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Writer, seamstress, knitter, gardener. Toastmaster. Middle-Pause: Editor, STOMP! Podcast sound engineer. Tell me a story! margie@margiepearl.com

Because it’s International Podcast Day

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Sunflower talking about the summer drought/ Picture by Author (margie pearl)

Our publication’s emblem is a sunflower

Last Saturday I dragged my husband to Rush City, Minnesota to take pictures of sunflowers for Middle-Pause. Let me tell you, it hasn’t been easy finding photos that work. This field was full of pollinators and humans.

Share your photos. People need joy in their life.

This farm was a blessing

The reason I can…


What could go wrong?

6 marching trumpet players in gray vests and slacks
Photo by Carl Campbell on Unsplash

You already know the answer, but let me set the stage.

For once, we had the house to ourselves

It was a summer afternoon. My sister and I had a sleepover with the Connolly sisters. We’d become friends at school and were close in age. …


Some lessons on nurturing

Bee fly on yellow safety vest/ photo courtesy of Margie Pearl

It’s Labor Day and my summer job has almost ended. I’ve been outside interviewing visitors about their experience in local parks and trails.

I don’t know which has been more captivating? Hearing the stories or witnessing how people and animals move through the landscape.

Each day is unique

  • I’ve seen wild turkeys stop traffic…


The key is paying attention

Photo by Aaron Doucett on Unsplash

Recently, I wrote about bush beans. They are the second success in my life’s quest to feed the community.

I left out my first success, cherry tomatoes because I’ve had four years of luck. …


So I can bring fresh produce to the community

purple bush beans on the vine
Red Swan Bush beans (photo by author)

I learned about bush beans from a young co-worker. She told me all they needed was a basic tomato cage to keep them from collapsing to the ground.

When she was growing up, her family kept a garden because they were dirt poor.


This year is like the great fish that got away

Hello Seekers,

It’s been a year since I’ve sent out a newsletter. I put it off, as I explored new topics and visited new publications. I’m back now and hope readers and writers will fill me in on what I’ve missed.

This summer, I’ve been out and about visiting Minnesota parks and…


They keep my home happy.

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

My husband has few wants, but the one thing that makes his morning is fresh blueberries at breakfast.

How my quest for blueberries started

Blueberries were hard to find during the Pandemic until I discovered Aldi’s.

I don’t know how their supply chain works, but 8-ounce containers of blueberries appear on their shelves every week. …


The young man’s gallantry was real.

Red rose surrounded by pink smoke
Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

The Gallant Courtier

Memories of the faux red rose kept my dreams afloat during a rough patch in my teen years.

It was Valentine’s Day at Central High school. I was a senior making my way to my next class in the crowded halls.

I heard a student’s voice call, “Margaret. . …


Here’s Why

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Photo by Asael Peña on Unsplash

I struggle with SEO keywords

I’m tired of the time and effort I spend stoking a title for a higher rating in the hopes that I will get more traffic. I don’t write Medium articles that morph into supernovas.

When I start on a story I’m exploring an idea and it takes a few drafts…

Margie Pearl

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