern living

Ten reasons I love Huntsville (Ala.)

David and I have lived in Huntsville since late December 1996. Other than the 18 months we wound up back in Minneapolis (long story!), the Rocket City has been home. During a weekend run, I thought of how grateful I … Continue reading

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The Little Green Store: Monte Sano’s retail gem

Monte Sano is a popular destination for runners, walkers, bikers and families who want to hit the trails or picnic areas of the state park. Otherwise, it’s mostly a residential community, interspersed with a TV station, a fire station and … Continue reading

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Code Purple

School isn’t the same as it was when we were kids. Shocker, right? Growing up in the 70s and 80s, we had lots of textbooks and relied on pens, notebooks, chalkboards and old-fashioned typewriters. The only electronics we had were … Continue reading

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Taylor Swift: A ‘Red’ speck in the spotlight

After months of anticipation, we finally made it to the Taylor Swift “Red” concert in Nashville. We arrived at Bridgestone Arena Friday night ready to rock. Serina, 8, Sophia, 6, and their friend Abagail, 8, were wearing their freshly purchased Taylor … Continue reading

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Cristina Lynn: New CD lyrics featured in popular Harlequin series

If you’re familiar with north Alabama singer Cristina Lynn, you know not to expect mainstream country. Her music is as traditional as Patsy Cline with a friendly, folksy flare and uniquely rich tone. As soon as “Sinners AND Saints” starts … Continue reading

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I DO like my family

My mom, “Mormor,” moved down from Minneapolis in July. After a few months, I think we all needed some space. So on Friday, David and I packed up Serina, 7, and Sophia, 5, and headed to Chattanooga, a mere two … Continue reading

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Full, but fabulous

Most Saturdays at the Petersen house are limited to a single activity or two. After all, it’s our big day to clean, and if we are lucky, we can sneak in a nap. (We are rarely that lucky.) Today, however, … Continue reading

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