When I moved to the edge of the wilderness, I became more and more aware of how much the mind and soul need quietness to be fully creative and connected.

The shores of Lake Superior are home to a wealth of creative talent, including writers, artists, musicians, and traditional craftsmen. It’s also one of the most secluded and beautiful places in the Lower 48.

I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

As grateful as I am for the many advantages of our modern world, I feel its fast pace and relentless pursuit of materialism dampen the spirit and stifle the inner self. Behind all the bright lights and distractions, I think that each of us have a self that’s still a little bit wild, a self that knows it exists for something deeper than climbing the corporate ladder and becoming an increasingly spendy consumer. A self that comes alive when exploring, connecting and creating. A self that is often seen as frivolous or childish, and yet is the most central, core part of who we are.

While I’m just one small voice in this wild and noisy world, I share my story of moving to the edge of the wilderness in the hopes of speaking loudly for quiet places, and to share glimpses of a way of life that sometimes seems harder and harder to find.

This is my story of living in the wilds of Minnesota’s northern forests.

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North Shore Life: November

North Shore Life: December

North Shore Life: January

North Shore Life: February

North Shore Life: March & April